• 735 Citations
  • 16 h-Index
20042021

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Biography

Jonathan joined the University of Dundee as a Lecturer in 2006, following MEng and PhD degrees at the University of Cambridge, and was promoted to Professor of Civil Engineering in 2018.  His expertise includes centrifuge and 1-g physical modelling, Finite Element simulation and analytical modelling, with research interests in three areas associated with innovative design against extreme dynamic environmental actions:

   (i) Earthquake Engineering

   (ii) Biomediated Geotechnical Engineering (e.g. use of vegetation in Civil Engineering)

   (iii) Offshore Geotechnics, primarily anchoring systems for marine renewable energy

This research has been supported by funding from the UK Research Councils, the European Commission, and various overseas, charitable and industrial organisations to a total value of over £4.5M. He was awarded the British Geotechnical Association Medal in 2009, the TK Hsieh Award for Civil Engineering Dynamics from the ICE/IStructE in 2010 and the ISSMGE TC203 Young Researcher Award in Earthquake Engineering in 2018. In 2017 he gave the 13th Géotechnique Lecture on the use of vegetation in low carbon geotechnical engineering.

He was Chairman of the Editorial Panel of the International Journal of Physical Modelling in Geotechnics (2014-2018) and has previously served on the Géotechnique Advisory Panel (2011-2013). He is an instructor on the Standard and Advanced courses in Computational Modelling in Geotechnics run annually in the UK by PLAXIS BV and is a UK National Representative on both Technical Committees TC104 (Physical Modelling) and TC203 (Earthquake Engineering) of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE).

He is also the principal author of Craig's Soil Mechanics, 8th and 9th Editions and co-author of Design of Piles in Liquefiable Soils.

Jonathan is currently Discipline Lead for Civil Engineering, having previously developed and led the University's MSc in Geotechnical Engineering for 6 years

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jan 2007

Master of Engineering, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jan 2003

Keywords

  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Earthquake Engineeing
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Centrifuge modelling
  • Numerical modelling
  • Soil-structure interaction

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Research Output

A Macroelement Approach for the Stability Assessment of Trees

Dattola, G., Ciantia, M., Galli, A., Blyth, L., Zhang, X., Knappett, J., Castellanza, R., Sala, C. & Leung, A., 1 Jan 2020, Geotechnical Research for Land Protection and Development: Proceedings of CNRIG 2019. Calvetti, F., Cotecchia, F., Galli, A. & Jommi, C. (eds.). Switzerland: Springer , Vol. 40. p. 417-426 10 p. (Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering; vol. 40).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Implications of volume loss on the seismic response of tunnels in coarse-grained soils

    Kampas, G., Knappett, J., Brown, M., Anastasopoulos, I., Nikitas, N. & Fuentes, R., 1 Jan 2020, In : Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology. 95, p. 1-14 14 p., 103127.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    63 Downloads (Pure)

    Influence of foundation type on seismic response of low-rise structures in liquefiable soil

    Qi, S. & Knappett, J., Jan 2020, In : Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering. 128, p. 1-13 13 p., 1057862.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • On Lagrangian mechanics and the implicit material point method for large deformation elasto-plasticity

    Coombs, W. M., Augarde, C., Brown, M., Brennan, A., Charlton, T., Knappett, J., Motlagh, Y. & Wang, L., 1 Jan 2020, In : Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering. 358, p. 1-32 32 p., 112622.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    60 Downloads (Pure)

    Seismic behaviour of tunnels: from experiments to analysis

    Tsinidis, G., de Silva, F., Anastasopoulos, I., Bilotta, E., Bobet, A., Hashash, Y. M. A., He, C., Kampas, G., Knappett, J., Madabhushi, G., Nikitas, N., Pitilakis, K., Silvestri, F., Viggiani, G. & Fuentes, R., 24 Feb 2020, In : Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology. 99, p. 1-20 20 p., 103334.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    File
  • 35 Downloads (Pure)

    Prizes

    13th Geotechnique Lecturer

    Jonathan Knappett (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: National/international honour

  • Best paper award

    Marianna Loli (Recipient), Jonathan Knappett (Recipient), Michael Brown (Recipient) & Ioannis Anastasopoulos (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • British Geotechnical Association Medal, 2009

    Jonathan A. Knappett (Recipient) & S. P. Gopal Madabhushi (Recipient), 2009

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    TC203 Yound Researcher Award 2018

    Jonathan Knappett (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • T K Hsieh Award 2010

    Jonathan A. Knappett (Recipient) & S. P. Gopal Madabhushi (Recipient), 2010

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    IIT Bhubaneswar

    Michael Brown (Visiting lecturer), Jonathan Knappett (Visiting lecturer), Shantanu Patra (Visiting researcher), Sumanta Haldar (Visiting researcher)
    1 Mar 20191 Mar 2021

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

    Physical modelling of structural and biological soil reinforcement

    Jonathan Knappett (Keynote speaker)
    19 Jul 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Use of vegetation in low-carbon geotechnical engineering.

    Jonathan Knappett (Invited speaker)
    6 Mar 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Use of vegetation in low-carbon geotechnical engineering

    Jonathan Knappett (Invited speaker)
    6 Nov 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    9th International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geoetchnics

    Jonathan Knappett (Member of programme committee)
    20172018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Thesis

    Development of improved predictive tools for mechanical soil root interaction

    Author: Duckett, N., 2014

    Supervisor: Knappett, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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    Investigation of the interface shearing resistance of steel and concrete on different rocks for renewable energy gravity foundation applications

    Author: Ziogos, A., 2020

    Supervisor: Brown, M. (Supervisor) & Knappett, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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    New methods for in situ measurement of mechanical root-reinforcement on slopes

    Author: Meijer, G. J., 2016

    Supervisor: Bengough, A. (Supervisor), Knappett, J. (Supervisor), Loades, K. W. (External person) (Supervisor) & Nicoll, B. C. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

    Screw piles as offshore foundations : Numerical and physical modelling

    Author: Al-Baghdadi, T., 2018

    Supervisor: Brown, M. (Supervisor) & Knappett, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

    File

    Seismic behaviours of adjacent building structures on liquefied soil

    Author: Qi, S., 2020

    Supervisor: Knappett, J. (Supervisor) & Anastasopoulos, I. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy