Ciantia, Matteo


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Matteo Oryem Ciantia is a Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering in the School of Science and Engineering at Dundee University since August 2017. He completed his PhD at the Politecnico di Milano in spring 2013. From Feb 2013 until Sept 2015 he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona. Before moving to Dundee Matteo spent two years at Imperial College as he was awarded the prestigious and highly competitive Imperial College Research Fellowship.

His background is in laboratory testing, strain hardening plasticity framed constitutive modelling, the finite element method (FEM) the discrete element method (DEM).

The current focus of his research is to apply DEM and FEM to boundary value problems relevant to civil engineering by using high performance computing. Since 2017 he is a member of the ISSMGE Technical Committee 105 on Geo-Mechanics from Micro to Macro and 211 on Ground Improvement. Matteo is also Secretary of the Scottish Universities Geotechnical Group (SUGN) and member of the editorial panel of the Proceedings of the ICE Geotechnical Engineering journal.


CE40007 (Geo-environmental Engineering) 

CE40002 (Geotechnical Design) 

CE50024 (Advanced Soil Mechanics and Geoenvironmental Engineering) 



Matteo’s research interest is in theoretical soil mechanics, rock mechanics, and environmental geomechanics, as well as in theory of plasticity. His current projects deal with crushable soils, hydro- and chemo-plasticity of soft rocks, and in general in mechanics of materials composed of chemically reacting solids and liquids. The above subjects involve mathematical modelling and model driven laboratory experiments. In particular to develop coupled constitutive models for soft-rocks and soils innovative approaches to uncouple processes at the laboratory scale are required. In particular Matteo has developed methodologies to uncouple plastic mechanisms induced by hydro-chemo-mechanical weathering processes and crushing/breakage in soils by means of ad-hock experimental tests. Matteo is also active in numerical modelling. He’s expertise are standard Finite Element formulations and the Discrete Element Method. Matteo he has recently started to use the Particle Finite Element Method to model driven piles in geomaterials in collaboration with the Barcelona UPC group. 

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Engineering, Polytechnic University of Milan


External positions

Junior Research Fellow, Imperial College London

1 Oct 201531 Jul 2017

Postdoctoral Researcher, Polytechnic University of Catalonia

1 Feb 201330 Sep 2015

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Projects 2018 2018

Research Output 2012 2019

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., 2019, 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)

21 Downloads (Pure)

G-PFEM Numerical Assessment of Screw Pile Undrained Capacity

Monforte, L., Arroyo, M., Gens, A. & Ciantia, M., 27 May 2019, ISSPEA 2019: 1st International Symposium on Screw Piles for Energy Applications. Davidson, C., Brown, M. J., Knappett, J. A., Brennan, A. J., Augarde, C., Coombs, W., Wang, L., Richards, D., White, D. & Blake, A. (eds.). Dundee: University of Dundee, p. 95-100 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
Stress analysis
Contacts (fluid mechanics)
5 Citations (Scopus)
41 Downloads (Pure)

Grading evolution and critical state in a discrete numerical model of Fontainebleau sand

Ciantia, M., Arroyo, M., O'Sullivan, C., Gens, A. & Liu, T., Jan 2019, In : Geotechnique. 69, 1, p. 1-15 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
critical state
Numerical models
8 Downloads (Pure)

High resolution incremental stress testing of crushable granular materials

Ciantia, M., Arroyo, M. & Gens, A., 25 Jun 2019, 7th International Symposium on Deformation Characteristics of Geomaterials (IS-Glasgow 2019). Tarantino, A. & Ibraim, E. (eds.). 2019 ed. EDP Sciences, Vol. 92. p. 14009 6 p. 14009

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
granular materials
elastic anisotropy
high resolution
30 Downloads (Pure)

Micromechanical inspection of incremental behaviour of crushable soils

Ciantia, M., Arroyo, M., O'Sullivan, C. & Gens, A., 6 Apr 2019, In : Acta Geotechnica. 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Activities 2014 2017

  • 5 Invited talk
  • 3 Membership of committee
  • 1 Participation in conference

ISSMGE Technical Committee TC211 Ground Improvement (External organisation)

Matteo Ciantia (Chair)
31 Jan 2017 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

ISSMGE Technical Committee TC105 Geo-mechanics (External organisation)

Matteo Ciantia (Chair)
31 Jan 2017 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

Institution of Civil Engineers (External organisation)

Matteo Ciantia (Chair)
2016 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

A micromechanical investigation of the incremental behaviour of crushable granular soils

Matteo Ciantia (Speaker)
11 Mar 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk