Engineering for Resilience

Research activities in the Engineering for Resilience area.

Engineering and design is one way in which it is possible to build more resilient infrastructure. This page presents some of the research being undertaken within the School of Engineering. 

Geobags for river bank reinforcement

A cheap method of re-inforcement is to use Geobags, which are a form of sandbag made from geotextile membranes. They can be cheaply made and placed by hand. However, there is little understanding of their performance, how they fail or how best to arrange them. Our research, conducted jointly with Heriot Watt University and Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology in Bangladesh has focused on using the Discrete Element Method to simulate geobag performance and predict failure modes, with a view to formulating simple design guidelines.


Dr Martin Crapper