Geotechnical Engineering

Geotechnical engineering research is carried out mainly in the geotechnical lab located in the Mauerberger building and in situ. The studies range from basic theoretical topics to experimental and applied, and cover the field of geotechnology. The laboratory’s testing instruments are suitable for performing classic geotechnical tests (such as grading, compaction, consolidation, and shear – spatial, direct, simple, and residual), shear testing under cyclic torsional shear loading, rock mechanics testing, and include facilities to investigate soil-structure interaction, and fibre optic systems for movements monitoring.

The following are examples of recently relevant research fields:

  • The effects of underground tunneling on soil surface and on existing structures
  • Earthquakes response of sites and updating of Israeli standards
  • The use of physical and analytic modeling for the investigation of pile behavior under static loading and during earthquakes
  • Investigation of liquefaction development in saturated sand under seismic loading
  • Development of rational approaches to the design of reinforced soil
  • Development of reliable pressure cells to accurately measure soil stresses and soil-structure interactions
  • The mechanics of unsaturated soils
  • The use of fibre-optics to monitor ground movements due to tunneling