John S. McCartney, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE
Professor and Department Chair
University of California San Diego
Department of Structural Engineering
9500 Gilman Dr., MC 0085
La Jolla, CA 92093-0085
Fax: (858) 822-2260
SE 181: Geotechnical Engineering
SE 182: Foundation Engineering
SE 241: Advanced Soil Mechanics
SE 242: Advanced Foundation Engineering
SE 244: Numerical Methods in Geomechanics
SE 246: Unsaturated Soil Mechanics
SE 248: Engineering Properties of Soils
Our group's research in geotechnical engineering focuses on unsaturated soil mechanics, thermo-hydro-mechanical behavior of soils, foundation engineering, incorporation of geothermal heat exchange into civil engineering infrastructure (energy piles, thermal energy storage systems, landfill heat extraction), and geosynthetics engineering. Our work in unsaturated soil mechanics focuses on the effects of earthquake loading and application of high external stresses. We are also interested in the behavior of waste materials used in geotechnical engineering applications like shredded tires in the form of tire-derived aggregates. Our research involves a combination of laboratory measurements of the thermo-hydro-mechanical properties of saturated and unsaturated soils, development and use of advanced sensors and testing methods in unsaturated soils, physical modeling of geotechnical structures at different scales (laboratory, geotechnical centrifuge, field scale), and use of numerical modeling to understand complex coupling encountered when subjecting soils to changes in temperature, water content, and externally-applied stresses.
Fundamental Research Interests:
Unsaturated Soil Mechanics
Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical Behavior of Saturated and Unsaturated Soils
Unsaturated Soil-Geosynthetics Hydro-Mechanical Interaction
Applied Research Interests:
Energy Geotechnics (Analysis and Design of Energy Piles, Heat Dissipation Embankments, Soil-Borehole Thermal Energy Storage Systems)
Thermal Soil Improvement (Thermal Drains, Thermal Drying)
Centrifuge Modeling of Geotechnical Systems involving Unsaturated Soils
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Lab Location: Our lab is physically located in the Structural and Materials Engineering Building, SME 409.
Parking: Visitor parking is available in the Gilman Parking Structure (10 min on foot to the SME Building).