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Granular Materials Laboratory

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University of California Davis
Granular Materials Laboratory at UC Davis
Professor Alejandro Martinez

June 2020


Granular materials micromechanics, soil fabric anisotropy, bio-inspired geotechnics, soil-structure interaction, fly ash and tailings.


DEM modeling, laboratory testing, centrifuge modeling.


Effect of fabric anisotropy on soil properties, micro-scale interactions between soils and structures, efficient load transfer between soils and structures, bio-inspired solutions for geotechnical engineering problems.


Our research aims to further the understanding of soil behavior and soil-structure interaction to develop efficient solutions for geotechnical and infrastructure challenges.

Selected Publications

  • K.B. O'Hara and A. Martinez. " Monotonic and Cyclic Frictional Anisotropy in Snakeskin-Inspired Surfaces and Piles ." Accepted for Publication in ASCE J. Geotech. Geoenv. Eng.,
  • A. Khosravi, A. Martinez, and J.T. DeJong (2019). " DEM simulations of CPT measurements and soil classification ." Published online in Can. Geotech. J.
  • A. Martinez, J.T. DeJong, R. Jaeger, and A. Khosravi (2019). " Evaluation of self-penetration potential of a bio-inspired site characterization probe by cavity expansion analysis ." Can. Geotech. J., Vol. 57, No. 5.
  • A. Martinez, S. Palumbo and B.D. Todd (2019). " Bio-Inspiration for anisotropic load transfer at soil-structure interfaces. " J. Geotech. Geoenv. Eng. Vol. 145, No. 10.
  • A. Martinez, L. Huang and M.G. Gomez (2019). " Thermal conductivity of MICP-treated sands at varying degrees of saturation ." Geotechnique Letters, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 15-21.
  • A. Martinez and H. Stutz (2019). " Rate effects on the interface shear behaviour of normally and overconsolidated clay ." Geotechnique, Vol. 69, No. 9, pp. 801-815.
  • A. Martinez and J.D. Frost (2017). " The influence of surface roughness form on the strength of sand-structure interfaces ." Geotechnique Letters, Vol. 7, No. 1., pp. 104-111.
  • A. Martinez and J.D. Frost (2017). " Particle-scale effects on global axial and torsional interface shear behavior ." Int. J. Num. Anal. Meth. Geomech., Vol. 41, No. 3, pp. 400-421.

Core Competencies

  • Soil mechanics
  • Geomechanics
  • Bio-inspiration
  • Soil-structure interaction
  • Centrifuge modeling

Researchers at the Granular Materials Lab UC Davis
Researchers at the Granular Materials Lab UC Davis

Current Members

  • Kyle O'Hara (PhD student)
  • Sharif Ahmed (PhD student)
  • Yuyan Chen (PhD student)
  • Mandeep Basson (PhD student)
  • Lin Huang (PhD student)
  • Srikanth Madabhusgi (Postdoc)
  • Jasmine Miller (MS student)
  • Olivia Hunt (MS student)

Funding Agencies