Daniel Barreto - PhD MSc DIC BEng FHEA

Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering. Geomechanics Micro-to-Macro Research Group.
Edinburgh Napier University


Room E41

Merchiston Campus

Edinburgh, EH10 5DT

I studied Civil Engineering at Universidad de los Andes, Colombia (1999-2003). After a brief period of work in industry as Civil and Geotechnical Engineer, I completed the MSc in Soil Mechanics and Engineering Seismology (2005), and my PhD in Soil Mechanics (2010), both at Imperial College London. I have then worked at Edinburgh Napier University since 2009. You can also have a look at my instutional website for further details about academic activity.

Whilst working at a teaching-focused university, I am very active in research. My research focuses on the Discrete Element Method (DEM). I am interested on particle shape and particle size distribution (PSD) effects on soil behaviour, as well as anything else related to DEM, including contact model development, validation, calibration procedures, etc. PhD and Post-doc candidates on these topics are welcome to contact me. You can also get involved with me and a fantastic team of DEM researchers via the Open Network on DEM Simulations (ON-DEM).

I am also prolific (award winning) peer reviewer who has been Editorial Panel Member for journals such as Géotechnique, Computers and Geotechnics, ICE Proceedings - Geotechnical Engineering, amongst others. I was contributing author for the textbook “Geotechnical Engineering Design” published by Wiley in 2015. Also UK (nominated) member for the technical committee TC105 (Geomechanics micro to macro) of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, and Emeritus Member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland.

Currently I am fully focused on research because I was awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Leverhulme Trust Fellowship that frees me from all teaching/administrative work by providing funding for a replacing academic during a whole year. Finally, I am COST Action Chair for the Open Network on DEM simulations (ON-DEM) that aims to change the use of open-source DEM codes in years to come by providing 600k EUR for networking activities until September 2027.

Selected publications

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    Use of hydraulic radius to estimate the permeability of coarse-grained materials using a new geodatabase
    Shuyin Feng, Daniel Barreto, Emőke Imre, and 2 more authors
    Transportation Geotechnics, Jul 2023
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    Quantifying Particle Breakage and Its Evolution Using Breakage Indices and Grading Entropy Coordinates
    James Leak, Daniel Barreto, Vasiliki Dimitriadi, and 1 more author
    Geotechnics, Dec 2022
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    Recent Advances in Nature-Inspired Solutions for Ground Engineering (NiSE)
    Arya Assadi-Langroudi, Brendan C. O’Kelly, Daniel Barreto, and 16 more authors
    International Journal of Geosynthetics and Ground Engineering, Dec 2021
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    Particle–scale interactions and energy dissipation mechanisms in sand–rubber mixtures
    J. Fonseca, A. Riaz, J. Bernal-Sanchez, and 5 more authors
    Géotechnique Letters, Dec 2019
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    The influence of particle-size distribution on critical state behavior of spherical and non-spherical particle assemblies
    M. D. Jiang, Z. X. Yang, D. Barreto, and 1 more author
    Granular Matter, Dec 2018
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    The influence of particle geometry and the intermediate stress ratio on the shear behavior of granular materials
    Y. H. Xie, Z. X. Yang, D. Barreto, and 1 more author
    Granular Matter, Dec 2017
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    Particle loss and volume change on dissolution: experimental results and analysis of particle size and amount effects
    John McDougall, Darren Kelly, and Daniel Barreto
    Dec 2013
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    The influence of inter-particle friction and the intermediate stress ratio on soil response under generalised stress conditions
    Daniel Barreto, and Catherine O’Sullivan
    Dec 2012