James Leak

james leak

Mr James Leak Beng

University Tutor

Biography

I completed my bachelors degree in Civil Engineering at Edinburgh Napier University. During this time, I developed a strong interest in geotechnical Engineering, with a particular interest in granular physics.

I am currently undertaking a doctoral degree in geotechnical engineering. My focus is on studying the effects of excess particle overlap and strain-rate issues in undrained triaxial tests within Discrete Element Modelling (DEM). My research interests include:

• Discrete Element Modelling (DEM)
• Liquefaction
• Earthquake engineering
• Remediation techniques
• Geo-environmental engineering
• Particle imaging techniques
• Statistical Grading Entropy

I have a strong interest in both teaching and science communication. As well as lecturing, I am interested in working on projects that demonstrate science and engineering to new audiences

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3 results

Revisiting Hardin’s parameters for the quantification of particle breakage – A statistical entropy approach

Conference Proceeding
Leak, J., Barreto, D., Dimitriadi, V., & Imre, E. (2021)
Revisiting Hardin’s parameters for the quantification of particle breakage – A statistical entropy approach. In Powders & Grains 2021 – 9th International Conference on Micromechanics on Granular Mediahttps://doi.org/10.1051/epjconf/202124907001
It is well recognised that particle breakage in granular materials is affected by stress level, stress path, initial density, and particle size distribution (PSD), amongst oth...

A guide to modeling the geotechnical behavior of soils using the discrete element method

Book Chapter
Barreto Gonzalez, D., & Leak, J. (2021)
A guide to modeling the geotechnical behavior of soils using the discrete element method. In P. Samui, S. Kumari, V. Makarov, & P. Kurup (Eds.), Modeling in geotechnical engineering (79-100). London: Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-821205-9.00016-2
This article describes the discrete element method (DEM) for the modeling of the geotechnical behavior of soils. Emphasis is made on a description of the algorithms and capabi...

Grading entropy coordinates and criteria for evaluation of liquefaction potential

Conference Proceeding
Barreto Gonzalez, D., Leak, J., Dimitriadi, V., McDougall, J., Imre, E., & Lőrincz, J. (2019)
Grading entropy coordinates and criteria for evaluation of liquefaction potential. In Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering for Protection and Development of Environment and Constructions, (1346-1353). https://doi.org/10.1201/9780429031274
Several methods are commonly used for the evaluation of liquefaction potential in soils. These include criteria based on SPT and CPT tests, shear wave velocity measurements an...

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