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Department of Engineering

Dr Matthew Kuo


Matthew Kuo

Sharjah Fellow in Petroleum Resources

Academic Division: Civil Engineering

Research group: Geotechnical and Environmental

Telephone: +44 1223 7 46975



Research interests

Dr Kuo’s research focuses on understanding soil-structure interaction for offshore infrastructure. He is currently interested in the behaviour of hot-oil pipelines installed in deepwater locations. Hot-oil pipeline tend to buckle due to feeding-in of axial movements caused by thermal expansion and contraction. The amount of axial movement is governed by the interface friction value between the soil and the pipeline interface. Dr Kuo is investigating the influence of interface roughness, shearing rate and presence of biological modification of the soil on the interface friction value. This research has been extended to include the behaviour of suction caissons during installation. A sub-interest is the identification of the micro-mechanics behind soil shearing against interfaces through the use of photoelasticity and macrophotography.

Dr Kuo also has an interest in the role biological agents play in modifying the seabed sediments that geotechnical engineers use as foundation material for offshore structures. He has identified that much of the seabed comprises faecal pellets and associated agglomerates formed by burrowing invertebrates, which, if sufficiently abundant, may significantly increase the undrained shear strength of the soil.

Strategic themes

Energy, transport and urban infrastructure

Behaviour of energy distribution systems, including offshore pipelines.

Teaching activity

  • GD5 Engineering Geology and Surveying
  • Visiting Assistant Professor at The American University of Sharjah, UAE (CHE-495: Environmental Impact Assessment for the Oil and Gas Industry)

Research opportunities

Offshore soil-structure interaction; influence of biological activity on geotechnical properties of marine sediments.