Northern Energy Geomechanics Group

NE2G is a group of academics, researchers, engineers and scientists in the North East of England led by Dr Mohamed Rouainia (Reader in Computational Geomechanics at Newcastle University).

We have a wide-range of experience and expertise in computational and experimental energy geomechanics from nano to macroscale. NE2G works with many of the leading universities in the UK and several major energy companies.


Geomechanics is a core discipline in any engineering application involving the ground. We have been involved in a range of projects focusing on surface and subsurface energy applications. Our research areas include:

  • Offshore geotechnical engineering
  • Energy piles and ground source heat pumps
  • Deep geothermal power
  • Hydraulic fracturing
  • Carbon capture and storage
  • Energy storage


New paper on cyclic performance of monopiles

New publication in Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering

Success at Micro Materials workshop

Sam Graham awarded best poster prize at Micro Materials workshop and conference on high temperature nanomechanical measurements.


NE2G gains funding from BP and Petrobras

NetZero GeoRDIE

NE2G involved in new EPSRC project Net Zero Geothermal Research for District Infrastructure Engineering (NetZero GeoRDIE)

Computational geomechanics

Computational Geomechanics

NE2G has a strong track record in the development of multi-surface plasticity models for soils and rocks and their use in practical surface and subsurface energy applications.

Our researchers use a range of advanced software packages including coupled hydro-geomechanical finite element codes with adaptive remeshing. We have access to HPC resources for analysis of large-scale models.

Experimental geomechanics

Experimental Geomechanics

Multiscale mechanical characterisation of geomaterials from soft clays to clastic sedimentary rocks. Homogenisation methods can link geomechanical properties from nano to core scale.

We use a range of techniques including atomic force microscopy, nanoindentation, triaxial cells and geotechnical centrifuge modelling.