Professor Robert Zimmerman

Imperial College London

Department: Earth Science and Engineering
Phone: +44 (0)20 7594 7412

Research summary

Robert Zimmerman obtained a BS and MS in mechanical engineering from Columbia University, and a PhD in solid mechanics from the University of California at Berkeley. He has been a lecturer at UC Berkeley, a staff scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Head of the Division of Engineering Geology and Geophysics at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, and is on the Editorial Boards of Transport in Porous Media and the International Journal of Engineering Science.

  1. Effective medium theories for estimating the macroscopic properties of heterogeneous and porous materials
  2. Effect of pore structure on the mechanical, seismic and transport properties of porous media
  3. Failure and fracture of brittle materials
  4. Hydro-thermo-mechanical modelling of coupled processes in geological media
  5. Thermal and mechanical modelling of functionally-graded materials
  6. Finite element / discrete element modelling of rock deformation, fracture and fragmentation


Elasticity, Fracture, Geophysics, Porous Media, Concrete, Rock mechanics, Effective medium theory