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Dr Shiva Prashanth Kumar Kodicherla


Phone : +264 61 207 2277
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Office Location : New Civil and Mining Building, E3/4/226

ORCID : 0000-0002-1848-3122


PhD. Civil Engineering, University of Liverpool, UK (2021)
M.Tech. Geoenvironmental Engineering, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Hyderabad, India (2012)
B.Eng. Civil Engineering, Osmania University, India (2009)


Dr Shiva Prashanth Kumar Kodicherla is Lecturer at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). Dr Kodicherla holds a PhD from University of Liverpool, UK based on his research on exploring the mechanical behaviour of granular materials considering the particle shape characteristics using discrete element modelling (DEM). Dr Kodicherla has broad research interests in the fields of granular mechanics and soil characterizations. Based on these interests he has worked on a wide range of projects encompassing soil stabilization, finite element methods, discrete element investigations of granular materials tunneling, foundation design, particle analysis and electron microscope analysis. Prior to joining NUST, Dr Kodicherla was a research scholar at Xi’an Jiaotong - Liverpool University in China. He also previously worked as Lecturer for Adama Science and Technology University and Wollega University, Ethiopia, under the United Nations Development Program.


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​Research Focus Areas:

  • Soil characterization and stabilization techniques
  • Critical state soil behaviour
  • FEM and DEM modelling of soils


Brief Career Summary:

  • 2022 + Lecturer, Civil & Environmental Engineering, NUST, Windhoek, Namibia.
  • 2017 – 2021, Research Assistant, Xi’an Jiaotong – Liverpool University, Suzhou, P R China.  
  • 2014 – 2016, Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering, Wollega University, Nekemte, Ethiopia.
  • 2012 – 2014, Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering, Adama Science and Technology University, Adama, Ethiopia.


Subjects Currently Teaching:

  • Geotechnical Engineering (GET 710S)
  • Civil Engineering Design Project (CET 810S)
  • Solid Waste Engineering and Cleaner Production (SWE 911S)
  • Pavement Technology (PTN 720S)
  • Pavement Technology (PTN 421S)


Selected Publications

  • Kodicherla, S.P.K., Gong, G and Wilkinson, S. (2023). DEM simulations of critical state behaviour of granular materials under various drained triaxial stress path tests. Particuology 81(4), 98-108.
  • Kodicherla, SPK., Gong, G., Fan, L., Wilkinson, S., Moy, CKS. (2021). Discrete element modelling of strength and critical state characteristics of granular materials under axial compression and axial extension stress path tests, Particuology, 56, 152-162. DOI: 10.1016/j.partic.2020.11.003.
  • Kodicherla, SPK., Gong, G., Fan, L., Wilkinson, S., Moy, CKS. (2020). Investigations of the effects of particle morphology on granular material behaviors using a multi-sphere approach, Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, 12, 6, 1301-1312. DOI: 10.1016/j.jrmge.2020.04.005.
  • Kodicherla, SPK., Gong, G., Wilkinson, S. (2020). Exploring the relationship between particle shape and critical state parameters for granular materials using DEM. SN Applied Sciences, 2, 2128. DOI: 10.1007/s42452-020-03902-9.
  • Kodicherla, SPK., Gong, G., Yang, ZX., Krabbenhoft, K., Fan, L., Moy, CKS, Wilkinson, S. (2019). The influence of particle elongations on direct shear behaviour of granular materials using DEM. Granular Matter, 21, 86. DOI: 10.1007/s10035-019-0947-x.
  • Kodicherla, SPK., Nandyala, DK. (2019). Revisiting the CPT-based characterizations of a highway subgrade, Geomechanics and Geoengineering, 14, 3, 167-177. DOI: 10.1080/17486025.2019.1581273.
  • Kodicherla, SPK., Gong, G., Fan, L., Moy, CKS., He. J. (2018). Effects of preparation methods on inherent fabric anisotropy and packing density of reconstituted sand, Cogent Engineering, 5, 1. DOI: 10.1080/23311916.2018.1533363.
  • Kodicherla, SPK., Nandyala, DK. (2017). Effect of RBI Grade 81 on strength characteristics of clayey subgrade. Geo-Engineering, 8, 24. DOI:10.1186/s40703-017-0061-z



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