Marcus Charles Matthews

Marcus Charles Matthews
University of Surrey · Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

BSc, MSc, PhD

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Previous and current Mars rover missions have noted a nearly ubiquitous presence of duricrusts on the planet surface. Duricrusts are thin, brittle layers of cemented regolith that cover the underlying terrain. In some cases, the duricrust hides safe or relatively safe underneath the top soil. However, as was observed by both Mars exploration rovers...
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A handful of robotic exploration rovers have had successful landings and missions on Mars. These missions, however, were not without issues. The Mars Exploration Rovers (MER) Opportunity and Spirit, as examples, had several difficulties in traversing the terrain; and Spirit's mission ultimately ended due to becoming permanently embedded in loose so...
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The advances in the field of robotics enabled successful exploration of the Moon and Mars. Over the years, rover missions have demonstrated deployment of various scientific payloads for robotic field geology on these extra-terrestrial bodies. The success of these missions clearly emphasises the need to further advance rover technology in order to m...
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The ESA ExoMars mission involves landing a rover on the surface of Mars on an exobi-ology mission to extend the search for life. The locomotion capabilities of the ExoMars rover will enable it to use its scientific instruments in a wide variety of locations. Before it is sent to Mars, this locomotion system must be tested and its performance limita...
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ExoMars is the European Space Agency (ESA) mission to Mars planned for launch in 2018, focusing on exobiology with the primary objective of searching for any traces of extant or extinct carbon-based micro-organisms. The on-surface mission is performed by a near-autonomous mobile robotic vehicle (also referred to as the rover) with a mission design...
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a b s t r a c t There are currently two main drivers for the consideration of ground source energy systems in the built environment in the UK. Firstly, building occupiers and owners are becoming increasingly concerned at rising energy prices whilst building designers are also required to reduce, due to European and national and local legislation, t...
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Aquifer thermal energy storage (ATES) systems provide a method of improving the performance of more commonly installed mono-direction groundwater heating and cooling systems. Rather than using the prevailing temperature of the abstracted groundwater, ATES systems are bidirectional, therefore allowing for the interseasonal storage of low-and higher-...
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The prediction of the settlements of spread foundations on in-situ chalk is best carried out using empirical methods, based on the simple behavioural model developed by Burland & Lord (1970) using results from plate tests. However, the data available to support this approach remain somewhat limited, stratigraphically, geographically and in terms of...
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Geotechnical design routinely requires that the in situ strength, stiffness and permeability of the ground be determined. Most satisfactory designs for constructions such as buildings, excavations and tunnels ensure that an adequate margin of safety is maintained, and, under these conditions, measurements of the stiffness of the ground are required...
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The collection of high-quality resistivity data using conventional systems is time-consuming, particularly where large areas are to be surveyed at small electrode spacings. With the advent of modern computer controlled resistivity meters, used in conjunction with multicore takeout cables and switched electrode arrays, two-dimensional resistivity im...
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• During the past decade two important parallel discoveries have taken place in geotechnical engineering which have resulted in geophysical measurements being used increasingly to provide design parameters. • Methods of measuring strain locally on laboratory samples have shown that the stress-strain behaviour of many soils and weak rocks is signifi...
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The chalk of England is a highly variable material resulting from numerous deformation processes of which the most important are diagenetic or tectonic in nature. The engineering behaviour of the chalk is influenced greatly by these processes thus giving rise to the necessity of carrying out studies of physical properties to aid the prediction of e...
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The University of Surrey is situated on the northern slopes of Stag Hill, below Guildford Cathedral, which occupies the summit. During the investigation for the design of the University, it became apparent that the site was underlain by a large landslip, 500 m wide from east to west and extending 160 m from rear scarp to toe. Considerable effort wa...

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