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Shawn Kenny

Professor in Geomechanics and Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Degrees:B.Eng., M.Eng. (Memorial University), Ph.D. (Dalhousie University), P.Eng.
Phone:613-520-2600 x 8338
Office:4205 Canal Building
Website:Visit the Geotechnical Engineering and Infrastructure Group

Prof. Kenny’s mailbox is located in room 3432 C.J. Mackenzie Building, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6 Canada

Teaching Assignments 2021-2022

  • CIVE4918 Design Project
  • ECOR 1045 Statics
  • ECOR 1046 Mechanics

Previous Teaching Assignments

  • CIVE3202 Mechanics of Solids II
  • CIVE4201 Finite Element Methods in Civil Engineering
  • CIVE5103 Finite Element Analysis I
  • CIVE5105 Finite Element Analysis II
  • ECOR 1053 Fundamentals of Eng III

Research Interests

My research is focused on assessing the effects of geohazards on the mechanical performance of energy pipelines located in cold regions and harsh environments. The geohazards addressed have included ground subsidence, long-term slope instability, frost heave, thaw settlement and ice gouging. The pipeline mechanical performance has been evaluated for serviceability and ultimate limit state conditions with respect to global instability, damage, fatigue life, local buckling and post-buckling response. The development of project specific design criteria incorporated within strain based design methodologies has been significant outcomes from these studies. The use of laboratory tests to advance constitutive models, and physical models to verify computational simulation tools, with an emphasis on finite element methods, are key elements of this engineering framework. My current research examines the integration of remote sensing technologies (e.g., satellites, UAV) within engineering tools supporting the asset management of civil infrastructure with a focus on the effects of geohazards and climate change. Other research expertise is in the fields of impact engineering and ice mechanics.