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Samuel Yniesta
M.S. (UCLA) - Ph.D. (UCLA)

Research interests and affiliations

Research interests

Geotechnical earthquake engineering Soil dynamics Geomechanics Constitutive modeling Behavior of organic soils Behavior of sensitive clays Numerical simulations Stability of levees Centrifuge testing

Expertise type(s) (NSERC subjects)
  • 1002 Geotechnical engineering (including engineering geology)
  • 2107 Modelling, simulation and finite element methods


Recent publications
Journal article
Yniesta, S., Brandenberg, S.J. & Shafiee, A. (2017). ARCS: A one dimensional nonlinear soil model for ground response analysis. Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, 102, 75-85. Retrieved from
Journal article
Lemnitzer, A., Cappa, R., Yniesta, S. & Brandenberg, S. (2016). Centrifuge Testing of Model Levees atop Peat: Experimental Data. Earthquake Spectra, 32(3), 1903-1924. Retrieved from
Yniesta, S. (2016). Constitutive Modeling of Peat in Dynamic Simulations (Ph.D. Thesis, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Calif.). Retrieved from
Journal article
Yniesta, S. & Brandenberg, S.J. (2016). Stress-Ratio-Based Interpretation of Modulus Reduction and Damping Curves. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 143(1), 4 pages. Retrieved from