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James Hambleton received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Geomechanics) from the University of Minnesota in June 2010, where his research focused on modelling the evolutionary process of a rigid object (e.g., rolling cylinder) interacting with a plastically deforming surface. He has a B.C.E. in Structural Engineering and an M.S. degree in Geomechanics from the same institution, having completed both degrees in just over four years. He has been involved in research since an early age, holding an appointment as an Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota as well as a Graduate Research Assistantship in the Department of Civil Engineering. In the summer of 2005, before entering into graduate studies, he completed an internship at Barr Engineering Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Minnesota - USA, 30/06/2010
  • Master of Science, University of Minnesota - USA, 29/12/2006
  • Bachelor of Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota - USA, 19/08/2005


Research keywords

  • Contact Mechanics
  • Geotechnical Analysis
  • Limit Analysis
  • Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis
  • Shakedown Analysis
  • Soil-Machine Interaction

Research expertise

Dr. Hambleton’s areas of general interest are in computational plasticity, contact mechanics, geotechnical analysis, and analysis of problems involving steady, pseudo-steady, and unsteady plastic flow. He has a special expertise in modelling problems in geo- and solid mechanics that are characterized by continuous failure and displacement of material via contact with a rigid or flexible object, examples being soil-machine interaction (SMI), metal forming/cutting, and scratch tests used to determine mechanical properties of materials.

Fields of Research

090501Civil Geotechnical Engineering100


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Journal article (10 outputs)

2014Yu SB, Hambleton JP, Sloan SW, 'Analysis of Inclined Strip Anchors in Sand Based on the Block Set Mechanism', Applied Mechanics and Materials, 553 422-427 (2014) [C1]
2013Hambleton JP, Sloan SW, 'A perturbation method for optimization of rigid block mechanisms in the kinematic method of limit analysis', Computers and Geotechnics, 48 260-271 (2013) [C1]
2013Hambleton JP, Buzzi O, Giacomini A, Spadari M, Sloan SW, 'Perforation of Flexible Rockfall Barriers by Normal Block Impact', ROCK MECHANICS AND ROCK ENGINEERING, 46 515-526 (2013) [C1]
2012Spadari M, Giacomini A, Buzzi OP, Hambleton JP, 'Prediction of the bullet effect for rockfall barriers: A scaling approach', Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, 45 131-144 (2012) [C1]
2012Hambleton JP, Drescher A, 'Approximate model for blunt objects indenting cohesive-frictional materials', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR NUMERICAL AND ANALYTICAL METHODS IN GEOMECHANICS, 36 249-271 (2012) [C1]
2011Abbo AJ, Lyamin AV, Sloan SW, Hambleton JP, 'A C2 continuous approximation to the Mohr-Coulomb yield surface', International Journal of Solids and Structures, 48 3001-3010 (2011) [C1]
2009Hambleton JP, Drescher A, 'On modeling a rolling wheel in the presence of plastic deformation as a three- or two-dimensional process', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MECHANICAL SCIENCES, 51 846-855 (2009) [C1]
2009Hambleton JP, Drescher A, 'Modeling wheel-induced rutting in soils: Rolling', JOURNAL OF TERRAMECHANICS, 46 35-47 (2009) [C1]
2008Hambleton JP, Drescher A, 'Modeling wheel-induced rutting in soils: Indentation', JOURNAL OF TERRAMECHANICS, 45 201-211 (2008) [C1]
2007Hambleton JP, Drescher A, 'Modeling test rolling on cohesive subgrades', ADVANCED CHARACTERISATION OF PAVEMENT SOIL ENGINEERING MATERIALS, VOLS 1 AND 2, 359-368 (2007)
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Conference (4 outputs)

2012Hambleton JP, Buzzi OP, Giacomini A, Spadari M, Sloan SW, 'Perforation of rockfall protection barriers by normal block impact', 46th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium 2012, Chicago, IL (2012) [E1]
2011Hambleton JP, Sloan SW, 'Coordinate perturbation method for upper bound limit analysis', COMGEO II - Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium on Computational Geomechanics, Cavtat, Croatia (2011) [E1]

Co-authors: Scott Sloan

2011Hambleton JP, Sloan SW, Pyatigorets AV, Voller VR, 'Lower bound limit analysis using the Control Volume Finite Element Method', Computer Methods for Geomechanics: Frontiers and New Applications. Volume 1, Melbourne, VIC (2011) [E1]

Co-authors: Scott Sloan

2009Hambleton JP, Drescher A, 'Asymptotics in soil-wheel interaction', Computational Geomechanics, COMGEO I - Proceedings of the 1st International Symposium on Computational Geomechanics (2009) [E1]
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Other (2 outputs)

2013Hambleton JP, Kashizadeh E, 'A numerical approach for modeling evolutionary problems in geomechanics', Proceedings of the Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference (EMI2013) (2013)
2013Hambleton JP, Kashizadeh E, 'Simulation of ploughing and cutting in soil by incremental limit analysis', Proceedings of the 12th US National Congress on Computational Mechanics (2013)

Grants and Funding


Number of grants3
Total funding$3,600

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2014 (1 grants)

14th International Conference of the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics, Kyoto, Japan, 22-25 September 2014$1,200
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Project Team
Doctor James Hambleton
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

2013 (1 grants)

Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference 2013, USA 4-7 August 2013$1,200
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Project Team
Doctor James Hambleton
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

2012 (1 grants)

46th US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium, Chicago, USA, 24 - 27 June 2012$1,200
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Project Team
Doctor James Hambleton
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions3
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL1.05

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20122016PhD (Civil Eng)Principal SupervisorEffects of Installation on Capacity of Helical Anchors in Clay
20122016PhD (Civil Eng)Principal SupervisorComputational Methods for Evolutionary Plasticity Problems
20112014PhD (Civil Eng)Co-SupervisorComputational Methods in Limit Analysis

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2014PhD (Civil Eng)Co-SupervisorThe Geomechanics of Single-seam and Multi-seam Longwall Coal Mining

Dr James Hambleton

Work Phone(02) 4921 5893
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PositionResearch Academic
ARC Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering, Centre for Geotechnical and Materials Modelling
School of Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaCivil Engineering
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