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Biography

I am an Early Career Researcher, having received my PhD in Civil Engineering in June 2010 from the University of Minnesota. My involvement in research started at an early age with an appointment as an Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. In 2005, I completed an internship at Barr Engineering Company in Minneapolis. Since completing my postgraduate studies, I have been employed continuously in a position at the University of Newcastle. I first joined the Priority Research Centre for Geotechnical and Materials Modelling in July 2010 as a Research Associate (Level B) and then became a Research Academic (Level C) within the ARC Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering (www.cgse.edu.au) at its inception.

Please visit my personal website (www.jimhambleton.com) for more on my background and interests.

Qualifications

  • 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

Research keywords

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Plasticity
  • Soil-Machine Interaction

Research expertise

My general areas of interest are in computational plasticity, contact mechanics, geotechnical analysis, and analysis of problems involving steady, pseudo-steady, and unsteady plastic flow. My expertise is 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. Specific areas of interest include (1) ploughing and cutting of soils in earthmoving operations, (2) installation effects for screw anchors and screw foundations, (3) penetration-based testing for in situ characterization of soil strength and deformability, and (4) soil-wheel interaction for off-road vehicles.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
090501Civil Geotechnical Engineering100

Memberships

Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Member - American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Member - Engineering Mechanics Institute
  • Member - Geo-Institute
  • Member - International Association of Computational Mechanics
  • Member - Minnesota Geotechnical Society

Appointments

Chair
Australian Geomechanics Society Newcastle Chapter (Australia)
01/01/2014
Young Geotechnical Professional Representative
Australian Geomechanics Society Newcastle Chapter (Australia)
01/01/2010 - 01/12/2013
Elected Member
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment Faculty Board (Australia)
01/01/2014

Awards

Honours.

2014ASCE New Faces of Civil Engineering Honouree
American Society of Civil Engineering (United States)
This award promotes the achievement of young civil engineers by highlighting their contributions to and impact on society and is given to 10 individuals annually in an organisation representing more than 145,000 civil engineers worldwide.
2005Simon and Claire Benson Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Achievement
University of Minnesota (United States)
Recognition of outstanding undergraduate achievement in coursework, research, and extracurricular activities
2005High Distinction
University of Minnesota (United States)
Undergraduate GPA > 3.9 out of 4.0

Research Award.

2014Excellent Paper Award
International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics (Japan)
Recognition of outstanding research contributions in a published work (Hambleton, J.P. and Drescher, A. 2012. Approximate model for blunt objects indenting cohesive-frictional materials. International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, 36(3), 249-271)
2010International Research Fellowship (offered; not accepted)
National Science Foundation (USA) (United States)
Successful proposal for International Research Fellowship offered by the National Science Foundation (USA)
2010Neville G. W. Cook Award for Innovative Research in Geomechanics
University of Minnesota (United States)
Recognition of outstanding doctoral research

Collaboration

My research aims to advance the understanding of how soils are moved and shaped through interaction with man-made objects and machinery. An overarching goal is to develop rigorous, mechanics-based models for predicting soil deformation and the corresponding force requirements or reactions. These problems pose a tremendous challenge due to the confluence of unsteady plastic flow, potentially three-dimensional deformation, contact interaction, material instabilities, and rate effects from inertial forces and hydromechanical coupling (for saturated or partially saturated soils). Through collaborative research initiatives, I hope to establish new modelling paradigms to help establish accurate, robust, and efficient computational methods. In collaboration with industry leaders and policymakers, I endeavor to realize the full potential of this work as a means of reducing costs and production times, as well as mitigating consumption and pollution.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

My administration expertise derives from years of experience in university governance and professional stewardship. I am currently a Member of the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment Faculty Board. At the University of Minnesota, I was a Member of the Classroom Advisory Subcommittee, a subcommittee of the University Senate charged with providing advice on issues pertaining broadly to teaching and learning in classrooms. My overarching objective in these positions has been to ensure that the representative views of those directly involved in teaching and research are used to shape policy.

On a professional level, I currently Chair the local Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society. Part of this role is to actively engage with industry to bring leading national and international researchers to Newcastle to give seminars, short courses and touring lectures (including the Rankine Lecture on behalf of the Institution of Civil Engineers London, the Terzaghi Lecture on behalf of the ASCE, and the E H Davis Lecture in behalf of the AGS). Prior to acting as Chair, I spent three years in the role of Young Geotechnical Professional Representative.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Geomechanics
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Solid Mechanics

Teaching expertise

I thoroughly enjoy teaching introductory and advanced courses in geomechanics, solid mechanics, and numerical methods. I am particularly well-positioned to teach courses in the following subjects, which align directly with my research interests:

Undergraduate Level

• Statics and Dynamics

• Deformable Body Mechanics

• Soil Mechanics

• Linear Structural Analysis

• Matrix Analysis of Structures

• Numerical Methods

Graduate Level

• Continuum Mechanics

• Elasticity

• Plasticity

• Linear Finite Element Analysis

• Non-Linear Finite Element Analysis

• Contact Mechanics

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Highlighted Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
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]
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]
2008Hambleton JP, Drescher A, 'Modeling wheel-induced rutting in soils: Indentation', Journal of Terramechanics, 45 201-211 (2008) [C1]
2009Hambleton JP, Drescher A, 'Modeling wheel-induced rutting in soils: Rolling', Journal of Terramechanics, 46 35-47 (2009) [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]
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]

Publications

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Journal article (12 outputs)

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2015Kashizadeh E, Hambleton JP, Stanier SA, 'A numerical approach for modelling the ploughing process in sands', Computer Methods and Recent Advances in Geomechanics - Proceedings of the 14th Int. Conference of International Association for Computer Methods and Recent Advances in Geomechanics, IACMAG 2014, 159-164 (2015)
2015Todeshkejoei C, Hambleton JP, Stanier SA, Gaudin C, 'Modelling installation of helical anchors in clay', Computer Methods and Recent Advances in Geomechanics - Proceedings of the 14th Int. Conference of International Association for Computer Methods and Recent Advances in Geomechanics, IACMAG 2014, 917-922 (2015)
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]
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]
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]
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 (9 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Suchowerska AM, Carter JP, Hambleton JP, Merifield RM, 'Effect of constitutive behaviour of strata on the prediction of subsidence above single-seam and multi-seam supercritical longwall panels', 9th Triennial Conference on Mine Subsidence, Pokolbin, Australia (2014)
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

2010Drescher A, Hambleton JP, 'Geotechnics and Terramechanics', UMN 58th Annual Geotechnical Engineering Conference, St Paul, USA (2010)
2009Hambleton JP, Drescher A, 'Asymptotics in soil-wheel interaction', Computational Geomechanics, COMGEO I - Proceedings of the 1st International Symposium on Computational Geomechanics (2009) [E1]
2008Hambleton JP, Drescher A, 'Soil damage models for off-road vehicles', GeoCongress 2008: Geosustainability and Geohazard Mitigation, New Orleans, USA (2008) [E1]
2008Hambleton JP, Drescher A, 'Mechanistic approach for relating test roller penetration to mechanical properties of bases and subgrades', TRB 87th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers, Washington DC, USA (2008) [E1]
2005Eggen M, Hambleton JP, Mantell SC, Davidson JH, 'Mechanical behavior of random fiber composite perforated plates', 20th Technical Conference of the American Society for Composites 2005, Philadelphia, USA (2005)
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Other (9 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
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, Stanier SA, White DJ, 'Analysis of ploughing in sand', ARC Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering 2013 Annual Report ( pp.94-95). Callaghan, Australia: ARC Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering (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)
2013Todeshkejoei C, Hambleton JP, Gaudin C, Stanier SA, Merifield RM, 'Effects of installation on the capacity of helical anchors in clay', ARC Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering 2013 Annual Report ( pp.65-66). Callaghan, Australia: ARC Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering (2013)
2011Hambleton JP, White DJ, Stanier SA, Merifield RM, Krabbenhoft K, 'Modelling evolutionary contact in ploughing and cutting of soils', ARC Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering 2011 Annual Report, ( pp.74-75). Callaghan, Australia: ARC Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering (2011)
2010Hambleton JP, Drescher A, 'Modeling a rolling wheel on soil', University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute Research Bulletin ( issue.1 pp.1-4). Minneapolis, USA: University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (2010)
2008Hambleton JP, Drescher A, 'On modeling a rolling wheel as a two- or three-dimensional process', Proceedings of the Symposium on Advances in Contact Mechanics. Delft, The Netherlands (2008)
2008Hambleton JP, Drescher A, 'Modeling processes involving soil-wheel interaction', Proceedings of the 8th International Workshop on Bifurcations and Degradations in Geomaterials. Lake Louise, Canada (2008)
2008Hambleton JP, Drescher A, 'Modeling deep wheel penetration in frictional/cohesive soils', Proceedings of the Inaugural International Conference of the Engineering Mechanics Institute. Minneapolis, USA (2008)
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Report (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2008Hambleton JP, Drescher A, 'Development of Improved Test Rolling Methods for Roadway Embankment Construction, Final Report', Minnesota Local Road Research Board, 288 (2008)

Thesis / Dissertation (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010Hambleton JP, Modeling Test Rolling in Clay, University of Minnesota (2010)
2006Hambleton JP, Plastic Analysis of Processes Involving Material-Object Interaction, University of Minnesota (2006)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

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
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,20020142014
GNo:G1400796

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
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,20020132013
GNo:G1300764

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
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,20020122012
GNo:G1200410
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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

CommencedProposed
Completion
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
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Dr James Hambleton

Work Phone(02) 4921 5893
Cell / Mobile Phone(04) 2221 5207
Fax(02) 4921 6946
Email
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
Office
EA 215,
Engineering Administration,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/james-hambleton
Linkhttp://www.jimhambleton.com/