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Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 30/08/2002
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Civil)(Honours), University of Newcastle, 27/04/1995

Research

Research keywords

  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Mine Geomechanics
  • Rock Mechanics

Research expertise

Limit analysis

Finite Element Modelling and Computational Geomechanics

Modelling of discontinuous media

Stability of soil and rock slopes

Mining Geomechanics

Soil and rock testing

Geotechnical analysis

Rock Mechanics

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
090501Civil Geotechnical Engineering60
091405Mining Engineering25
091599Interdisciplinary Engineering Not Elsewhere Classified15

Awards

IACMAG Excellent Contributions Award

2011Excellent Contributions Award
International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics (IACMAG) (Australia)
These awards are given to individuals who have a record of significant contributions in research, academic activities and professional service in different regions of the globe.

Recognition.

2005Tollope Medal
Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) (Australia)
Recognition of outstanding contributionin the Austrlian geomechanics field for early career geotechnical engineers

Research Award.

2004Telford Premium
Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) (United Kingdom)
Best research paper on applied Mechanics in any ICE Journal for the given year
2000Teford Medal
Institution of Civil Engineers London (United Kingdom)
Best research paper in any ICE Journal for the given year.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Faculty Board

Faculty Executive Group

Director RHD - Centre for Geotechnical and materials Modelling

Assistant Dean Research Training

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Geotechnical Engineering

Teaching expertise

Geotechnical Engineering

Geotechnical Design

Numerical Analysis

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Highlighted Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010Merifield RS, Smith CC, 'The ultimate uplift capacity of multi-plate strip anchors in undrained clay', Computers and Geotechnics, 37 504-514 (2010) [C1]
1999Merifield RS, Sloan SW, Yu H-S, 'Rigorous plasticity solutions for the bearing capacity of two-layered clays', Geotechnique, Vol. 49 471-490 (1999) [C1]

Co-authors: SCOTT SLOAN

Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

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Chapter (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Merifield RS, 'Uplift capacity of inclined plate ground anchors in soil', Linear and Non-linear Numerical Analysis of Foundations, Spon Press, London, United Kingdom 85-130 (2009) [B1]

Journal article (26 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Li AJ, Merifield RS, Lin HD, Lyamin AV, 'Trench stability under bentonite pressure in purely cohesive clay', International Journal of Geomechanics, 14 151-157 (2014)
2013Wang D, Merifield RS, Gaudin C, 'Uplift behaviour of helical anchors in clay', CANADIAN GEOTECHNICAL JOURNAL, 50 575-584 (2013) [C1]
2013Suchowerska AM, Merifield RS, Carter JP, 'Vertical stress changes in multi-seam mining under supercritical longwall panels', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ROCK MECHANICS AND MINING SCIENCES, 61 306-320 (2013) [C1]
2012Li AJ, Cassidy MJ, Wang Y, Merifield RS, Lyamin AV, 'Parametric Monte Carlo studies of rock slopes based on the Hoek-Brown failure criterion', Computers and Geotechnics, 45 11-18 (2012) [C1]

Co-authors: ANDREI LYAMIN

2012Nguyen VQ, Merifield RS, 'Two- and three-dimensional undrained bearing capacity of embedded footings', Australian Geomechanics Journal, 47 25-40 (2012) [C1]
2012Suchowerska A, Merifield RS, Carter JP, Clausen J, 'Prediction of underground cavity roof collapse using the Hoek-Brown failure criterion', Computers and Geotechnics, 44 93-103 (2012) [C1]

Co-authors: JOHN CARTER

2011Li AJ, Merifield RS, Lyamin AV, 'Effect of rock mass disturbance on the stability of rock slopes using the Hoek-Brown failure criterion', Computers and Geotechnics, 38 546-558 (2011) [C1]

Co-authors: ANDREI LYAMIN

2011Nguyen QV, Merifield RS, 'Undrained bearing capacity of surface footings near slopes', Australian Geomechanics Journal, 46 77-94 (2011) [C1]
2011Merifield RS, 'Ultimate Uplift Capacity of Multiplate Helical Type Anchors in Clay', Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 137 704-716 (2011) [C1]
2011Ansari Y, Merifield RS, Yamamoto H, Sheng D, 'Numerical analysis of soilbags under compression and cyclic shear', Computers and Geotechnics, 38 659-668 (2011) [C1]
2011Shiau JS, Merifield RS, Lyamin AV, Sloan SW, 'Undrained Stability of Footings on Slopes', International Journal of Geomechanics, 11 381-390 (2011) [C1]
2010Li AJ, Merifield RS, Lyamin AV, 'Three-dimensional stability charts for slopes based on limit analysis methods', Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 47 1316-1334 (2010) [C1]
2010Merifield RS, Smith CC, 'The ultimate uplift capacity of multi-plate strip anchors in undrained clay', Computers and Geotechnics, 37 504-514 (2010) [C1]
2009Li AJ, Merifield RS, Lyamin AV, 'Limit analysis solutions for three dimensional undrained slopes', Computers and Geotechnics, 36 1330-1351 (2009) [C1]
2009Li AJ, Lyamin AV, Merifield RS, 'Seismic rock slope stability charts based on limit analysis methods', Computers and Geotechnics, 36 135-148 (2009) [C1]
2009Merifield RS, White DJ, Randolph MF, 'Effect of surface heave on response of partially embedded pipelines on clay', Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 135 819-829 (2009) [C1]
2008Merifield RS, White DJ, Randolph MF, 'The ultimate undrained resistance of partially embedded pipelines', Geotechnique, 58 461-470 (2008) [C1]
2008Li AJ, Merifield RS, Lyamin AV, 'Stability charts for rock slopes based on the Hoek-Brown failure criterion', International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, 45 689-700 (2008) [C1]
2006Merifield RS, Lyamin AV, Sloan SW, 'Limit analysis solutions for the bearing capacity of rock masses using the generalised Hoek-Brown criterion', International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, 43 920-937 (2006) [C1]
2006Merifield RS, Nguyen VQ, 'Two and three-dimensional bearing capacity solutions for footings on two-layered clays', Geomechanics and Geoengineering: an international journal, 1 151-162 (2006) [C1]
2006Merifield RS, Lyamin AV, Sloan SW, 'Three-dimensional lower-bound solutions for the stability of plate anchors in sand', Geotechnique, 56 123-132 (2006) [C1]
2006Merifield RS, Sloan SW, 'The ultimate pullout capacity of anchors in frictional soils', Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 43 852-868 (2006) [C1]
2005Merifield RS, Lyamin AV, Sloan SW, 'Stability of inclined strip anchors in purely cohesive soil', Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 131 792-799 (2005) [C1]
2003Merifield RS, Lyamin AV, Sloan SW, Yu H-S, 'Three-Dimensional Lower Bound Solutions For Stability Of Plate Anchors In Clay', Journal Of Geotechnical And Geoenvironmental Engineering, 129 243-253 (2003) [C1]
2001Merifield RS, Sloan SW, Yu H-S, 'Stability of plate anchors in undrained clay', Geotechnique, 51 141-153 (2001) [C1]

Co-authors: SCOTT SLOAN

1999Merifield RS, Sloan SW, Yu H-S, 'Rigorous plasticity solutions for the bearing capacity of two-layered clays', Geotechnique, Vol. 49 471-490 (1999) [C1]

Co-authors: SCOTT SLOAN

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Conference (18 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Li A-J, Lin H-D, Merifield RS, Lyamin AV, 'A case study of ground response due to diaphragm wall installation', 11th Australian New Zealand Conference on Geomechanics Conference Proceedings, Melbourne, Australia (2012) [E1]

Co-authors: ANDREI LYAMIN

2012Suchoweska A, Merifield RS, Carter JP, 'Effects of Transverse Isotropy on Vertical Stress when Multi-Seam Mining under Supercritical Longwall Panels', 31st International Conference on Ground Control in Mining, Morgantown, WV (2012) [E1]

Co-authors: JOHN CARTER

2012Suchowerska A, Merifield RS, Carter JP, 'Effect of abutment angle on stress distribution under supercritical longwall panels', 11th Australian New Zealand Conference on Geomechanics Conference Proceedings, Melbourne, Australia (2012) [E1]

Co-authors: JOHN CARTER

2011Suchowerska A, Merifield RS, Carter JP, 'Prediction of underground cavity roof collapse using the Hoek-Brown failure criterion', Computer Methods for Geomechanics: Frontiers and New Applications, Melbourne, VIC (2011) [E1]
2011Ansari Y, Merifield RS, Sheng D, 'A numerical study on the applicability of the piezocone interpretation methods for hydraulic conductivity of clays', Computer Methods for Geomechanics: Frontiers and New Applications. Volume 1, Melbourne, VIC (2011) [E1]

Co-authors: DAICHAO SHENG

2011Li AJ, Merifield RS, 'Limit analysis solutions for very gentle undrained slopes', Proceedings of the 14th Asian Regional Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Hong Kong, China (2011) [E1]
2011Li AJ, Merifield RS, 'Comparisons between two empirical yield criteria for rock masses', Harmonising Rock Engineering and the Environment: Proceedings of the 12th ISRM International Congress on Rock Mechanics, Beijing, China (2011) [E3]
2010Wang D, Gaudin C, Merifield RS, Hu Y, 'Centrifuge model tests of helical anchors in clay', Physical Modelling in Geotechnics - Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics 2010, ICPMG 2010 (2010) [E1]
2010Bates LJ, Merifield RS, 'Evaluation of the CPT for assessing ground improvement by dynamic replacement', CPT'10: 2nd International Symposium on Cone Penetration Testing, Huntington Beach, CA (2010) [E2]
2010Wang D, Merifield RS, Gaudin C, Hu Y, 'Centrifuge model tests of helical anchors in clay', IMPG 2010: 7th International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics: Proceedings, Zurich, Switzerland (2010) [E3]
2009Li A, Merifield RS, 'The stability of shallow tunnels in rock based on limit analysis', The Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference 24-26 May 2009, Sanya, P.R. China on New Development in Rock Mechanics and Engineering, Sanya, China (2009) [E2]
2008Merifield RS, White DJ, Randolph MF, 'The effect of pipe-soil interface conditions on the undrained breakout resistance of partially-embedded pipelines', Proceedings of the 12th International Conference of International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics (IACMAG), Goa, India (2008) [E1]
2002Hjiaj M, Merifield RS, Lyamin AV, Sloan SW, 'Rigorous Limit Analysis Solutions for Stability of Geotechnical Structures', 5th European Conference on Numerical Methods in Geotechnical Engineering (NUMGE 2002), Paris, France (2002) [E1]
2001Merifield RS, Sloan SW, Abbo AJ, Yu H-S, 'The ultimate pullout capacity of anchors in frictional soils', Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics, Rotterdam (2001) [E2]
2001Merifield RS, Lyamin AV, Pearce A, Yu HS, Sloan SW, 'Pullout capacity of earth anchors', PROCEEDINGS OF THE FIFTEENTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SOIL MECHANICS AND GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING VOLS 1-3, ISTANBUL, TURKEY (2001)
2000Merifield RS, Sloan SW, Yu H-S, 'Limit Analysis Solutions for The Pullout Capacity of Anchors in Sand', GeoEng2000 Conference Proceedings, Melbourne, Australia (2000) [E1]

Co-authors: SCOTT SLOAN

1999Merifield RS, Pearce A, Yu H-S, Sloan SW, 'Stability of Anchor Plates', Proceedings 8th Australia New Zealand Conference on Geomechanics, Hobart, Hobart, Australia (1999) [E1]

Co-authors: SCOTT SLOAN

1999Merifield RS, Lyamin AV, Sloan SW, Yu H-S, 'Three-dimensional stability analysis of plate anchors in clay', Proceedings of the seventh international symposium on numerical models in geomechanics, Austria (1999) [E1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants8
Total funding$1,038,907

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2013 (3 grants)

A National Facility for In situ Testing of Soft Soils$345,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Scott Sloan, Professor Mark Randolph, Professor John Carter, Professor Daichao Sheng, Professor Mark Cassidy, Professor Buddhima Indraratna, Professor David White, Professor Nasser Khalili, Professor David Williams, Conjoint Associate Professor Richard Merifield, Associate Professor Jayantha Kodikara, Associate Professor David Airey, Associate Professor Itai Einav, Associate Professor Andrew Abbo, Dr Cholachat Rujikiatkamjorn, Dr Samuel Stanier, Dr Conleth O'Loughlin, Dr Dorival Pedroso, Dr Alexander Scheuermann, Dr Ha Bui
SchemeRole
Equipment GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$345,00020132013
GNo:G1200139

A National Facility for In situ Testing of Soft Soils$300,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Scott Sloan, Professor Mark Randolph, Professor John Carter, Professor Daichao Sheng, Professor Mark Cassidy, Professor Buddhima Indraratna, Professor David White, Professor Nasser Khalili, Professor David Williams, Conjoint Associate Professor Richard Merifield, Associate Professor Jayantha Kodikara, Associate Professor David Airey, Associate Professor Itai Einav, Associate Professor Andrew Abbo, Dr Cholachat Rujikiatkamjorn, Dr Samuel Stanier, Dr Conleth O'Loughlin, Dr Dorival Pedroso, Dr Alexander Scheuermann, Dr Ha Bui
SchemeRole
Linkage Infrastructure Equipment & Facilities (LIEF)Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$300,00020132013
GNo:G1200460

A National Facility for In situ Testing of Soft Soils$193,600
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Scott Sloan, Professor Mark Randolph, Professor John Carter, Professor Daichao Sheng, Professor Mark Cassidy, Professor Buddhima Indraratna, Professor David White, Professor Nasser Khalili, Professor David Williams, Conjoint Associate Professor Richard Merifield, Associate Professor Jayantha Kodikara, Associate Professor David Airey, Associate Professor Itai Einav, Associate Professor Andrew Abbo, Dr Cholachat Rujikiatkamjorn, Dr Samuel Stanier, Dr Conleth O'Loughlin, Dr Dorival Pedroso, Dr Alexander Scheuermann, Dr Ha Bui
SchemeRole
Linkage Infrastructure Equipment & Facilities (LIEF) Partner fundingInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$193,60020132013
GNo:G1300956

2012 (1 grants)

The national geotechnical centrifuge facility$80,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Christophe Gaudin, Professor Scott Sloan, Professor John Carter, Associate Professor Kristian Krabbenhoft, Conjoint Associate Professor Richard Merifield
SchemeRole
Equipment GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$80,00020122012
GNo:G1100676

2010 (1 grants)

Interburden behaviour in multiple seam mining$30,000
Funding Body: Department of Industry, Science & Resources

SchemeRole
NSW State Government Department FundingChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$30,00020102011
GNo:128072425

2008 (2 grants)

Numerical modelling of helical anchors$7,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Conjoint Associate Professor Richard Merifield
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$7,50020082008
GNo:G0188677

12th International Association for Computer Methods and advances in Geomechanics, GOA, India, 1/10/2008 - 6/10/2008$1,700
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Conjoint Associate Professor Richard Merifield
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,70020082008
GNo:G0188712

2005 (1 grants)

Rigorous three dimensional plasticity solutions for soil and rock slopes$81,107
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Conjoint Associate Professor Richard Merifield, Professor Andrei Lyamin
SchemeRole
Discovery ProjectsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$81,10720052007
GNo:G0185675
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions3
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.5

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
20142016PhD (Civil Eng)Co-SupervisorDesign of Working Platforms for Tracked Plants
20122016PhD (Civil Eng)Co-SupervisorEffects of Installation on Capacity of Helical Anchors in Clay
20122016PhD (Civil Eng)Co-SupervisorNumerical and Experimental Study of Particle Flow in Soils

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2014PhD (Civil Eng)Co-SupervisorApplications of Large Deformation Finite Element Method to Geotechnical Problems with Contact
2014PhD (Civil Eng)Co-SupervisorThe Geomechanics of Single-seam and Multi-seam Longwall Coal Mining
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Conjoint Associate Professor Richard Merifield

Work Phone(02) 4921 5735
Fax(02) 4921 6991
Email
PositionConjoint Associate Professor
School of Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaCivil Engineering
Office
EA228,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/richard-merifield