ARC DECRA funding success
Dr James Hambleton has been awarded $350,000 in ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) funding commencing in 2016 for his research project Innovating earthmoving mechanics for next-generation infrastructure.
The objective of this project is to develop rigorous, mechanics-based models for ploughing and cutting processes in soils, which lie at the heart of earthmoving operations occurring on an enormous scale within Australia and worldwide. This project intends to integrate state-of-the-art physical modelling with the development of innovative techniques for numerical modelling to elucidate and predict the full unsteady progression of forces and deformations in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional processes. This project aims to help to increase the productivity, efficiency, and overall cost-effectiveness of earthmoving operations by advancing the scientific understanding of how soils are moved and shaped.