ARC Discovery Project funding success
Dr Georgios Kouretizis, Professor Daichao Sheng and Associate Professor Kristian Krabbenhoft have been awarded more than $463,000 in ARC Discovery Project funding commencing in 2015 for their research project Unsaturated soil-structure interaction with emphasis on buried pipelines.
About the project
Buried pipeline networks is the most common mode of transporting and distributing water, oil and gas resources and pipeline failures may have a major socioeconomic and environmental impact. The goal is to develop a framework for describing the mechanisms underlying soil-pipe interaction, aiming to reduce the failure risk of pipes affected by geohazards. The project aims to model the response of pipelines in the laboratory, using a new custom-built apparatus. Experimental results are expected to provide insight for developing a theoretical model to quantify the effect of soil moisture on pipe integrity, and propose design formulas. A general framework is intended to be developed for handling various unsaturated soil-structure interaction problems in geotechnical engineering.