The Priority Research Centre for Geotechnical Science and Engineering develops new models and innovative computational methods for predicting the behaviour of geomaterials, metals and composites. Advanced computational methods, coupled with laboratory and field testing are key tools in this pursuit.

The Centre combines two of Australia's leading research teams in their own areas: the Geotechnical Research Group and the Diffusion in Solids Group. Although these groups study problems at different length scales, they are united in their aim to develop material models that accurately describe the macroscopic behaviour of a wide range of materials.

They are also united by their common interest in the use of advanced computational methods, such as nonlinear finite element analysis, to solve multiphase problems involving deformation, diffusion and transport. By combining the numerical modelling expertise of the Geotechnical Research Group with the nano- and micro-scale modelling expertise of the Diffusion in Solids Group, a wide range of practical problems are being studied including contaminant migration and remediation in soils, the constitutive behaviour of geomaterials (soils and rocks), failure mechanisms and heat transport in electronic devices, and the mechanical behaviour of tunnels, building foundations, road embankments, harbour facilities, and mine sites.

The Centre brings together key people and harnesses a broad range of expertise across the University. Researchers work closely with government agencies and private industry to offer a unique ability to provide practical solutions to geotechnical and materials problems using advanced software for limit analysis, shakedown analysis, finite element analysis, molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo simulation.

Key Achievements

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