Creating efficiencies in earth moving—20 September 2016

Discovery Early Career Researcher, Dr James Hambleton, from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Geotechnical Science and Engineering based at The University of Newcastle, is creating efficiencies in earth moving.

Dr Hambleton’s research project aims 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. It is integrating 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.

The ARC Centre of Excellence in Geotechnical Science and Engineering was awarded $14.4 million over seven years (commencing in 2011) to provide engineers with new science-based tools for predicting the safety of offshore and onshore geostructures such as oil and gas platforms, roads, railways, tunnels, dams, and port facilities.

The CGSE has produced a short You Tube video outlining Dr Hambelton’s work.

Issued by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Geotechnical Science and Engineering.

Original Published Date: 
Tuesday, September 20, 2016