ARC Grants for Civil Staff
2 November 2010
The School is pleased to announce that Giang Nguyen, Pierre Rognon, Kim Rasmussen, Hao Zhang, Liaquat Hossain, Greg Hancock, Cao Hung Pham and Gianluca Ranzi, have been successful in the recent round of ARC Discovery Grants.
Dr Giang Nguyen and Dr Pierre Rognon will study "The micro mechanics of faulting and fluid flow in porous reservoir rocks".
Summary: The project will improve the understanding of the mechanics and physics of reservoir rocks under various loading conditions. This will have impact on the recovery of hydrocarbon energy resources, storage of carbon dioxide in depleted oil reservoirs, and extraction of energy from geothermal reservoirs in Australia.
Prof Greg Hancock and Mr Cao Hung Pham will study "Direct strength method of design of simple and complex thin walled shapes for combined actions".
Summary: The Direct Strength Method project will allow structural design engineers, and companies manufacturing cold formed steel building products to innovate more widely. It will enhance the Australian and American standards for cold formed steel design improving safety in building structures.
A/Prof Liaquat Hossain will collaborate with A/Prof Jennifer O'Dea from the Faculty of Education and Social Work and A/Prof Michael Dibley from the School of Public Health on "An investigation of ethnicity, socio economic status and social networks as drivers of childhood obesity and body image among children and adolescents".
Summary: This study addresses the problem of obesity and overweight in children and adolescents in Australia. It aims to build a longitudinal picture of relevant social, behavioural and environmental factors and includes a unique study of the role of social networks in determining and reinforcing understandings and prevalence of obesity and overweight.
Prof Kim Rasmussen and Dr Hao Zhang will share a project with Prof Bruce Ellingwood entitled "System reliability based criteria for designing steel structures by advanced analysis".
Summary: The aim of the project is to develop a new system based criterion for designing steel structures using advanced analysis methods. The outcome of the research will help industry to design safer and more economic steel structures, thus enabling the profession to stay competitive in the national and international marketplace.
Dr Gianluca Ranzi will collaborate with Prof Raymond I Gilbert from UNSW on "Time dependent stiffness of cracked reinforced concrete".
Summary: This project will quantify the time dependent change in stiffness of cracked reinforced concrete and provide a clearer insight into the time varying load sharing mechanisms at the concrete reinforcement interface. Analytical models to simulate structural behaviour and reliable procedures for use in structural design will be developed.
Dr Gianluca Ranzi has also been successful in receiving an ARC Linkage Grant, in collaboration with Prof Raymond I Gilbert and Mr Rodney Mackay-Sim. The linkage partner is Universal Concrete Lifting Systems and the project is "Behaviour of lifting inserts for precast concrete construction".
Summary: The Australian market for precast concrete wall panels is estimated to be 5 6 million square metres per annum. This project will create the first guidelines for the design and safer usage of inserts for lifting operations, using novel analytical and numerical models to simulate structural behaviour and determine reliable procedures.