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Best Student Paper Awards (ACCM3) by Yanyao Bao and Si Suo

In February 2018, Yanyao and Si presented their research on the 3rd Australasian Conference on Computational Mechanics (ACCM3) hosted by Deakin University, and were both selected as “Best Student Paper Awards”. Congratulations! Well done! [1] Yanyao Bao, Ling Li, Luming Shen, and Yixiang Gan (2018), A modified smoothed particle hydrodynamics formulation for dynamic contact angles. The 3rd […]

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Congrats to Dr. Zhai

Chongpu has successfully passed the thesis examination and recently received the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering and Information Technologies) at the University of Sydney. His PhD dissertation entitled “Stress-dependent Electrical Conduction in Granular Materials” can be downloaded here via [PDF]. Dr Zhai (photo below) has joined Johns Hopkins University as a Postdoctoral researcher. We […]

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Paper online (Int J Heat and Mass Transfer) on capillary penetration

Liu, M., Wu, J., Gan, Y., Hanaor, D., Chen, C.Q. (2018) Tuning capillary penetration in porous media: combining geometrical and evaporation effects. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer. 123:239-250. [DOI][PDF:051_IJHMT_2018] Abstract: Capillary penetration of liquids in porous media is of great importance in many applications and the ability to tune such penetration processes is increasingly sought […]

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Paper online (Fusion Eng. Design) on thermal DEM with Smoluchowski effect

Moscardini, M., Gan, Y., Pupeschi, S., Kamlah, M. (2018) Discrete element method for effective thermal conductivity of packed pebbles accounting for the Smoluchowski effect. Fusion Engineering and Design. 127: 192-201. [DOI][PDF:050_FED_2018] Highlights • A thermal DEM code is proposed for the evaluation of the effective thermal conductivity of ceramic breeder pebble beds. • The Smoluchowski effect […]

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Conference papers on iCGMGE

The following conference papers have been presented by the research students at 1st International Conference on Geomechanics and Geoenvironmental Engineering (iCGMGE), 20-22 November, 2017, Sydney. [1] Yanyao Bao, Ling Li, Luming Shen, and Yixiang Gan, Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics Simulations for Hysteretic Behaviours of Capillary Interactions. Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Geomechanics and Geoenvironmental Engineering (iCGMGE), […]

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IWMEM2017 Workshop, Suzhou, China

The Second International Workshop on Mechanics of Energy Materials (IWMEM2017) has been successfully hosted at The University of Sydney Centre in China, 8-11 November, 2o17. The workshop contained 27 technical presentations, regarding a wide range of research on challenging engineering problems in energy systems (nuclear fusion / fission, batteries, and photovoltaic systems), and 45 participants […]

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Honour thesis student awarded with poster prize

Mr Xu Wang, an honour thesis student working on numerical modelling of capillary forces between rough interfaces in our group, has been awarded with John Main 2nd Prize for Poster Presentation event on 3 November, 2017. The Poster Presentation 2017 is the School of Civil Engineering’ major annual event to showcase the research undertaken by […]

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Chongpu and Shuoqi submitted their theses

In the past few weeks, Mr Chongpu Zhai has just submitted his PhD thesis titled “Stress-dependent electrical conduction in granular materials” to summarise his PhD work from 2014. Ms Shuoqi (Sharon) Li has also submitted her MPhil thesis titled “The distribution of saturated clusters in wetted granular materials” for the research conducted in the past […]

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Paper online (Int J Mech Sci) on contact mechancis

Zhai, C., Hanaor, Gan, Y. (2017) Contact stiffness of multiscale surfaces by truncation analysis. International Journal of Mechanical Sciences. 131–132: 305–316. [DOI][PDF:048_IJMS_2017] Abstract: In this paper, we study the contact stiffness of a fractal rough surface compressed by a rigid flat plane. A numerical model based on the analysis of flat punch indentation is proposed for simulated hierarchical surfaces, […]

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Paper online (Heliyon) on crumple-formed materials

Hanaor, D., Flores Johnson, E.A., Wang, S., Quach, S., Dela-Torre, K.N., Gan, Y., Shen, L. (2017) Mechanical properties in crumple-formed paper derived materials subjected to compression. Heliyon. 3 (2017) e00329. [DOI][PDF:047_Heliyon_2017] Abstract: The crumpling of precursor materials to form dense three dimensional geometries offers an attractive route towards the utilisation of minor-value waste materials. Crumple-forming results in a mesostructured […]

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Paper online (Fusion Eng. Des.) on ellipsoidal DEM

Moscardinia, M., Gan, Y., Annabattula, R.K., Kamlah M. (2017) A Discrete Element Method to simulate the mechanical behavior of ellipsoidal particles for a fusion breeding blanket. Fusion Engineering and Design. 121: 22-31. [DOI][PDF:046_FED_2017_M] Abstract: The breeder materials proposed for the solid tritium breeding blanket concepts are ceramic lithium-based compounds in the form of pebble beds. Different fabrication […]

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Paper accepted (Powder Tech.) on packing structures

Title: X-ray tomography investigations of mono-sized sphere packing structures in cylindrical containers Author(s): Joerg Reimann, Jerome Vicente, Emmanuel Brun, Claudio Ferrero, Yixiang Gan, Alexander Rack Powder Technology, in press. [DOI] Abstract: The structure of mono-sized sphere packings (diameter d) in cylindrical containers (diameter D and height H) both with and without inner cylinders (diameter Di) […]

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IWMEM2017 website online

The website of International Workshop on Mechanics of Energy Materials (IWMEM2017) is now online via http://iwmem.org/. The information will be updated in the near future. The workshop will be hosted in Suzhou, 8-11 November, 2017. The venue is the newly established University of Sydney Centre in Suzhou, in Suzhou Industrial Park. The previous workshop was […]

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Dr Gan visited universities and institutions in China

In April 2017, Dr Gan visited a few universities and institutions in China. These institutions include CAS Suzhou Institute of Nano-Tech and Nano-Bionics, Sydney Centre in China, Tongji University, Tsinghua University, CAS Institute of Plasma Physics, Southeast University, Zhejiang University, and Ningbo University. He discussed with other co-organisers for hosting the 2nd Workshop on Mechanics of […]

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Mr Guanzhe Cui joined the group

Mr Guanzhe Cui has just started his Master of Philosophy (MPhil) program in March, 2017, and he will work on numerical simulations of multi-component flow in porous media based on Lattice Boltzmann method (LBM). Guanzhe graduated with Master of Architecture and Civil Engineering from School of Civil Engineering and Mechanics at Kunming University of Science and Technology, China in […]

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Paper accepted (Fusion Eng. Des.) on effective thermal conductivity

Title: Influence of gas pressure on the effective thermal conductivity of ceramic breeder pebble beds Author(s): Weijing Dai, Simone Pupeschi, Dorian Hanaor, Yixiang Gan Fusion Engineering and Design, in press. [DOI][PDF:045_FED_2017] Figure: Gas pressure related size dependency of the contact units. Abstract: Lithium ceramics have been considered as tritium breeder materials in many proposed designs […]

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Ms Yongmei Zhang joined the group

Ms Yongmei Zhang has just started her PhD program in March, 2017, and she will work on the mechanics of interfaces. Yongmei graduated with Master of Engineering in Solid Mechanics from the School of Aerospace, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China in 2016.

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PostDoc Opening in Carbon Storage

A postdoctoral research associate in carbon storage has been advertised in the School of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and IT at the University of Sydney. The official advertisement by The University of Sydney can be found via https://goo.gl/wqsvLl The Postdoctoral Research Associate will undertake a project funded by the Australian Research Council on CO2 storage, […]

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ModVal14, Karlsruhe, Germany

From 2-3 March, 2017, Dr Gan attended the 14th Symposium on Fuel Cell and Battery Modeling and Experimental Validation (ModVal14), Karlsruhe, Germany. In the conference, the recent work in the research group on “Universality of the emergent scaling in finite random binary percolation networks” was presented. The presentation slides can be viewed and downloaded via:  

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Paper accepted (PLOS ONE) on RC networks

Title: Universality of the Emergent Scaling in Finite Random Binary Percolation Networks Author(s): Chongpu Zhai, Dorian Hanaor, Yixiang Gan PLOS ONE, in press. [DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0172298] Figure: (Left) A lattice network containing randomly distributed resistors and capacitors; (Right) Normalised admittance module as a function of frequency. Full paper can be downloaded via Publications page.

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