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Ali Tolooiyan

Senior Lecturer in Computational Geotechnics

Room 214 , Engineering Building

+61 3 6226 2429 (phone)

Ali.Tolooiyan@utas.edu.au

Dr Ali Tolooiyan is a senior lecturer in geotechnical engineering at the University of Tasmania, Australia. He has an established reputation in geotechnical engineering and is particularly well known for his contributions to computational geotechnics and the constitutive behaviour of geomaterials, especially in the field of slope stability and foundation systems. Being a chartered professional engineer of Engineers Australia and Engineers Ireland, he serves as a member of the Tasmanian Division Committee of Engineers Australia, and the Chair of the Tasmania Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS).

Biography

Ali completed his PhD in geotechnical engineering at the National University of Ireland, University College Dublin (UCD) in 2011, where he was subsequently employed as a Post-Doctoral researcher in the Geotechnical Engineering Research Group. In 2012, he moved to Australia and joined Monash University to establish the core of a new group named Geotechnical and Hydrogeological Engineering Research Group (GHERG). After the creation of Federation University Australia in 2014, GHERG became a part of the new University, and Dr Tolooiyan took a senior position until October 2018, when he joined the University of Tasmania (UTAS).

Ali researches in the field of offshore geotechnics, mining geotechnical engineering, slope stability, foundation systems, soil dynamics and porous media mechanics. He has taught several geotechnical engineering and numerical modelling subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In addition to his leadership roles at engineering societies, Ali is a member of the UTAS Human Research Ethics and UTAS School of Engineering Research Committees and the Graduate Research Coordinator for the School of Engineering. He has successfully mentored two post-Doctoral researchers, supervised ten PhD students and many masters and undergraduate students to satisfactory completion, with many receiving prizes for their efforts. Ali works in close collaboration with practitioners and private and government sectors. As the outcome of these collaborations, he has secured and led several major projects with a total value of more than $5M. With over fifteen years of consulting experience and contribution to over a hundred engineering projects, he is the founder and a member of the board of directors of ZAM Geo Solutions Pty Ltd.

Career summary

Qualifications

Degree

University

Country

Awarded

PhD

National University of Ireland, University College Dublin (UCD)

Ireland

2011

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Fellow member of   Engineers Australia (FIEAust)
  • Chartered Professional   Engineer member of Engineers Australia (CPEng)
  • Chartered Engineer member   of Engineers Ireland (CEng MIEI)
  • National Engineering   Registered member of Engineers Australia (NER)
  • International   Professional Engineer (IntPE)
  • Asia-Pacific Economic   Cooperation Engineer (APEC Eng)
  • Member of the Australian   Geomechanics Society

Committee associations

  • Chair of the Tasmania Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society
  • Member of the Tasmanian Division Committee of Engineers Australia
  • Member of UTAS Human Research Ethics Committee
  • Member of UTAS School of Engineering Research Committee

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Expertise

Fields of Research

Civil Geotechnical Engineering (090501)

Ocean Engineering (091103)

Mining Engineering (091405)

Research Objectives

Coal Mining and Extraction (850201)

Wind Energy (850509)

Wave Energy (850508)

Natural Hazards in Mining Environments (961007)

Rehabilitation of Degraded Mining Environments (961205)

Urban and Industrial Soils (961407)

Stone, Ceramics and Clay Materials (870304)

Research Themes

Ali’s research falls under the University research theme of “Environment, Resources and Sustainability” and “Marine, Antarctic and Maritime”.

Fields of Research

  • Civil geotechnical engineering (400502)
  • Mining engineering (401905)
  • Ocean engineering (401503)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding knowledge in engineering (280110)
  • Natural hazards (190499)
  • Wind energy (170808)

Publications

Total publications

38

Journal Article

(38 outputs)
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2021Ghadrdan M, Dyson AP, Shaghaghi T, Tolooiyan A, 'Slope stability analysis using deterministic and probabilistic approaches for poorly defined stratigraphies', Geomechanics and Geophysics for Geo-Energy and Geo-Resources, 7 Article 4. ISSN 2363-8419 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s40948-020-00189-3 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Dyson AP

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2021Kefayati G, Tolooiyan A, Bassom AP, Vafai K, 'A mesoscopic model for thermal-solutal problems of power-law fluids through porous media', Physics of Fluids, 33, (3) Article 033114. ISSN 1070-6631 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1063/5.0042526 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Kefayati G; Bassom AP

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2021Tatnell L, Dyson AP, Tolooiyan A, 'Coupled Eulerian-Lagrangian simulation of a modified direct shear apparatus for the measurement of residual shear strengths', Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, 13, (5) pp. 1113-1123. ISSN 1674-7755 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jrmge.2021.06.003 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 11

Co-authors: Dyson AP

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2021Tolooiyan A, Dyson AP, Karami M, Shaghaghi T, Ghadrdan M, et al., 'Maximising the efficiency of Menard pressuremeter testing in cohesive materials by a cookie-cutter drilling technique', Engineering Geology, 287 Article 106096. ISSN 0013-7952 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.enggeo.2021.106096 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Dyson AP

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2021Wen J, Tang Z, Dyson AP, Tolooiyan A, 'The mechanical behaviour of pre-existing transverse cracks in lignite under uniaxial compression', Geomechanics and Geophysics for Geo-Energy and Geo-Resources, 7 Article 6. ISSN 2363-8419 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s40948-020-00201-w [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Dyson AP

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2020Dyson AP, Tolooiyan A, 'An investigation of cross-sectional spatial variation with random finite element method slope stability analysis', Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, 38 pp. 6467-6485. ISSN 0960-3182 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10706-020-01448-6 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Dyson AP

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2020Ghadrdan M, Shaghaghi T, Tolooiyan A, 'The effect of negative excess pore-water pressure on the stability of excavated slopes', Geotechnique Letters, 10, (1) pp. 20-29. ISSN 2045-2543 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1680/jgele.19.00040 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

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2020Jamali H, Tolooiyan A, 'Effect of sand content on the liquefaction potential and post-earthquake behaviour of Coode Island silt', Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, 39 pp. 549-563. ISSN 0960-3182 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10706-020-01512-1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 3

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2020Karami M, Tolooiyan A, 'Investigating the elastoplasticity of an Australian soft rock based on laboratory test results', Engineering Geology, 276 Article 105762. ISSN 0013-7952 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.enggeo.2020.105762 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 2

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2020Shaghaghi T, Ghadrdan M, Tolooiyan A, 'Design and optimisation of drainage systems for fractured slopes using the XFEM and FEM', Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory, 103 Article 102110. ISSN 1569-190X (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.simpat.2020.102110 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4

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2020Shaghaghi T, Ghadrdan M, Tolooiyan A, 'Effect of rock mass permeability and rock fracture leak-off coefficient on the pore water pressure distribution in a fractured slope', Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory, 105 Article 102167. ISSN 1569-190X (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.simpat.2020.102167 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2

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2020Tolooiyan A, Dyson AP, Karami M, Shaghaghi T, Ghadrdan M, 'Investigation of an Australian soft rock permeability variation', Bulletin of Engineering Geology and The Environment, 79 pp. 3087-3104. ISSN 1435-9529 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10064-019-01715-8 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Dyson AP

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2019Dyson AP, Tolooiyan A, 'Prediction and classification for finite element slope stability analysis by random field comparison', Computers and Geotechnics, 109 pp. 117-129. ISSN 0266-352X (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.compgeo.2019.01.026 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 33Web of Science - 30

Co-authors: Dyson AP

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2019Dyson AP, Tolooiyan A, 'Probabilistic investigation of RFEM topologies for slope stability analysis', Computers and Geotechnics, 114 Article 103129. ISSN 0266-352X (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.compgeo.2019.103129 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 11

Co-authors: Dyson AP

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2019Dyson AP, Tolooiyan A, 'Comparative approaches to probabilistic finite element methods for slope stability analysis', Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory, 100 Article 102061. ISSN 1569-190X (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.simpat.2019.102061 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Dyson AP

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2019Rabbani P, Lajevardi SH, Tolooiyan A, Daghigh Y, Falah M, 'Effect of Cutter Soil Mixing (CSM) method and curing pressures on the tensile strength of a treated soft clay', Heliyon, 5, (8) Article e02186. ISSN 2405-8440 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2019.e02186 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

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2019Rabbani P, Tolooiyan A, Lajevardi S, Daghigh Y, Falah M, 'The effect of the depth of cutter soil mixing on the compressive behavior of soft clay treated by alkali-activated slag', KSCE Journal of Civil Engineering, 23, (10) pp. 4237-4249. ISSN 1976-3808 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s12205-019-0335-4 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3

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2019Tolooiyan A, Dyson AP, Karami M, Shaghaghi T, Ghadrdan M, 'Application of ground penetrating radar (GPR) to detect joints in organic soft rock', Geotechnical Testing Journal, 42, (2) ISSN 0149-6115 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1520/GTJ20170279 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Dyson AP

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2018Dyson AP, Tang Z, Tolooiyan A, 'Use of stochastic XFEM in the investigation of heterogeneity effects on the tensile strength of intermediate geotechnical materials', Finite Elements in Analysis and Design, 145 pp. 1-9. ISSN 0168-874X (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.finel.2018.03.003 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: Dyson AP

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2018Dyson AP, Tolooiyan A, 'Optimisation of strength reduction finite element method codes for slope stability analysis', Innovative Infrastructure Solutions, 3 Article 38. ISSN 2364-4176 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s41062-018-0148-1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 15

Co-authors: Dyson AP

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2018Falah M, Pouya KR, Tolooiyan A, Mackenzie K, 'Structural behaviour of an Australian silty clay (Coode Island silt) stabilised by treatment with slag lime', Applied Clay Science, 157 pp. 198-203. ISSN 0169-1317 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.clay.2018.02.045 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 4

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2018Jamali H, Tolooiyan A, Dehghani M, Asakereh A, Kalantari B, 'Post-long-term cyclic behaviour of Coode Island Silt (CIS) containing different sand content', Applied Ocean Research, 80 pp. 11-23. ISSN 0141-1187 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.apor.2018.08.018 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5

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2018Jamali H, Tolooiyan A, Dehghani M, Asakereh A, Kalantari B, 'Long-term dynamic behaviour of Coode Island Silt (CIS) containing different sand content', Applied Ocean Research, 73 pp. 59-69. ISSN 0141-1187 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.apor.2018.02.002 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6

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2018Zhalehjoo N, Tolooiyan A, Mackay R, Bodin D, 'The effect of instrumentation on the determination of the resilient modulus of unbound granular materials using advanced repeated load triaxial testing', Transportation Geotechnics, 14 pp. 190-201. ISSN 2214-3912 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.trgeo.2018.01.003 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 11

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2017Tang Z, Tolooiyan A, Mackay R, 'Unconfined Expansion Test (UET) for measuring the tensile strength of organic soft rock', Computers and Geotechnics, 82 pp. 54-66. ISSN 0266-352X (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.compgeo.2016.09.016 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 9

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2016Chen J-F, Tolooiyan A, Xue J-F, Shi Z-M, 'Performance of a geogrid reinforced soil wall on PVD drained multilayer soft soils', Geotextiles and Geomembranes, 44 pp. 219-229. ISSN 0266-1144 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.geotexmem.2015.10.001 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 12

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2014Gavin K, Doherty P, Tolooiyan A, 'Field investigation of the axial resistance of helical piles in dense sand', Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 51, (11) pp. 1343-1354. ISSN 0008-3674 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1139/cgj-2012-0463 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 34Web of Science - 29

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2014Hemmingway P, Tolooiyan A, 'Numerical and finite element analysis of heat transfer in a closed loop geothermal system', International Journal of Green Energy, 11, (2) pp. 206-223. ISSN 1543-5075 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/15435075.2013.772517 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

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2014Tolooiyan A, Hemmingway P, 'A preliminary study of the effect of groundwater flow on the thermal front created by borehole heat exchangers', International Journal of Low-Carbon Technologies, 9, (4) pp. 284-295. ISSN 1748-1317 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/ijlct/cts077 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6

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2014Tolooiyan A, Mackay R, Xue J, 'Measurement of the tensile strength of organic soft rock', Geotechnical Testing Journal, 37, (6) pp. 1-11. ISSN 1945-7545 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1520/GTJ20140028 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 19Web of Science - 17

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2013Gavin K, Cadogan D, Tolooiyan A, Casey P, 'The base resistance of non-displacement piles in sand. Part I: field tests', Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Geotechnical Engineering, 166, (6) pp. 540-548. ISSN 1353-2618 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1680/geng.11.00100 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 11

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2013Tolooiyan A, Gavin K, 'The base resistance of non-displacement piles in sand. Part II: finite-element analyses', Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Geotechnical Engineering, 166, (6) pp. 549-560. ISSN 1353-2618 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1680/geng.11.00101 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 11

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2012Gavin K, Tolooiyan A, 'An investigation of correlation factors linking footing resistance on sand with cone penetration test results', Computers and Geotechnics, 46 pp. 84-92. ISSN 0266-352X (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.compgeo.2012.06.005 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7

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2012Hosseini SAA, Mohammadnejad M, Hoseini SM, Mikaeil R, Tolooiyan A, 'Numerical and analytical investigation of ground surface settlement due to subway excavation', Geosciences, 2, (6) pp. 185-191. ISSN 2163-1697 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5923/j.geo.20120206.06 [eCite] [Details]

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2012Rabbani P, Daghigh Y, Atrechian MR, Karimi M, Tolooiyan A, 'The potential of lime and grand granulated blast furnace slag (GGBFS) mixture for stabilisation of desert silty sands', Journal of Civil Engineering Research, 2, (6) pp. 108-119. ISSN 2163-2316 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5923/j.jce.20120206.07 [eCite] [Details]

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2011Donohue S, Gavin K, Tolooiyan A, 'Geophysical and geotechnical assessment of a railway embankment failure', Near Surface Geophysics, 9, (1) pp. 33-44. ISSN 1569-4445 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3997/1873-0604.2010040 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 37Web of Science - 32

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2011Tolooiyan A, Gavin K, 'Modelling the Cone Penetration Test in sand using Cavity Expansion and Arbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian Finite Element Methods', Computers and Geotechnics, 38, (4) pp. 482-490. ISSN 0266-352X (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.compgeo.2011.02.012 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 60Web of Science - 55

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2009Tolooiyan A, Abustan I, Selamat MR, Ghaffari S, 'A comprehensive method for analyzing the effect of geotextile layers on embankment stability', Geotextiles and Geomembranes, 27 pp. 399-405. ISSN 0266-1144 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.geotexmem.2008.11.013 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 23Web of Science - 20

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

3

Total funding

$436,191

Projects

Bass Offshore Wind Energy (BOWE) Zone Reviews (2021)$12,204
Description
The project aims at conducting a high-level analysis and a comprehensive literature review on three potential zones for offshore wind developments in Tasmania in terms of site-specific environmental parameters and supporting information about supply chain and logistics. The outcomes of this study will better inform decision-makers and developers on the feasibility and suitability of such zones for offshore wind developments in Tasmania.
Funding
Brookvale Energy ($12,204)
Scheme
Consultancy
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Garaniya V; Abdussamie N; Arzaghi E; Tolooiyan AS; Chen S; Baalisampang T
Year
2021
Mount Wellington Debris Flow Risk Reduction and Mitigation Strategies (2020 - 2021)$147,487
Description
The primary objective of this project is to reduce risk and mitigate debris flow hazards by assessing a range of protective structures such as check dams and debris flow barriers. The project, undertaken by UTAS in collaboration with MRT and Hobart City Council will also target protective measures for critical infrastructure and services within the Greater Hobart region. Reports will be produced, informing key strategic policy for debris flow risk reduction and mitigation. Building on the preliminary results of Mineral Resources Tasmania, identifying regions of greatest risk to debris flow, geotechnical models will be created to assess the impact of debris flow events on critical infrastructure. These models will provide important information to inform hazard reduction, assisting the end-user and NDRRGP application partner Hobart City Council in the development of guidelines related to debris flow events. Analysis of debris flow barriers for high-risk locations will provide Hobart City Council and SES with strategies to reduce the susceptibility of landslip induced damage to property, critical infrastructure and the environment.
Funding
Tasmanian State Emergency Services ($147,487)
Scheme
Grant-Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Tolooiyan AS; Kefayati G; Dyson AP
Period
2020 - 2021
Managing timbers moisture content in the supply chain, construction and in service (2019 - 2022)$276,500
Description
The project aims to understand the moisture content (MC) of wood products and timber in the Australian timber supply chain and develop guidance that allows industry to limit unacceptable MC variation and improve customer confidence.
Funding
FWPA - National Institute for Forest Products Innovation ($276,500)
Scheme
Grant-Research
Administered By
FWPA - National Institute for Forest Products Innovation
Research Team
Nolan G; Dewsbury M; Tolooiyan AS
Period
2019 - 2022

Research Supervision

Completed Supervision (external to UTAS)

  • Mr Zhan Tang (PhD)
  • Luke Tatnell (MRes)
  • Kaveh Ranjbar Pouya (PhD)
  • Negin Zhalehjoo (PhD)
  • Ashley Dyson (PhD)
  • Parham Rabbani (PhD)
  • Hassan Jamali (PhD)
  • Mohsen Ghadrdan (PhD)
  • Tahereh Shaghaghi (PhD)

Current

3

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDNumerical Modelling of Debris Flow Risk with Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics2021
PhDQuantifying the Effects of Quasar Structure in Next-Generation Geodetic VLBI Observations2021
PhDIntegrated Numerical Modelling Approach for Design of Offshore Aquaculture Structures2021