Investigators: Peter Pivonka1 and David Smith1
Institutions:1School of Computer Science and Software Engineering,
University of Western Australia, WA,
Australian Research Council (ARC)
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The estimation of
macroscopic transport and deformation parameters is essential in engineering
design. These have traditionally been estimated using phenomenological
equations, rather than linked to fundamental mechanical, chemical, or
electrical processes occurring within materials. Multi-scale modeling provides
a methodology to systematically incorporate detailed information about
processes occurring at smaller scales into governing equations at larger
scales. In this research we will use new multi-scale modeling approaches and
state-of-the-art experimental data to advance current understanding of
transport behaviour through porous materials including biomaterials (bone),
cement-based materials (concrete) and clays (liner systems).
Summary of National/Community Benefit
transport through porous materials is essential because it provides a technical
basis for answering many important questions in society today--how can humans
avoid 'brittle bones', how to design durable infrastructure, how to safely
store wastes (e.g. hazardous and municipal). Solution of each of these problems
requires innovation in model development, new method of analysis, and insightful
interpretation of results. While theoretical developments of this project are
general, in the sense that they are not restricted to particular engineering
disciplines, the four chosen applications closely align with two major research
priorities namely An Environmental Sustainable Australia and Promoting and
Maintaining Good Health.
Prof Lynda Bonewald -- Director of the Bone Biology Program at the University
of Missouri-Kansas City -- http://dentistry.umkc.edu/oralbiology/bonewald.htm is an expert in
osteocyte research. She was among the first to propose the mechanosensing role
of osteocytes in bone remodelling (as a measure of her standing, Lynda is Editor of the leading
journal in the field, BONE).
Her current research focus is on the role of sclerostin expression and
Assoc. Prof. Patrick Fox -- Dept of Civil & Environmental
Engineering & Geodetic Science at the Ohio State University -- http://www.ceegs.ohio-state.edu/faculty/fox
is mainly interests is in geotechnical engineering with emphasis on
geoenvironmental engineering, flow through porous media, consolidation,
geosynthetics, soft soils, retaining structures, and slope stability.
Dr Luc Van Loon -- Group & Project Leader of the Diffusion
Processes Group at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland (Laboratory for
Waste Management, Department of Nuclear Energy and Safety, http://les.web.psi.ch/groups/vanLoon.html).
His main focus is on experimental investigation of radionuclide movement
through different argillaceous materials (e.g. bentonite, opalinus clay,
montmorillonite, illite, kaolinite).
Dr. Leo Pel -- Senior Research Scientist of the Transport in
Permeable Media Group at
University (Dept of
Applied Physics, http://www.phys.tue.nl/nfcmr/cmrmain.html).
His main focus is the study of transport and phase changes in porous materials
(e.g., brick, mortar, sludge, concrete and clay). For measurement of ion
transport in porous media NMR scanners are used.
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