Dr Guillermo Narsilio

Research Interests

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Soil Science (geothermal energy)
  • Geotechnical Technology
  • Geothermal Energy
  • Material Characterization (porous media, granular media, soils)
  • Numerical modelling

Personal webpage

http://people.eng.unimelb.edu.au/narsilio

Biography

Dr Guillermo Narsilio is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow (and Senior Lecturer) in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering at The University of Melbourne.

He received his PhD in Geotechnical Engineering (2006) and his Masters in Mathematics (2006) and in Geotechnical Engineering (2003) from Georgia Institute of Technology (USA). He obtained his Diploma in Civil Engineering from the National University of Cordoba (Argentina) in 2001. He is the first and only Australian to have received the ISSMGE Outstanding Young Geotechnical Engineer Award, an honour given only every 4 years by the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) among geotechnical engineers and researchers worldwide. He co-authored a keynote paper with his former supervisor Prof Carlos Santamarina, considered one of the world's top geotechnical researchers, and another keynote paper with Prof Ian Johnston, well recognised in Australasia and the world. Narsilio did his postdoctoral experience at The University of Melbourne, guided by Prof David Smith, he became a Lecturer at the Melbourne School of Engineering in 2009, and he is now a Senior Lecturer. Narsilio has made important contributions to methane hydrates bearing sediments physical characterisation (this work was lead by Prof Santamarina, Prof Ruppel and Asst/Prof Yun, and has high impact in methane hydrates behaviour and extraction modelling, to use methane hydrates as an alternative energy source); multi-scale hydro-thermal conduction and diffusion geo-phenomena; and theoretical and numerical investigations of the chemo-mechanical properties of electrically charged porous materials (clays, shales, etc). In 2009, Narsilio was awarded (i) a Australian Postdoctoral Award (APD), by the ARC; and (ii) the inaugural Jack Morgan Award for outstanding contributions by a young geotechnical engineer to geomechanics in Victoria, by the Australian Geomechanics Society. Dr Narsilio's research interests include numerical modelling, multi-scale porous material characterisation and performance and the (sustainable) energy industry. He and a group of researchers at the Melbourne Energy Institute (Prof Ian Johnston, A/Prof Lu Aye, among others) are pursuing further research on basic and applied shallow and deep geothermal energy systems. 

Research interests
- Geotechnical Engineering

Recent Publications

  1. Miao X, Narsilio G, Wu A, Yang B. A 3D dual pore-system leaching model. Part 1: Study on fluid flow. HYDROMETALLURGY. Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 167.
  2. Afshar T, Miri Disfani M, Arulrajah A, Narsilio G, Emam S. Impact of particle shape on breakage of recycled construction and demolition aggregates. POWDER TECHNOLOGY. Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 308.
  3. Jensen-Page L, Narsilio G, Bidarmaghz A, Johnston IW. Impact of the Seasonal Variations in Ground Temperature on Thermal Response Test Results. Geotechnical Special Publication. 2016, Vol. 2016-January, Issue 270 GSP.
  4. Van Der Linden J, Narsilio G, Tordesillas A. Machine learning framework for analysis of transport through complex networks in porous, granular media: A focus on permeability. PHYSICAL REVIEW E. American Physical Society. 2016, Vol. 94, Issue 2.
  5. Bidarmaghz A, Narsilio G, Johnston I, Colls S. The importance of surface air temperature fluctuations on long-term performance of vertical ground heat exchangers. GEOMECHANICS FOR ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT. Elsevier Science. 2016, Vol. 6.
  6. Afshar T, Miri Disfani M, Arulrajah A, Narsilio G. Discrete element modelling of recycled waste rock: Particle shape simulations and effects. 12th Australia New Zealand Conference on Geomechanics (ANZ). 2015.
  7. Mikhaylova O, Johnston I, Narsilio G. Estimating Uncertainty of the Design Length of Borehole Ground Heat Exchangers. 15th Pan-American Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (PCSMGE) / 8th South American Congress on Rock Mechanics (SCRM). IOS Press. 2015. Editors: Manzanal D, Sfriso AO.
  8. Miri Disfani M, Arulrajah A, Maghoolpilehrood F, Bo MW, Narsilio G. Geotechnical characteristics of stabilised aged biosolids. Environmental Geotechnics. 2015, Vol. 2, Issue 5.
  9. Narsilio G, Francisca F, Ferrero H, Bidarmaghz A, Serrano C, Carro Perez ME, Makasis N, Delacoste E. Geothermal Energy in Loess: A Detailed Numerical Case Study for Cordoba. 15th Pan-American Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (PCSMGE) / 8th South American Congress on Rock Mechanics (SCRM). IOS Press. 2015. Editors: Manzanal D, Sfriso AO.
  10. Arulrajah A, Narsilio G, Kodikara J, Orense RP. Key issues in environmental geotechnics: Australia–New Zealand. Environmental Geotechnics. 2015, Vol. 2, Issue 6.
  11. Orangi A, Narsilio G. New Capacitive Sensor for In-situ Soil Moisture Estimation. 15th Pan-American Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (PCSMGE) / 8th South American Congress on Rock Mechanics (SCRM). IOS Press. 2015. Editors: Manzanal D, Sfriso AO.
  12. Mikhaylova O, Johnston I, Narsilio G, Kivi AV, Aditya G, Noonan G. Performance of Borehole Ground Heat Exchangers under Thermal Loads from a School Building: Full-scale Experiment in Melbourne, Australia. Proceedings of the World Geothermal Congress. 2015. Editors: Horne R, Boyd T.
  13. Johnston I, Narsilio G, Colls S, Valizadeh Kivi A, Payne R, Wearing-Smith M, Noonan G. Direct Geothermal Energy Demonstration Projects for Victoria, Australia. IPENZ Transactions. IPENZ. 2014, Vol. 41.
  14. Afshar T, Disfani MM, Arulrajah A, Narsilio G. Discrete element modelling of recycled construction and demolition material under monotonic loading. 67th Canadian Geotechnical Conference (GeoRegina). 2014.
  15. Yun T, Han TS, Chung SY, Narsilio G. Evaluation of hydraulic conductivity of reconstructed granular media generated using low-order probability functions. KSCE Journal of Civil Engineering. Springer. 2014, Vol. 18, Issue 1.

Guillermo Narsilio

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Engineering Block B, Parkville
University of Melbourne
3010 Australia

T: +61 3 8344 4659
F: +61 3 8344 4616
E: narsilio@unimelb.edu.au


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