• The University of Western Australia (M051), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • M468
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Prior to his appointment at UWA, Assoc/Prof Karrech was a Senior Research Scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation until July 2012. He had also held the position of Assistant professor at the Petroleum Institute of Abu Dhabi (2007-2009).

Assoc/Prof Karrech obtained his Higher Doctorate (Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches) in Engineering Sciences from the Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay (Paris, France) in 2013. He received his PhD in Structures and Materials and his MSc in Mechanics of Solids, Materials, and Structures from the Ecole des Ponts ParisTech (Paris, France) in 2007 and 2004, respectively. Assoc/Prof Karrech earned his Multidisciplinary Master of Engineering from Tunisia Polytechnic School in 2001.

Assoc/Prof Karrech research expertise is in materials, structures, multi-physics modelling, minerals processing, and computer methods for resource engineering.

Roles and responsibilities

• Research, teaching and academic service for the Department of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering (CEME);
• Graduate Research Coordinator, Department of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering;
• Acting director of the Structures Laboratory (Feb. 2015- Jan. 2016).

Teaching overview

  • Finite Element Method (GENG5514) -- Unit coordinator since 2014;
  • Surface Mining (MINE4503) -- Unit coordinator since 2014;
  • Material behaviour from Atoms to Bridges (ENSC1002) -- Unit coordinator in 2016;
  • Resource Extration tehnologies (ENSC3011) -- Lecturer in 2013, 2014, and 2015;
  • Risk, Reliability and Safety (GENG5507) -- Tutorials in 2013, 2014, 2015;
  • Computational Solid Mechanics (CIVL8140) -- Lecturer 2011 and 2012;
  • Numerical Methods and Modelling (GENG4405) -- Lecturer 2013, 2014 and 2015.


Computational geo-mechanics (Finite Element Method, Discrete Element Method...);

Resource engineering (surface mining, in-situ leaching, enhanced oil recovery...);

Mineral processing (hydrometallurgy);

Waste repurposing;

Thermal-Hydraulic-Mechanical-Chemical Coupling; 

Non-equilibrium thermodynamics of natural materials;

Large transformations (finite strain/rotations, instabilities in materials and structures);

Phenomenological and upscaling based damage mechanics; 

Dynamics and vibration;

Granular materials; 

Composite materials; 

Construction and building materials; 

Homogenisation and overall effective media;

Education/Academic qualification

Engineering Sciences, Higher Doctorate (Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches), École normale supérieure Paris-Saclay

Award Date: 23 Apr 2014

Materials and Structures, PhD, École des Ponts ParisTech

Award Date: 7 Apr 2008

Mechanics of Solids, Materials, and Structures, MSc, École des Ponts ParisTech

Award Date: 29 Jul 2004

Mechanics and Structures, BSc, Tunisia Polytechnic School

Award Date: 14 Jun 2001

External positions

Guest Professor, Chongqing University

16 Jan 2019 → …

Industry keywords

  • Mining and Resources
  • Built Environment
  • Energy

Research expertise keywords

  • Material science
  • Finite Element analysis (small strain, large deformation, coupled pore pressure)
  • Structural dynamics and model analysis
  • Structural analysis and design
  • Mineral processing (hydrometallurgy)
  • Thermodynamics
  • Numerical modelling
  • Construction and building materials
  • Composites
  • Granular materials
  • Mechanical behaviour of materials


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