Ali Karrech

Associate Professor

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

    6009 Crawley


  • 480 Citations
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Personal profile


Prior to his appointment at the 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 Habilitation to Direct Research in Engineering Sciences from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan (Paris, France) in 2013, his PhD and MSc in Materials and Structures from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (Paris, France) in 2007 and 2004, respectively, and his Multidisciplinary BEng from the Ecole Polytechnique de Tunisie (Tunisia) in 2001.

Assoc/Prof Karrech research expertise is in multi-physics 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).

Current projects

• Associate Professor Ali Karrech 2016, 'Benign Recovery of Precious Metals from Deep Pristine Environments', ARC Discovery Projects.

• Professor Klaus Regenauer-Lieb, Doctor Christoph Schrank, Associate Professor Ali Karrech, Dr David-Alexandre Boutelier 2015, 'Finite Strain with Large Rotations - A New Hybrid Numerical Experimental Approach', University of New South Wales ex ARC Discovery Projects.


Computational geo-mechanics (Finite Element Method, Discrete Element Method...)
Resource engineering (surface mining, in-situ leaching, enhanced oil recovery...)
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
Homogenisation and overall effective media



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Projects 2011 2019

Research Output 2004 2018

Open Access
Fuzzy inference
compressive strength
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Rock bursts

Experiments and Finite Element Analysis of GFRP Reinforced Geopolymer Concrete Rectangular Columns Subjected to Concentric and Eccentric Axial Loading

Elchalakani, M., Karrech, A., Dong, M., Mohamed Ali, M. S. & Yang, B. 1 Jun 2018 In : Structures. 14, p. 273-289 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Glass fibers
Finite element method

Lattice Finite Strain Theory for Non-hydrostatically Compressed Materials

Karrech, A., Attar, M., Seibi, A., Elchalakani, M., Abbassi, F. & Basarir, H. 21 Mar 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering. p. 1-7 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

diamond anvil cell
research work

Modelling of multicomponent reactive transport in finite columns — Application to gold recovery using iodide ligands

Karrech, A., Attar, M., Oraby, E. A., Eksteen, J. J., Elchalakani, M. & Seibi, A. C. 1 Jun 2018 In : Hydrometallurgy. 178, p. 43-53 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Precious metals