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

    6009 Perth


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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 materials, structures, multi-physics modelling, minerals processing, and computer methods for resource engineering (e.g. Finte Element, Discrete Element).

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...)

Mineral processing (hydrometallurgy)

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


Engagement with and service to the local industry

  • Expert witness for a powder/graunular materials packaging machine; 
  • Design and modelling of composite walls (structural, acoustics, fire rating, thermal insulation)
  • Design and modelling pole-stay systems
  • Mechanical/structural testing of composite panels (aluminiuum honeycombs, FRP with insulating cores, etc)

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.

Education/Academic qualification

Engineering Sciences, Accreditation to Supervise Research in Engineering Sciences, École normale supérieure Paris-Saclay

Materials and Structures, PhD, École des Ponts ParisTech

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

Multidisciplinary, BSc, Ecole Polytechnique de Tunisie

External positions

Guest Professor, Chongqing University

16 Jan 2019 → …


  • Mining and Resources
  • Built Environment
  • Energy
  • 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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Research Output 2004 2019

3 Citations (Scopus)
Stress concentration
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4 Citations (Scopus)
Energy absorption
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3 Citations (Scopus)

Behaviour and design of air-cured GFRP-reinforced geopolymer concrete square columns

Elchalakani, M., Dong, M., Karrech, A., Li, G., Ali, M. S. M. & Manalo, A., 1 Oct 2019, In : Magazine of Concrete Research. 71, 19, p. 1006-1024 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Glass fibers
5 Citations (Scopus)

Behaviour and design of rubberised concrete filled steel tubes under combined loading conditions

Dong, M., Elchalakani, M., Karrech, A., Hassanein, M. F., Xie, T. & Yang, B., 1 Jun 2019, In : Thin-Walled Structures. 139, p. 24-38 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

5 Citations (Scopus)

Circular steel tubes filled with rubberised concrete under combined loading

Dong, M., Elchalakani, M., Karrech, A., Fawzia, S., Mohamed Ali, M. S., Yang, B. & Xu, S. Q., 1 Nov 2019, In : Journal of Constructional Steel Research. 162, 105613.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Energy absorption

Projects 2011 2020