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

    6009 Perth


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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...)
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

Education/Academic qualification

Engineering Sciences, Accreditation to Supervise Research in Engineering Sciences, Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan

Materials and Structures, PhD, Ecole Ponts ParisTech

Mechanics of Solids, Materials, and Struscutres, MSc, Ecole Ponts ParisTech

Multidisciplinary, BSc, Ecole Polytechnique de Tunisie

External positions

Guest Professor, Chongqing University

16 Jan 2019 → …


  • Mining and Resources
  • Built Environment
  • Energy

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Projects 2011 2019

Research Output 2004 2019

1 Citations (Scopus)

Energy dissipation and storage in underground mining operations

Dong, X., Karrech, A., Basarir, H., Elchalakani, M. & Seibi, A., Jan 2019, In : Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering. 52, 1, p. 229-245 17 p.

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Longwall mining
energy dissipation
Energy storage
Crack propagation
Open Access
Fuzzy inference
compressive strength
Compressive strength
3 Citations (Scopus)
Rock bursts
Energy absorption
Impact resistance
2 Citations (Scopus)

Behaviour of Concrete-filled Double-skin Short Columns Under Compression Through Finite Element Modelling: SHS Outer and SHS Inner Tubes

Hassanein, M. F., Elchalakani, M., Karrech, A., Patel, V. I. & Yang, B., 1 Jun 2018, In : Structures. 14, p. 358-375 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle