Chris Beckett

Dr, ME PhD Durh.

  • The University of Western Australia (M017), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Crawley

    Australia

  • 127 Citations
  • 6 h-Index
20112018
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Personal profile

Biography

Chris Beckett was a Research Associate and later a Research Fellow in the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering from 2012 to 2017. He is now a Lecturer in Geotechnical Enigneering at The University of Edinburgh, UK, and holds an Adjunct Research Fellow position at UWA. His research focuses on the interaction between soil microstructural features and their mechanical properties, within the unsaturated soil mechanics (USM) framework.

Teaching overview

Chris currently remotely supervises one PhD student. He supervised over 60 final year research projects whilst at UWA in the fields of rammed earth research and agricultural engineering.

Research

RE construction: RE is a sustainable, environmentally friendly construction technique which offers vast energy savings over traditional construction materials. Championed by Chris and others at UWA, research into these material based on USM principles is now becoming the industry standard.
Mine tailings: Seepage control in Tailings Storage Facilities (TSFs) is critical for human and environmental safety. This work developed innovative and versatile equipment for use with the UWA geotechnical centrifuge to test model TSF embankments, providing industry with reliable, benchmark results.
Agricultural soils: Proper management of agricultural soils is critical for future food security. This research applies USM principles to soil management to predict the effects of physical management strategies on soil performance.

External positions

Lecturer, University of Edinburgh

1 Apr 2017 → …

Keywords

  • Advanced experimental methods
  • Geomaterials
  • Geomechanics/geomechanical soil science
  • Cemented soils
  • Stabilised soils
  • Soil microstructure
  • Soil compaction
  • Soil mechanics
  • Seepage modelling

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Projects 2017 2018

Research Output 2011 2018

  • 127 Citations
  • 6 h-Index
  • 18 Article
  • 14 Conference paper

Evaluation of the dynamic cone penetrometer to detect compaction in ripped soils

Beckett, C. T. S., Bewsher, S., Guzzomi, A. L., Lehane, B. M., Fourie, A. B. & Riethmuller, G. 1 Jan 2018 In : Soil and Tillage Research. 175, p. 150-157 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

penetrometers
penetrometer
soil compaction
Cones
compaction
Earth (planet)
Accreditation
Thermal comfort
Hot Temperature
Energy efficiency

Strength characterisation of soil-based construction materials

Beckett, C. T. S., Augarde, C. E., Easton, D. & Easton, T. 1 May 2018 In : Geotechnique. 68, 5, p. 400-409 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Earth (planet)
suction
Soils
soil
sandy loam
2 Citations

Compaction conditions greatly affect growth during early plant establishment

Beckett, C. T. S., Glenn, D., Bradley, K., Guzzomi, A. L., Merritt, D. & Fourie, A. B. 1 Sep 2017 In : Ecological Engineering. 106, p. 471-481 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

compaction
Compaction
Soils
Water content
water content
4 Citations

Life cycle analysis of environmental impact vs. durability of stabilised rammed earth

Arrigoni, A., Beckett, C., Ciancio, D. & Dotelli, G. 1 Jul 2017 In : Construction and Building Materials. 142, p. 128-136 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Environmental impact
Life cycle
Durability
Earth (planet)
Strength of materials