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Christopher Beckett

Dr Christopher Beckett

Research Fellow
Academic Staff (Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering)

Contact details
Address
Academic Staff (Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering)
The University of Western Australia (M051)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
+61 8 6488 3761
Email
christopher.beckett@uwa.edu.au
Qualifications
ME PhD Durh.
Biography
Chris Beckett joined UWA in January 2012 following the conferral of his PhD and Master’s degrees from Durham University, UK. His research focuses on the interaction between soil microstructural features and their mechanical properties, within the unsaturated soil mechanics (USM) framework.
Key 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 Durham and 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.
Publications
Scholarly books:

Ciancio, D. and Beckett, C. T. S. (Eds) 2015 Rammed earth construction: Cutting-edge research on traditional and modern rammed earth. CRC Press, ISBN 978-1-138-02770-1 (Hbk) and 978-1-315-69294-4 (eBook and PDF).

Recent refereed journal articles:

Beckett, C. T. S. and Ciancio, D. Durability of cement-stabilised rammed earth: A case study in Western Australia. Australian Journal of Civil Engineering (in press).

Beckett, C. T. S. and Ciancio, D. 2014 Effect of compaction water content on the strength of cement-
stabilised rammed earth materials. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 51(5): 583-590.

Ciancio, D., Beckett, C. T. S. and Carraro, J. A. H. 2014. Optimum lime content identification for lime-stabilised rammed earth. Construction and Building Materials, 53: 59-65.

Recent refereed conference papers:

Augarde, C. E., Smith, J. C., Corbin, A., Ciancio, D., Beckett, C. T. S. and Jaquin, P. A. 2015. Geotechnical aspects of earthen construction materials. XVI European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, September 14{17, Edinburgh, UK.

Beckett, C. T. S., Ciancio, D., Manzi, S. and Bignozzi, M. 2015. Strengthening mechanisms in cement-stabilised rammed earth. First International Conference on Rammed Earth Construction, February 10-13, Perth, WA.

Ciancio, D., Beckett, C. T. S., Buratti, N. and Mazzoti, C. 2015. Notched mini round determinate panel test to calculate tensile strength and fracture energy of fibre reinforced cement-stabilised rammed earth. First International Conference on Rammed Earth Construction, February 10-13, Perth, WA.

Beckett, C. T. S. and Ciancio, D. 2014. Effect of microstructure on heat transfer through compacted cement-stabilised soils. The International Symposium on Geomechanics from Micro to Macro, September 1-3, Cambridge, UK.

Beckett, C. T. S., Ciancio, D., Huebner, C. and Cardell-Oliver, R. 2014. Sustainable and affordable rammed earth houses in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia: Development of thermal monitoring techniques. Australasian Structural Engineering Conference, July 9-11, Auckland, NZ.

Smith, J. C., Augarde, C. and Beckett, C. T. S. 2014. The use of XRCT to investigate highly unsaturated soil mixtures. Sixth International Conference on Unsaturated Soils, July 2-4, Sydney, Australia.

Suradi, M., Fourie, A., Beckett, C. T. S. and Buzzi, O. 2014. Rainfall-induced landslides: development of a simple screening tool based on rainfall data and unsaturated soil mechanics principles. Sixth International Conference on Unsaturated Soils, July 2-4, Sydney, Australia.

Thesis:

Beckett, C.T.S., 2011. The Role of Material Structure in Compacted Earthen Building Materials: Implications for Design and Construction. Doctoral thesis, Durham University. Available at Durham E-Theses Online: http://etheses.dur.ac.uk/3313/
Honours and awards
2014: Faculty Teaching and Learning Awards - Research Supervision (nomination)
Teaching
As of February 2015, Chris has supervised 40 Honours students completing projects in the fields of rammed earth research and agricultural engineering.
Research profile
Research profile and publications
 

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