Aaron Zecchin

Dr Aaron Zecchin

Senior Lecturer

School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering

Research Interests

I have a strong interest and passion for research in the field of fluid line network dynamics. I am actively undertaking research in the development and analysis of partial differential equation solvers, and the analysis of two-dimensional and fluid-structure interaction effects within pipe flow. I research Laplace-domain characterisations of hydraulic networks, and the utilisation of these characterisations for simulation and model identification. I am also working on the use of sparse linear solvers for the fast steady-state simulation of pipe networks.

I  work in the broad area of system identification, and I am active in its theoretical and practical application to the condition assessment of hydraulic systems. In particular, I have focused on the use of statistical frequency- and time-domain methods for both parameter estimation and fault detection within pipeline networks.

 In addition to the areas mentioned above, I also have an active interest in evolutionary algorithms, or more generally, population-based metaheuristics such as genetic algorithms, ant colony optimisation, particle swarm optimisation, differential evolution and the dynamically dimensioned search algorithm Within this field, my interest is in not only the application of these algorithms to engineering and environmental problems, but also the analysis and quantification of the convergence behaviour of such algorithms.

Large Research Grants
Project Title Funding Body Years Amount
High-resolution pipeline condition assessment using hydraulic transients Australian Research Council (Discovery Project) 2017 - 2019 $499,000
Improved decision support for natural hazard risk reduction Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre 2017 - 2020 $880,000
Cost Effective Pipeline Condition Assessment Using Paired Pressure Sensor Arrays Australian Research Council (Discovery Project) 2014 - 2017 $430,000
Decision support system for assessment of policy & planning investment options for optimal natural hazard mitigation Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre 2014 - 2017 $1,055,000
Combining transient micro-reflections and multi-sensor arrays for condition assessment of buried pipes Australian Research Council (Linkage Project) 2013 - 2016 $285,000

 

  • C&ENVENG 4018 (7018) Environmental Systems Dynamics (previously Environmental Engineering and Design IVA)
  • C&ENVENG 3079 (7079) Water Engineering and Design III
  • C&ENVENG 2071 Water Engineering II
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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 Co-Supervisor A coupled approach to regional flood and land-use modelling to determine the impact of land-use-change and mitigation strategies on flood risk reduction Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Eike Michael Hamers
    2017 Co-Supervisor Understanding the Problem Structure for Optimisation Problems in Water Resources Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Siwei Zhu
    2016 Principal Supervisor Designing a Proposed MOEA with Self-adaptive Operators and Application on Water Distribution System Problems Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Peng Wang
    2014 Principal Supervisor Robustness and Uncertainty in Optimal Decision Making for Disaster Mitigation Planning Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Graeme Angus Riddell
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2014 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Pipe Wall Condition Assessment and Leak Detection using Paired Pressure Sensors with Hydraulic Transient Analysis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms He Shi
    2014 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Condition Assessment for Water Distribution Pipelines Using Inverse Transient Analysis and the Reconstructive Method of Characteristics Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Chi Zhang
    2014 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Developing a (Semi) Automatic Calibration Procedure for Cellular Automata Based Land-use Models Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Charles Peter Newland
    2011 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Improving Partial Mutual Information Based Input Variable Selection for Data Driven Environmental and Water Resources Models Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Xuyuan Yuan Li
    2010 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Leak Detection and Condition Assessment for Water Distribution Pipelines using Fluid Transient Waves Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Jinzhe Gong
    2010 - 2013 Co-Supervisor Advanced Hybrid Approaches Based on Graph Theory Decomposition Modified Evolutionary Algorithms and Deterministic Optimisation Techniques for the Design of Water Distribution Systems Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Feifei Zheng
  • Position: Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: 83133027
  • Email: aaron.zecchin@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4359
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Engineering North, floor 1
  • Room: 1 08
  • Org Unit: School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering

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