Abbas Taheri

Dr Abbas Taheri

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.


Dr Abbas Taheri has over 18 years of industry, research and teaching experience in the field of rock mechanics and geotechnical engineering.

My research interest is in the area of rock and soil material testing, modelling and characterization and also stability analysis of surface and underground excavations and exploration boreholes. I have developed an in-situ triaxial compression test method and successfully measured stress-strain relations of rock mass in deep ground for the first time in the world. I have developed and verified a new rock mass classification system (SSR system). This innovative method enabled engineers to design large-scale rock slopes with a rating system without using sophisticated design software. Recently, I developed a method to describe rock failure behaviour to predict drilling performance and rock burst vulnerability.

I have undertaken/am currently undertaking several research projects related to geomaterial properties in shallow and deep ground and soil improvement methods which the outcomes will provide the tools for more efficient, safer deep rock mining and improve the stability of geotechnical structures.

Research Aims

  • Damage Mechanisms and Post-peak Response of Rocks,
  • Measuring and Simulating Behaviour of Cement Paste Backfill Material in Deep Mining,
  • Experimental and Numerical Methods to Investigate Rock Bursting in Deep Ground,  
  • Borehole Stability in Difficult Ground Condition,
  • Advanced Laboratory Testing Methods for Geomaterials,
  • Drilling Performance in Deep Drilling,
  • Advanced In-situ Rock Testing Methods,
  • Soil Improvement Methods,
  • Slope and Underground Opening Stability and Design,
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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2016 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2011 - 2015 Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2008 - 2011 Postdoctoral Fellow Tokyo University of Science
    2005 - 2008 PhD Candidate Yokohama National University
    2003 - 2005 Geotechnical Engineer ZAFA Consulting Engineers
    2001 - 2003 Geotechnical Engineer Iran Itok Consulting Engineers
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2010 Award Runner up certificate award (Proxime Accessit) of "ISRM Rocha Medal 2010" from International Society of Rock Mechanics International Rock Mechanics Society (ISRM)
    2008 Fellowship Postdoctoral fellowship award Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Japan AU$ 200,000
    2005 Scholarship PhD scholarship Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Monbukagakusho) of Japan Japan
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    Japanese Can speak and understand spoken
    Persian Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2005 - 2008 Yokohama National University Japan PhD, Geotechnical Engineering
    1999 - 2002 Amirkabir University of Technology Iran M.Sc, Rock Mechanics
    1995 - 1999 Amirkabir University of Technology Iran B.Eng, Mining Engineering
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2018 Peer-Assisted Refection and Development Program (P University of Adelaide Australia
    2012 Teaching at University University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia
  • Research Interests

Competitive National Research Grants

Date Project Investigators Funding body Amount
2019-2021 Management of outbursts and pillar burst in deep mines M. Karakus, G. Nguyen, A. Taheri, H. Bui ACARP AUD $123,000
2018-2020 Outbursts and pillar burst in deep mines M. Karakus, G. Nguyen, A. Taheri, H. Bui ACARP AUD $257,240
2016 - 2018 National Rock, Concrete and Advanced Composite Testing Capability 15 CIs including A. Taheri ARC LIEF  AUD $800,000
2016-2018 A new damage model for rock burst in hard rocks during deep mining M. Karakus, G. Nguyen, A. Taheri, D. Goodchild ARC Linkage AUD $244,000
2014-2017 Measuring and modelling the mechanical response of soils incorporating recycled tyres A. Deng, H. Nikraz, A. Taheri ARC Discovery AUD $225,000
2008-2010 Study on time-dependant properties of soft rocks for deep underground repositories and openings A. Taheri, F. Tatsuoka Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Grant AUD $200,000

Other Competitive Research Grants

Date Project Investigators Funding body Amount
2019-2020 Mechanical properties of cement paste backfill using new binders A. Taheri China University of Mining and Technology AUD $16,800
2018-2019 An innovative method to predict drilling performance and rock properties during drilling Y. Kawamura, A. Taheri

Mitsubishi Materials, Japan

AUD $19,000
2018-2021 Failure mechanism and true post-peak response of rocks A. Taheri Australian Centre for Geomechanics (ACG)

AUD $125,000

2017-2018 Stability analysis of cement paste backfill material under blasting loading A. Taheri, B. Ferdosi, M. Karakus Mining Education Australia (MEA) Collaborative Research Scheme AUD $28,400
2016-2017 Optimization of cemented paste backfill (CPB) using various fly ash additives to reduce CPB cost A. Taheri, M. Karakus, Z. Chen, D. Goodchild Mining Education Australia (MEA) Collaborative Research Scheme + Industry AUD $42,167+ $20,000 
2015 Research collaboration with Nagoya University A. Taheri Priority Partner University Grant AUD $3,000
2014 Establishment of a cross-disciplinary facility for analysis of engineering materials and structures using 3D Digital Image Correlation technique G. Nguyen, A. Kotousov, T. Bennett, M. Jaksa, P. Visintin, A. Sheikh, A Deng, A. Taheri, A. Ali, B. Scott ECMS Research Support Scheme AUD $60,000
2014 New methodologies to characterise rock mass behaviour for developing deep earth resources A. Taheri, M. Sharifzadeh Mining Education Australia (MEA) Collaborative Research Scheme  AUD $16,300
2014 Failure prediction in underground mine excavations using the combination of critical strain and Ground Reaction Curve (GRC) M. Sharifzadeh, H. Masoumi, A. Taheri Mining Education Australia (MEA) Collaborative Research Scheme AUD $19,300

School Research Funding

Date Project Investigators Funding body Amount
2014 Establishment of unsaturated triaxial compression and permeability measurement testing facilities for soil and soft rocks  A. Deng, A. Taheri ECMS Faculty and CEME School Equipment and Infrastructure Funding AUD $103,200
2013 Establishment of a confining pressure control system and on-sample measurement devices A. Taheri School Equipment and Infrastructure Funding AUD $34,000
2012-2016 Study on borehole stability in fractured rock mass deep drilling A. Taheri Deep Drilling Exploration Cooperative Research Centre (DET-CRC) AUD $123,000
2011-2013 Study on shear strength, deformability and drillability properties of rock mass by site investigations and laboratory testing A. Taheri University of Adelaide Start-up Grant AUD $10,000

Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching

Dates Course Name Course Code
2012- Rock Breakage MINING 3069
2012- Introduction to Mining Engineering MINING 1011
2013- Coal Mine Design and Feasibility MINING 4111
2014-  Advanced Mine Geotechnical Engineering MINING 4112/7112
2014 Mining Systems MINING 3071/7071

Supervision of Honours, Masters and Summary Research students (as Principal Supervisor)

Name Year Degree Status
Gao 2012 Masters Completed
Bruning, Evans, Brennan, Glowik 2012 Honours Completed
Squires, Zhang, Meng 2012 - 2013 Honours Completed
Olivares, Yfantidis, Connelly, Bastian 2013 Honours Completed
Ji, Akkari, Piotrowski, Frimpong 2013 Honours Completed
Bryson, Wang, Moult-Smith, Zhang 2013 Honours Completed
Wang 2013 - 2014 Honours Completed
Kamau, Lee 2014 Masters Completed
Sabetzadeh, Lu, Zhu 2014 Masters Completed
Dowling, Hodson, Lavis, Pietrus 2014 Honours Completed
Royle, Yang, Zhao 2014 Honours Completed
Andres, Kitoku, Altankhuu 2015 Masters Completed
Li, Lyu, Xi 2015 Masters Completed
Dai, Pan, Ho 2015 Honours Completed
Reich, Bui, Henry, Nguyen 2015 Honours Completed
Liu, Cook, Guo 2015 Honours Completed
Yan, Qin, Zhu, Yan 2015 Honours Completed
Feng 2015 - 2016 UG summer research Completed
Chen 2015 - 2016 UG summer research Completed
Li, Gorge, Li 2015 - 2016 Honours Completed
Psichogiopoulos, Wu 2015 - 2016 Honours Completed
Xu, Feng, Naeem, Ling 2015 - 2016 Honours Completed
Lee 2015 - 2016 UG summer research Completed
Rohrach, Lean, Victor, Kotsomitis 2016 - 2017 Honours Completed
Newcombe, Du, He, Nguyen 2016 - 2017 Honours Completed
Yan, Ahmady, Hazarei 2017 - 2018 Honours Completed
Shepherd, Dien, Folwell, Niemann 2017 - 2018 Honours Completed
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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Principal Supervisor Simulation and Experimental Study on the Effect of Acid-fracturing in Carbonaceous Shale Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Mohsen Farrokhrouz
    2018 Co-Supervisor Damage Plasticity for Cool Burst By Numerical and Experimental Analyses Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ugur Alkan
    2018 Co-Supervisor Determination of Soil Plasticity - Developing a New Test Method Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Seyedmasoud Manafighorabaei
    2018 Principal Supervisor Prediction and Control of Rock Burst Phenomenon in Deep Underground Mining Based on Rock Behaviour Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Roohollah Shirani Faradonbeh
    2018 Principal Supervisor Failure Mechanism and True Post-Peak Response of Rocks Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jorge Jonathan Cabrejos Hurtado
    2016 Principal Supervisor Stability Analysis of Underground Mining with Backfill Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Aminhossein Safarizadeh
    2016 Co-Supervisor Development of A Micromechanics based Failure Model for Rock Burst Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Rupesh Kumar Verma
    2015 Principal Supervisor Mechanical Properties of Rocks Under Various Loading Conditions in Deep Ground Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Yue Zhao
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2016 - 2019 Principal Supervisor The Performance of Fully Grouted Rock Bolts Subjected to Combined Pull and Shear Loads Under Constant Normal Stiffness Condition Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Mahdi Saadat
    2016 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Experimental investigation of damage evolution during strain burst in brittle rocks for deep mines Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Selahattin Akdag
    2016 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Mechanical Behavior of Tire Rubber-Reinforced Expansive Soils Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Amin Soltani
    2015 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Numerical Modelling of Tyre-Derived Geo-Composites Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Can Wang
    2013 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Drilling and maintaining stable unsupported boreholes in poorly cemented sandy formations Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Sam Saeed Hashemi
    2013 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Rock Strength and Deformability Characterisation and Assessment for Drilling Performance Estimation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Henry Edinson Munoz Principe
    2013 - 2015 Co-Supervisor A novel technology for enhanced coal seam gas recovery by graded proppant injection Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Alireza Keshavarz
    2013 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Study on Borehole Stability in Fractured Rocks in Deep Drilling Conditions Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ehtesham Ul Haq Karatela
  • Position: Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: 83130906
  • Email: abbas.taheri@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4359
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Engineering North, floor 1
  • Room: 1 55
  • Org Unit: School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering

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