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 An Deng (邓安) is an academic in civil engineering at the University of Adelaide. He received his Bachelor of Engineering from Central South University, Master of Science from Tongji University, and PhD from Penn State University before commencing his career in Hohai University. After his six-year career as an academic there, Deng relocated to Australia, where he accepted an academic position at the University of Adelaide.
In his academic career, Deng teaches courses in geotechnical engineering for students in civil and other related engineering degrees, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
As a supervisor, Deng provides guidance to students to conduct research in fulfilment of degree requirements. His guidance has helped graduate students in a broad range of engineering degrees: Bachelors, Honours, Masters by Coursework, Masters by Research, and PhDs. Deng also provides guidance to visiting scholars to extend research impact and improve teaching effectiveness.
In addition to teaching and supervision, Deng is committed to research. His research activities fall into the area of geotechnical engineering, with an emphasis on green materials, geomechanics, simulation & modelling, and ground improvement.
In research, Deng has been awarded Australian competitive grant ARC DP and Chinese competitive grant NSFC funds. He has published a number of research articles in major international and regional journals, and conference proceedings.
Deng provides service to the community. The services include the journal editorial board member, invited papers reviewer, invited grants assessor, and events helper.
“When I am not pinned to a computer screen, I spend time on family care, working in the garden, and trying hard not to go down too fast in outdoor ability.”
- My Research
- Grants and Funding
- Professional Activities
Natural resources are limited and will get depleted one day. One solution is the development of alternative, low-cost, free- or low-carbon emission, and high-performance materials. To researchers this solution represents a significant research need in a variety of aspects.
Deng develops and applies green materials in the field of geotechnical engineering. The green materials reuse by-products or wastes disposed of from factories or workshops. On top of the economic value, the green materials exhibit equal or better performance than quarry-based virgin materials.
"The green material development and its performance confirmation is a rewarding but challenging process." He focuses his research on identifying suitable waste materials and examining the behaviour of the waste-derived green materials to ensure their use in practical applications.
Deng is also interested in the area of ground improvement. "The work in this area troubleshoots problems surrounding the ground of concern, explores and recommends solutions to upscale the ground to field conditions." The solutions Deng has researched include electro-kinetic, vacuum preloading, geosynthetics, and grouting. "Each of the solutions is unique in suitability to cope with a particular ground problem and therefore subject to thorough prototyping and modelling work prior to the field applications."
"As the supervisor, I drive the research, but the journey in essence is rolled out by research students and scholars that I have supervised," explains Deng. With these research assistants, Deng has co-authored over 100 technical publications to date." In addition to growing research outputs, the students often bring in exciting inspirations and help move forward the research," Deng says.
Date Position Institution name 2017 Senior Lecturer The University of Adelaide 2015 - 2015 Visiting Professor National Taiwan University 2011 - 2016 Lecturer The University of Adelaide 2006 - 2011 Associate Professor Hohai University 2005 - 2006 Lecturer Hohai University 2000 - 2000 Geotechnical Engineer SGIDI Engineering Consulting (Group) Co., Ltd.
Language Competency Chinese (Mandarin) Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
Date Institution name Country Title — The Pennsylvania State University United States Doctor of Philosophy — Tongji University China Master of Science — Central South University China Bachelor of Engineering
Year Citation 2014 Addison, M., Deng, A., Harman, C., Hong, G., Lee, J., Shang, J., . . . Yang, X. (2014). Preface. Poster session presented at the meeting of Geotechnical Special Publication. 2012 Deng, A., & Fang, X. (2012). Numerical simulation of heat conduction in composite backfill. Poster session presented at the meeting of The 12th Chinese Conference on Rock Mechanics and Engineering. Nanjing. 2012 Deng, A., & Pan, D. -Q. (2012). Numerical simulation on engineering behaviour of rubber sand. Poster session presented at the meeting of The 12th Chinese Conference on Rock Mechanics and Engineering. Nanjing. 2012 Deng, A., & Qi, S. -W. (2012). Numerical study on one-dimensional frost heave of composite backfill. Poster session presented at the meeting of The 12th Chinese Conference on Rock Mechanics and Engineering. Nanjing. 2012 Deng, A., & Zheng, L. (2012). Moisture transportation under frost action. Poster session presented at the meeting of The 12th Chinese Conference on Rock Mechanics and Engineering. Nanjing.
Australian Competitive Schemes
|2015||Developing a green building material by reusing waste rubber tyres||A Deng||Australian Government Department of Education and Training Endeavour Fellowship||$17,000|
|2014–2016||Measuring and modelling the mechanical response of soils incorporating recycled tyres||A Deng, H Nikraz, A Taheri and Y-N Ge||Australian Research Council Discovery Projects Scheme||$225,000|
The University of Adelaide Funding Schemes
|Year||Project/ No.||Investigators||Funding Body/Scheme||Amount|
|2018||Special Studies Program||A Deng||ECMS SSP Scheme||$1,800|
|2016||Development and implementation of online quiz assessment||A Deng||ECMS Stephen Cole the Elder Fellowship Project Scheme||$6,000|
|2015||Special Studies Program||A Deng||ECMS SSP Scheme||$2,000|
|2013||Overseas Conference Leave||A Deng||ECMS OCL Scheme||$2,000|
|2012||Development of green composite geomaterials||A Deng||ECMS Start-Up Funding||$10,000|
The University of Adelaide Courses Summary
|Year||Taught||Developed||Coordinated||Course Title||Course Level/ Code||URL|
|2019||x||x||Geotechnical Engineering Design III||C&ENVENG 3012/7069||Link|
|2016–2017||x||Geotechnical Engineering Design III||C&ENVENG 3012/7069||Link|
|2016–2017||x||x||Advanced Civil Geotechnical Engineering||C&ENVENG 4112/7112||Link|
|2015||x||Construction Management and Surveying||C&ENVENG 2067||Link|
|2014–2015||x||Advanced Civil Geotechnical Engineering||C&ENVENG 4112/7112||Link|
|2013||x||x||Advanced Civil Geotechnical Engineering||C&ENVENG 4112/7112||Link|
|2012–2019||x||x||Geotechnical Engineering II||C&ENVENG 2069||Link|
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2019 Co-Supervisor Application of Electro-Osmosis to the Consolidation of Tailings Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Xiyang Chen 2019 Principal Supervisor Assessing the Effect of Soil Grading Characteristics on Vacuum Dewatering Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Zhihao Huangfu 2018 Principal Supervisor Determination of Soil Plasticity - Developing a New Test Method Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Seyedmasoud Manafighorabaei 2015 Principal Supervisor Constitutive Modelling of Tyre-Derived Cement Composites Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Chengjun Yu 2015 Co-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 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Mechanical Behavior of Tire Rubber-Reinforced Expansive Soils Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Amin Soltani 2015 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Assessment and stabilization of micaceous soils Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jiahe Zhang 2015 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Numerical Modelling of Tyre-Derived Geo-Composites Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Can Wang 2015 - 2018 Principal Supervisor A Study of Arching Effect in Soils Incorporating Recycled Tyres Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Hamidreza Khatami 2014 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Discrete Element Modelling of Geocell-Reinforced Railway Ballast and Experimental Examination of Geocell Failure Mechanisms Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Yang Liu
Date Role Membership Country 2011 - ongoing Member Australian Association for Engineering Education Australia 2011 - ongoing Member Australian Geomechanics Society Australia 2007 - ongoing Member International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering United Kingdom
Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country 2012 - ongoing Associate Editor Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering American Society of Civil Engineers United States
Review, Assessment, Editorial and Advice
Date Title Type Institution Country 2015 - ongoing Detailed Assessor Grant Assessment Australian Research Council Australia 2011 - ongoing Detailed Assessor Grant Assessment Natural Science Foundation of China China
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