Terry Bennett

Dr Terry Bennett

Senior Lecturer

School of Architecture and Civil Engineering

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

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

Terry has extensive experience in the development and application of advanced numerical modelling tools for the analysis of the performance of materials and structures.

Terry studied the modelling of soil-structure interaction for his PhD, with particular emphasis on how to avoid spurious reflections encountered on the boundary of numerical models which can render the results of analyses as meaningless.
Following his studies Terry joined TNO Bouw in the Netherlands where he worked on the development and maintenance of the general purpose finite element code DIANA. He then worked a postdoctoral researcher at Delft University of Technology in the faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences.

Terry worked in industry for a multi-national consultancy firm as a numerical modelling specialist. With a diverse workload ranging from the dynamic response of foundation system using ABAQUS to the analysis and design of an irrigation system using EPANET linked to ARCGiS.

He returned to academia as a postdoctoral researcher at Cardiff University in the School of Engineering. Terry worked on advanced constitutive models for cementitous composite materials, with consideration for aggregate interlocking in shear and experiemental tests for validating of numerical models. This was followed by the development of a meshless numerical technique for modelling the damage of solids and structures.

Terry returned to the University of Sheffield in 2006, and was appointed as a RCUK Research fellow in 2007 and as a lecturer in 2012. During this time Terry worked on higher-order continua, high strain rate response of materials and deformation of porous media. Terry was postgraduate tutor for the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering and in 2012 was appointed as Deputy Faculty Director of Research and Innovation, with a portfolio for overseeing the development and progress of the faculty's (~700) postgraduate research students and (~400) postdoctoral researchers.

In September 2013 moved to Adelaide to take up the appointment of Senior Lecturer in the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering. In this time he has been postgraduate coordinator, deputy head of school and Faculty Associate Dean for HDR students. He has worked on projects ranging from blast loading, well integrity and concrete degradation in acidic environments.

Terry has developed comprehensive set of eAssessments (formative and summative) for the facilitation of rapid feedback and the use of flipped classroom teaching models complimented with youtube lessons and worked examples (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXYCAw3GgaWglHRumaBk9gA/).

Terry’s research interests are in the broad field of computational mechanics with particular emphasis on material degradation and response of materials / structures to dynamic loading. Terry’s work has focused upon the modelling of the propagation of waves through heterogeneous media using non-local continua to represent the underlying micro-structure of materials. The high strain rate response of materials and modelling of blast waves has become an ever increasing focus of his work.

Terry also has an interest in multiphysics problems, modelling the complex interaction of pore transport, heat transfer, stresses and chemical reactions. This includes the application to the modelling of CO2 storage, wave propagation in fluid filled porous media and integrity of wells.

Consultancy and commercial work
Terry is available for consultancy in finite element simulations of nonlinear material response, dynamic behaviour of structures and digital twinning. 


  • Dept. of State Development (Mining and Petroleum Services Centre of Excellence) - Well Integrity and cementing practices.


  • University of Adelaide - eAssessment by Design.


  • FP7 (security) - ENCOUNTER, Explosive Neutralisation and mitigation Countermeasures for IEDs in Urban/civil Environments.
  • DSTL / Blastech Ltd - CoBL: Characteristics of Blast Loading.


  • University of Sheffield (Cross-cutting Directors of Research scholarship networks), DeepCarbon.
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council - Simulation of the effects of buried IEDs.


  • Leverhulme Trust, modelling wave dispersion in heterogeneous materials.


  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council / Defence Science and Technology Laboratory CASE studentship, modelling of cardboard honeycomb energy dissipating materials.


  • Research Councils UK Research Fellowship.

Terry's teaching interests lie in the field of mechanics, from the fundamentals of statics and strength of materials through to the formulation and application of finite element simulation techniques. The sensible application of numerical techniques to engineering problems is a particular area of interest, so that computer programmes are not used as black boxes or where a simple hand calculation would be more appropriate.

Terry received a postgraduate certificate in learning and teaching (PGCiLT) from the University of Sheffield in 2013. He is particularly keen to ensure that the active learning component of constructive alignment is well facilitated. His educational hero is Ken Stroud who wrote the text book “Engineering Mathematics”, based on programmed learning techniques and who has successfully saved many an engineer’s career before it has barely began in 1st Year, 1st semester. Terry has recently began using this philosophy in developing e-Assessment courseware to facilitate the feedback loop between instructors and learners which has been supported by the University's "e-Assessment by design" initiative. He is also experimenting with using more of the face to face contact time with students in tutorial mode as opposed to one way "content delivery".

Terry teaches subjects regarding the maechanics of materials and structures (statics, stregnth of materials, structural mechanics, finite element theory and practice).

  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2023 Co-Supervisor A coupled mechanical, durability and sustainability assessment of conventional and alternative concrete technologies Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ali Razmi Aghdam
    2022 Principal Supervisor Structural Form-finding Under Multiple Load Conditions for the Lunar Environment Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Seungil Lee
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2020 - 2022 Co-Supervisor Analysis of Permeability Evolution due to Compaction Localisation in Porous Reservoir Rocks Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Thanh Nhan Nguyen
    2019 - 2022 Principal Supervisor Time-dependent Deformation of Ultra-high Performance Concrete Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ming Sun
    2017 - 2021 Co-Supervisor A thermodynamic approach to modelling pre- and post-localisation behaviour of partially saturated soils for failure analysis using the Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Gia Dat Phan
    2017 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Investigation into the Material Response of Concretes when Subject to Blast and Fragment Loading Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Phillip Roy Mellen
    2017 - 2022 Co-Supervisor Modeling the Static and Dynamic Response of Lightweight Composite Stiffened-Plate Structures Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Azizul Islam
    2016 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Cladding Protection of Structural Members Against Blast Loading Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ye Xia
    2016 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Dynamic Analysis of Steel Confined Concrete Tubular Columns against Blast Loads Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Fangrui Zhang
    2015 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Degradation Phenomenon of Cementitious Materials under Sulphuric Acid Attack Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Lei Gu
    2015 - 2017 Co-Supervisor A Nonlinear Finite Element Model for Steel-concrete Composite Beam using a Higher-order Beam Theory Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Md. Alhaz Uddin
    2015 - 2020 Principal Supervisor The coupled chemo-mechanical degradation of cement-based materials Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Zhongcun Zuo
    2014 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Cement Sheath Integrity Assessments Subject to Pressure and Temperature Variations Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Elaheh Arjomand
  • Position: Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: 83136122
  • Email: terry.bennett@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 83134359
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Engineering North, floor 2
  • Org Unit: Civil Engineering

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