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.
Date Position Institution name 2013 - ongoing Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide 2012 - 2013 Deputy Director for Research and Innovation University of Sheffield 2012 - 2013 Lecturer University of Sheffield 2007 - 2012 Research Fellow University of Sheffield 2006 - 2007 Research Associate University of Sheffield 2003 - 2006 Research Associate Cardiff University 2002 - 2003 Numerical Modelling Specialist JACOBS 2001 - 2002 Research Associate Delft University of Technology 1999 - 2001 Computational Mechanic TNO Bouw
Date Institution name Country Title 2012 University of Sheffield United Kingdom PGCiLT 1996 - 2002 University of Sheffield United Kingdom PhD 1992 - 1996 University of Sheffield United Kingdom MEng
Year Citation 2008 Askes, H., Bennett, T., Gitman, I., & Aifantis, E. (2008). A Multi-Scale Formulation of Gradient Elasticity and Its Finite Element Implementation. In M. Papadrakakis, & B. H. V. Topping (Eds.), Unknown Book (pp. 189-208). United Kingdom: Saxe-Coburg Publications.
2007 Askes, H., Bennett, T., & Kulasegaram, S. (2007). Meshless discretisation of nonlocal damage theories. In A. Combescure, R. DeBorst, & T. Belytschko (Eds.), IUTAM Symposium on Discretization Methods for Evolving Discontinuities (Vol. 5, pp. 3-20). SPRINGER.
Year Citation 2023 Phan, D. G., Nguyen, G. D., Bui, H. H., & Bennett, T. (2023). Prediction of the Onset and Orientation of Shear Bands in Partially Saturated Soils Using a Coupled Hydro-Mechanical Model. In Springer Series in Geomechanics and Geoengineering (pp. 41-50). Online: Springer Nature Switzerland.
2023 Nguyen, N. T., Phan, D. G., Bennett, T., Bui, H. H., Nguyen, G. D., & Karakus, M. (2023). Modelling localised failure in porous reservoir rocks using a continuum model with an embedded localisation band. In Procedia Structural Integrity Vol. 45 (pp. 52-59). Elsevier BV.
2021 Phan, G., Nguyen, G. D., Bui, H. H., & Bennett, T. (2021). A Thermodynamics-Based Formulation for Coupled Hydro-Mechanical Behaviour of Unsaturated Soils. In Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering Vol. 125 (pp. 531-538). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.
2020 Zuo, Z. C., & Bennett, T. (2020). Numerical Simulation of the Interaction Between Chemical and Mechanical Damage for Cementitious Materials. In ACMSM25 Proceedings of the 25th Australasian Conference on Mechanics of Structures and Materials Vol. 37 (pp. 395-406). Singapore: Springer.
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2017 Arjomand, E., Bennett, T., & Nguyen, G. (2017). Study of class g well cement behavior under triaxial compression and flexure tests. In Mechanics of Structures and Materials: Advancements and Challenges - Proceedings of the 24th Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials, ACMSM24 2016 (pp. 933-938). UK: Taylor & Francis.
2015 Bradley, A., Jaksa, M., Kuo, Y., & Bennett, T. (2015). A finite element model for heavy tamping on dry sand. In Proceedings of the XVI ECSMGE Geotechnical Engineering for Infrastructure and Development Vol. 3 (pp. 1377-1382). Edinburgh, UK: ICE Publishing.
2014 Nguyen, G. D., El-Zein, A., & Bennett, T. (2014). A Conceptual Approach to Two-Scale Constitutive Modelling For Hydro-Mechanical Coupling. In 7th International Congress on Environmental Geotechnics e-book (pp. 870-877). Melbourne: Engineers Australia. 2014 Bennett, T., Fay, S. D., Clarke, S. D., Tyas, A., Warren, J., Rigby, S. E., . . . Gant, M. (2014). Measuring the spatial and temporal pressure variation from buried charges. In Proceedings of the 23rd International Symposium on Military Aspects of Blast and Shock (pp. 1-12). Oxford (UK). 2014 Lincoln, D., Askes, H., Smith, C., Cripps, J., & Bennett, T. (2014). Coupled two-component flow in deformable fractured porous media with application to modelling geological carbon storage. In Numerical Methods in Geotechnical Engineering - Proceedings of the 8th European Conference on Numerical Methods in Geotechnical Engineering, NUMGE 2014 Vol. 2 (pp. 989-994). online: Taylor and Francis - Balkema.
2013 Bennett, T., & Haslam, I. (2013). A novel fluid-particle interaction scheme for the simulation of buried explosives. In CM13 an International conference on computational mechanics. Durham (UK). 2013 Bennett, T., Lincoln, D. L., & Cripps, J. C. (2013). Coupled fluid flow in deformable porous media - towards a numerical simulator for geological carbon storage. In CM13 an International conference on computational mechanics. Durham (UK). 2010 Spooner, N. J. C., Cripps, J., & Bennett, T. (2010). The characteristics of boulby as a site for the LAGUNA experiment. In L. Trache, S. Stoica, & A. Smirnov (Eds.), AIP Conference Proceedings Vol. 1304 (pp. 320-325). Sinaia, ROMANIA: AMER INST PHYSICS.
2009 Rodriguez-Ferran, A., Tamayo-Mas, E., Bennett, T., & Askes, H. (2009). A continuous-discontinuous model for softening and cracking based on non-local gradient elasticity. In E. Onate, D. R. J. Owen, & B. Suarez (Eds.), Computational Plasticity X - Fundamentals and Applications (pp. 1-4). Online: CIMNE.
2009 Bennett, T., Askes, H., & Gitman, I. M. (2009). Dynamic implementation of implicit gradient elasticity. In Euromech Colloquium 510 - Mechanics of continua: a hundred years after the Cosserats. Paris (France). 2008 Bennett, T., Askes, H., & Gitman, I. M. (2008). Dispersive wave propagation of body waves modelled with gradient elasticity. In Proceedings of the 16th ACME-UK conference. Newcastle (UK). 2008 Bennett, T., Rodriguez-Ferran, A., & Askes, H. (2008). Gradient elasticity regularisation of localisation behaviour in dynamics. In Proceedings of the 16th ACME-UK conference. Newcastle (UK). 2008 Bennett, T., Askes, H., Gitman, I. M., & Aifantis, E. C. (2008). A multi-scale formulation of dynamically consistent gradient elasticity and its finite element implemantation. In Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Computational Structures Technology. Athens (Greece). 2007 Bennett, T., & Askes, H. (2007). Wave dispersion in heterogeneous materials using a C0-implementation of gradient elasticity. In ECCOMAS thematic conference on modelling of heterogeneous materials with applications in construction and biomedical engineering. Prague (Czech Republic). 2007 Bennett, T., & Askes, H. (2007). Numerical modelling of high frequency wave dispersion in heterogeneous materials. In Proceeding of the 10th European mechanics of materials conference. Kazimierz Dolny (Poland). 2007 Bennett, T., & Askes, H. (2007). A C0-implematation of gradient elasticity for the modelling of wave dispersion in heterogeneous materials. In L. J. Sluys, & A. S. J. Suiker (Eds.), IAS. Delft (The Netherlands). 2007 Bennett, T., Askes, H., & Gitman, I. M. (2007). Formulation and finite element implementation of gradient elasticity for the modelling of wave dispersion in heterogeneous materials. In Proceedings of the 15th ACME-UK Conference. Glasgow. 2007 Bennett, T., & Jefferson, A. D. (2007). Micromechanical and macromechanical theories in a model for cementitious composite materials. In Proceedings of the 15th ACME-UK Conference. Glasgow. 2006 Bennett, T., & Kulasegaram, S. (2006). A damage model based on non-local displacements in the element-free Galerkin method. In Proceedings of the 14th ACME-UK conference. Belfast (UK). 2006 Bennett, T., & Kulasegaram, S. (2006). On the use of a damage model based on non-local displacements in the Element-Free Galerkin method. In C. A. Mota Soares, J. A. C. Martins, H. C. Rodrigues, J. A. C. Ambrosio, C. A. B. Pina, C. M. Mota Soares, . . . J. Folgado (Eds.), III European conference on computational mechanics: Solids, structures and coupled problems in engineering (pp. 362). Lisbon (Portugal): Springer. 2005 Jefferson, A. D., Bennett, T., & Hee, S. C. (2005). The development of anisotropic damage in a constitutive model for concrete. In Euromech Colloquium 460: Numerical modelling of concrete cracking. 2005 Bennett, T., Jefferson, A. D., & Hee, S. C. (2005). Embedded contact surfaces in constitutive models for cementitious composite materials. In 13th ACME-UK Conference. 2005 Jefferson, A. D., Bennett, T., & Hee, S. C. (2005). Comparison of two and three dimensional finite element analyses for concrete dams, as part of network IALAD. In Euromech Colloquium 460: Numerical modelling of concrete cracking. 2005 Jefferson, A. D., & Bennett, T. (2005). Benchmark problems for assessing a combined micro-mechanical continuum based model for concrete. In Computational Plasticity: Fundamentals and Applications - Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Computational Plasticity, COMPLAS VIII (pp. 197-200).
2004 Bennett, T., Jefferson, A. D., & Hee, S. C. (2004). Compression damage in a plastic-damage-contact constitutive model for concrete. In ECCOMAS 2004 - European Congress on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences and Engineering. 2004 Bennett, T., Hee, S. C., & Jefferson, A. D. (2004). Embedded Rough Surfaces in a 3D Constitutive Model for Concrete.. In Li, Leung, Willam, & Billington (Eds.), FraMCoS-5. Vail (USA). 2004 Bennett, T., Jefferson, A. D., & Askes, H. (2004). Mesoscopic modelling of concrete under compressive loading. In S. W. Rees, & T. Bennett (Eds.), Proceedings of the 12th ACME-UK Conference. Cardiff. 2002 Bennett, T., & Sluys, L. J. (2002). Modelling the Influence of Moisture Flow on Concrete Fracture. In Fifth World Congress on Computational Mechanics. 2000 Crouch, R., & Bennett, T. (2000). Efficient EBE treatment of the dynamic far-field in non-linear Fe soil-structure interaction analyses. In European Congress on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences and Engineering, ECCOMAS 2000.
Report for External Bodies
Year Citation 2016 Bennett, T. (2016). Well cement integrity and cementing practices. 2015 Jefferson, A. D., Bennett, T., & Hee, S. C. (2015). COMPARISON OF 3D FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSES OF AN ARCHED CONCRETE DAM.
Year Citation 2001 Bennett, T. (2001). Finite element-based non-linear dynamic soil-structure interaction.. (PhD Thesis).
Year Citation - Sun, M., Bennett, T., & Visintin, P. (n.d.). Early age shrinkage DiB spreadsheet.
- 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 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
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