Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence Geotechnical Science and Engineering

S.M.Ali Tasalloti

Qualifications

  • 2010
    Master of Science in Geotechnical Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic), Iran
  • 2007
    Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic), Iran

Employment

  • 2012-2014
    Tutor in CIVL361 and CIVL462, University of Wollongong
  • 2006-2010
    Tutor in Applied Geomechanics, Foundation Engineering and Surveying, Amirkabir University of Technology
  • 2007-2011
    Consultant Engineer, Pars Geo Enviro (PGE), Tehran, Iran
  • 2008-2009
    Consultant Engineer, Haraz rah Consulting Engineers Group, Tehran, Iran

Research Interest

  • Soil Compaction Characteristics
  • Constitutive Modelling
  • Laboratory Testing
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Soft Soil Behaviour

Supervisors

  • Professor Buddhima Indraratna
  • Associate Professor Cholachat Rujikiatkamjorn
  • Dr Ana Heitor

Research Topic

Behaviour of Blended Waste Materials for Land Reclamation for Port Extension.

Research Abstract

The main motivation of this study is an industrial project for the extension of Port Kembla Outer Harbour. Port Kembla is located on the east coast of Australia in Wollongong region and is one of the major ports in NSW. To provide additional land and berthing facilities to cater for future trade growth, Port Kembla Port Corporation (PKPC) is developing the outer harbour. This development includes approximately 42 hectares of land and construction of 7 new berths. PKPC decided to use mixture of industrial wastes (i.e. coal wash and steel furnace slag) for reclamation. However, the behaviour of these two materials and their mixtures is not clearly defined.
In order to assess the suitability of these industrial wastes as a structural fill, extensive laboratory and field investigation are necessary. This study characterizes the geotechnical behaviour of these materials and provides recommendations for industry on the optimum blended material for site condition by establishing design charts which relates geotechnical properties of different mixtures with various parameters.

Publications

Tasalloti SMA, Indraratna B, Chiaro G, Heitor A (2015). Field investigation on compaction and strength performance of two coal wash-BOS slag mixtures. To be submitted to The 2015 International Foundations Congress & Equipment Exposition, San Antonio, Texas, USA (abstract accepted).

Tasalloti SMA, Indraratna B, Rujikiatkamjorn C, Heitor A (2014). A laboratory study on the shear behaviour of mixtures of coal wash and steel furnace slag as potential structural fill. Geotechnical Testing Journal (submitted)

Chiaro G, Indraratna B, Tasalloti SMA, Rujikiatkamjorn C (2013). Optimisation of coal wash – BOS slag fines blend as a structural fill for port reclamation. Journal of ICE, Ground Improvement (ahead of print).

Heitor A, Indraratna B, Rujikiatkamjorn C, Chiaro G, Tasalloti SMA. Evaluation of the coal wash and steel furnace slag blends as effective reclamation fill for port expansion. To be submitted to the 7th International Congress on Environmental Geotechnics, Melbourne, Australia (abstract accepted).

Rujikiatkamjorn C, Indraratna B, Chiaro G, Naeeni S, Tasalloti SMA (2012). Compaction and strength testing of industrial waste belends as potential port reclamation fill. Narsilio GA, Arulrajah A, Kodikara J (Eds.) 11th Australia-New Zealand Conference on Geomechanics: Ground Engineering in a Changing World, Engineers Australia, 973-978.

Chiaro G, Indraratna B, Tasalloti SMA (2012). Geotechnical properties and compaction characteristics of blended granular wastes as potential port reclamation fill. ARC Research Report, 1-12.

Fakharian K, Tasalloti SMA (2010). Numerical Modeling of Effect of the Partial Penetration of Vertical Drains on Consolidation Process. Case Study: Preloading of Sarbandar Decanter Units in Khozestan (In Persian). Amirkabir Journal of Science and Technology (out for review).

Tasalloti SMA, Fakharian K, Soltanmohammadlou A (2010). Determination of equivalent permeability of soil for accurate settlement time in numerical modeling based on consolidation test results (In Persian). 4th International Conference on Geotechnical Engineering and Soil Mechanics, Tehran, Iran.

Fakharian K, Tasalloti SMA, Soltanmohammadlou A (2010). Numerical modeling of soil radial consolidation and its calibration by instrument data in decanter units preloading project in Khozestan (South-west of Iran)(In Persian). 4th International Conference on Geotechnical Engineering and Soil Mechanics, Tehran, Iran.

Mehdizadeh AH, Fakharian K, Tasalloti SMA (2010). Preliminary investigation of instrumentation in decanter units preloading project in Mahshahr port (South-west of Iran)(In Persian). 4th International Conference on Geotechnical Engineering and Soil Mechanics, Tehran, Iran.

Presentations

July 22, 2013 Swelling behaviour of coal wash and steel furnace slag mixtures. Project review meeting with industrial partners (ARC Linkage project) University of Wollongong.

December 10, 2012 Field investigation of optimum coal wash and steel furnace slag mixtures. Project review meeting with industrial partners (ARC Linkage project) University of Wollongong.

June 28, 2012 Optimum mixture of coal wash and steel furnace slag mixtures as structural fill. Project review meeting with industrial partners (ARC Linkage project) University of Wollongong.

March 21, 2012 Behaviour of blended waste materials for land reclamation for port extension. Research proposal for PhD.

February 10, 2012 Shear behaviour of coal wash and steel furnace slag mixtures. Project review meeting with industrial partners (ARC Linkage project) University of Wollongong.

August 28, 2011 Preliminary test results on coal wash and steel furnace slag mixtures. Project review meeting with industrial partners (ARC Linkage project) University of Wollongong.

Academic Honors and Awards

Australian Postgraduate Award Industry (2011 – Present)
International Postgraduate Tuition Award (2011- Present)
Ranked 2nd, Geotechnical Engineering, Master program (2007-2010)
Study at Master degrees without entrance exam as placed in top 10 students (2007)
Ranked 4th, Civil Engineering Program (2003-2007)
Ranked in 1%, Iranian National University Entrance Examination (2003)

Professional Affiliations

Professional Engineer in Engineers Australia (EA)
Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS)
Associate Memeber of American Society of Civil Engineering (A.M.ASCE)
Iranian Geotechnical Society (IGS)