Dr Guillermo Narsilio

Research Interests

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Soil Science (geothermal energy)
  • Geotechnical Technology
  • Geothermal Energy
  • Material Characterization (porous media, granular media, soils)
  • Numerical modelling

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Dr Guillermo Narsilio is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow (and Senior Lecturer) in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering at The University of Melbourne.

He received his PhD in Geotechnical Engineering (2006) and his Masters in Mathematics (2006) and in Geotechnical Engineering (2003) from Georgia Institute of Technology (USA). He obtained his Diploma in Civil Engineering from the National University of Cordoba (Argentina) in 2001. He is the first and only Australian to have received the ISSMGE Outstanding Young Geotechnical Engineer Award, an honour given only every 4 years by the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) among geotechnical engineers and researchers worldwide. He co-authored a keynote paper with his former supervisor Prof Carlos Santamarina, considered one of the world's top geotechnical researchers, and another keynote paper with Prof Ian Johnston, well recognised in Australasia and the world. Narsilio did his postdoctoral experience at The University of Melbourne, guided by Prof David Smith, he became a Lecturer at the Melbourne School of Engineering in 2009, and he is now a Senior Lecturer. Narsilio has made important contributions to methane hydrates bearing sediments physical characterisation (this work was lead by Prof Santamarina, Prof Ruppel and Asst/Prof Yun, and has high impact in methane hydrates behaviour and extraction modelling, to use methane hydrates as an alternative energy source); multi-scale hydro-thermal conduction and diffusion geo-phenomena; and theoretical and numerical investigations of the chemo-mechanical properties of electrically charged porous materials (clays, shales, etc). In 2009, Narsilio was awarded (i) a Australian Postdoctoral Award (APD), by the ARC; and (ii) the inaugural Jack Morgan Award for outstanding contributions by a young geotechnical engineer to geomechanics in Victoria, by the Australian Geomechanics Society. Dr Narsilio's research interests include numerical modelling, multi-scale porous material characterisation and performance and the (sustainable) energy industry. He and a group of researchers at the Melbourne Energy Institute (Prof Ian Johnston, A/Prof Lu Aye, among others) are pursuing further research on basic and applied shallow and deep geothermal energy systems. 

Research interests
- Geotechnical Engineering

Recent Publications

  1. Miao X, Narsilio G, Wu A, Yang B. A 3D dual pore-system leaching model. Part 1: Study on fluid flow. HYDROMETALLURGY. Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 167.
  2. Narsilio G, Disfani MM, Orangi A. Discussion of "fines classification based on sensitivity to pore-fluid chemistry" by Junbong Jang and J. Carlos Santamarina. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering. ASCE - American Society of Civil Engineers. 2017, Vol. 143, Issue 7.
  3. Lu Q, Narsilio G, Aditya GR, Johnston IW. Economic analysis of vertical ground source heat pump systems in Melbourne. Energy. Pergamon-Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 125.
  4. Afshar T, Miri Disfani M, Arulrajah A, Narsilio G, Emam S. Impact of particle shape on breakage of recycled construction and demolition aggregates. POWDER TECHNOLOGY. Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 308.
  5. Orangi A, Narsilio G. Physical characterisation of soils recovered from the ANZAC battlefield. NEAR SURFACE GEOPHYSICS. 2017, Vol. 15, Issue 1.
  6. Orangi A, Langley DS, Withers NM, Narsilio G. Experimental study on water content and density effects on dielectric permittivity of selected Victorian soils. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Geotechnical and Geophysical Site Characterisation, ISC 2016. 2016, Vol. 2.
  7. Bidarmaghz A, Makasis N, Narsilio G, Francisca FM, Carro Pérez ME. Geothermal energy in loess. Environmental Geotechnics. 2016, Vol. 3, Issue 4.
  8. Jensen-Page L, Narsilio G, Bidarmaghz A, Johnston IW. Impact of the Seasonal Variations in Ground Temperature on Thermal Response Test Results. Geotechnical Special Publication. 2016, Vol. 2016-January, Issue 270 GSP.
  9. Van Der Linden J, Narsilio G, Tordesillas A. Machine learning framework for analysis of transport through complex networks in porous, granular media: A focus on permeability. PHYSICAL REVIEW E. American Physical Society. 2016, Vol. 94, Issue 2.
  10. Bidarmaghz A, Narsilio G. Shallow geothermal energy: emerging convective phenomena in permeable saturated soils. GEOTECHNIQUE LETTERS. ICE Publishing. 2016, Vol. 6, Issue 2.
  11. Bidarmaghz A, Narsilio G, Johnston I, Colls S. The importance of surface air temperature fluctuations on long-term performance of vertical ground heat exchangers. GEOMECHANICS FOR ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT. Elsevier Science. 2016, Vol. 6.
  12. Afshar T, Miri Disfani M, Arulrajah A, Narsilio G. Discrete element modelling of recycled waste rock: Particle shape simulations and effects. 12th Australia New Zealand Conference on Geomechanics (ANZ). 2015.
  13. Mikhaylova O, Johnston I, Narsilio G. Estimating Uncertainty of the Design Length of Borehole Ground Heat Exchangers. 15th Pan-American Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (PCSMGE) / 8th South American Congress on Rock Mechanics (SCRM). IOS Press. 2015. Editors: Manzanal D, Sfriso AO.
  14. Miri Disfani M, Arulrajah A, Maghoolpilehrood F, Bo MW, Narsilio G. Geotechnical characteristics of stabilised aged biosolids. Environmental Geotechnics. 2015, Vol. 2, Issue 5.
  15. Narsilio G, Francisca F, Ferrero H, Bidarmaghz A, Serrano C, Carro Perez ME, Makasis N, Delacoste E. Geothermal Energy in Loess: A Detailed Numerical Case Study for Cordoba. 15th Pan-American Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (PCSMGE) / 8th South American Congress on Rock Mechanics (SCRM). IOS Press. 2015. Editors: Manzanal D, Sfriso AO.

Guillermo Narsilio

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University of Melbourne
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