School of Civil Engineering

Dr Nazife Erarslan

Adjunct Senior Lecturer
Office: Off Campus
Phone: Off Campus
Email: n.erarslan@uq.edu.au

Dr Nazife Erarslan’s key research interests are in rock mechanics, rock fracture mechanics and rock fatigue. She received her BE (Hons IIA) in Mining Engineering from Hacettepe University in 2001, her MSc in Rock Mechanics from Hacettepe University in 2008 and her PhD in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Queensland in 2011. Her current research projects are:

  • Numerical investigation of rock fatigue and bonding strength between rock forming minerals and the rock matrix under cyclic loading.

  • Investigating the micro-mechanical tensile and compressive rock failure mechanisms using two and three dimensional mineralogical imaging.

Qualifications

  • PhD, Geotechnical Engineering, UQ, October 2011

  • MSc (in English), Hacettepe University, Turkey, June 2008

  • BE (Hons IIA), Mining Engineering (in English), Hacettepe University, Turkey, June 2001

Research

Mechanics of Geotechnical Structures and Granular Materials:

Mechanical behaviour of granular materials such as asphalt, pavement materials, concrete and rock.
Fracturing modes of plain and reinforced concrete under various loading conditions such as, quasi-static creep, cyclic and impact loading.
Micro-mechanical and micro-structural aspects affecting rock fracturing and damage under various loading conditions.
Mechanical behaviour of underground openings such as tunnels, repositories.

Hard Rock Cutting

Decreasing of cutting forces by using rock fatigue phenomena under cyclic loading.
Mechanical rock cutting by using various cutting tools.

Teaching and Learning

Dr Nazife Erarslan teaches across a broad range of courses in Mining and Geotechnical Engineering and supervising undergraduate/postgraduate students. She is coordinating and lecturing for MINE3121-Minign Geomechanics, MINE3125-Rock Breakage and CIVL4280- Advanced Rock Mechanics courses including preparing and delivering lectures, running tutorials, and practicals.

Projects

2012 Numerical investigation of rock fatigue and bonding strength between rock forming minerals and the rock matrix under cyclic loading (continuing).

2011 Researching micro-mechanical tensile and compressive rock failure mechanisms using two and three dimensional mineralogical imaging (continuing).

2011 Project supervisor for Summer Semester Research (SSR) 2011, The University of Queensland, Australia. SRS research entitled: Numerical Simulation of Mixed Mode Fracturing of Concrete (completed).

2004 Researcher on the Oscillating Disc Cutter Technology (ODC) Project at CRC Mining involving JOY Mining Machinery, to establish the viability and feasibility of proceeding with a process aimed at applying ODC technology to the development of a Narrow Reef Continuous Mining System (NRCM System) for use in the RSA platinum mining industry (completed).

2002 Researcher on investigations of the relationships between petrographic parameters, cuttability, and abrasiveness of rocks during mechanical excavation at Hacettepe University, Turkey (Project Number: 0102602013, 2002, completed).

Awards

  • 2013-2014 - Australian Research Council (ARC) - Discovery Early Career Award (DECRA)

  • 2013 - Newcrest Mining Assoc. Research Grant including one PhD student stipend).

  • 2012 - The University of Queensland New Staff Research Start-Up Grant.

  • 2012 - The University of Queensland Dean’s Award for Research Higher Degree Excellence 2011. This award gives formal recognition to outstanding PhD and MPhil graduates who have demonstrated excellence in a research higher degree and who have been commended by advisors and independent examiners for substantial contribution to their field of research.

  • 2011 - ResTeach for 2012 and 2013, split between the Schools of Mechanical and Mining Engineering and Civil Engineering, The University of Queensland.

  • 2008-2011 - Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) and Golder Geomechanics Centre top-up Scholarship to undertake a PhD within the Golder Geomechanics Centre, School of Civil Engineering, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

  • 2004 - Cooperative Research Centre for Mining (CRC Mining) Scholarship to commence a PhD in the area of rock cutting (oscillating disc cutter), CRC Mining, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

  • 2002 - Scholarship from Italian Government to commence MSc program on Finite Element Analysis of Indentation at Department of Structural and Geomechanical Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, Italy for 6 months.

  • 2001 - Graduated BE (Hons II) in Mining Engineering (in English), Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey.

Key Publications

  1. ERARSLAN, N. and WILLIAMS, D.J. Experimental, Numerical and Analytical Studies on Tensile Strength of Rocks. International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, 2011: 49, 21-30.
  2. ERARSLAN, N. and WILLIAMS, D.J. Investigating the Effect of Cyclic Loading on the Indirect Tensile Strength of Rocks. Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, 2012: 45 (3), 327-340.

  3. ERARSLAN, N. and WILLIAMS, D.J. The Damage Mechanism of Rock Fatigue and its Relationship to the Fracture Toughness of Rocks. International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, 2011:56, 15-26.

  4. ERARSLAN, N. and WILLIAMS, D.J. Mixed Mode Fracturing of Rocks under Static and Cyclic Loading. Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, 2012 (DOI: 10.1007/s00603-012-0303-5).

  5. ERARSLAN, N. and WILLIAMS, D.J. Mechanism of Rock Fatigue Damage in Terms of Fracturing Modes. International Journal of Fatigue, 2012: 43, 76-89.

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