Associate Professor Guillermo Narsilio

  • Room: Level: 02 Room: 208
  • Building: Engineering Block B
  • Campus: Parkville

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 (ARC) Future Fellow (and Associate Professor), and a member of the ARC College of Experts, 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, a Senior Lecturer in 2011, and he is now an Associate Professor. 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. Aditya GR, Narsilio G, Johnston IW, Miri Disfani M. Full-scale instrumented residential ground source heat pump systems in Melbourne, Australia. Springer Series in Geomechanics and Geoengineering. 2019, Issue 217729. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-99670-7_24
  2. Makasis N, Narsilio G, Bidarmaghz A, Johnston IW. The application of retaining walls and slabs as energy structures in underground train stations. Springer Series in Geomechanics and Geoengineering. 2019, Issue 217729. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-99670-7_6
  3. Van Der Linden J, Sufian A, Narsilio G, Russell AR, Tordesillas A. A computational geometry approach to pore network construction for granular packings. COMPUTERS & GEOSCIENCES. Pergamon-Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 112. DOI: 10.1016/j.cageo.2017.12.004
  4. Makasis N, Narsilio G, Bidarmaghz A. A machine learning approach to energy pile design. COMPUTERS AND GEOTECHNICS. Pergamon. 2018, Vol. 97. DOI: 10.1016/j.compgeo.2018.01.011
  5. Makasis N, Narsilio G, Bidarmaghz A. A robust prediction model approach to energy geo-structure design. COMPUTERS AND GEOTECHNICS. Pergamon. 2018, Vol. 104. DOI: 10.1016/j.compgeo.2018.08.012
  6. Makasis N, Narsilio G, Bidarmaghz A, Johnston I. Carrier fluid temperature data in vertical ground heat exchangers with a varying pipe separation. DATA IN BRIEF. Elsevier BV. 2018, Vol. 18. DOI: 10.1016/j.dib.2018.04.005
  7. Narsilio G. Editorial. ENVIRONMENTAL GEOTECHNICS. ICE Publishing. 2018, Vol. 5, Issue 5. DOI: 10.1680/jenge.2018.5.5.247
  8. Makasis N, Narsilio G, Bidarmaghz A, Johnston I. Ground-source heat pump systems: The effect of variable pipe separation in ground heat exchangers. COMPUTERS AND GEOTECHNICS. Pergamon. 2018, Vol. 100. DOI: 10.1016/j.compgeo.2018.02.010
  9. Bidarmaghz A, Narsilio G. Heat exchange mechanisms in energy tunnel systems. GEOMECHANICS FOR ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 16. DOI: 10.1016/j.gete.2018.07.004
  10. Zhou Y, Mikhaylova O, Bidarmaghz A, Donovan B, Narsilio G, Aye L. Hybrid geothermal-gas and geothermal-solar-gas heating systems for poultry sheds. Proceedings of Zero Energy Mass Custom Home 2018. 2018.
  11. Jensen-Page L, Narsilio G, Bidarmaghz A, Johnston I. Investigation of the effect of seasonal variation in ground temperature on thermal response tests. RENEWABLE ENERGY. Pergamon-Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 125. DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2017.12.095
  12. Mohammadinia A, Miri Disfani M, Narsilio G, Aye L. Mechanical behaviour and load bearing mechanism of high porosity permeable pavements utilizing recycled tire aggregates. CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING MATERIALS. Elsevier BV. 2018, Vol. 168. DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2018.02.179
  13. Weeratunge H, Narsilio G, De Hoog J, Dunstall S, Halgamuge S. Model predictive control for a solar assisted ground source heat pump system. ENERGY. Pergamon-Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 152. DOI: 10.1016/
  14. Zhou Y, Narsilio G, Aye L, Mikhaylova O, Bidarmaghz A, Soga K. Optimisation of a hybrid geothermal-solar-gas system: A case study for a typical poultry shed in New South Wales, Australia. Building Simulation and Optimization 2018. 2018.
  15. Miri Disfani M, Mohammadinia A, Narsilio G, Aye L. Performance evaluation of semi-flexible permeable pavements under cyclic loads. International Journal of Pavement Engineering. 2018. DOI: 10.1080/10298436.2018.1475666

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