Prior to his appointment at the UWA, Assoc/Prof Karrech was a Senior Research Scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation until July 2012. He had also held the position of Assistant professor at the Petroleum Institute of Abu Dhabi (2007-2009).
Assoc/Prof Karrech obtained his Habilitation to Direct Research in Engineering Sciences from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan (Paris, France) in 2013, his PhD and MSc in Materials and Structures from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (Paris, France) in 2007 and 2004, respectively, and his Multidisciplinary BEng from the Ecole Polytechnique de Tunisie (Tunisia) in 2001.
Assoc/Prof Karrech research expertise is in computational geo-mechanics for resource engineering applications.
Computational geomechanics (Finite Element Method, Discrete Element Method...)
Resource engineering (surface mining, in-situ leaching, enhanced oil recovery...)
Large transformations (finite strain/rotations, instabilities in materials and structures)
Non-equilibrium thermodynamics of natural materials
Phenomenological and upscaling based damage mechanics
Dynamics and vibration
Homogenisation and overall effective media
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
• Research, teaching and academic service for the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering (CEME);
• Graduate Research Coordinator, School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering;
• Acting director of the Structures Laboratory (Feb. 2015- Jan. 2016).
Arabic, English, French, Italian
• Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS);
• Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM);
• Mine Subsidence Technological Society (MSTS);
• Australasian Fluid and Thermal Engineering Society (AFTE);
• Australian Concrete Institute (ACI).
• Associate Professor Ali Karrech 2016, 'Benign Recovery of Precious Metals from Deep Pristine Environments', ARC Discovery Projects.
• Professor Klaus Regenauer-Lieb, Doctor Christoph Schrank, Associate Professor Ali Karrech, Dr David-Alexandre Boutelier 2015, 'Finite Strain with Large Rotations - A New Hybrid Numerical Experimental Approach', University of New South Wales ex ARC Discovery Projects.