Dr Nhu Nguyen



Lecturer, Civil Road and Materials Engineering


Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env


School of Engineering


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus


+61 3 522 73909


Nhu Nguyen has joined the School of Engineering since 2020. His research interest is in the area of computational geomechanics and constitutive modelling with focus on developing and applying advanced numerical methods to study the failure and large deformation of geomaterials.

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Knowledge areas

Discrete Element Method (DEM)

Constitutive modelling of materials in Civil Engineering

Mesh-free methods

Pavement material and engineering

Rock Mechanics


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The effects of rock-infill interfacial properties on the compressive damage behaviour of flawed rocks: Results from a DEM study

Y Wang, N Nguyen

(2022), Vol. 117, pp. 1-16, Theoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Collapse of partially and fully submerged granular column generating impulse waves: An empirical law of maximum wave amplitude based on coupled multiphase fluid-particle modeling results

N Nguyen

(2022), Vol. 34, pp. 1-14, Physics of Fluids, Woodbury, N.Y., C1

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Experimental and numerical investigations of non-standardised semi-circular bending test for asphalt concrete mixtures

D Lu, N Nguyen, M Saleh, H Bui

(2021), Vol. 22, pp. 960-972, International Journal of Pavement Engineering, C1-1

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Micromechanical study on hard rock strainburst using the discrete element method

Y Wang, N Nguyen, L Zhao

(2021), Vol. 109, Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, C1

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A modified cohesive damage-plasticity model for distinct lattice spring model on rock fracturing

X Wei, N Nguyen, H Bui, G Zhao

(2021), Vol. 135, Computers and Geotechnics, C1

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An approach to calculating large strain accumulation for discrete element simulations of granular media

N Nguyen, H Bui, G Nguyen

(2020), Vol. 44, pp. 1525-1547, International journal for numerical and analytical methods in geomechanics, Chichester, Eng., C1

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Effects of material properties on the mobility of granular flow

N Nguyen, H Bui, G Nguyen

(2020), Vol. 22, Granular Matter, C1

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Evaluation of Fracture and Fatigue Cracking Characterization Ability of Nonstandardized Semicircular-Bending Test for Asphalt Concrete

D Lu, M Saleh, N Nguyen

(2020), Vol. 32, Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, C1

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Experimental and numerical investigation of flexural behavior of cemented granular materials

A Sounthararajah, J Kodikara, N Nguyen, H Bui

(2019), Vol. 31, Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, C1-1

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Effect of rejuvenator and mixing methods on behaviour of warm mix asphalt containing high RAP content

D Lu, M Saleh, N Nguyen

(2019), Vol. 197, pp. 792-802, Construction and Building Materials, C1-1

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Discrete element method investigation of particle size distribution effects on the flexural properties of cement-treated base

N Nguyen, H Bui, S Arooran, G Nguyen, J Kodikara

(2019), Vol. 113, Computers and Geotechnics, C1-1

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A discrete element modelling approach for fatigue damage growth in cemented materials

N Nguyen, H Bui, J Kodikara, S Arooran, F Darve

(2019), Vol. 112, pp. 68-88, International Journal of Plasticity, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Meshfree SPH modelling of shrinkage induced cracking in clayey soils

H Tran, H Nguyen, G Nguyen, H Bui

(2019), Vol. 54, pp. 889-894, CIGOS 2019 : Innovation for Sustainable Infrastructure Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Geotechnics, Civil Engineering Works and Structures, Hanoi, Vietnam, E1-1


Early-age fatigue damage assessment of cement-treated bases under repetitive heavy traffic loading

A Sounthararajah, H Bui, N Nguyen, P Jitsangiam, J Kodikara

(2018), Vol. 30, Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, C1-1

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A thermodynamics-based cohesive model for discrete element modelling of fracture in cemented materials

N Nguyen, H Bui, G Nguyen, J Kodikara, S Arooran, P Jitsangiam

(2017), Vol. 117, pp. 159-176, International Journal of Solids and Structures, C1-1

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A cohesive damage-plasticity model for DEM and its application for numerical investigation of soft rock fracture properties

N Nguyen, H Bui, G Nguyen, J Kodikara

(2017), Vol. 98, pp. 175-196, International Journal of Plasticity, C1-1

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Evaluation of flexural behaviour of cemented pavement material beams using distributed fibre optic sensors

A Sounthararajah, L Wong, N Nguyen, H Bui, J Kodikara

(2017), Vol. 156, pp. 965-975, Construction and Building Materials, C1-1

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Discrete element modelling of fracture in quasi-brittle materials

H Nguyen, H Bui, J Kodikara, S Arooran, G Nguyen, P Jitsangiam

(2017), pp. 329-336, ACMSM 2016 : Proceedings of the 24th Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials, Perth, Western Australia, E1-1


Numerical study of particle size distribution effect on the failure of asphalt mixtures using discrete element method

H Nguyen, H Bui, G Nguyen, S Arooran, J Kodikara

(2017), pp. 1371-1379, Poromechanics VI : proceedings of the sixth Biot Conference on Poromechanics, July 9-13, 2017, Paris France, Paris, France, E1-1


Effect of cement on the engineering properties of pavement materials

A Sounthararajah, H Nguyen, H Bui, P Jitsangiam, G Leung, J Kodikara

(2016), Vol. 866, pp. 31-36, ICCEMS 2016 : Proceedings of the First International Conference on Civil Engineering and Materials Science, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, E1-1


Flexural properties of cemented granular materials for pavement design

A Sounthararajah, L Wong, H Nguyen, H Bui, J Kodikara, P Jitsangiam

(2016), Vol. 13, pp. 403-409, RILEM 2016 :8th International Conference on Mechanisms of Cracking and Debonding in Pavements, Nantes, France, E1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Funding Sources

Working Near Traffic - Work Zone End of Queue Study.

A/Prof Ashim Debnath, Dr Nhu Nguyen, Prof Mahmud Ashraf

iMove Australia Limited

  • 2022: $75,000


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