Computational Mechanics and Design Group

Department of Civil & Structural Engineering

Dr Terry Bennett

Senior Lecturer (University of Adelaide)



Terry studied the modelling of soil-structure interaction for his PhD, with particular emphasis on how to avoid spurious reflections encountered on the boundary of numerical models which can render the results of analyses as meaningless.

Following his studies Terry joined TNO Bouw in the Netherlands where he worked on the development and maintenance of the general purpose finite element code DIANA. He then worked a postdoctoral researcher at Delft University of Technology in the faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences.

After a brief stint in industry working for a multi-national consultancy firm he returned to academia as a postdoctoral researcher at Cardiff University in the School of Engineering.

Terry returned to the University of Sheffield in 2006, and was appointed as a RCUK Research fellow in 2007 and as a lecturer in 2012.

In 2013 Terry left Sheffield to join the Department of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering at the University of Adelaide.

Research interests:

Terry’s research interests are in the broad field of computational mechanics with particular emphasis on material degradation and response of materials / structures to dynamic loading. Terry’s most recent work has focused upon the modelling of the propagation of waves through heterogeneous media and more recently has been concerned with the high strain rate response of materials and modelling of blast waves.

Terry also has an interest in the transport of fluids in porous media and it's effects upon the solid skeleton. This includes the application to the modelling of carbon dioxide storage and wave propagation in fluid filled porous media.

Recent activities and achievements

Member of Association of Computational Mechanics – UK (ACME-UK)

Referee for:

  • “Proceeding of the Institution of Civil Engineers – Engineering and Computational Mechanics”
  • "International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering"
  • Mathematical Problems in Engineering


PhD, Modelling of Soil-Structure Interaction, University of Sheffield, 2001
MEng, Civil and Structural Engineering, University of Sheffield, 1996


Research project(s)

Project deep carbon: verification and governance of environmental carbon sequestration

Carbon dioxide storage in deep geological formations is part of a technological approach for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining the security and stability of the world’s energy systems. Subsurface storage is the final element to the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) chain, where the major issues are in understanding...

Dynamics of micro-trusses

We study the mechanical behaviour of micro lattices (also known as micro-trusses) under a range of loading conditions. Where applicable, we apply homogenisation and continualisation principles to derive higher-order gradient theories with a transparent interpretation of the emerging internal length scales. Under elastic loading conditions, the emergence of stop bands...