FEIT Research Project Database

Harnessing renewable energy from low-carbon geothermal pavements

Project Leader: Guillermo Narsilio
Staff: Guillermo Narsilio, Nikolas Makasis
Collaborators: Professor Arul Arulrajah (Swinburne)
Sponsors: Australian Research Council, Ground Source Systems
Primary Contact: Guillermo Narsilio (Geotechnical Engineering) (narsilio@unimelb.edu.au)
Keywords: energy efficiency; geotechnical engineering; numerical modelling; renewable energy
Disciplines: Infrastructure Engineering

The University of Melbourne and Swinburne University of Technology have secured an Australian Research Council funded project to investigate the extraction of renewable energy from pavements constructed with low-carbon recycled demolition wastes. This research project will generate new knowledge on the thermo-geomechanical responses of pavements when harvesting heat energy under dynamic loads, using experimental and numerical approaches, including field trials.

Two (2) PhD scholarships are available for 3 years, in the field of geotechnical engineering, under the supervision of Associate Professor Guillemro Narsilio. The PhD students will conduct research in this project involving numerical modelling and machine learning. They may interact with other students on theoretical modelling and lab and field trials related to the topic: Harnessing renewable energy from low-carbon geothermal pavements.

Expressions of interest welcome from prospective research students.


  • Bachelor of Civil Engineering in Civil/Geotechnical Engineering (with honours) or closely related discipline
  • Meet all relevant criteria to gain entry to the University of Melbourne PhD program
  • Expertise in computational and numerical modelling


  • Track-record of high-quality journal publications
  • Excellent communication skills in both spoken and written English

Applicants should complete the short form ‘Interested in a PhD with us?’ found at Associate Professor G. Narsilio’s group website.

Further information: http://pmrl.eng.unimelb.edu.au

How does a geothermal pavement look like while under construction?
A complex FEM geothermal modelling