Prof Charlie Fairfield

BEng PhD CEng FCIHT FInstNDT FHEA FIEAust

Professor of Sustainable Engineering

Teaching

My teaching activities focus on civil engineering:

  • Sustainability and the environment
  • Water, wastewater, and drainage
  • Geotechnical engineering

Research interests

My general research interests lie in the areas of water engineering, pipelines, drains and sewers. Specific areas of interest include:

  • Cavitation and bubble dynamics in high-pressure water-jets
  • Design, testing, and monitoring of buried pipes, drains, and sewers
  • Sustainable urban drainage systems
  • Water use auditing
  • Non-destructive testing in civil engineering 

Recent Publications

  • Fairfield CA (2015) Cavitation erosion resistance of drain and sewer pipe-wall materials: correlations with physico-mechanical, and physico-chemical, properties. Proc. Instn Civ. Engnrs, Construction Materials, 168(2), 77-91.
  • Miloshis M & Fairfield CA (2015) Coastal wetland management: a rating system for potential engineering interventions. Ecological Engineering, 75(2) 195-198.
  • Miloshis M, Fairfield CA & Valentine EM (2015) Wetland monitoring in the Australian tropics: saltwater intrusion processes – towards a calibrated hydrodynamic model. Proc. 14th Joint Aquatic Sci. Conf., Soc. Wetland Scientists, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.
  • Fairfield CA & Miloshis M (2015) Assessing river catchments: an eco-engineering approach in the wet-dry tropics. Proc. DFAT/AAIRA Res. Workshops, Kupang City, Indonesia.
  • Fairfield CA (2014) Cavitation damage to potential sewer and drain pipe materials. Wear, 317(1-2), 92-103.
  • Fairfield CA & Miloshis M (2014) Mangroves, rivers, and sea level rise in the wet-dry tropics. Proc. NT Water in the Bush Conf. Australian Water Assoc., Darwin, Australia.
  • Miloshis M & Fairfield CA (2014) Mangrove management in the wet-dry tropics: an evaluation of potential interventions. Proc. 1st Conf. Australian Mangrove Soc., James Cook University, Townsville, Australia.
  • Fairfield CA (2013) Water pipes: past, present, and future. Proc. NT Water in the Bush Conf. Australian Water Assoc., Darwin, Australia.
  • Fairfield C.A. (2012) High-pressure water-jetting: the maths behind the motion, the physics behind the flush. IWEX Seminar, Birmingham, 35.
  • Li P., Fairfield C.A. & Fordyce D. (2012) Design advice for rigid highway pavements constructed in natural stone. Proc. Instn Civ. Engnrs, Construction Materials, 165(3), 135-144.
  • Fairfield C.A. (2012) Characterisation of the high-pressure water-jets used in stone cleaning. Proc. 14th Int. Conf. Struct. Faults & Repair, Edinburgh, 92.
  • Davies I.P., Fairfield C.A., Stupart A. & Wilson P. (2012) Moisture conditions in timber cladding: field trial data for Sitka spruce. Proc. Instn Civ. Engnrs, Construction Materials, 165(5), 263-278.
  • Davies I.P., Fairfield C.A., Stupart A. & Wood J. (2012) External timber cladding: design and performance. Proc. Instn Struct. Engnrs, The Structural Engineer, 90(12), 46-53.
  • Su S., Smith R.S. & Fairfield C.A. (2011) An experimental study of the effects of resilient bars on plate vibration. Applied Acoustics, 72(4) 241-247.
  • Su S., Fairfield C.A. & Smith R.S. (2011) Vibration insulation properties of resilient bars in timber floors. Building Acoustics, 17(4) 249-268.
  • Abukersh S.A. & Fairfield C.A. (2011) Recycled aggregate concrete produced with red granite dust as a partial cement replacement. Construction & Building Materials, 25(4) 4088-94.
  • Mackenzie R.K.T., Fairfield C.A. & Smith R.S. (2011) Comparing the potential of acoustic parameters for the assessment of the strength of timber. Canadian Acoustics, 39(3) 70-71.
  • Fairfield C.A. (2010) Strategies for cleaning stone masonry: a case-based approach. Proc. 13th Int. Conf. Struct. Faults & Repair, Edinburgh, 134-135.
  • Su S., Fairfield C.A. & Smith R.S. (2010) Resilient bars: developments in building acoustic insulation. Proc. 13th Int. Conf. Struct. Faults & Repair, Edinburgh, 199.
  • Taylor M. & Fairfield C.A. (2010) IntelliBike: condition monitoring of our cycling infrastructure. Bicycle & Motorcycle Dynamics, Delft, 60-62.
  • Fairfield C.A. (2010) High-pressure water-jetting in sewers (with no commercial axe to grind). Jet News, 27(10) 2-20.

Current research projects

Potential PhD candidates are invited to contact me to explore their options for research in the following areas:

  • Cavitation and bubble dynamics in high-pressure water-jets
  • Design, testing, and monitoring of buried pipes, drains, and sewers
  • Sustainable urban drainage systems
  • Water use auditing
  • Non-destructive testing in civil engineering

Recent postgraduate completions

  • Davies I.P. Moisture conditions in external timber cladding: field trials and their design implications. PhD, Edinburgh Napier University, 2011.
  • Su S. Structure-borne sound transmission through resiliently suspended ceilings in timber frame floor/ceiling assemblies. PhD, Edinburgh Napier University, 2009.
  • Abukersh S.A. On the quality of recycled aggregate concrete. PhD, Edinburgh Napier University, 2009.
  • Mackenzie R.K.T. The non-destructive evaluation of Sitka spruce mechanical properties using acoustic methods. PhD, Edinburgh Napier University, 2009.
  • Campbell S.A. An experimental analysis of the behaviour of polymeric and ceramic pipe-wall materials subjected to the action of a cavitating water-jet. PhD, Edinburgh Napier University, 2008.
  • Swan I.P. The effect of elastomeric bearing degradation on bridge dynamic response. PhD, Edinburgh Napier University, 2006.
  • Reid A.J. The long-term performance of plastic ducts in trench reinstatements. PhD, Edinburgh Napier University, 2002.
  • Hounsome I.W.S. Factors affecting the design and performance of flexible ducts in trench reinstatements. PhD, Edinburgh Napier University, 2001.
  • Watson J.N. The application of neural networks to non-destructive testing techniques. PhD, Edinburgh Napier University, 2001.
  • Zagyapan M. Monitoring of vibro-tamper compaction by non-destructive testing. MPhil, Edinburgh Napier University, 2000.
  • Ng K.-H. Analysis of masonry arch bridges. PhD, Edinburgh Napier University, 1999.
  • Ali-Ahmed H. Non-destructive testing of arch bridges. PhD, Edinburgh Napier University, 1999.
  • Peng D. Finite element modelling and optimum design of arch bridges. PhD, Edinburgh Napier University, 1997.
  • Armstrong D.M. Integrity assessment of structures using modal testing. PhD, Edinburgh Napier University, 1995.
  • McDowell J.R. Pipe-soil interaction in trench reinstatements. PhD, Edinburgh Napier University, 1995.
  • Kelly D. The effect of anchorage of geosynthetics upon the performance of unpaved roads. PhD, Edinburgh Napier University, 1994.

Membership of professional organisations

  • Fellow, Engineers Australia, Australia
  • Chartered Engineer, Engineering Council, UK
  • Fellow, The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation, UK
  • Fellow, The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing, UK
  • Fellow, The Higher Education Academy, UK
  • Reviewer for: the ICE, the IStructE, Wiley & Sons, Elsevier Science (Construction and Building Materials, Computers and Structures, and Engineering Structures), EPSRC, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, et al.
  • Invited Session Chair: ISSM, Structural Faults & Repair, et al.

 

Charlie Fairfield

Contacts

T: 08 8946 6140
E: charlie.fairfield@cdu.edu.au
F: 08 8946 6680

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