Professor Antoinette TORDESILLAS


School of Mathematics and Statistics

  • Room: G21
  • Building: Peter Hall Building
  • Campus: Parkville Campus

Research Interests

  • Homogenization Theory
  • Interfacial Continuum Mechanics
  • Mechanics of Complex Systems
  • Mechanics of Granular Media

Research Groups

Recent Publications

  • D. Walker, A. Tordesillas, Matthew R Kuhn. Spatial Connectivity of Force Chains in a Simple Shear 3D Simulation Exhibiting Shear Bands. Journal of Engineering Mechanics, 143, C4016009 (10pp), 2017. doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)EM.1943-7889.0001092.

  • J. van der Linden, A. Tordesillas, G Narsilio. Testing Occam's razor to characterize high-order connectivity in pore networks of granular media: Feature selection in machine learning. EPJ Web of Conferences, 140, 12006, 2017. doi: 10.1051/epjconf/201714012006.

  • Scott Russell, D. Walker, A. Tordesillas. A characterization of the coupled evolution of grain fabric and pore space using complex networks: Pore connectivity and optimized flows in the presence of shear bands. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 88, 227-251, 2016. doi: 10.1016/j.jmps.2015.12.009.

  • A. Tordesillas, Sebastian Pucilowski, Qun Lin, John F Peters, Robert P Behringer. Granular vortices: Identification, characterization and conditions for the localization of deformation. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 90, 215-241, 2016. doi: 10.1016/j.jmps.2016.02.032.

  • Joost H van der Linden, Guillermo A Narsilio, A. Tordesillas, JH Van Der Linden. Machine learning framework for analysis of transport through complex networks in porous, granular media: A focus on permeability. Physical Review E, 94, 022904 (16pp), 2016. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevE.94.022904.

View all

Current Postgraduate Supervision

Name Thesis title
Sanath KAHAGALAGE "An Optimal Control approach to medlling propulsion dynamics in fully submerged granular media environments"
Sebastian PUCILOWSKI "Modelling confined comminution processes in mineral exploration"
Joost Herman VAN DER LINDEN "Pore Scale Characterisation of Geomaterials"

Past Postgraduate Supervision

Name Thesis title
Maya MUTHUSWAMY "Micromechanics of force transmission in dense, cohesionless granular assemblies."
Stuart WALSH "A thermomechanical approach for micromechanical continuum models of granular media"

Current MSc Students

Name Project title
Ashild TELLE

Past MSc Students

Name Project title
Shaun COLE "Higher order thermomicropolar models of granular media"
Stephen MCATEER "Unjamming as Structural Instability"
Xuan (Kevin) VO
Richard WEBB "Analysis of granular-solid contact systems"

Recent Grant History

Year(s) Source Type Title
2012 - 2014 ARC Discovery A complex systems approach to granular rheology: interconnecting topology, stability, dynamics and function
2009 - 2011 ARC Discovery Confined comminution and particle flow: a general model for large-scale canonical solutions
2007 - 2010 ARC Discovery Micromechanical modelling of fault gouge dynamics: towards an improved fault constitutive relation
2007 - 2010 US Army Research Office Single Investigator Multiscale phenomena in the solid-liquid transition state of a granular material: Analysis, Modelling and Experimentation


Year Name Organisation
2000 JH MICHELL Medal for distinguished research in Applied Mathematics Australian and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematic


  • Research and Industry Committee
  • Strategic Planning Committee