School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering
PhD Opportunity: Characterisation of fractures and fluid flow behaviour around longwall mining panels
Scope of Project: Longwall mining is associated with massive fracturing in both overlying and underlying strata. Mining-induced fractures can interact with pre-existing discrete fracture network and form flow channels that connect with a neighbouring gassy coal seam or high pressure aquifer, which poses a serious threat of gas outburst or water inrush to coal production faces. This PhD project aims to characterise fracture network distribution resulting from progressive longwall face advance. This research is expected to develop a generic methodology to investigate fracture distribution around advancing longwall panels through analytical, numerical and experimental analysis. Furthermore, an increased understanding in fracture failure mechanism, fracture microseismicity and fluid flow behaviour in fractured media as a result of coal extraction in longwall mining will be achieved.
Requirements: Students will need to have a four year Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject (e.g. Mining Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science and other related Engineering subjects) with H1 or H1 Equivalent or master by research degree to be eligible to apply. Other competencies, skills and abilities may include:
Funding Information: This PhD scholarship will cover research stipend $27,082 (AUD) per annum for a 3-4 years period. Non-Australian candidates will also need to apply for Tuition Fee Scholarship. The student will work under the supervision of Dr Guangyao Si, Prof. Ismet Canbulat and Dr Qinghua Lei (ETH-Zurich), with frequent interaction with other staff from the School.
About the School: The School of Minerals, Energy and Resources Engineering is a new and combined force building upon the strength of the previous Schools of Mining and Petroleum Engineering at the UNSW. The Minerals and Mining Engineering at the UNSW ranks the 9th in 2018 QS world university ranking by subjects, which reflects its strong research performance and being a leading mining education provider. The home city Sydney is the world's most loved cities and it has a lively and vibrant culture that makes it the ultimate destination throughout the year.
The closing date for EoI: 8 July 2018. Shortlisted candidates will be notified for an interview. A formal application for admission will be required.
The successful candidate is expected to start in early 2019.