Our leading researchers use advances in geophysical measurements to address sophisticated geomechanical problems using theoretical, experimental and numerical developments from micro to field scale.
Our competitive advantage
- A well-equipped laboratory with state of-the-art equipment, many of which designed and built-in house
- Proven track-record in developing numerical simulators to solve complex coupled geomechanical problems
- Geomechanical investigations from fundamental level up to field applications using existing data such as downhole logging
Recent research projects
- Two ARC Discovery projects on coupled geomechanical investigation of organic rich shales.
- Several ACARP and industry funded projects on sorption induced damage in coals, effective stress law of coals, ultrasonic properties of coals, coupled geomechanics of coal, etc.
- Structural damage in clay-rich rocks due to water exposure.
- Developed an analytical tool to calculate the 3D heterogeneous stress map at field scale
- Developed a fully coupled numerical simulator for coal seam gas drainage
- Development of theoretical, numerical and experimental basis for effective stress law of coals with sorbing gases
- Theoretical and experimental investigation of gas flow in organic rich shales within non-equilibrium thermodynamics framework
- Australian Research Council
- Australian Coal Industry Research Organisation
- Other organisations such as CINSW, INPEX, Golder Associates, CSIRO, ANSTO, HFC and others
Facilities & infrastructure
- High pressure and high temperature nano-scale interferometry
- Optical and thermal tracking for mechanical testing
- Temperature controlled and ultrasonic enabled X-ray transparent triaxial system
- Advanced temperature controlled triaxial system with flow and acoustic capabilities
- And a range of downhole logging field equipment