UNSW experts are engaged in world-leading research to develop a strategy and scope for ACARP’s Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP) proposed coal burst project. We are using our expertise to deliver this in a structured, step-by-step process based on international knowledge and experience. 

Our competitive advantage 

  • The world-leading research group in the rock and coal dynamic failures, with extensive theoretical and on-site field experience 
  • Advanced numerical modelling capacity using various types of packages for the energy quantification 
  • Advance dynamic rock failure testing facilities 
  • A unique and novel analytical assessment package for the determination of gas expansion energy contribution 
  • Development of coal burst risk management framework 
  • Enhancing the safety of underground mines and economic viability of operations  

Research projects

  • 6 Australian Coal Industry’s Research Program (ACARP) projects, starting from 2015, from the coal burst research needs and strategy identification, coal burst mechanisms, forecasting and management. 
  • Several international collaborative research projects  

Capabilities and facilities 

  • Modified SHPB dynamic testing facility for both rock/coal samples and rock bolts. 
  • A suite of advanced DEM and FEM numerical modelling packages 
  • Rock testing facilities for different loading conditions    

Our partners 

  • The Australian Coal Industry’s Research Program 
  • CSIRO 
  • A range of mines in NSW and QLD 
  • International research institutions (e.g. CUMT, CUMTB, USTB, CSU) 

Our people

Contact us

For more information, contact Dr Chengguo Zhang. 

E: Chengguo.zhang@unsw.edu.au