Geomechanics plays a central role in minerals and energy resources engineering. Our works focus on experimental systems and numerical models to understand rock mass behaviour to optimise the design and safety of underground environments. Geomechanics of resources drives the need for coupled thermal, hydro, chemical, and mechanical modelling of multiscale systems. Our experts are working on unique physics-based approaches to guide industry decisions, optimise recovery, ensure safety, and drive innovative approaches for asset management.
Applications include groundwater inflow into excavations, basin dynamics and exploration studies, interpretation of mining-induced stress, rock failure mechanics, fracture propagation and activation, subsidence, and tunnelling mechanics, and recovery from unconventional resources.