Computational modelling of rock/fluid mechanics
Approximately $300 billion of natural gas lies trapped within Queensland’s Bowen and Surat Basins, where current extraction technologies are ineffective. This project will develop a new technique for enhancing the gas transport and productivity in these coals via the exploitation of natural coal fractures and the novel injection of microparticles.
PhD Project 1: Linking the modelling and field diagnostics of hydraulic fracturing. This project will develop, implement, and apply large-scale computational models of hydraulic fracturing in naturally-fractured media (e.g. coals). History matching and or steering of the developed model(s) using diagnostic fracture injection test (DFIT) data, or similar, will also be performed.
PhD Project 2: Modelling the transport of complex particle suspensions in coals. This project will develop and validate new computational models of multiphase, non-Newtonian particle suspensions and apply them to study (a) microparticle injection and (b) gas production in naturally-fractured media (e.g. coals).
Successful Scholarships applicant will receive the following benefits:
- Annual stipend of 27,596 AUD tax-free (2019 rate), for three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances
- A top up of $5,000p.a. is available to outstanding candidates
To be eligible for Scholarships, an applicant must:
- Honours or Masters degree in Mechanical, Civil, or Petroleum engineering, Applied Mathematics or Physics
- Modelling and or programming skills desirable
Applicants for PhD Scholarships in Mechanical and Mining Engineering are required to submit the following documents with application:
- Academic CV
- Academic transcript for all post-secondary study undertaken, complete or incomplete, including the institution grading scale
- Award certificates for all completed post-secondary study
- Evidence for meeting UQ’s English language proficiency requirements
- A copy of your Passport
- Two referee reports from persons who can best comment on your prior research experience. UQ will contact your referees directly, but you will need to enter their details into the application form