Opportunities for Graduate Students

1. Mine Backfill Technology

As a relatively new backfilling technology, cemented paste backfill (CPB) has been increasingly adopted around the world to provide ground support and enhance the ore recovery. To satisfy its design criteria, advanced mathematical and experimental tools are required. The following topics are available for prospective graduate students:

a. Multiscale and Multiphysics Modelling and Testing of Rock-Cemented Paste Backfill Interface Behaviour
b. Mathematical Modelling and Testing of Behaviour of Mine Backfill in Sub-zero Environment
c. Fibre Reinforced Cemented Paste Backfill Technology
d. Nanotechnology-based Mine Backfill Technology


2. Carbon Sequestration in Saline Aquifers

To effectively reduce the anthropogenic CO2 emission, the geo-sequestration of CO2 has been increasingly considered as a promising and long-term solution for climate change. Therefore, the assessment and prediction of behaviors and performance of the geo-sequestration system are crucial for its optimal design.  The following topics are available for prospective graduate students:

a. Multiphase, Multiscale and Multiphysics Modelling of Carbon Geosequestration.
b. Mathematical Modelling of Impure CO2 Sequestration in Deep Saline Aquifers.

3. Problematic Soils and Rock Mechanics

a. Nonlinearity of Soil-Structure Interface Behaviour under Seismic Loading Conditions
b. Mathematical Modelling and Testing on the Effect of Freeze-thaw Cycles on Soil Behaviours.
c. Fracture Initiation and Propagation in Brittle and Ductile Porous Media