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PhD Scholarship – Computational modelling of rock/fluid mechanics

Apply now Job No:507715
Area:Faculty Of Engineering, Architecture & Info Tech
Salary (FTE):UQ Scholarship (RTP Rate)NON-BANDED ($27,596.00 - $27,596.00)
Work type:Full Time - Scholarship, Full Time - Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia, Brisbane

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).

Students will enrol through the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering.

Award value:

$27,596 per annum tax-free (2019 rate), indexed annually, 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.

Preferred educational background

Honours or Masters degree in mechanical, civil, or petroleum engineering, applied mathematics or physics. Modelling and or programming skills desirable.

*This project is available until August 2019 unless a suitable candidate is found prior.

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Applications close: E. Australia Standard Time

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