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PhD Scholarship Sustainable Enhancement of Coal Seam Gas Production in Queensland

Applications are invited for a PhD position in applied mathematics to join The University of Queensland. Potential candidates should apply before August 31, 2019.

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.

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 2019unless a suitable candidate is found prior.


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