Research focus

SciGEM members undertake research into a wide range of areas. Major research themes include:

  • laboratory testing and characterisation of complex soils and porous media under extreme loading conditions
  • characterisation models of complex soils and porous media under extreme loading conditions using continuum mechanics and discrete element methods
  • granular materials, rocks, clay, sand and cemented soil materials
  • migration of contaminants through the ground, and how this can be contained
  • particle flow, including studies of landslides, soil stability and mineral processes
  • ground improvement techniques, including biocementation and dry ground compaction
  • heat transfer in granular systems, including discoveries in heat convection
  • size segregation in granular flows
  • microstructure-property relationships
  • blast and impact resistant design
  • fracture, damage and breakage mechanics
  • nano-mechanics and materials.

Research techniques used include:

  • experimental techniques
  • multiscale computational modelling and simulation
  • multiscale characterisation
  • materials science
  • contact mechanics
  • simulations.

Members engage in national and international research collaborations, supported by a number of Australian Research Council (ARC) and other grants, and by major partnerships with industry.