Prestigious Research Fellowship for Giang Nguyen
14 November 2008
Giang Nguyen has been awarded a prestigious University of Sydney Postdoctoral Fellowship for ground breaking research that will assist the mining industry.
The University of Sydney Postdoctoral Fellowships were established in 1996 to support excellence in full-time research undertaken in any Department or School at the University. The Fellowships are extremely prestigious and highly competitive internationally in line with equivalent externally funded fellowships. Applicants must have an outstanding track record relative to opportunity in order to be short-listed.
Giang's research topic is "A non-local approach to the modelling of rock fracture" and Giang will work closely with colleague Itai Einav.
Project summary: The mining industry is a significant contributor to the economy of Australia. With the ever-increasing world demands of mineral ores, technological advances in the mining industry are vital. Since only a small part of the input energy in mining is useful (the rest is dissipated by heat), improving the energy efficiency has a huge impact on mining operation. This research aims to study the process of rock fragmentation using novel modelling and simulation approaches. It combines advanced material models for rocks with numerical simulation of rock fragmentation processes. The new modelling and simulation approach will advance the understanding of rock fracturing processes, leading to a better capability of numerically predicting many rock fragmentation processes in the mining and mineral industries. This advance will not only optimise fragmentation processes in terms of both energy input and the output size distribution of rock fragments but also to assess risks and catastrophic events in mining/drilling operations.