Environmental and geo-technical engineers at Monash are investigating how the earth’s crust can be used to store harmful chemicals and pollutants, particularly CO2. Our team are particularly focusing on the thermo-hydro-mechanical behaviour of porous media, and contaminant transport which could one day help commercialise geo-sequestration technology.
Researchers in the Rock Mechanics team are investigating tunnelling and rock-socketed piles which are both used extensively in modern infrastructure. This is done through an integrated experimental, theoretical and analytical/numerical approach, making the most of our word-class facilities.
Other exciting areas include:
- Thermal, hydro, mechanical and chemical behaviour of porous media
- Geo-synthetics in mining applications and soil and water remediation works (containment, drainage, filtration, reinforcement, erosion control)
- Environmental and biological applications to geo-technical & geo-environmental engineering
- Geo-technical properties of soft soils, cyclic filtration behaviour of soils and soil improvement using additives
- Landfill cover and liner design, contaminant transport, storage of chemical/nuclear waste in underground caverns, geo-technical properties of municipal solid waste
- Prediction of pavement deterioration due to traffic and environmental loadings
- Slope stability of large deep, open cut mines, underground longwall mining, enhanced coal bed methane recovery (ECBM), gas outbursts and groundwater inundation in mines
- Two-phase and multiphase flow in fractured rock media
- Rock physics and characterisation under high pressure conditions, stability of wellbore analysis, tunnelling in soft and hard ground
- Geo-sequestration of Carbon Dioxide (CO2)
- Clay (bentonite) mineralogy and industrial applications, mineral physical chemistry, X-ray and spectroscopic analysis of clay minerals and physical measurements.