The Future is bright for School researchers

Congratulations to Stuart Khan, Adrian Russell, and Chongmin Song for their ARC successes.

A/Prof Stuart Khan has been awarded $1.023 million for an ARC Future Fellowship on “Validation and monitoring of advanced oxidation for potable water reuse”. As Head of School, Professor Stephen Foster noted, “ARC Future Fellowships are highly competitive and prized; I know that all join with me in congratulating Stuart on his success.” 

In further good news for the School Prof Chongmin Song was successful in obtaining an ARC Linkage grant for his project - with Dr Ean Tat Ooi - on “Seismic analysis of cracking and deformations in concrete gravity dams” ($352k ARC); while A/Prof Adrian Russell is co-CI on a UWA administered ARC Linkage Project on “Evaluating potential static liquefaction of tailings to prevent failures” ($660k ARC).

Our research successes come from the hard work and support of all our staff; academic, professional and technical, and our students. Since 2001 the School has won over 145 ARC grants and fellowships to a value of $51.5M. The recognition and support of the Australian Research Council, and industry partners, demonstrates so well the real-world value in what we do.

Details on the research projects below:

  • A/Prof Stuart Khan FT170100371

Project Summary: It aims to address an important limitation in the ability to monitor performance of advanced oxidation processes used to treat recycled water for drinking. The project will be conducted using a novel pilot system, designed to facilitate flexible operation and detailed monitoring. Through carefully designed experiments, observed operational parameters will be related to treatment performance for a range of contaminants. An expected outcome is the development of a framework to provide validation of process performance relationships and ongoing performance monitoring for use by water utilities and regulatory agencies that oversee their operations. This highly practical framework for validation and performance monitoring of an advanced water treatment process should result in improved viability of water recycling projects, increased urban water supply security and enhanced protection of public health.

  • Professor Chongmin Song; Dr Ean Tat Ooi LP160101229

Project Summary: Seismic analysis of cracking and deformations in concrete gravity dams. This project aims to establish a rational predictive capability for the responses of concrete gravity dams subject to extreme design earthquakes. This will include the development of innovative numerical methods for effective modelling of crack propagation and closure, large slips on crack faces and weak interfaces, dam-reservoir interaction, dam-foundation interaction and automatic mesh generation. The expected outcomes of the project will be a significantly improved prediction tool. It is also anticipated that the project will result in improvements in dam and public safety, and more efficient use of funds for dam safety upgrades and management. $351, 731 UNSW Administered

Linkage Partners: MELBOURNE WATER CORPORATION; MURRAY-DARLING BASIN AUTHORITY; GOULBURN-MURRAY RURAL WATER CORPORATION; SUNWATER LIMITED

  • Professor Andries Fourie; Dr Jayan Vinod; Dr Md. Mizanur Rahman; Associate Professor Adrian Russell; Mr Imran Gillani; Dr Michael Davies; Dr John Lupo; Mr Stephen Liddell; Mr Todd Martin; Ms Georgia Lysay; Ms Tamara Johndrow; Dr Caius Priscu LP160101561

Project Summary: Evaluating potential static liquefaction of tailings to prevent failures. This project aims to reduce risk in the mining industry from failing mine tailings by producing a methodology for predicting the susceptibility of these tailings to static liquefaction. The impact of a mine tailing failure is catastrophic to the downstream community. The project brings together a number of industry partners committed to assisting with verification and adoption of characterisation and designed tools development in this project. This proposal will integrate results from laboratory element, centrifuge and calibration chamber tests with numerical modelling and in-situ tests to produce a methodology for predicting the susceptibility to static liquefaction.  $630,000  UWA Administered

Linkage Partners: NEWMONT MINING CORPORATION; RIO TINTO SERVICES LIMITED; TECK CORPORATION; BHP BILLITON PLC; ANGLO AMERICAN; FREEPORT-MCMORAN INC.

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