Dr Zhongwei Chen

Senior Lecturer

School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
zhongwei.chen@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 53742

Overview

Conduct interdisciplinary researches to tackle technical challenges associated with the efficient and responsible extraction of geo-energy and geo-resources. Two main focusses of my research interests are:

  1. The mining geomechanics for underground mining applications, coal mining in particular. It covers roadway support design stability analysis, pillar design, strata movement and surface subsidence, and
  2. The reservoir geomechanics, targeting at key technical challenges associated with unconventional gas recovery. It includes borehole stability, permeability evolution, coal and shale petrophysical properties characterisation, fluid flow in fractured porous media, carbon geological sequestration, and the coupled computational modelling etc.

Teaching Courses:

  1. Mine Geotechnical Engineering (MINE4120)
  2. Coal Mine Strata Control (MINE4128)

Manager of Resources Geomechanics Lab, focussing on:

  1. Rock dynamic responses to different stress conditions using non-destructive methods (Acoustic Emission and Ultrasonic Detection, e.g., P-wave and S-wave)
  2. Characterization of water-gas two-phase flow in fractured porous media under high-stress environment (up to 10,000 psi)
  3. Characterization of two-phase flow using microfluidics technique
  4. Quantifying the evolution of the absolution and relative permeability of unconventional reservoirs (e.g., coals, shales, and tight sandstones) to gas adsorption as well as the changes of contact angle with varying reservoir pressure
  5. Coupled geomechanical-hydraulic multiscale flow simulation: from nanopores to reservoir scale

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, WA

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Supervision

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Wei, M. Y., Chen, Z. W., Liu, J. S., Cui, G. L., Tan, Y. L. and Zhang, S. W. (2017). Multiphysics of coal-gas interactions. Rock mechanics and engineering Volume 3: analysis, modeling and design. (pp. 483-512) edited by .London, United Kingdom: CRC Press. doi:10.1201/b20402

  • Wei, M. Y. , Chen, Z. W. , Liu, J. S. , Cui, G. L. , Tan, Y. L. and Zhang, S. W. (2017). Multiphysics of coal-gas interactions. Analysis, modeling and design. (pp. 481-512) edited by .Amsterdam, The Netherlands: CRC Press.

  • Chen, Zhongwei, Bai, Tianhang and Pan, Zhejun (2016). Coal reservoir characterization. Coal production and processing technology. (pp. 79-100) edited by M. R. Riazi and Rajender Gupta.Boca Raton, FL, United States: CRC Press (Taylor and Francis). doi:10.1201/b19352-6

  • Qu, H, Liu, J.S, Zhongwei Chen, Connell, Pan and Connell, L. (2011). A fully coupled gas flow, coal deformation and thermal transport model for the injection of carbon dioxide into coal seams. CO2 storage in carboniferous formations and abandoned coal mines. (pp. 69-93) edited by Manchao He, Luis Ribeiro e Sousa, Derek Elsworth and Eurípedes Vargas.Leiden, The Netherlands: CRC Press/Balkema.

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Conference Publication

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.