The University of Newcastle, Australia

ARC Discovery Project funding success

Friday, 21 November 2014

Professor Scott Sloan and Dr Chet Vignes have been awarded more than $453,000 in ARC Discovery Project funding commencing in 2015 for their research project Computational modelling of hydraulic fracture.

Australian Research Council (ARC)

About the project

The project aims to develop new computational methods and software for simulating hydraulic fracture (commonly known as 'fracking'), which is now being used to extract natural gas from some Australian coal seams. This form of natural gas recovery has the potential to be a major economic driver, but the benefits are currently being tempered by widespread community concern over possible adverse impacts on the environment. The expected outcome is new methods, supported by scientific publications and software, which can be used to guide the natural gas industry and inform regulatory authorities of the risks inherent in hydraulic fracturing.

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