ARC Discovery Projects funding success 2016
Associate Professor Olivier Buzzi, Professor John Carter, Dr Anna Giacomini, Professor Dr Stephen Fityus and Professor Oldrich Hungrhave been awarded $460,000 in ARC Discovery Project funding commencing in 2016 for their research project Fragmentation of rocks upon impact.
The project aims to create a new understanding of how rocks fragment upon impact to allow more realistic predictions of rockfall hazards. Rockfall results in loss of human life, damage to infrastructure and economic loss; each year in Australia, millions of dollars are spent on rockfall protection. To mitigate rockfall risk, it is important to understand and predict how blocks break as they fall down a slope. Unfortunately, there is limited data and knowledge on this phenomenon. This project aims to produce a comprehensive, high-quality database of fragmentation events and develop an innovative fragmentation model that can be included in existing rockfall codes. This project is expected to lead to optimised and cost-effective rockfall barrier protection measures.