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1 Overview and background Mohammad Saadatfar Department of Engineering, The Australian National University

2 Research School of Physics & Engineering ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

3 3 The largest university based physics research activity in Australia ~ 170 full time academic staff ~ 150 graduate students ~ 110 technical and administrative staff Full undergraduate teaching program (3-4 years) 9 Research Departments School Structure

4  Founded by Prof Barry Ninham in 1971  Chemists, physicists, mathematicians and engineers  Theoreticians and experimentalists working together  What shapes matter?  How does matter interact?  Complex and hierarchical (multiscale) Dept. Applied Mathematics  Fields: geometry and topology in nature, molecular force measurement, nanomaterials, packing in granular materials and flow in porous materials  Applications : biomineralisation, composite materials, adhesion, oil & gas, printing and paper making, wood, mineral processing, crystallographic theory, textiles, osteoporosis….. 4

5  My PhD research: A combination of experimental and numerical study the following topics: i. Granular materials ii. Elasticity of sandstones iii. Mehcanical and transport properties of polyurethane foams. I developed a series of Finite Element codes for fluid and elasticity simulation. All codes developed during my PhD have now been integrated into Mango (3D image processing toolkit)  Post PhD: sine PhD in 2006, my research has been focused on metallic foams, rock physics and granular materials using tomography. I worked as a postdoc and/or visiting researcher in Germany/UK/Ireland/France.  I returned to ANU in 2009 and started my independent research on granular materials. Currently I am leading a small group comprised of a postdoc + three PhD students and a technician. The result of my research has been published in over 30 journal publications and over 10 conference proceedings.

6 Industry collaboration  Digicore Consortium: I am a part of a core team of 12 people running the Digicore Consortium, which is the largest Oil/Gas Consortium in Australia, bringing over $8M funds to ANU over the last 8 years, and was the basis of the spin-off, Lithicon.  FEI: I am a named contributor on the ANU’s contract with FEI, which has recently acquired Lithicon (a spin-off of the Department of Applied Mathematics) for $78M. The ANU contract has two phases; $4M technology transfer and a series of R&D projects for applications development in CT.  Adidas: I am currently the lead person in negotiation with Adidas to fund a project aiming to research and improve the performance of cricket bats through the understanding of the role of wood cellular structure in mechanical resilience.  ANLEC: Over the past 18 months, a substantial amount of my research has been focused on a project funded by ANLEC, which is investigating CO 2 geosequestration.

7 3D 2D Snapshot of my research Grain identification

8 Grain/pore partitioning used in pore network representation of rocks

9 Numerical simulations of single phase flow attempting to quantify local changes in flow properties. Visualisation of flow paths within a porous system

10 Combining 3D images and fluid simulations Fluid in porous rock

11 Research on polymeric and metallic foams Elasticity Structure

12 Granular materials: used as model systems for unconsolidated rocks to better understand their mechanics and localised phenomena such as stress/strain localisation and shear banding.


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