Chaoshui Xu

Associate Professor Chaoshui Xu

Associate Professor

School of Chemical Engineering

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


I have over thirty years of experience working for mining academic institutions and the industry. My research interests cover almost all components of the mining system, including:

1)   Stochastic rock fracture modelling, coupled hydro-thermo-chemical modelling of fluid flow in porous or fractured rock masses, hot dry rock enhanced geothermal systems and unconventional resources, statistics of porous media.

2)   Geostatistics, mineral resource evaluations, mine planning, operations research, mine to mill optimisation, mine finance, mineral economics, financial risk assessment.

3)   Rock mechanics, rock fracture mechanics, finite element method, boundary element method and discrete element method numerical modelling, rock fracture toughness testing (the method developed is now an ISRM suggested method), deterministic and probabilistic stability assessment of rock excavations.

4)  Rock fragmentation, rock dynamics and damage mechanics, rock burst, ground support.

5)  Innovative mining technologies, in-situ recovery of minerals, underground coal gasification and its impact on surrounding environment.

 

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2017 - 2019 Chutian Scholar Professor Wuhan University of Science and Technology, China
    2013 - 2014 Non-exec Director AMAR Ltd, Australia
    2011 - ongoing Associate Professor University of Adelaide
    2007 - 2011 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2005 - 2007 Technical Manager StructureVision Ltd., UK
    1993 - 2007 Research Fellow University of Leeds, UK
    1985 - 1989 Research Fellow/Lecturer University of Science and Technology Beijing, China
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    1989 - 1993 University of Leeds United Kingdom PhD
    1983 - 1985 Northeast University China MSc
    1979 - 1983 Northeast University China BSc
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    CPE in Geostatistics University of Leeds United Kingdom
    CPE in Mine Finance University of Leeds United Kingdom
  • Research Interests

Major research grants since joining University of Adelaide in 2007:
  • Integrated Operations for Complex Resources (Dowd, ..., Xu, ...), ARC Training Centre, 2020 - 2024, $12.5M
  • Unlocking Complex Resources through Lean Processing (Grano, Dowd, Xu, … ...), SA PRIF Fund, 2018 - 2022, $14.6M
  • Rapid Resource Modelling and Automated Variography (Dowd, Xu), BHP, 2019 - 2022, $2.1M.
  • Kapunda In-Situ Copper and Gold Field Recovery Trial (Xu, Dowd), CRC-P, 2018 - 2020, $312,500
  • CAGS Scientific Exchange Programme (Xu, Schwartzkopff), Geoscience Australia, $24,200
  • Optimal ore extraction considering heterogeneity and uncertainty (Dowd, Xu), CRC ORE, 2017-2020, $200,000
  • Quantified risk in mine planning and operations (Dowd, Xu), Newcrest, 2014-2018, $533,528
  • A New model for calculating the critical stress-intensity factor (SIF) for fracturing using gases (Chen, Suorineni, Xu), MEA, 2016, $31,039
  • Source analysis of fractures in anisotropic rocks using moment tensor inversion (Karakus, Xu), MEA, 2015, $30,000
  • The development of a primary crusher performance model for the optimisation of mining operations (Erten, Xu, Kanchibotla), MEA, 2015, $20,000
  • Triaxial rock testing system under coupled conditions (Xu), DVCR, 2013, $200,000
  • DP110104766: Stochastic modelling of fractures in crystalline rock masses for hot dry rock enhanced geothermal systems (Dowd, Xu), ARC Discovery, 2011-2013    $330,000
  • Modelling of rock cutting mechanics for diamond drilling (Xu), DET CRC, 2012 - 2015, $75,000
  • Deep Exploration Technologies CRC (Xu, Karakus, Sheikh, Priest, Melkoumian, Chanda), DET CRC, 2011-2013, $419,611
  • Fundamental flow model for hot dry rock enhanced geothermal system (Xu), SACGER, 2011-2012, $80,000
  • Rock fracture modelling for hot dry rock enhanced geothermal systems (Xu), PIRSA, 2010, $20,000
  • Category 1 Grant Improvement Scheme (Xu), ECMS, 2009 - 2010, $31,000
  • Commercilisation of GeostatWin – a comprehensive geostatistical resource estimation package (Xu, Dowd), ARI, 2009, $35,000
  • Start-up research grant (Xu), ECMS, 2008, $10,000

ARC LIFE grants:

  • LE150100058: Three dimensionally compressed and monitored Hopkinson bar (3D-HB) (led by Zhao of Monash University), ARC LIEF, 2015, $692,000
  • LE120100117: An Advanced, Macro-scale, hydro-thermo-mechanical Testing Chamber for sustainable deep geological applications (led by Ranjith PG of Monash University), ARC LIEF, 2012, $940,000

 

Undergraduate courses lectured:
  • C&ENVENG1012 Engineering Modelling and Analysis – I
  • C&ENVENG1011 Introduction to Mining Engineering (lecturing)
  • C&ENVENG1011 Introduction to Mining Engineering (field trip)
  • MINING3078 Resource Estimation and Mine Planning
  • MINING4116 Mine Design and Feasibility Study
  • MINING 4107 Surface Mining Systems
  • MINING4115 Mine Automation
Postgraduate courses lectured:
  • C&ENVENG 7043 Introduction to Geostatistics
  • C&ENVENG7056 Linear Geostatistics
  • C&ENVENG7064 Non-Stationarity, Selection and Recoverability
  • C&ENVENG7054 Computing for Geostatistics
  • STATISTICS7062 Multivariate Geostatistics
  • C&ENVENG7053 Non-linear Geostatistics
  • C&ENVENG7052 Geostatistical Simulation
  • MINING7078 Resource Estimation and Mine Planning
  • MINING7116 Mine Design and Feasibility Study
  • MINING 7107 Surface Mining Systems
  • MINING7115 Mine Automation
  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2024 Principal Supervisor Linking the resource to down-stream products Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Pouya Nobahar Ghezeljehmeidan
    2023 Co-Supervisor Sensed core data to predict process responses for mining projects Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Milena Nasretdinova
    2023 Principal Supervisor Fragmentation Sensing by Size and Lithology for Blast Control and Sensing of Sub-level Caving and Sub-level Open Stoping Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ahmadreza Khodayari
    2022 Co-Supervisor Numerical analysis of In-situ gasification processes in coal mines Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Shuyu Tian
    2022 Principal Supervisor Environmental impact assessments of in-situ syngas generation from coal for urea production Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Zihan Zhang
    2021 Principal Supervisor Application of Artificial Intelligence and Cloud Point Data to Develop a Geological and Geotechnical Characterization System in Order to Mitigate Instability Problems in Construction Sites Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Mohammad Yazdanpanah
    2021 Co-Supervisor Rapid updating of resource knowledge with sensor information including structures Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Sultan Abulkhair
    2021 Co-Supervisor Measure and monitor particle size distributions and grade so as to divert low value waste Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Nazym Baizhiyen
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 - 2023 Principal Supervisor Constraints and Quantifying Uncertainty on Resource Domain Boundaries Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Yerniyaz Abildin
    2015 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Quantification of Linear and Non-Linear Flow Behaviours in a Rock Fracture with the Complex Void Geometry Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Zhihe Wang
    2015 - 2021 Co-Supervisor Modelling pyrite oxidation in refractory gold-bearing stockpiles to evaluate gold recovery by direct cyanide leaching Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Miss Hang Wang
    2014 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Quantification of Uncertainty of Geometallurgical Variables for Mine Planning Optimism Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Exequiel Manuel Sepulveda Escobedo
    2014 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Geostatistical Modelling and Simulation of Karst Systems Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mrs Romina Ghobadi
    2014 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Theoretical and Numerical Modelling of the Anisotropic Behaviour of Jointed Rocks Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Changtai Zhou
    2013 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Acoustic Analysis of Rock Cutting Process for Impregnated Diamond Drilling Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Santiago Perez Ospina
    2013 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Rock Strength and Deformability Characterisation and Assessment for Drilling Performance Estimation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Henry Edinson Munoz Principe
    2013 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Study on Borehole Stability in Fractured Rocks in Deep Drilling Conditions Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ehtesham Ul Haq Karatela
    2012 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Prediction of breakdown pressures and fracture propagation surfaces in a rock material subjected to hydraulic fracturing using intact specimens and specimens with a replicated crack Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Adam Karl Schwartzkopff
    2012 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Failure Mode Transition for Rock Cutting: Theoretical, Numerical and Experimental Modelling Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Xianqun He
    2012 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Finite Element Analysis of Impregnated Diamond Drilling Bits Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jiayi Xu
    2011 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Stochastic Modelling of Fractures in Rock Masses Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Younes Fadakar
    2010 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Relationship Between Input and Output: A Systematic Study of the Stability of Highly Fractured Rock Slopes Using the Hoek-Brown Strength Criterion Master of Engineering Science Master Part Time Mr Qian Qian
    2010 - 2013 Co-Supervisor Analytical and Numerical Analyses for Rock Slope Stability using the Generalized Hoek-Brown Criterion Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jiayi Shen
    2006 - 2011 Co-Supervisor Orebody Modelling for Exploration: The Western Mineralisation, Broken Hill Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Mohammad Lotfolah Hamedani
  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 83135421
  • Email: chaoshui.xu@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Engineering North, floor 1
  • Org Unit: Mining and Petroleum Engineering

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