Multiscale Multiphase Multiphysics (M3) modelling aims to improve our understanding of nonlinear multiphysically coupled geo-science and -engineering issues across such different scales spanning from the pore to the lab, field and even the whole earth scale.

M3 works together with real-world data from the digital imaging, experiments, geology, geophysics, seismological and geochemical observations, to help build an improved understanding of the past, present and future for the relevant geo-scientific and -engineering issues across the different spatial and temporal scales through the integrated forward predictive modelling and digital core analysis on supercomputers.

This includes:

  1. the theory of discretisation procedures for partial differential equations governing the multiscale multiphase multi-physically coupled processes (such as geomechanical-thermo-fluid flow-microbio/geochemical reaction) of heterogeneously porous/fractured geomaterials across the different scales spanning from the pore to the lab, the field scale and even the entire earth
  2. a novel computational software tool development and practical applications in analysis of the earth sciences (for example crustal dynamics, interacting fault system, earthquakes, tsunamis and the entire earth deformation), the digital core, and the related nonlinear coupled ‘fluid flow – geochemical/biogeochemical reaction – heat exchange – stress/deformation – permeability’ phenomena, which is of vital importance to an improved understanding of complicated dynamics involving heterogeneous geomaterials for such as unconventional resource exploitation (such as coal seam gas, shale gas/oil, tight gas/oil and hot dry rocks), deep geological disposal (for example radioactive waste treatment and CO2 geological storage), underground mining and water, mineral exploration, and related environmental and safety problems.