UNSW centrifuge facility

UNSW CENTRIFUGE FACILITY

Located at WRL, this million dollar facility nicknamed the Environmental Time Machine, is a joint effort between the School of Mining Engineering and the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering. The centrifuge is helping researchers from Mining Engineering, ACSMP and across UNSW change the way engineers understand and access earth’s resources. 

Research in the facility includes testing barrier and caprock integrity for underground developments, measuring long term recharge rates for groundwater, and looking at geochemical reactions during slow underground flow. Centrifuge technology could also be useful to help design safer open cut and underground mining that reduces environmental impacts, and for testing the durability of tight membranes and materials.