Farhad Faramarzi's research focus is “understanding ore breakage behaviour in the context of weathering and development of new techniques in ore breakage characterisation to capture and quantify intrinsic rock breakage variabilities.

Breakage variability is a built-in challenge in any size reduction activity from blasting to grinding that needs to be captured and quantified. Research is centred on addressing the shortcomings within at least a three decades approach of taking and analysing average values and development of innovative methods with the aim of:

  • Attainment of deeper understanding over the current ore characterisation shortcomings using average-taking approach.
  • Development of a methodology to capture and quantify ore breakage variability under impact mechanism and understanding its impact on downstream process
  • Development of a practical methodology to characterise breakage properties under low-energy mechanism accounting ore fabric/composition variabilities

Farhad was educated in Iran and holds BEng (2009) and MEng (2011) in mining engineering. He specialises in optimisation of drilling & blasting operations in open-pit mines, Rock Engineering Systems (RES) and risk analysis in bench blasting. Driven by an analytical and problem-solving attitude and a powerful urge to bring knowledge into practice, he has been involved with professional activities at some of the most well-known mining sites of Iran. His engagement with industrial activities as a superintendent engineer provided him the valuable opportunity to design, manage and analyse more than 150 blasts in open pit mines. Being interested in research, he moved to Australia in 2015 to pursue a PhD at JKMRC, The University of Queensland and became a Graduate member of AusIMM. Farhad has particular interests in understanding rock breakage behaviour under various loading mechanisms and development of new ore breakage characterisation techniques to capture and quantify intrinsic ore breakage variations.

Industry Engagement

  • Casual Technician at JKTech, Comminution circuit and flotation survey at Cannington mine, QLD, Australia, May 2016.
  • Project Supervisor, Project Title: Optimisation of rock fragmentation with a mine to mill approach at Gol-E-Gohar open-pit iron ore mine, Kerman Iran, May 2014 – Oct 2014.
  • Drill and Blast superintendent, Activities: Design and supervisory of drilling and blasting team at Jalal-Abad open-pit iron ore mine, Kerman, Iran, Jun 2012 – Nov 2012.
  • Project Supervisor, Project Title: Optimisation of drilling and blasting operation at Chahfiroozeh open-pit copper mine, May 2012 – Jun 2012.
  • Fieldwork at Sungun open-pit copper mine, Tabriz, Iran as a part of master thesis, Activities: Measurement of muck-pile fragmentation, ground damage, ground vibration and air overpressure using Instantel Minimate Pulse II and Flyrock distance, Jan 2011 – Mar 2011.

Key Publications

Faramarzi F, Ebrahimi Farsangi M.A, Mansouri H. (2015). Prediction of Rock Fragmentation Using a Gamma-based Blast Fragmentation Distribution Model. In: Proceedings of the 11th international symposium on rock fragmentation by blasting, Sydney, Australia, pp 685–692

Faramarzi F, Ebrahimi Farsangi M.A, Mansouri H. (2014). Simultaneous investigation of blast induced ground vibrations and airblast effects on safety level of structures and human in surface blasting. International Journal of Mining science and Technology, 24: 663 - 669, Elsevier

Faramarzi F, Mansouri H, Ebrahimi Farsangi M.A. (2013). A rock engineering systems based model to predict rock fragmentation by blasting. International Journal of Rock Mechanics & Mining Sciences, 60: 82–94, Elsevier

Faramarzi F, Mansouri H, Ebrahimi Farsangi M.A. (2013). Development of rock engineering systems based models for flyrock risk analysis and prediction of flyrock distance in surface blasting. Rock Mechanics Rock Engineering, 47: 1291-1306, Springer Verlag

Faramarzi F, Ebrahimi Farsangi M.A, Mansouri H. (2013). An RES Based Model for Risk   Assessment and Prediction of Backbreak in Bench Blasting. Rock Mechanics Rock Engineering, 46: 877-887, Springer Verlag


UQ International Scholarship (UQI)