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Dr Rao Balusu

Research Team Leader - Sustainable Mining Technologies Research Program, CSIRO


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Dr Rao Balusu is a mining engineer with more than 39 years’ experience in different aspects of mining engineering including production management, consultancy and mining research positions. After graduating from Osmania University (India) in 1983, he has initially worked for 9 years in coal mines in different levels of management, starting from mining engineer to Colliery Manager. He has obtained his Ph.D. in Mining Engineering from University of Wollongong (Australia) in 1993. In 1996 he joined the Exploration and Mining division of CSIRO (Australia) as a Mining Engineer/Research Scientist. During the last twenty one years, he has worked on several research projects including Mine gas control, Longwall geomechanics, Rapid roadway development and Inertisation projects. He has led several mine ventilation and gas control research projects including mine gas control, sponcom management, mine fires control, proactive inertisation, goaf gas flow mechanics, CFD modelling, longwall dust control and coal mining greenhouse gas mitigation strategies.

Fields of Research

Current Roles

  • Research Team Leader
    Coal Mining Research Program

  • Project Leader
    ACARP C25065 Specific Gas Emission Patterns from Different Coal Seam

  • Project Leader
    ACARP C25066 Gas Management and Risk Mitigation Strategies for Longwalls

  • Project Leader
    Anglo Grosvenor Goaf Gas Control

  • Project Leader
    Capacity Building for CMM Resources Extraction in CIL

  • Project Leader
    CFD Modelling of Grosvenor LW Dust Flow Patterns

  • Project Leader
    BMA LTCC Gas and Dust Flow Modelling

  • Project Leader
    Dust Control at Grasstree

  • Project Leader
    GT 3 gateroad - CFD Modelling of Explosive Fringe

  • Project Leader
    Stability Analyses of Overburden Dumps and Deep Opencast Mines at Singareni

  • Project Leader
    Strategic Mine Safety and Health Research

Academic Qualifications

  • 1993

    PhD (Mining Engineering)
    University of Wollongong, Australia

  • 1990

    M Tech (Mine Planning & Mechanisation)
    Osmania University, India

  • 1983

    BE (Mining Engineering)
    Osmania University, India

  • 1987

    First Class Mine Manager's Certificate of Competency (Coal Mines)

Professional Experiences

  • 2009-present

    Senior Principal Research Consultant
    CSIRO, Australia

  • 2005-2009

    Senior Principal Research Scientist

  • 2001-2005

    Principal Research Scientist

  • 1997-2001

    Senior Research Scientist

  • 1996-1997

    Research Scientist

  • 1995-1996

    Mining Engineer
    GeoGAS Pty Ltd, Australia

  • 1994-1995

    Colliery Manager
    The Singareni Collieries Company Ltd, India

  • 1990-1993

    Research Fellow
    University of Wollongong, Australia

  • 1988-1990

    Assistant Manager and Safety Officer
    Singareni Collieries Company Ltd (SCCL), India

  • 1984-1987

    Under Manager and Ventilation Officer
    SCCL, India

  • 1983-1984

    Mining Graduate Trainee
    SCCL, India


  • 2017-2020

    Capacity building for extraction of CMM resource within CIL command areas, CMPDI-CSIRO-GeoGAS collaborative project, S&T Project, Ministry of Coal, India

  • 2017-2019

    Grasstree 3 gateroad longwall - CFD modelling of gas distribution, Anglo Coal, Australia

  • 2017-2018

    CFD modelling of Grosvenor longwall dust flow patterns, Anglo

  • 2016-2019

    Gas management and risk mitigation strategies for longwalls, Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP)

  • 2016-2019

    Specific gas emission patterns from different coal seams, ACARP

  • 2013-2018

    Development of gas and sponcom control strategies for longer longwall panels at Grosvenor, Anglo

  • 2015-2020

    Geotechnical study of stability of overburden dumps and deep opencast mines at SCCL, Singareni Collieries Co Ltd (SCCL), India

  • 2015-2016

    Goaf gas flow modelling for 500’s longwalls at Oaky North, Glencore, Australia

  • 2011-2014

    Dust flow modelling in longwall top coal caving (LTCC) operations for developing effective control strategies, BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA)

  • 2010-2012

    Gas flow modelling study for Broadmeadow LTCC face, BMA

  • 2008-2012

    Thick coal seam extraction, CSIRO-Singareni Collieries Co Ltd (SCCL) collaborative project, India, Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development & Climate (APP)

  • 2008-2012

    Mine fires prevention and control technologies, CSIRO-SCCL collaborative project, India, APP

  • 2008-2012

    Integrated coal and methane extraction, CSIRO-Huainan collaborative project, China, APP

  • 2008-2010

    Strategic review of gas management options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, ACARP

  • 2007-2011

    Assessment of strata caving and chock capacity requirements for KTK longwalls, SCCL

  • 2006-2010

    Foam injection technologies for goaf inertisation, ACARP

  • 2006-2008

    Investigation of heatings and related CO and H2 gas flow patterns in longwall goafs, ACARP

  • 2006-2009

    Dust control technology for longwall faces – Shearer scrubber development and field trials, ACARP

  • 2005-2006

    Goaf gas flow modelling and gas control for hydraulic mining system at Spring Creek, Solid Energy, New Zealand

  • 2004-2007

    Pre-mining gas drainage technologies optimisation, ACARP

  • 2004-2006

    Dust control technology development for longwall faces – simulation studies, ACARP

  • 2004-2006

    Surface goaf gas drainage at Zhangbei mine, Huainan, China

  • 2003-2004

    Air and dust flow patterns around the longwall shearer, ACARP

  • 2003-2006

    Proactive inertisation strategies and technology development, ACARP

  • 2001-2004

    Optimisation of goaf gas drainage and control strategies, ACARP

  • 2000-2001

    Prefeasibility study of top coal caving in Australia, Yankuang Coal, China

  • 2000-2002

    Optimisation of inertisation practice, ACARP

  • 1998-2003

    Rapid roadway development project, Japan Coal Energy Centre (JCOAL)

  • 1998-1999

    CFD simulation of airflow patterns in place changing gateroads, Anglo

  • 1997-2002

    Mine gas control (JCOAL – CSIRO – Dartbrook collaborative project), Japan Coal Energy Centre (JCOAL)

  • 1995-1998

    Ground behaviour about longwall faces and its effect on mining, ACARP

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