Theoretical Modeling: damage and healing mechanics; micro-macro upscaling techniques; thermo-hydro-chemo-mechanical couplings in porous media; breakage
mechanics and granular flow.
Numerical Modeling: Finite Element code development in laboratory-owned programs (in
Fortran); implementation of new subroutines in commercial software (POROFIS, ABAQUS,
PFC3D); algorithms for the validation and calibration of damage models (MATLAB).
Engineering Applications: (1) Energy Geotechnics: deep geological storage (nuclear waste
disposals, carbon dioxide sequestration, high-pressure gas storage); geothermal systems;
hydraulic fracturing. (2) Geology & Geophysics: coupling off-fault damage and fault rupture
dynamics; modeling gouge particle crushing. (3) Materials: powder technology.