Research

  • 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.