Welcome to the Damage Poromechanics Laboratory.

Our research involves...

  • Theoretical and numerical modeling of Bio-Thermo-Hydro-Chemo-Mechanical processes in porous and granular media
  • Multi-scale modeling of damage and healing processes in rock, particulate media, cement-based materials and... teeth
  • Image analysis of porous microstructures
  • Bio-inspired optimization of flow networks
  • ...with applications in geological storage (nuclear waste disposals, CAES), mineral resource management (hydraulic fracturing), aggregate technology (ballast) and infrastructure design (girders, subsurface utilities).

    Latest Papers In Print

    • W. Jin, C. Arson, 2017. Nonlocal enrichment of a micromechanical damage model with tensile softening: advantages and limitations, Computers and Geotechnics (accepted)
    • R. Kirkman, C. Arson, L. Stewart, R. Harris, A. Francis, 2017. The risks of hydraulic fracturing and the responsibilities of engineers, Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1525/elementa.218
    • W. Jin, C. Arson, 2017. Micromechanics based discrete damage model with multiple non-smooth yield surfaces: theoretical formulation, numerical implementation and engineering applications, International Journal of Damage Mechanics, DOI: 10.1177/1056789517695872
    • W. Jin, C. Arson, 2016. Discrete Wing Crack based Damage Model for Brittle Solids, International Journal of Solids and Structures, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2016.12.025
    • H. Xu, S. Busetti, C. Arson, 2016. Fracture-Induced Anisotropy of the Stress-Strain Response of Shale at Multiple Scales, ASCE International Journal of Geomechanics, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)GM.1943-5622.0000897
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    • May 2016 - Cheng Zhu successfully defends his Ph.D. thesis.
    • January 2016 - Dr. Arson receives the NSF CAREER award.
    • October 2015 - Dr. Arson is selected to participate in the NAE FOEE symposium.
    • September 2015 - Dr. Arson talks about fracking on NPR.
    • September 2015 - Dr. Arson presents fracking to Middle School Students.
    • August 2015 - The NSF funds the Engineering Research Center for Bio-inspired and Bio-mediated Geotechnics. The DeeP MeLT works on bio-THCM couplings and on the modeling of flow network formation.
    • December 2014 - Dr. Hao Xu receives his Ph.D. degree.
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