Damage PoroMechanics Laboratory Team (DeeP MeLT)

Chloé Arson's research group

We work on the multi-scale modeling of thermo-hydro-chemo-mechanical damage and healing processes, fracture pattern formation and coupled deformation mechanisms in geomaterials. Applications include geological storage (nuclear waste disposals, Compressed Air Energy Storage), mineral resource management (hydraulic fracturing, geothermal energy), aggregate technology (ballast), and infrastructure design (concrete reparation, subsurface structures).

We also seek synergies between mechanics and biology by modeling teeth and dentistry reparation techniques, simulating dynamic networks inspired by plants, designing bio-inspired burrowing methods and optimizing cavities based on animal intelligence.

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Latest Papers In Print

F. Anselmucci, E. Ando, G. Viggiani, N. Lenoir, C. Arson, L. Sibille, 2021. Imaging soil kinematics during the first days of maize root growth in sand, Scientific Reports (accepted)

F. Patino-Ramirez, F. Anselmucci, E. Ando, G. Viggiani, B. Caicedo, C. Arson, 2021. Deformation and failure mechanisms of granular soil around pressurised shallow cavities, Geotechnique, DOI: 10.1680/jgeot.21.00136

A. Martinez, J. DeJong, I. Akin, A. Aleali, C. Arson, J. Atkinson, P. Bandini, T. Baser, R. Borela, R. Boulanger, M. Burrall, Y. Chen, C. Collins, D. Cortes, S. Dai, T. DeJong, E. Del Dottore, K. Dorgan, R. Fragaszy, J.D. Frost, R. Full, M. Ghayoomi, D. Goldman, N. Gravish, I. Guzman, J. Hambleton, E. Hawkes, M. Helms, D. Hu, L. Huang, S. Huang, C. Hunt, D. Irschick, H. Lin, B. Lingwall, A. Marr, B. Mazzolai, B. McInroe, T. Murthy, K. O'Hara, M. Porter, S. Sadek, M. Sanchez, C. Santamarina, L. Shao, J. Sharp, H. Stuart, H.H. Stutz, A. Summers, J. Tao, M. Tolley, L. Treers, K. Turnbull, R. Valdes, L. van Passen, G. Viggiani, D. Wilson, W. Wu, X. Yu, J. Zheng, 2021. Bio-inspired Geotechnical Engineering: Principles, Current Work, Opportunities and Challenges, Géotechnique, DOI: 10.1680/jgeot.20.P.170

F. Anselmucci, E. Ando, G. Viggiani, N. Lenoir, R. Peyroux, C. Arson, L. Sibille, 2021. The use of X-ray tomography to investigate soil deformation around growing roots, Geotechnique Letters, DOI: 10.1680/jgele.20.00114

J. Ding, F.M. Chester, J.S. Chester, X. Shen, C. Arson, 2021. Coupled brittle and viscous micromechanisms produce semibrittle flow, grain-boundary sliding, and anelasticity in salt-rock, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, DOI: 10.1029/2020JB021261

Full list of publications


June 2021: Biot-Bazant conference: a new model of symposium in hybrid form, explained in a three-minute video.

November 2020: Floriana Anselmucci successfully defends her Ph.D. thesis.

October 2020: Fernando Patino-Ramirez successfully defends his Ph.D. thesis.

October 2020: Koochul Ji successfully defends his Ph.D. thesis.

November 2019: Koochul and Tingting win poster awards.

October 2019: Xianda Shen successfully defends his Ph.D. thesis.

August 2019: Arson gets an NSF/UKRI grant to explore the subsurface.

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