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

H. He, A. Karsai, B. Liu, F.L. Hammond III, D.I. Goldman, C. Arson, 2022. Simulation of compound anchor intrusion in dry sand by a hybrid FEM+SPH method, Computers and Geotechnics, DOI: 10.1016/j.compgeo.2022.105137

L.F. Patino-Ramirez, Z.J. Wang, D.H. Chau, C. Arson, 2022. Back-calculation of soil parameters from displacement-controlled cavity expansion under geostatic stress by FEM and machine learning, Acta Geotechnica, DOI: 10.1007/s11440-022-01698-z

T. Xu, X. Shen, M. Reed, N. West, K.L. Ferrier, C. Arson, 2022. Anisotropy and microcrack propagation induced by weathering, regional stresses and topographic stresses, Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth, DOI: 10.1029/2022JB024518

C. O’Sullivan, C. Arson, B. Coasne, 2022. A perspective on Darcy’s law across the scales: from physical foundations to particulate mechanics, Journal of Engineering Mechanics, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)EM.1943-7889.0002153

Z. Wu, T. Xu, C. Arson, 2022. Effect of the intermediate principal stress on pre-peak damage propagation in hard rock under true triaxial compression, Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, DOI: 10.1007/s00603-022-02981-x

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November 2021: Dr. Arson receives the prestigious NSF BRITE Award.

August 2021: A new DOE grant on modeling water-cleansing wetlands in extreme weather

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.

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