Research

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Our research group's area of expertise is rock mechanics and geomechanics, which aims to understand the mechanical deformation of rocks and subsurface structures (e.g. reservoirs, faults, mines) and the forces that causes these deformations. Most of our research involves experimental studies of rock/sediment properties using high-pressure deformation apparatuses, but we also frequently look at field data (borehole and seismic data) to analyze in-situ stress states and deformation. Insights gained from the lab are applied to numerical/theoretical models to solve larger-scale geomechanical problems in order to optimize recovery of energy resources, minimize hazards during resource production, and address problems in tectonophysics. Recently, our group has put some emphasis on studying the long-term ductile properties of clay-rich rocks which has implications for how stress accumulate/relax in the lithosphere over time, the long-term productivity of unconventional gas reservoirs, and the integrity of waste disposal sites.

  • experimental rock mechanics
  • geomechanics of petroleum and geothermal reservoirs
  • fault and earthquake mechanics
  • long-term deformation of shales and fault rocks
  • in-situ stress and heterogenity
  • rock physics
  • fracture fluid flow and healing

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