Grenoble Geomechanics Newsletter-no.4

The 4th edition of the GéoMécanique newsletter is brought to you by Chao Yuan. It contains the latest news regarding research publications, conference visits and other activities of the staff and students from the GéoMécanique group of Laboratoire 3SR (Sols, Solides, Structures – Risques). If you have something you want to share, please don’t hesitate to contact us at: Please feel free to forward the letter to colleagues and friends, and let them know that they can subscribe by themselves here. Enjoy.


Our first annual report has been released. It contains 30 short papers on various topics. Feel free to download it and discover many aspects of our vibrant research activity. Many thanks to the authors and to Frédéric Donzé for organizing this report.

Grenoble Geomechanics Group Laboratoire 3SR Annual Report #1

Grenoble Geomechanics Group Laboratoire 3SR Annual Report #1

The paper “A description of internal erosion by suffusion and induced settlements on cohesionless granular matter” co-authored by Luc Sibille (3SR) and Didier Marot and Yacine Sail (GeM Institute), has been accepted recently in Acta Geotechnica and is now published online.

The paper “Strain localization in sandstone and its implications for CO2 storage” co-authored by A. Torabi, R.H. Gabrielsen, H. Fossen, P. Ringrose, E. Skurtveit, E. Andò, F. Marinelli, G. Viggiani, S. Dal Pont, A. Braathen, A. Hovland, P. Bésuelle, R. Alikarami, H. Zalmstra and D. Sokoutis has been published in First Break.

Honors, Awards and Invitations

Reem Abdul Rahman, Albert Argilaga Claramunt, Viviana Bonilla-Sierra and Eleni Koufoudi have presented their work in the poster’s session of “La Journée des Doctorants de l’Ecole Doctorale I-MEP2″ held on June 29, in Grenoble. Viviana has received the prize to the best 2nd poster of the session for her work entitled “DEM analysis of rock bridges: contribution to rock slope stability in case of translational sliding failures”.

Viviana in "La Journée des Doctorants de l’Ecole Doctorale I-MEP2"

Viviana in “La Journée des Doctorants de l’Ecole Doctorale I-MEP2″

Visits and conferences

Pierre Bésuelle has participated in the Fourth International Conference on Computational Modeling of Fracture and Failure of Materials and Structures – CFRAC 2015 – held at Cachan, France from 3-5 June. He has presented a talk on ‘Double scale approaches for the behaviour of a clay rock: full field measurement and FE2 model for hydro-mechanical coupling’.

As the Tour de France was leaving Utrecht, Chao Yuan and Bruno Chareyre were flying the other way for visiting the Hydrogeology group of Utrecht University. The one-week visit has been intensively devoted to presentations, discussions, brainstormings, and programming in relation with two phase flow and the micromechanics of unsaturated materials. We want to thank Majid Hassanizadeh, Ehsan Nikooee, Thomas Sweijen and the other members of the group for the exceptional hosting.


Bram van den Eijnden defended on July 13, 2015, his PhD entitled “Multiscale modelling of the hydromechanical behaviour of argillaceous rocks”, supervised by Pierre Bésuelle and Frédéric Collin (Liège University) and co-supervised by René Chambon. The external jury members are Claudio Tamagnini, Thierry Massart, Djimedo Kondo and Darius Seyedi.

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