The ALERT Geomaterials Workshop 2018 will be organized from Monday, 1st October until Wednesday, 3rd October in Aussois, France. It will include the following sessions:
SESSION 1 (1nd October):“
Fluid flow and strain localization: fingering and fracture processes in partially saturated materials”
The workshop aims at establishing a bridge between two different scientific communities working on two different aspects of hydro-mechanical instabilities in partially saturated media. On the one hand the one studying fluid-grain displacement regimes through initially saturated granular media due to the infiltration of a wetting (imbibition) or a non-wetting (drainage) fluid. On the other hand the one whose main interest concerns the study of strain and porosity localization into (partially) saturated granular media induced by mechanical loading. The goal is to define a common framework for treating the hydraulic and the mechanical instabilities in granular media together with their mechanical and hydraulic effects.
Contributions into phase-field modeling, level-set methods, discrete elements and numerical methods, as well as Hele-Shaw experiments, X-ray micro-tomographic imaging of pore-scale displacements and imaging of the fluid front through fractures by neutron radiography and tomography are expected and welcome.
SESSION 2 (2rd October, half-day): “Geomaterials under the nanoscope“
SESSION 3 (3th October): “Offshore Geotechnics”
The ALERT Workshop will be followed by the ALERT Doctoral School 2018 on Energetical methods in geomechanics.