Snow is a fascinating material with a complex and evolving microstructure. Snow avalanches, notably slab avalanches, are generally initiated by failure and collapse in the snowpack of a so-called weak layer, whose thickness can be very small (a few mm). This phenomenon, in which the instability of a whole slope is ultimately controlled by rupture mechanisms at the scale of the microstructure of the weak layer, is intrinsically multiscale.
Key points of the PhD:
- Development of an innovative numerical approach
- Applications to natural hazards (snow avalanches)
- Stimulating and multidisciplinary work team
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