PhD opportunity: “Experimental and numerical investigations of puncture failure of geomembranes lining systems”

Laboratory experiments dealing with interactions between granular materials and geomembranes will be conducted in the project. Then DEM modeling of the experiments will be designed following a “digital twin” approach. The objective of the PhD is to precise the local processes of geomembrane failure subjected to puncturing actions and precise the design of protective layers of geotextiles. More information in the attached proposals (french and english).

The PhD project will be conducted at INRAE in Aix-en-Provence (France) and may start as early as October 2021 (with some flexibility).

Applications (CV and cover letter) should be sent to Guillaume Stoltz ( and Antoine Wautier (

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