Inaugural Lecture - Prof. Brice Lecampion


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Date 04.10.2022 18:0019:00  
Speaker Prof. Brice Lecampion
Location Online
Category Inaugural lectures - Honorary Lecture
Event Language English
Date: 4 October 2022
  • 17:15-17:25 Introduction by the Dean
  • 17:25-18:00 Prof. Marie Violay
  • 18:05-18:15 Introduction by the Dean
  • 18:15-18:50 Prof. Brice Lecampion
  • 18:50-18:55 Closure
  • 19:00 Aperitif, Alpine-FoodLab
Place: CM1
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“Mechanics and physics of fluid-driven ruptures in geomaterials”

Natural and anthropogenic occurrences of fluid over-pressurization abound in the upper earth crust. Such fluid pressurization at depth can result in the growth of ruptures either on pre-existing or newly created discontinuities in the form of fractures and faults. The complex multi-physics mechanisms responsible for the occurrence and propagation of these type of ruptures is of significant technological importance in relation to natural hazards (volcanic eruption, induced earthquakes) as well as the sustainable development of geo-energy applications from deep geothermal energy to radioactive waste storage.
I will illustrate on several examples how theoretical and experimental investigations can shield light on the dynamics of fluid-driven rupture growth, and how the understanding of their mechanics can be leveraged in a number of applications critical for the energy transition (geothermal electricity production, CO2 storage).

About the speaker
Brice Lecampion is leading the Geo-Energy Lab – Gaznat Chair on GeoEnergy at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. Prior to joining EPFL, he has worked for Schlumberger in research and development from 2006 until May 2015 – serving in a variety of roles ranging from project manager to principal scientist in both Europe and the United States. He received his PhD in mechanics from Ecole Polytechnique, France in 2002 and worked as a research scientist in the hydraulic fracturing research group of CSIRO division of Petroleum resources (Melbourne, Australia) from 2003 to 2006. 
Brice Lecampion’s current research aims at understanding the interplay between the growth of localized discontinuities in the Earth upper crust (in the form of fractures and faults) and fluid flow in geomaterials with applications in the field of environmental, civil engineering, seismology and tectonophysics. He is thus working at the intersection between continuum mechanics (solid and fluid dynamics) and geophysics, solving problems related to the energy transition (Geothermal Energy, CO2 storage, …).

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