Research

Our research develops at the interface between several disciplines (fluid and continuum mechanics, physics, hydrogeology, reservoir engineering, numerical analysis, and computer science) and embraces theory, scientific computing, and experiments. The research group concentrates on understanding complex subsurface processes and developing novel models to be used by practitioners.

Special emphasis is placed on advancing the understanding of multiphase/multicomponent flow (including solid phases); and on the coupling between fluid flow and energy transfer, solid deformations, and physicochemical reactions. More specific research topics are

  • adaptive multiscale modeling of complex subsurface processes;
  • numerical and experimental investigation of pore-scale processes to improve field-scale models;
  • flow through deformable porous media in a mixture theory framework;
  • multiphysics modeling and hybrid algorithms;
  • machine learning for uncertainty quantification;
  • conceptual models of low permeability media (shales and clays);
  • energy transfer in geological materials;
  • monitoring techniques for temperature and water content (with special attention to methods based on Fiber Optics);
  • physics of the interfaces and microfluidics.

Selected projects