Emmanuel Detournay

Emmanuel Detournay

Emmanuel Detournay

Professor, Member of the National Academy of Engineering, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering


Civil Engineering Building
Room 168
500 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455


  • Ingenieur Civil, 1976, Mining Engineering, University of Liege, Belgium
  • M.S.,1979, Geoengineering, University of Minnesota
  • Ph.D., 1983, Geoengineering, University of Minnesota

Professional Background

  • Senior Research Scientist, Schlumberger Cambridge Research, Cambridge UK, 1989-92 (Research Scientist, 1989)
  • MTS Visiting Associate Professor in geoengineering, Dept. of Civil and Mineral Engineering, Univ. of Minnesota, Fall Quarter 1990
  • Research Scientist, Dowell-Schlumberger, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1985-88 (Senior Research Engineer, 1985)


Research Interests

Google Scholar Citations

Research interests revolve around the modeling of some geomechanical processes, such as hydraulic fracturing, drilling, rock-cutting and indentation; and on the mechanics of fluid-infiltrated geomaterials. Recent efforts on the modeling of hydraulic fractures have focused on (1) the analysis of the singular behavior near the tip of an advancing fluid-driven fracture; (2) the study of poroelastic effects, caused by leak-off of the fracturing fluid in the permeable rock; and (3) the analysis of the initiation of hydraulic fractures at a borehole to improve the interpretation of the in-situ stress from a hydraulic fracturing stress test.

Current research on the cutting and indentation of rocks centers on analyzing the different modes of energy dissipation in these processes. The research aims at determining the conditions under which the mode of rock failure induced by the movement of a cutter or an indenter is "plastic" (crushing of the rock), "brittle" (tensile fracture propagation), or "mixed."

Selected Publications

Wildemans, R., Aribowo, A., Detournay, E. M. and van de Wouw, N. 2019. Modelling and dynamic analysis of an anti-stall tool in a drilling system including spatial friction. Nonlinear Dynamics. Doi: 10.1007%2Fs11071-019-05075-6.

Shakib, M. F., Detournay, E. M. and van de Wouw, N. 2019. Nonlinear dynamic modeling and analysis of borehole propagation for directional drilling. International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics. 113, p. 178-201.

Dehkhoda, S. and Detournay, E. M. 2019. Rock Cutting Experiments with an Actuated Disc. Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering. 52, 9, p. 3443-3458.

Xie, X., Fjær, E. and Detournay, E. M. 2019. Time-dependent closure of a borehole in a viscoplastic rock. Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment. 19, 100115.

Liakou, A. and Detournay, E. M. 2018. Constrained buckling of variable length elastica: Solution by geometrical segmentation. International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics. 99, p. 204-217.

Tarokh, A., Detournay, E. M. and Labuz, J. F. 2018. Direct measurement of the unjacketed pore modulus of porous solids. Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences. 474, 2219, 2018060.

Villarreal Magaña, O. A., Monsieurs, F. H. A., Detournay, E. M. and van de Wouw, N. 2018. Robust output-feedback control of 3D directional drilling systems. International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control. 28, 18, p. 5915-5942.

Wang, Z. Q. and Detournay, E. M. 2018. The tip region of a near-surface hydraulic fracture. Journal of Applied Mechanics, Transactions ASME. 85, 4, 4039044.