Earth Resources Engineering

Discoveries and impact

  • Development of rigorous analytical solutions, asymptotic models, and computational treatments of the fluid-driven fracture problem 
  • Development of the first discrete element method and advanced boundary element techniques
  • Expanded renewable energy to fluvial or tidal environments
  • Scaled uniform momentum zones in turbulent boundary layers
  • Development of the Analytic Element Method (AEM) catering for the simulation of of groundwater flow
  • Unearthing of fundamental mechanisms causing stick-slip vibrations in deep drilling systems
  • Analysis of acoustic emission toward the identification of damage and fracture of quasibrittle materials
  • Development of fast inverse solutions for 3D seismic imaging

Our Research

  • Modeling of groundwater flow
  • Developing analytic elements and implementing them in computer models for modeling both groundwater flow and the deformation of rock
  • Creating simplified vertically integrated groundwater flow models to address water supply issues with a minimum of data
  • Modeling of coastal aquifers
  • Understanding factors affecting the propagation of hydraulic fractures in weak poorly consolidated rocks
  • Developing models to design and control directional drilling system
  • Predicting the stability limit between whirling and stick-slip self-excited vibrations of drilling systems
  • Pursuing sustainable development, natural resources recovery and management, clean energy
  • Evaluating the drained and undrained response of fluid-saturated rock with applications to geologic carbon storage
  • Developing an experimental apparatus for measuring the constitutive behavior of rock, including guidelines to achieve controlled failure
  • Extracting engineering information from noisy geologic data
  • Developing computationally-efficient algorithms for seismic imaging by full waveform tomography