The modeling of the coupling of fluid transport and fracture networks in quasi-brittle materials such as concrete, rock and stiff soils, is important for many engineering applications, such as hydraulic fracturing, geothermal systems, failure of flood defense embankments, and storage of radioactive waste, etc. The aim of this project is to improve the understanding of the creation of fractures and the response of existing fracture networks due to fluid injection.
The successful candidate will have a good MSc or undergraduate degree in Engineering or other relevant subject. The ability to learn software programming is essential and prior experience an advantage. The ideal candidate should be enthusiastic and self-motivated with good organisational and interpersonal skills. This project will provide the opportunity to work on cutting edge research in a dynamic research environment. The successful candidate will receive expert training and gain in-depth knowledge in the area of computational mechanics with special focus on flow and fracture.
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