Welcome to the Geo- Micromechanics Lab!
PI: Ingrid Tomac, Ph.D.
Department of Structural Engineering
University of California San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive #0085
La Jolla, CA 92093-0085
Office: SME Bldg. Room 445D
Phone: (858) 822-3009
Mobile: (303) 803-5781
Fax: (858) 534 1310
Our group uses micromechanics, micro-scale imaging videography, fundamental theories, and numerical simulations involving coupling between the Discrete Element Method and computational fluid dynamics (DEM-CFD) to better understand coupled processes in geomechanics at the relevant constituent scale. Examples are hydro-thermo-mechanical coupled processes in rock; particle-fluid multiphysics, flow and transport in geomechanics and mudflow mixture particle-air-water composition behavior.
Currently funded topics include:
- Post-wildfire mudflows
- Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) and hydrocarbon georeservoirs
- Seismic soil-structure interaction of precast concrete earth retaining walls