Particle-Fluid Flow and Transport within a Rough 3D Rock Fracture

Welcome to the Geo- Micromechanics Lab!

PI: Ingrid Tomac, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
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