Upcoming Lectures

Lecture 9: Energy Geotechnics

Professor Marcelo SanchezProf., Zachry Department of Civil EngineeringTexas A&M University, USA

Coupled multiphysics analysis of geo-energy problems


Bio of the lecturer:Dr. Marcelo Sanchez is a Professor in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering TAMU. He obtained his first degree in Civil Engineering from the Universidad Nacional de San Juan (Argentina). His Master and Ph.D. (2004) degrees are from the Universidad Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC, Barcelona, Spain). His expertise lies in the area of advanced geomechanics, considering problems involving thermal, hydraulic, mechanical and geo-chemical (THMG) couplings. His research interests also cover the study of the behavior of unsaturated soils and expansive clays. The main areas of applications are: ‘Energy Geotechnics’; ‘Geo-environmental Engineering’, and ‘Transportation Geotechnics’. He is acting as an Associated Editor for six international journals. Among other awards, in 2012 he received, along with his co-authors, the “George Stephenson Medal” from the Institution of Civil Engineers in the United Kingdom. He is the founder and current Chairman of the ISSMGE (Int. Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Eng.) Technical Committee TC308 on “Energy Geotechnics”. More information about Dr. Sanchez’s activities can be found at: https://ceprofs.civil.tamu.edu/msanchez/index.html

Time: 4 PM – 5 PM (AEST), 30th October 2020
Dr. Fleur LoveridgeAssociate Professor in GeostructuresUniversity of Leeds, England

The thermal behaviour of foundation piles used for heat exchange and storage

Bio of the lecturer:Fleur has over twenty years of experience in civil engineering covering both industry and academia. Fleur graduated from the University of Oxford in Earth Sciences and the University of Leeds in Engineering Geology before spending the best part of a decade as a consulting engineer for Babtie Group and Mott MacDonald. During this period Fleur's work included investigation, design and construction supervision for a variety of infrastructure projects and applied research and development in engineering geology and geotechnical engineering. In 2009 Fleur returned to academia and completed a PhD in the "Thermal performance of foundation piles used as heat exchangers in ground energy systems" at the University of Southampton. In 2013 she became a Lecturer in Geomechanics in Southampton before being awarded a five year Research Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Engineering. She is currently an associate professor in geostructues at University of Leeds.Fleur is a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Geologist. She was a contributing author to the Ground Source Heat Pump Association Thermal Pile Standard and is a member of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering Technical Committee on Energy Geotechnics (TC308), where she leads to Task Force on Energy Geostructures.

Time: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM (AEST), 30th October 2020