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Research interests

Pore-scale and grain-scale studies leading to the prediction of emergent macroscopic properties. Numerical simulation of geomechanical processes – faults, flexures, compaction. Coupling of geomechanics and flow simulation. Fractured reservoirs. Development and behaviour of seals. Design of rock mechanics testing apparatus. My research is focused on materials and processes. I have been fortunate to have established productive collaborations with others who possess complementary skills, allowing me to investigate problems that involve complex interactions and which require a broad knowledge base. I attempt to integrate observations, experiments and theoretical/simulation methods to gain as much understanding as possible, and I try to apply research outcomes to the solution of practical problems.

Biography

I grew up in west Texas, and attended Texas A&M for my undergraduate education. I earned my Master’s degree at Rice University, and then a PhD at Texas A&M. I worked in the oil industry (Cities Service Co in Oklahoma, and Amoco in Colorado) and then ran a consultancy before moving to the UK. While at Glasgow University, I focused on basin-scale hydrogeological topics, and have been able to emphasise geomechanical research since joining Heriot-Watt in 1998.

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Research Output 1996 2017

Analysis of geomaterials using frequency-modulated continuous wave radar in the K-band

Blanche, J., Flynn, D., Lewis, M. H., Couples, G. D. & Cheung, R. 13 Jun 2017

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Radar
Radiation
Rocks
continuous radiation
Sensing

Analysis of Geomaterials using Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave Radar in the X-band

Blanche, J., Flynn, D., Lewis, M. H., Couples, G. D. & Cheung, R. 8 Aug 2017 2017 IEEE 26th International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE). IEEE, p. 1376-1381 6 p. (IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
File
Deionized water
Sandstone
Continuous wave radar
Phase shift
Electronic equipment
Gases
porosity
gas
Gas permeability
Surface diffusion

Assessment of localised deformation in sandstones via high speed neutron tomography

Charalampidou, E-M. C., Tudisco, E., Etxegarai, M., Couples, G. D., Soriano, I., Kardjilov, N. & Hall, S. 2017

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Cemented sands: from field deformation to inter-particle bonding

Soriano, I., Charalampidou, E-M. C., Lewis, M. H., Viggiani, G., Buckman, J., Ando, E. & Couples, G. D. 2017

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

sand
cement
quarry
clay
cementation