Advances in experimental mechanics: opportunities, challenges and limitations

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The aim of this talk is to discuss advances in experimental mechanics and provide some open questions to trigger further discussion on how experimental mechanics can affect data and/or model uncertainties.
I will first discuss some full-field experimental methods along with their sensitivity and resolution. I will then illustrate their use commenting on resolved micro-processes taking place in Hard Soils – Soft Rocks (HSSR) and/or Rocks. Although these materials have been studied for many decades, their complex structure due to depositional, diagenetic and deformational processes make them irresistible research targets. Examples will draw on mechanical experiments (i.e., occurred micro-processes) and flow experiments (i.e., advancement of fluids, single and two-phase flow in homogeneous and heterogeneous samples). I will then discuss experimental mechanics challenges and limitations aiming to understand how these can be of interest for the data science community.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 14 Feb 2022
EventGeoscience Meets Data Science - Heriot Watt University - Grid, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 14 Feb 202217 Feb 2022


WorkshopGeoscience Meets Data Science
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • experimental mechanics
  • neutron tomography
  • x-ray tomography
  • big data sets
  • lithologies
  • Mining


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