EURAD Training

EURAD Training on Multiphysical couplings in geomechanics

Next 22-24 January 2020, EURAD GAS and HITEC work packages jointly organise a trraining course on Multiphysical couplings in geomechanics: a focus on thermal effect and gas transfer impact on the behaviour of geomaterials.

From January 22nd to January 24th, 2020
09:00 - 16:00

Liège University, Belgium

Topics: The HITEC EURAD WP deals with thermal impact and the GAS EURAD WP concerns gas transfer, both in the context of underground nuclear waste disposals. This EURAD Training will allow the attendees to improve their understanding of heat transfers, water and gas migration, stress and strain evolution in a repository. The training will address both numerical and experimental investigations, at small (lab) and large (in situ) scale. Geomaterials and structures are the host rock, either clayey or crystalline rock, the concrete liner and the sealing material, mostly bentonite.

Target Audience: The school is organized for people coming from institutions active in EURAD, including staff members from agencies as well as young researchers, involved or interested in the geomechanics field. The attendance will be limited to 80 people.

Language: The training course is given in English.

Required Knowledge: level of master in engineering geology or in civil engineering.

Preparation: Provided lecture notes will be based on existing material, state-of-the-art scientific papers, etc. Most of this material will be made available prior to the beginning of the school. No preparation is needed. 

Learning Outcomes: After completion of the course, participants will have a broad view on the state-of-the-art and the challenges related to the GAS and HITEC research programme. In particular, the attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the thermo-hydro-mechanical (multi-physical) couplings in geomaterials;
  • Understand the fundamentals on constitutive modelling of the relevant phenomena;
  • Identify the challenges in numerical modelling of these physical processes;
  • Recognize and discuss the experimental evidences at the laboratory scale;
  • Analyze the physical processes thanks to in-situ tests.

Venue: Liège University, Belgium, Institut de Mathématique (B37), Quartier Polytech 1, Allée de la Découverte 12, Sart Tilman, 4000 Liège, Belgium

Registration: Click here to register. Deadline: January 10, 2020
Both members and non-members of EURAD can participate. The registration is free of charge. 

Price: The registration is free of charge. A banquet will be organized Wednesday or Thursday. Each participant will be asked to pay his/her contribution directly at the start of the banquet (expected price: 50-60 euro).

Contact: Frédéric Collin,