Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Seminar: Technical Seminar “Energy Geotechnology: Phenomena” organized by HKUST and conducted by Prof. Carlos Santamarina on 21 May 2013


Technical Seminar “Energy Geotechnology: Phenomena”

Prof. Carlos Santamarina 
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology

Date: 21 May 2013, Tuesday
Time: 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Venue: Room 3574 (Lift 27/28), Civil Engineering Conference Room 
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Clearwater Bay, Kowloon

There will be a pronounced increase in energy demand in the next decades associated to economical development and population growth worldwide. Geotechnology is at the center of the energy challenge, from production, transportation, consumption and conservation, to waste management and carbon sequestration. The central role of geotechnology extends to all energy resources, including fossil fuels, nuclear energy and renewable sources. Classical geotechnical concepts and new emerging phenomena gain critical relevance and are re-visited in the context of energy geo-engineering, including: filters (fines migration and clogging), diagenesis (reactive fluid transport and state of stress), unsaturated soils (mixed fluid conditions), hydraulic fracture (fluid-driven discontinuities), and repetitive loading (ratcheting and terminal density).

J. Carlos Santamarina is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he holds the Goizueta Foundation Faculty Chair. Dr. Santamarina is a member of both Argentinean National Academies (Sciences and Engineering); and a member of the standing Committee on Geological and Geotechnical Engineering at the USA National Academies. He is a recipient of a number of prestigious awards including the ASTM Hogentogler Award.

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