Dear ISRM Members and Rock Mechanics Colleagues,
For the 31st ISRM Online Lecture the ISRM invited Prof. Frederic Pellet. The title of the lecture is “Damage and Time-Dependent Behavior of Rocks in Underground Construction”. The lecture will broadcast on the 24th September at 10 A.M. GMT.
Dr. Pellet is a professor of geomechanics and rock engineering in INSA University of Lyon. He obtained his BSc in civil engineering at the Technical University of Geneva, Switzerland, and his MSc in geotechnical engineering at the University of Grenoble, France (1986). After a few years working for consulting companies in different fields, such as dam engineering and hydroelectric projects, he joined the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, where he prepared a doctoral thesis on rocks reinforcement. His thesis received the prize of the French Tunneling Association (AFTES) in 1993.
After another period spent in industry, Dr Pellet became an academic in 1996; first as an associate professor at the University of Grenoble (Lab 3SR) and then, in 2009, as a full professor at the University of Lyon (INSA). His scientific approach is based on a combination of experimental approaches and numerical modeling to enable risk analyzes. It has led him to study various subjects related to time-dependent behavior of rocks such as large transport infrastructures (deep alpine tunnels), underground storage of radioactive waste in close relationship with the French Institute for Radioprotection. Today, he mainly focuses on the exploitation of deep geothermal energy and delayed induced seismicity.
Dr. Pellet has collaborated with numerous institutions such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States), McGill University and the University of Sherbrooke (Canada) Mines ParisTech (France). He has also worked for several companies in the civil engineering and petroleum industry. At the same time, he is the author of more than 120 technical articles and book chapters on rock engineering and has delivered 35 invited addresses or lectures at national and international conferences. He is on the editorial boards of several international journals.
Between 2011 and 2016, Dr Pellet served as Vice-President of the ISRM for Europe and President of the French national group. Since 2010, Dr. Pellet has worked in several countries on various review committees, providing an independent geotechnical study on major civil engineering projects.