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Commission on Coupled Thermal-Hydro-Mechanical-Chemical Processes in Fractured Rock

Jonny Rutqvist
Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

General Secretaries
Mengsu Hu
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA

Pengzhi Pan,  CAS, China
Institute of Rock and Soil Mechanics, CAS

  • Nick Barton, Nick Barton & Associates
  • Jens Birkholzer, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Maurice B. Dusseault, University of Waterloo, Canada
  • Derek Elsworth, Pennsylvania State University, USA
  • Xia-Ting Feng, Northeastern University, China
  • Yves Guglielmi, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
  • Manchao He, China University of Mining & Technology, Beijing, China
  • Lanru Jing, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Laura J. Pyrak-Nolte, Purdue University, USA
  • Patrick Selvadurai, McGill University, Canada
  • Boatang Shen, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia
  • Carl I. Steefel, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
  • Ove Stephansson, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Germany
  • Chun’an Tang, Dalian University of Technology, China
  • Chin-Fu Tsang, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
  • Robert Zimmerman, Imperial College London, UK
  • Laura Blanco-Martin, Mines ParisTech, France
  • Bruno Figueiredo, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Diego Mas Ivars, Swedish Nuclear Fuel & Waste Management Company, Sweden
  • Mengsu Hu, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
  • Hyung-Mok Kim, Sejong University, Korea
  • Changsoo Lee, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Korea 
  • Qinghua Lei, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
  • Qi Li, Institute of Rock and Soil Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • Shaojun Li, Institute of Rock and Soil Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • Weiguo Liang, Taiyuan University of Technology, China
  • Andrea Lisjak, Geomechanica Inc, Canada
  • Ki-Bok Min, Seoul National University, Korea
  • Pania Newell, University of Utah, USA
  • Antonio Pio Rinaldi, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
  • Xuhai Tang, Wuhan University, China
  • Adriana Paluszny, Imperial College London, UK
  • Victor Vilarrasa, Spanish National Research Council, Spain
  • Sheng-Qi Yang, China University of Mining and Technology, China
  • Hideaki Yasuhara, Ehime University, Japan
  • Jeoungseok Yoon, Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, Germany
  • Fengshou Zhang, Tongji University, China
  • Zhihong Zhao, Tsinghua University, China
  • Wancheng Zhu, Northeastern University, China
  • Doug Stead (ex officio), ISRM Vice President, North America
  • Eda Freitas de Quadros (ex officio), ISRM President

Terms of Reference

Purpose of the Commission

  • to discuss and develop best approaches to address world challenging problems and to initiate new scientific directions in coupled THMC research through benchmarking and brainstorming meetings;
  • to hold CouFrac to bring scientists working on this topic together, communicate, collaborate and bridge the gap of the research across countries, projects and physical fields;
  • to strengthen rock mechanics in fields such as nuclear wastes disposal, petroleum engineering, geothermal exploitation and carbon sequestration;
  • to encourage collaboration of those who practice in coupled THMC analysis.

Product of the Commission

  • A document summarizing current approaches and state of art of coupled THMC processes modelling, supporting by the Proceedings of the International Conference on Coupled Processes in Fractured Geological Media: Observation, Modeling, and Application (CouFrac);
  • Special issues in top international journals after CouFrac conferences;
  • ‘Chin-Fu Tsang Coupled Processes Award’ during each CouFrac conference for identifying outstanding early career scientists in this field.