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


Jonny Rutqvist


General Secretaries

Qinghua Lei

Victor Vilarrasa


Nick Barton (Norway)
Jens Birkholzer (USA)
Maurice B. Dusseault (Canada)
Derek Elsworth (USA)
Xia-Ting Feng (China)
Yves Guglielmi (USA)
Manchao He (China)
Lanru Jing (Sweden)
Patrick Selvadurai (Canada)
Baotang Shen (Australia)
Carl I. Steefel (USA)
Chun’an Tang (China)
Chin-Fu Tsang (USA)
Robert Zimmerman (UK)

Resat Ulusay (ex officio), ISRM President
Laura Pyrak-Nolte (ex-officio), ISRM VP for North America

Early/Mid Career Representatives

Laura Blanco-Martin (France)
Bruno Figueiredo (Sweden)
Diego Mas Ivars (Sweden)
Mengsu Hu (USA)
Hyung-Mok Kim (Korea)
Changsoo Lee (Korea) 
Qinghua Lei (Switzerland)
Qi Li (China)
Shaojun Li (China)
Weiguo Liang (China)
Andrea Lisjak (Canada)
Roman Makhnenko (USA)
Ki-Bok Min (Korea)
Pania Newell (USA)
Pengzhi Pan (China)
Antonio Pio Rinaldi (Switzerland)
Xuhai Tang (China)
Adriana Paluszny (UK)
Francesco Parisio (Germany)
Victor Vilarrasa (Spain)
Sheng-Qi Yang (China)
Hideaki Yasuhara (Japan)
Jeoungseok Yoon (Germany)
Fengshou Zhang (China)
Zhihong Zhao (China)
Wancheng Zhu (China)

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 the art of coupled THMC processes modeling, supported 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.