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Mr Simon Guerin-marthe

PhD Student in the Department of Earth Sciences
Room number: Open Plan Area

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2013-2015 MSc in mineral exploration and natural hazards with honors (Joseph Fourier University, Grenoble, France)

2012-2013 BSc in earth and environmental sciences with honors (Lille 1 university, France)

Conference contributions

2015- AGU Fall Meeting, poster presentation : How does the textural character of Alpine Fault rocks influence their elasticity and anisotropy

PhD project: Modelling waves and earthquake rupture

Funding : Durham Doctoral Studentship

The aim of this project is to simulate earthquake rupture both in the laboratory, and numerically. We are interrested in methods to estimate how the stress builds up, and how waves propagate, before and during a rupture.

In the Rock Mechanics Laboratory, the analog model consists in two birefringent plates and a polariscope system to visualize the stress field. Acoustic emissions and strains can also be measured with piezoelectric transducers, and strain gages, respectively.

A finite element model will be compared to the static and dynamic laboratory experiments.

Previous research contributions

2015- Anisotropy and elasticity measurements of Alpine Fault rocks, Deep Fault Drilling Project, University of Auckland (supervisor : Ludmila ADAM)

2014- Labview programming for rock fracturing experiments, Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble (supervisor : Francois RENARD)

2013- U-Pb Dating of zircons and titanites, Université Lille 1 (supervisor : Cyril DURAND)

2012- Dust distribution measurements in ice samples for the NEEM consortium, Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble (supervisor: Jean-Robert PETIT)

Research Groups

Department of Earth Sciences

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