In Sweden, the Forsmark site, a sparsely fractured crystalline host rock, is selected to be the future location for building a deeply sited nuclear waste disposal. The definition of highly detailed, and DFN (Discrete Fracture Network) based, site models is required for both post-closure safety assessment and construction purposes. DFN-based models are considered as the most accurate representation of the fractured system and of the geological context.
The 56th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium covers all aspects of rock mechanics, geomechanics, and rock engineering.
Dr. Fu’s experience centers on computational, analytical, and experimental geomechanics in subsurface resource development (petroleum, geothermal energy, and mining) and underground excavation. He is experienced in the computational modeling of coupled geomechanics and fluid flow. He has experience in developing analytical models using fracture mechanics, designing and performing laboratory hydraulic fracturing and rock mechanics experiments, characterizing subsurface features, and integrating large field datasets with numerical simulations.
Dr. Fu has worked on a variety of geomechanics projects, such as numerical modeling and analytical upscaling of hydraulic fracture swarms, experimental study of time-dependent fracture initiation, impact of natural fracture heterogeneities on hydraulic fracture propagation integrating discrete element modeling, laboratory experimentation, fracture mechanics modeling, and numerical analyses of dynamic tunneling processes and tunnel durability.
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