From Properties to Processes
Chemo-mechanical interactions of fluids within porous rocks in the subsurface raise numerous societal concerns as well as scientific and engineering challenges. Probing and predicting rock-fluid interactions underground is essential for overseeing fluid and waste disposal, stimulating reservoirs, and protecting groundwater resources. The focus of the SRPL research program is to understand the geophysical response of both rocks and materials to coupled rock-fluid-mediated processes. Our research spans a range of problems and applications, going from studying the geophysical response of reservoirs being produced, understanding the chemical processes that may undermine or enhance the material response to stress accumulation, to characterizing the properties of ancient materials and artifacts.