Center for Interacting Geo-processes in Mineral Carbon Storage

Project: Research project

Project Details


The Northwestern University team will contribute to the goal of the proposed EFRC by developing analytical and numerical chemo-mechanical models applicable across multiple length scales, from individual cracks to geological formations. In particular, the NU team aims to enhance the current knowledge on how evolving geomechanical conditions in the subsurface influence and mediate reactive fluid flow in fractured rock masses in the context of mineralization processes finalized to geological carbon sequestration. This goal will be executed through three main thrusts led by NU faculty members: (1) the simulation of coupled hydro-chemo-mechanical processes at the continuum scale and the consequent dynamic regimes emerging from them (led by G. Buscarnera); (2) the use of chemo-mechanical forcing to explain and control crack branching mechanisms able to maximize carbon storage (led by Z. Bazant); (3) the analysis of the interaction of mineralization reactions with propagation of a single fracture and non-uniform dilational eigenstrain, and the effect of an expanding dilatant region on the exterior stress field (led by J. Rudnicki).
Effective start/end date8/1/227/31/26


  • University of Minnesota (A010319801 Amnd 1 // DE-SC0023429)
  • Department of Energy (A010319801 Amnd 1 // DE-SC0023429)


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