Laboratory of Experimental Rock Mechanics LEMR

The Laboratory of Experimental Rock Mechanics (LEMR) at EPFL, under the direction of Prof. Marie Violay, belongs to the School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC).

The LEMR conducts research on the mechanical behaviour, physical and fluid transport properties of rock materials at sub-surface conditions. This is accomplished by means of experimental research coupled with microstructural studies of the micro-scale processes, and modelling of these processes.

The LEMR provides research, teaching and services related to rock mechanics, rock physics, and engineering geomechanics.

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Latest publications

The influence of roughness on experimental fault mechanical behaviour and associated microseismicity

B. Fryer; C. Giorgetti; F. Passelègue; S. Momeni; B. Lecampion et al. 

Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth. 2022-08-07. Vol. 127, num. 8. DOI : 10.1029/2022JB025113.

Determination of Parameters Characteristic of Dynamic Weakening Mechanisms During Seismic Faulting in Cohesive Rocks

C. Cornelio; E. Spagnuolo; S. Aretusini; S. Nielsen; F. Passelègue et al. 

Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth. 2022-07-04. Vol. 127, num. 7. DOI : 10.1029/2022JB024356.

The Permeability of Porous Volcanic Rock Through the Brittle-Ductile Transition

M. J. Heap; G. G. Meyer; C. Noel; F. B. Wadsworth; P. Baud et al. 

Journal Of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth. 2022-06-01. Vol. 127, num. 6, p. e2022JB024600. DOI : 10.1029/2022JB024600.

 

Latest presentations

The effect of experimental fault roughness on bare fault surfaces and associated microseismicity

B. P. Fryer; C. Giorgetti; F. X. T. Passelègue; S. Momeni; B. Lecampion et al. 

Friction and Wear Across Scales 2022, Ascona, Switzerland, August 15 – 18, 2022.

Single well pore pressure preconditioning for EGS

B. Fryer; M. Lebihain; M. Violay 

EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, May 23-27, 2022.

On the stability of carbonate-bearing faults at the brittle-to-ductile transition

F. Figura; C. Giorgetti; G. Meyer; M. Violay 

EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, May 23-27, 2022.