I am currently a doctoral candidate at the Geo-Energy Lab of EPFL. I have wide interests ranging from the mechanics of friction and fractures in geomaterials to the physics of earthquakes and faulting. During my PhD, I'm focused on understanding coupled hydro-mechanical processes in faults and fractured rocks. Generally, I use tools of theoretical and computational mechanics to understand the interplay between different physical processes involved in both natural and human-induced earthquakes. An important part of my research is to link both theoretical and numerical predictions to measurements in the laboratory and/or field observations.
I obtained my master in earthquake engineering and my civil engineer title at the University of Chile in the year 2014. Prior to joining EPFL in 2019, I worked in the mining industry in Chile and I also travelled around the world for two years.
Currently, I am developing a fully-coupled hydro-mechanical solver to simulate quasi-dynamic fault slip and fluid flow in arbitrary-shaped faults and fault networks in 3D. By using the recent advances in my numerical solver, we have recently investigated the mechanics of aseismic ruptures driven by fluid injections. We found self-similar and non-self-similar solutions for fluid-driven fault slip, and provide new analytical and numerical descriptions of them. Fluid-driven aseismic ruptures play an important role in a number of natural and anthropogenic phenomena such as seismic swarms, aftershocks sequences, slow slip events, and injection-induced seismicity. Currently, I'm further developing my numerical solver and exploring problems involving fluid-driven unstable/seismic ruptures.