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.
We have recently investigated the mechanics of 3-D stable (aseismic) frictional ruptures driven by fluid injection. 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 injection-induced seismicity, seismic swarms, aftershocks sequences and slow slip events. Currently, I'm investigating various problems of hydro-mechanical coupling in both stable and unstable faults, with broad implications in geomechanics and geophysics.