I am currently a doctoral candidate at the Geo-Energy Lab of EPFL. I am interested in coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical processes in the earth's crust, particularly in faults and its surroundings. In general, I develop physics-based computational simulations and use theoretical principles of continuum mechanics to characterize and understand fundamental physical processes involved in both natural and human-induced earthquakes.
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, I worked in the mining industry in Chile and I also travelled around the world for two years.
Travail en cours
During my PhD, I am developing a three-dimensional fully-coupled hydro-mechanical solver to simulate quasi-static and quasi-dynamic fault slip in arbitrary-shaped faults and fault networks when subjected to fluid injection/diffusion. By using the recent advances in my numerical solver, I have been recently investigating the mechanics of aseismic ruptures driven by the diffusion of fluid-pore pressure along a planar fault interface. Fluid-driven aseismic fault slip plays an important role in a number of natural and anthropogenic phenomena such as seismic swarms, aftershocks sequences, slow slip events, and injection-induced seismicity.