Ongoing Research & News
Annual THEBES seminar to be held on 21st of June 10.30, in Dipoli (abstract).
Dr João Mendes from Northumbria University will give a talk entitled "Measurement of soil suction and determination of the air entry value of soils from pore size distribution". Dr Mendes has extensive expertise related to suction measurements and suction measurement devices. His current research interests are primarily related to the understanding of the hydro-mechanical behaviour of unsaturated soils through laboratory and field experiments. He is also interested in development of eco-friendly construction materials and to the capillary pressure build up in early age concrete.
In case you wish to attend, please send a message to wojciech [dot] solowski [at] aalto [dot] fi. That is necessary as current seminar venue is small. If the event draw much public, we will move it into a bigger lecture hall.
Sołowski held a seminar on bentonite modelling in Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Sołowski has been invidte to hold a seminar at Politecnico di Milano on bentonite modelling. You can find the slides here.
New publications available!
THEBES has published many papers this year. Among others, the THM framework developed by the project is given here (open access):
Abed AA & Sołowski, WT (2017) How to model coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical behaviour of unsaturated soils: physical equations and examples. Computers & Geotechnics 92: 132–155.
Third THEBES workshop will be held at Design Factory, Otaniemi, on the 8th of November 2017.
The workshop will be held on Wednesday the 8th of November at Otaniemi campus. Apart of the THEBES research, we will have guests from the University of Eastern Finland and Helsinki University who will also participate.
Dr María Victoria Villar from CIEMAT confirmed as keynote lecturer at the second THEBES workshop
The second THEBES workshop has been held at VTT Centre for Nuclear Safety (CNS), Kivimiehentie 3, Otaniemi, Espoo on Friday, the 16th of December.
The research got discussed and we all most enjoyed presentations by Dr Villar. Unfortunately, as those contain unpublished material, we cannot distribute the slides freely. Feel free to contact me in case you are interested and I will see what can be done (note that I may have to ask Dr Villar's permission to give you the presentations).
New website is life
After almost a year, we are having THEBES website again. The website is now hosted by the Civil Engineering department of Aalto University. The Civil and Environmental Engineering department has been merged into other departments at Aalto. The geomechanics group has been split up into two and merged into the Civil Engineering department early this year.
First THEBES workshop was a success
The first THEBES workshop held on 11th of December at Aalto was a success. The excellent lecture of Prof. Delage is now available here.
Prof. Delage confirmed as keynote lecturer at the first THEBES workshop
The workshop will be held on Friday the 11th of December 2015 at Aalto. The exact program will be presented later. However, we are delighted to note that Prof. Delage from Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, a world leading expert on bentonite and its use in nuclear waste repositories agreed to be the keynote lecturer at the event.
Visit of Dr Klaus-Peter Kröhn
THEBES network was delighted to host Dr Klaus-Peter Kröhn from Gesellschaft für Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit (GRS). Dr Kröhn model for humidity transport in bentonite is one of the models being used in modelling of bentonite in the consortium. As such, it was great to have opportunity to discuss our research with Klaus-Peter.
Dr Kröhn also presented his research, with the presentation available for download.
Older News: Collaboration with Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour (UPPA) [click to expand]
Aalto University THEBES project emploee Auli Kuusela-Lahtinen, alongside Dr Sinnathamby and A.Prof. Sołowski visited Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour (UPPA) in Bayonne in the beginning of September. The visit is connected to ongoing research done in THEBES project in collaboration with Prof. Gallipoli and Dr Mendes from UPPA.
A.Prof. Sołowski at UPPA
Ms Kuusela-Lahtinen and Dr Sinnathamby stayed in Bayonne for few days. During that time they received training regarding planned experiments to be conducted at Aalto related to measuring suction in MX-80 bentonite with filter paper technique. A.Prof. Sołowski stayed in Pau just for a day during which he held the seminar.
Ms Kuusela-Lahtinen & Dr Sinnathamby working in UPPA
THEBES project: new hires [click to expand]
Aalto University warmly welcome Dr Ayman Abed and Ms Auli Kuusela-Lahtinen who are joining THEBES in September. Dr Abed will work on THMC coupled modelling of bentonite and on implementation of the models into numerical codes. Ms Kuusela-Lahtinen will investigate the water retention behaviour of bentonite to support our modelling efforts.