Long-term training

Long-term training 7
Intervention type
TEAM projects

01/01/2017 - 31/12/2020

Flemish promoter Magd Abel Wahab
Local promoter Xuan Hung Nguyen
Local partner institution Universiteit Gent 

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Local partner institution Ho Chi Minh University of Technology 
Other local partners Danang University of Technology
                                 Ho Chi Minh University of Architecture
Budget € 299.996

Due to climate change, the Vietnamese sea level continuously rises. This leads to extremely unstable maritime coasts, as well as, coastal riverbanks. Preliminary studies have shown that a solution could lie in using ‘carpet structures’ that compose of interlocking blocks of concrete. Vietnam has strategies and specific projects to adapt into the scenario of global climate change affecting it. These strategies suggest the construction of structures on slopes called revetment slope (RS), which can be used to protect Vietnamese coasts against floods and erosion. This project will investigate the use of advanced numerical techniques to evaluate and predict the bearing capacity of these structures. We shall re-analyse all kind of existing RS structures by using advanced computational techniques including both novel computer simulations and up-to-date software’s. Furthermore, we shall prove major advantages of using these methods and propose re-design solutions of such structures with low costs.
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Environmentally best practices and optmisation in hydraulic fracturing for shale gas/oil development

Project Coordinator: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Timon Rabczuk (Bauingenieurwesen, Institut für Strukturmechanik Modellierung und Simulation Mechanik)

This research brings together the complementary expertise of our consortium members to gain a better understanding of the physics in hydraulic fracturing (HF) with the final goal to optimize HF practices and to assess the environmental risks related to HF. This requires the development and implementation of reliable models for HF, scaled laboratory tests and available on-site data to validate these models. The key expertise in our consortium is on modelling and simulation of HF and all partners involved pursue different computational approaches. However, we have also some partners in our consortium which focus on scaled laboratory tests and one company which can provide on-site data.

The choice of the best model for HF still remains an open question and this research promises to quantify uncertainties in each model and finally provide a guideline how to choose the best model with respect to a specific output parameter.


Project program:
H2020-MSCA-RISE 2016
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research and Innovative Staff Exchange (RISE)

This EC-funded project involves six European partners and four international partners, from academia and industry.

The final objective is to employ these models in order to answer some pressing questions related to environmental risks of HF practices, including

- How does HF interact with the natural fractures that intersect the shale seam?’
- How does the fracture network from a previous stage of HF treatment affect the fracture network evolution in succeeding, adjacent stages?
- What are the requirements to constrain fractures from propagating to the adjacent layers of confining rock? The exchange and training objectives are to:
- Enhance the intersectoral and interdisciplinary training of ERs and ESRs in Computational Science, Mining Geotechnics, Geomechanics, Modeling and Simulation
- Strengthen, quantitatively and qualitatively, the human potential in research and technology in Europe
- Advance the scientific contribution of women researchers in this area dominated by male
- Create synergies with other EU projects
- Enable and support all ESRs/ERs to keep contact with international community in the sense of training and transfer of knowledge