Chiara Cornelio has successfully defended her PhD

© 2020 EPFL

© 2020 EPFL

Chiara successfully defended her PhD in summer 2020

Chiara's PhD entitled, “Mechanical behaviour of fluid lubricated faults during earthquake nucleation and propagation“ investigated the effect of high viscosity fluids on fault reactivation. Her studies are particularly relevant for applied settings, such as hydraulic fracturing operations and CO2 sequestration, where the injected fluid viscosity differs significantly from that of water. Chiara is now a post-doc at INGV, Italy. We wish her all the best!

Chiara's PhD research resulted in the following publications:

Cornelio, C. & Violay, M. (2020). Effect of fluid viscosity on earthquake nucleation, Geophysical Research Letters47, doi:10.1029/2020GL087854

Cornelio, C., & Violay, M. (2020). Parametric analysis of the elastohydrodynamic lubriction efficiency on induced seismicity, Geophysical Journal International222, 517-525, doi:10.1093/gji/ggaa180

Cornelio, C., Passelègue, F., Spagnuolo, E., Di Toro, G., & Violay, M. (2019). Effect of fluid viscosity on fault reactivation and co‐seismic weakening, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 125, doi:10.1029/2019JB018883

Cornelio, C., Spagnuolo, E., Di Toro, G., Nielsen, S., & Violay, M. (2019). Mechanical behaviour of fluid-lubricated faults, Nature Communications10, doi:10.1038/s41467-019-09293-9