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Advances in Multi-physics, Multi-process and Multi-scale Coupling Effects of Lithosphere System

  • Submission deadline: 1 May 2022
  • Lead Editor: Manchao He, China University of Mining and Technology, China
  • Guest Editors:
    • Xiaoding Xu, China University of Mining and Technology, China
    • Junlong Shang, University of Glasgow, UK
    • Wenbo Zheng, The University of Northern British Columbia, Canada

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The lithosphere system is composed of different internal structures at different scales, not only the microstructures like minerals, porosity and fractures, but also the geological environment such as geostress and underground lead to a complex coupling system. The processes governing the interaction among the solid, liquid, and gas phases are highly complex and may involve mechanical, chemical, and electrical processes. The multi-physics, multi-process and multi-scale coupling modeling provides a very powerful framework to understand the behavior of rocks in natural and engineered states incorporating theoretical, numerical and experimental analysis.

The past few years have witnessed the advanced experimental and numerical approaches and applications for lithosphere system. The multi-scale, multi-physics and multi-process analysis covers a wide range of themes associated with multi-scale and multi-physics mechanics encountered in engineering and scientific research and practice. In particular, these analyses have provided significant advantages and tools for the modeling of complex geo-systems in a robust and efficient manner.

This special issue aims at providing a platform for publishing original articles and reviews on recent numerical and experimental advances and applications on multi-scale, multi-physics couplings in lithosphere system. We welcome high-quality papers on theoretical developments, laboratory testing, field investigations, computational methods and case studies.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Multi-physics coupling theory including thermal-hydraulic-mechanics coupling theory
  • Advanced monitoring and analysis method in Geosystem engineering
  • Development and research of multi-physics and multi-process experimental equipment
  • Advanced multi-scale modelling methods and experimental approaches
  • The challenges and solutions for the multi-physics, multi-process and multi-scale coupling of lithosphere system
  • Design and analysis of typical cases of multi-physics, multi-process and multi-scale coupling application based on field monitoring data
  • Microstructure mechanics of rocks
  • The physical and mechanical properties, surface adsorption and diffusion behavior of clay minerals in deep soft rock
  • Molecular dynamics calculation of rock minerals

Papers are published upon acceptance.

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