Robert C. Viesca
Assistant Professor (Associate Professor starting Sept. 2018)
Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering
207 Anderson Hall
200 College Avenue
Medford, MA 02155
tel: +1 617 627 5165
fax: +1 617 627 3994
Frederic Cappa, Pierre Dublanchet, John D. Platt, Dmitry I. Garagash, Nicolas Brantut, Elizabeth L. Templeton-Barrett, James R. Rice
Parker Aubin, Graduate Student; B.S., Mathematics, minor Geological Sciences, Boston College; research interests include applied mathematics for geological and geophysical problems, instrumentation development and data analysis.
Pathikrit Bhattacharya (website), Postdoctoral Scholar; Ph.D., Geophysics, Princeton University; research interests include sliding friction, laboratory friction experiments, and implications for fault mechanics.
Sohom Ray (website), Graduate Student; B.S., Physics, University of Delhi; M. Tech., Applied Geophysics, IIT Roorkee; research interests include sliding friction, nonlinear instabilities, and relevance of both for earthquake nucleation.
Lichen Wang, Graduate Student; B.Eng, Geotechnical Engineering, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan; research interests include soil liquefaction, fracture mechanics and applications to slope stability, and geotechnical earthquake engineering.
Graduates interested in joining the group to pursue a Ph.D. or M.S. are encouraged to send an email and apply to join the department's Geosystems graduate program. See here for information on the application process.
Support for Tufts undergraduates is available through the Tufts Summer Scholars program. Support for department undergraduates is available from the Cataldo Fellowship (competitive process announced Spring term).
APEC Cooperation for Earthquake Simulation, 10th International Workshop, 25-28 Sept. '18
GéoAzur (host: Frederic Cappa): R. C. Viesca, Visitor, 20-29 Jun. '18
Banff International Research Station, Workshop on Hydraulic Fracturing, 3-8 Jun. '18: R. C. Viesca, "Fluid-induced faulting"
EGU General Assembly 2018, 8-13 Apr. '18: Wang, L., S. Ray, P. Dublanchet, and R. C. Viesca, "Accelerated creep of a landslide with slip rate and state dependent basal friction," Session: NH3.7/GM7.4/SSS13.48 Mechanics of Mass Flows
Geometry and Dynamics Seminar Series, Brandeis University: P. Bhattacharya, 29 Mar. '18
Dynamics Days 2018, 4-6 Jan. '18: Ray, S., and R. C. Viesca, "Self-similar solutions and bifurcations of earthquake-nucleating slip instabilities under spatially variable parameters"
AGU Fall Meeting 2017, 11-15 Dec. '17: Aubin, P. W., and R. C. Viesca, "Aseismic slip of a thin slab due to a fluid source," Abstract T52C-03
AGU Fall Meeting 2017, 11-15 Dec. '17: Bhattacharya, P., and R. C. Viesca, "Data-driven fault mechanics: Inferring fault hydro-mechanical properties from in situ observations of injection-induced aseismic slip," Abstract S43C-0876
Mechanical Instabilities in Solids and Fluids, Israel Institute of Advanced Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 16-19 Oct. '17
Viesca, R. C., and D. I. Garagash, Numerical methods for coupled fracture problems, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 113, 13–34, 2018. doi:10.1016/j.jmps.2018.01.008. (pdf)
Ray, S., and R. C. Viesca, Earthquake nucleation on faults with heterogeneous frictional properties, normal stress, Journal of Geophysical Research, 122, 8214–8240, 2017. doi:10.1002/2017JB014521. (pdf)
Brantut, N., and R. C. Viesca, The fracture energy of ruptures driven by flash heating, Geophysical Research Letters, 44, 6718–6725, 2017. doi:10.1002/2017GL074110 (pdf, suppl.)
Viesca, R. C., Self-similar slip instability on interfaces with rate- and state-dependent friction, Proceedings of the Royal Society A, 472(2192), 20160254, 2016. doi:10.1098/rspa.2016.0254 (pdf, suppl.)
Viesca, R. C., Stable and unstable development of an interfacial sliding instability, Physical Review E, 93(6), 060202(R), 2016. doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.93.060202 (pdf, suppl.)
Platt, J. D., R. C. Viesca, and D. I. Garagash, Steadily propagating slip pulses driven by thermal decomposition, Journal of Geophysical Research, 120, B12200, 2015. doi:10.1002/2015JB012200 (pdf)
Viesca, R. C., and D. I. Garagash, Ubiquitous weakening of faults due to thermal pressurization, Nature Geoscience, 8(11), 875–879, 2015. doi:10.1038/ngeo2554 (article, pdf, supp., addl. supp.)
Brantut, N., and R. C. Viesca, Earthquake nucleation in intact or healed rocks, Journal of Geophysical Research, 119, B11518, 2015. doi:10.1002/2014JB011518 (pdf)
Viesca, R. C., and J. R. Rice, Nucleation of slip-weakening rupture instability in landslides by localized increase of pore pressure, Journal of Geophysical Research, 117, B03104, 2012. doi:10.1029/2011JB008866 (pdf)
Viesca, R. C., The near and far of pore pressure during landslide and earthquake ruptures, Ph.D. thesis, Harvard University, August 2011. (pdf)
Viesca, R. C., and J. R. Rice, Elastic reciprocity and symmetry constraints on the stress field due to a surface-parallel distribution of dislocations, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 59, 2011, pp. 753–757. doi:10.1016/j.jmps.2011.01.011 (pdf)
Viesca, R. C., and J. R. Rice, Modeling slope instability as shear rupture propagation in a saturated porous medium, in Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences, 4th International Symposium, Austin, TX, 8–11 Nov. 2009., (eds. D.C. Mosher, R.C. Shipp, L. Moscardelli, J.D. Chaytor, C.D.P. Baxter, H. J. Lee, R. Urgeles), Springer, 2010, pp. 215–225. doi:10.1007/978-90-481-3071-9_18 (pdf) (presentation broadcast)
Viesca, R. C., E. L. Templeton, and J. R. Rice, Off-Fault Plasticity and Earthquake Rupture Dynamics, 2. Effects of Fluid Saturation, Journal of Geophysical Research, 113, B09307, 2008. doi:10.1029/2007JB005530 (pdf) (part 1: Templeton & Rice pdf)
(Last update: 22 May. 2018)