Imperial College London

Dr Adriana Paluszny

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

Senior Lecturer



+44 (0)20 7594 7435apaluszn




RSM 2.48Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





Numerical modelling of multiple fracture growth in heterogeneous materials

*Chin-Fu Tsang Coupled Processes Award 2018*

Fractures transform Earth materials. They change their mechanical and flow properties and create intricate subsurface networks that enhance permeability at local and regional scales. I develop next-generation simulators that simulate in great detail how large groups of fractures and faults grow, how growth affects the hydraulic properties of the system. I am also interested in understanding how growth is affected by heterogeneities at multiple scales, and how the interplay between fluid flow and mechanics affects these interactions. I also study how growth relates to thermal effects, and how we can apply these methods to influence industrial processes and material design.


Royal Society Tata University Research Fellow (2018 – 2023)

BP International Centre for Advanced Materials - Researcher (2017-2020)

Visiting Scholar - Oxford Dept of Materials (2018-2020)

Research Fellow (2013 – present): Research in the field of fluid flow, fracture growth, interaction, and surface processes developing numerical models to simulate the deformation of rocks, the effect of fractures on flow and the effect of flow on fractures. Finite element based simulation of high-density fractured media, with thermal and poroelastic interactions.

Post-Doc Rio Tinto Centre for Advanced Mineral Recovery, Imperial College (2009 – 2013): Undertaking research in the field of rock mechanics, developing numerical models to simulate the deformation, fracture and fragmentation of rocks, using discrete and finite element-based numerical methods. 

MCE Anlagenbau (now: Bilfinger Berger Industrial Services), Vienna, Austria (2003 – 2005)

Technical University Vienna, Vienna, Austria (2002-2003): Visiting Researcher

Watson Forum

This is my outreach project. A grain of sand to raise awareness towards STEM careers, aimed at motivating young ladies to embark in scientific modelling careers. Want to participate? Send me an email !

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Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Lang P, Paluszny Rodriguez A, Morteza N, et al., 2018, Relationship between the orientation of maximum permeability and intermediate principal stress in fractured rocks, Water Resources Research, Vol:54, ISSN:0043-1397, Pages:8734-8755

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