Prof. Zimmerman conducts research on the hydromechanical behaviour of fractured and porous rocks, petrophysics, fluid flow in porous media, rock failure and fracture, and on the relationship between microstructure and the physical properties of heterogeneous materials, with applications to petroleum engineering, underground mining, radioactive waste disposal, and subsurface carbon sequestration.
Prof. Zimmerman's research has been funded by, among others, BP, Chevron, Halliburton, Norsk Hydro, Rio Tinto, Schlumberger, Shell, EPSRC, NERC, NDA, and the European Commission. He has been a PI on the US Department of Energy's Yucca Mountain radioactive waste repository project, and was the principal investigator on the 3M-euro THERESA project, funded by the European Commission Euratom Program, the Rock Fracture and Fragmentation Project within the Rio Tinto Centre for Advanced Mineral Recovery, and the multi-university NERC-funded HydroFrame project, "Hydromechanical and Biogeochemical Processes in Fractured Rock Masses in the Vicinity of a Geological Disposal Facility for Radioactive Waste".
Compressibility of Sandstones, R. W. Zimmerman, Elsevier, 1991.
Fundamentals of Rock Mechanics, 4th edition, J. C. Jaeger, N. G. W. Cook, and R. W. ZImmerman, Wiley-Blackwell, 2007.
Fluid Flow in Porous Media, World Scientific, 2018.
Saeed Salimzadeh, Technical University of Denmark, geomechanics applied to carbon sequestration, geothermal energy, hydraulic fracturing, 2016
Dr. Simon Mathias, Durham University, carbon sequestration
Professor Nick Buenfeld, Imperial College, concrete technology
Dr. Alessandro De Vita, King's College London, atomistic modelling of fracture
Prof. Adel Al-Ajmi, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman, wellbore stability
Modelling of primary fragmentation in block caving mines using a finite-element based fracture mechanics approach, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, 2016
The effects of pore structure, pore fluid, stress, and frequency on elastic wavespeeds in sandstones, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA, 2015
The role of the intermediate principal stress in petroleum geomechanics, Society of Petroleum Engineers, London, UK, 2015
The past, present and future of rock mechanics, American Rock Mechanics Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2014
Measurement and modelling of the failure of shale under triaxial stress, University College London, London, UK, 2014
Measurement and modelling of the failure of anisotropic rocks such as shales, Comité Français de Mécanique des Roches, Paris, France, 2013
The effect of pore shape and pore fluid on the Poisson ratio of porous materials, 5th Biot Conference on Poromechanics, Vienna, Austria, 2013
Some new developments in modelling the failure, fracture and fragmentation of rocks, 7th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium, Seoul, South Korea, 2012
Effective elastic moduli of solids containing spheroidal pores, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn., 2011
Elastic moduli of solids containing spheroidal pores, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, 2011
Some rock mechanics issues in petroleum engineering, European Rock Mechanics Symposium, Lausanne, Switzerland, 2010
Relationship between permeability, elastic moduli and pore structure in porous geological media, Fall Annual Meeting American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA, 2007
Estimating the elastic moduli and permeability of porous rocks using two-dimensional pore space images, SIAM Conference on Mathematical and Computational Issues in Geosciences, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2007
Fluid flow in rock fractures, and Fundamentals of poroelasticity, Chinese Academy of Sciences and eight Chinese Universities, Beijing, Xi'an, Wuhan, Shandong, 2006
Research Student Supervision
Ambrose,J, True-triaxial failure criteria for anisotropic rocks
Defoort,T, Numerical Modelling of the Fracture and Fragmentation of Rock by a PDC Cutter
Lacey,H, Exploring fracturing and cementation triggered by earthquakes
Schofield,J, Semi-analytical models for flow processes in shale gas reservoirs
Setiawan,IGNB, Wellbore Stability in Anisotropic Formations
Singh,G, Fracture Propagation in Brittle Materials
Tang,XH, Numerical Modelling of Rock Fracture and Fragmentation
Thomas,R, Hydraulic transmissivity of fracture networks generated through geomechanical fracture-growth simulations