Jean-Michel Pereira

Senior research scientist
Professor at Ecole des Ponts ParisTech
Deputy Head of Laboratoire Navier

Phone: +33 (0)1 64 15 35 48
Building Carnot, office B111b 
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Academic Experience

    • 2017 - now: Professor of Geotechnical Engineering, Ecole des Ponts ParisTech
    • 2015 - 2019: Deputy President of the Department of Civil Engineering, Ecole des Ponts ParisTech
    • 2014 (3 months): Visiting Professor, School of Civil Engineering, The University of Sydney, Australia
    • 2005 - now: Research Scientist, Laboratoire Navier, Ecole des Ponts ParisTech
    • 2006 (1 year): Post-doctoral researcher, Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Barcelona, Spain


    • 2014 : HDR in Geotechnics (Habilitation à diriger des recherches), Université Paris-Est, Marne-la-Vallée
    • 2005: PhD in Civil Engineering, ENTPE / INSA de Lyon
    • 2001: MSc in Civil Engineering, ENTPE, Lyon
    • 2001: Ingénieur des Travaux Publics de l'État, ENTPE, Lyon

Research topics

    • Thermo-Hydro-Chemo-Mechanical couplings in fluids-filled geomaterials
    • Time effects in geomaterials
    • Finite Element modelling of coupled geomechanical problems
    • Geomechanics of CO2 sequestration
    • Methane hydrates bearing sediments
    • Geothermal piles
    • Offshore geotechnics (behaviour of deep marine sediments)
    • Nuclear waste disposals (THM modelling)
    • Embankments in areas liable to floodings (soil-atmosphere interactions)
    • Chalk carries (time effects and partial saturation)


    • Geotechnical engineering, École des Ponts ParisTech
    • Mechanics of Soils and Rock, École  des Ponts ParisTech
    • Advanced geotechnics and Geomechanics, École des Ponts ParisTech

Research group

PhD students

    • Tatiana Richa: Uncertainty reduction in tunnel excavation, co-supervised with Prof J. Sulem and Dr L. Guayacan-Carrillo, started in 2020.
    • Ana Loyola Caetanos Rios: Thesis subject: Coupled multiscale simulation of fractured reservoir, co-supervised with Prof Manoel Profírio Cordão Neto (UnB), started in 2019.
    • Henri Mas-Mézéran: Thesis subject: Monotoring of slope stability. co-supervised with Dr A. Pouya, started in 2019.
    • Hussein Bakri: Dynamic soil-structure interaction: application to deep foundations of wind turbines, co-supervised with Dr J. Canou, Dr G. Cumunel & Dr J.-C. Dupla, started in 2018.
    • Juan Cruz Barria: Behaviour of modified cements with biopolymers in the context of carbon dioxide geological storage, co-supervised with Dr D. Manzanal (UNPSJB) and Dr S. Ghabezloo, started in 2018.
    • Zhongzheng Wang: Multiphase flow in disordered porous media, co-supervised with Dr Y. Gan (U. Sydney), started in 2018.
    • Axelle Alavoine: Behaviour of hydrate bearing sediments, co-supervised with Dr P. Dangla (2016-2020).
    • Benjamin Dardé: Hydromechanical behaviour of bentonite pellets and powder mixtures, co-supervised with Dr P. Dangla, Dr. J.-N. Roux & Dr. A. M. Tang (2016-2019).
    • Hafsa Rahoui: Mechanisms of action of shrinkage reducing admixtures, co-supervised with Dr M. Vandamme (2015-2018).
    • Hubert Habib: Behaviour of laterally-loaded deep foundations in soft soils, started in 2014.
    • Laura Kerner: Dynamic soil-structure interaction : application to deep foundations of wind turbines, co-supervised with Dr P. Argoul, Dr. J. Canou, Dr G. Cumunel & Dr. J.-C. Dupla (2014-2017).
    • Hugo Troupel: Creep of geomaterials subjected to varying environ- mental variables, co-supervised with Dr M. Vandamme (2014-2017).
    • Mohamed Hassan Khalili: Micromechanics of creep in granular materials, co-supervised with Dr M. Bornert, Dr Brisard & Dr J.-N. Roux (2013-2016).
    • Van Tri Nguyen: Behaviour of energy piles, co-supervised with Dr. A. M. Tang (2013-2017).
    • Vinh Du Than: Mechanical behavior of bonded granular soils : experiments and discrete element modeling, co-supervised with Dr. A. M. Tang and Dr. J.-N. Roux (2013-2017).
    • Nam Nghia Bui: Study of swelling of porous media induced by sursaturation and cristal growth, co-supervised with Dr. M. Vandamme (2012-2016).
    • Linh Quyen Dao: Laboratory and numerical investigation of the anisotropic behaviour of natural Boom Clay, co-supervised with Dr. Y. J. Cui, Dr. A. M. Tang & Dr. P. Delage (2011-2015).
    • Neda Yavari: Geotechnical aspects of foundation energy piles, co-supervised with Dr. A. M. Tang & Dr. G. Hassen (2011-2014).
    • Valérie Vallin: Multiphysical approach of the perenity of CO2 geological storage — Influence of the behaviour of geomaterials and discontinuities, co-supervised with Dr T. Fen-Chong & Dr H. Wong (2010-2014).
    • Jean-François Bruchon: Hydro-mechanical couplings in granular materials — X-ray microtomography approach, co-supervised with Dr M. Vandamme, Dr M. Bornert & Dr P. Delage (2010-2014).
    • Florian Osselin: Sequestration of supercritical CO2 in deep saline aquifers : evolution of the petrophysical properties of the constitutive rock, co-supervised with Dr. P. Dangla, Dr T. Fen-Chong & Dr A. Fabbri, (2010-2013).
    • Pengyun Hong: Thermo-hydro-mechanical behaviour of stiff clays accounting for salinity effects, with Prof. Cui Y.J. & Dr. Tang A.M. (2009-2013).
    • José Muñoz-Castelblanco: Hydro-mechanical behaviour of a natural soil, with Profs. Delage P. & Cui Y.J. (2007-2011).

Post-doc fellows – Visiting Scholars

    • Dr Nam Nghia Bui: Swelling of porous media induced by cristallisation, 02-2016 — 08/2017, co-supervised with Dr M. Vandamme.
    • Dr Linlin Wang: Modelling the anisotropic hydromechanical behaviour of coal during CO2 injection, 09-2014 — 08/2015, co-supervised with Dr M. Vandamme.
    • Dr. D. Nicolas Espinoza: Study of the hydromechanical properties of coal during CO2 injection, 01/2012 — 07/2013, co-supervised with Dr M. Vandamme.
    • Dr. Norma Patricia López Acosta: Stability analyses of flood-protecting dykes submitted to rapid drawdowns, 04/2011 — 09/2011 (visiting scholar funded by EC-FP7-PEOPLE GEO-EXCEL project)
    • Dr. Diego Manzanal: Numerical modelling of the effects of supercritical CO2 injection on the poromechanical properties of geomaterials & Numerical modelling of gassy soils, 02/2011 — 01/2013.
    • Dr. Zemenu Yigzaw: Experimental characterisation of the effects of supercritical CO2 injection on the poromechanical properties of geomaterials, 02/2010 — 06/2012.
    • Dr. Seda Sendir-Torisu: Mechanical behaviour of ocean sediments and offshore geohazards, 07/2009 — 06/2010

Selected papers

    • Pereira, J. M., Wong, H., Dubujet, P., & Dangla, P. (2005). Adaptation of existing behaviour models to unsaturated states: application to CJS model. International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, 29(11), 1127–1155.
    • Coussy, O., Pereira, J. M., & Vaunat, J. (2010). Revisiting the thermodynamics of hardening plasticity for unsaturated soils. Computers and Geotechnics, 37(1–2), 207–215.
    • Alonso, E. E., Pereira, J. M., Vaunat, J., & Olivella, S. (2010). A microstructurally based effective stress for unsaturated soils. Géotechnique, 60(12), 913–925.
    • Sendir-Torisu, S., Pereira, J. M., De Gennaro, V., Delage, P., & Puech, A. (2012). Strain-rate effects in deep marine clays from the Gulf of Guinea. Géotechnique, 62(9), 767–775.
    • Muñoz-Castelblanco, J. A., Pereira, J. M., Delage, P., & Cui, Y. J. (2012). The water retention properties of a natural unsaturated loess from northern France. Géotechnique, 62(2), 95–106.
    • Vallin, V., Pereira, J. M., Fabbri, A., & Wong, H. (2013). Numerical modelling of the hydro-chemo-mechanical behaviour of geomaterials in the context of CO2 injection. International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, 37(17), 3052–3069.
    • De Gennaro, V., & Pereira, J. M. (2013). A viscoplastic constitutive model for unsaturated geomaterials. Computers and Geotechnics, 54(October), 143–151.
    • Bruchon, J.-F., Pereira, J. M., Vandamme, M., Lenoir, N., Delage, P., & Bornert, M. (2013). Full 3D investigation and characterisation of capillary collapse of a loose unsaturated sand using X-ray CT. Granular Matter, 15(6), 783–800.
    • Pereira, J. M., & Arson, C. (2013). Retention and permeability properties of damaged porous rocks. Computers and Geotechnics, 48, 272–282.
    • Yavari, N., Tang, A. M., Pereira, J. M., & Hassen, G. (2014). Experimental study on the mechanical behaviour of a heat exchanger pile using physical modelling. Acta Geotechnica, 9(3), 385–398.
    • Dangla, P., & Pereira, J. M. (2014). A thermodynamic approach to effective stresses in unsaturated soils incorporating the concept of partial pore deformations. Vadose Zone Journal, 13(5), 2136.
    • Espinoza, D. N., Pereira, J. M., Vandamme, M., Dangla, P., & Vidal-Gilbert, S. (2015). Desorption-induced shear failure of coal bed seams during gas depletion. International Journal of Coal Geology, 137, 142–151.
    • Than, V. Du, Khamseh, S., Tang, A. M., Pereira, J. M., Chevoir, F., & Roux, J.-N. (2017). Basic Mechanical Properties of Wet Granular Materials: A DEM Study. Journal of Engineering Mechanics, 143(1), C4016001.
    • Khalili, M. H., Brisard, S., Bornert, M., Aimedieu, P., Pereira, J. M., & Roux, J.-N. (2017). Discrete Digital Projections Correlation: A Reconstruction-Free Method to Quantify Local Kinematics in Granular Media by X-ray Tomography. Experimental Mechanics.
    • Todisco, M. C., Coop, M. R., & Pereira, J. M. (2018). Fabric characterisation in transitional soils. Granular Matter, 20(2), 20.
    • Darde, B., Tang, A. M., Pereira, J. M., Roux, J.-N., Dangla, P., Talandier, J., & Vu, M. N. (2018). Hydro-mechanical behaviour of high-density bentonite pellet on partial hydration. Géotechnique Letters, 8(4), 330–335.
    • Wang, Z., Chauhan, K., Pereira, J. M., & Gan, Y. (2019). Disorder characterization of porous media and its effect on fluid displacement. Physical Review Fluids, 4(3), 034305.
    • Wang, Z., Pereira, J.-M., & Gan, Y. (2020). Effect of wetting transition during multiphase displacement in porous media. Langmuir, acs.langmuir.9b03780.
    • Alavoine, A., Dangla, P., & Pereira, J.-M. (2020). FFT-based homogenisation of the effective mechanical response of gas hydrate bearing sediments. Géotechnique Letters, 10(2), 1–26.
    • Atig, D., Broseta, D., Pereira, J.-M., & Brown, R. (2020). Contactless probing of polycrystalline methane hydrate at pore scale suggests weaker tensile properties than thought. Nature Communications.