Mengsu Hu

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Building 074, Room 0212K

M/S 74R316C

Phone: 510-486-5154

Curriculum Vitae


I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Energy Geosciences Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). I received a BEng in Civil Engineering in 2010 and a PhD in geotechnical engineering in 2016. During my PhD, I spent two years at the LBNL under the supervision of Jonny Rutqvist, and developed a series of models and codes based on the numerical manifold method (NMM), including:

  • A model for efficiently solving free-surface flow;
  • A second-order model for accurately and efficiently solving high-gradient, nonlinear flow;
  • A Lagrange multiplier method model for accurate modeling of heterogeneous flow;
  • A jump function method model for flow across material interfaces;
  • A practical model for fluid flow in Discrete-Fracture Porous Media containing multiple discrete fractures with a non-conforming mesh;
  • A fully coupled hydro-mechanical (HM) model for dominant fractures/faults, considering direct coupling and nonlinear indirect coupling;
  • A fully coupled HM model for rock with multiple fractures considering opening and slip of fractures, and flux exchange between fractures and porous rock, which can be used for hydraulic fracturing analysis with pre-described fractures.

The main contribution of this work is the development of NMM model for fully coupled HM in complex fractured and porous media, with important applications to a wide range of energy geosciences applications. Details of this work can be found in the published journal papers listed below.

Link to ResearchGate