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Nicola Castelletto

Title: Research Associate
Primary Affiliation:Department of Energy Resources Engineering
Office Location:Green Earth Sciences Building, office 353
Research Group:SUPRI-B
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E-mail:ncastell@stanford.edu

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Research Interests

    My research interests concern the physics of fluid flow and deformation in porous media. Specifically, my research focus is on modeling coupled hydromechanical processes that occur as a consequence of the exploitation and management of subsurface energy resources. Significant applications include land subsidence prediction due to water or hydrocarbon extraction, and fluid injection in deep geologic formations for underground gas storage, deformation mitigation or geological carbon sequestration purposes.

Education

  • 2010 | PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering Sciences, University of Padova, Padova, Italy
  • 2006 | Laurea (BS+MS), Civil Engineering, University of Padova, Padova, Italy

Professional Experience

  • Jul 2016 - Present | Research Associate, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA.
  • Jul 2013 - July 2016 | Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA.
  • May 2010 - May 2013 | Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Padova, Padova, Italy.
  • May 2009 - Oct 2009 | PhD Visiting Student, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA.
  • Jan 2007 - Apr 2010 | Research Assistant, University of Padova, Padova, Italy.

Publications

  • N. Castelletto, H. Hajibeygi, H. A. Tchelepi. Multiscale finite-element method for linear elastic geomechanics. Journal of Computational Physics, 331:337-356 (2017). DOI:10.1016/j.jcp.2016.11.044.
  • N. Castelletto, J. A. White, M. Ferronato. Scalable algorithms for three-field mixed finite element coupled poromechanics. Journal of Computational Physics, 327:894-918 (2016). DOI:10.1016/j.jcp.2016.09.063.
  • J. A. White, N. Castelletto, H. A. Tchelepi. Block-partitioned solvers for coupled poromechanics: A unified framework. Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 303(1):55-74 (2016). DOI:10.1016/j.cma.2016.01.008.
  • N. Castelletto, J. A. White, H. A. Tchelepi. Accuracy and convergence properties of the fixed-stress iterative solution of two-way coupled poromechanics. International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, 39(14):1593-1618 (2015). DOI:10.1002/nag.2400.
  • C. Janna, N. Castelletto, M. Ferronato. The effect of graph partitioning techniques on parallel Block FSAI preconditioning: a computational study. Numerical Algorithms, 68(4):813-836 (2015). DOI:10.1007/s11075-014-9873-5.
  • N. Castelletto, G. Gambolati, P. Teatini. A coupled MFE poromechanical model of a large-scale load experiment at the coastland of Venice. Computational Geosciences, 19(1):17-29 (2015). DOI:10.1007/s10596-014-9450-y.
  • P. Teatini, N. Castelletto, G. Gambolati. 3D geomechanical modeling for CO2 geological storage in faulted formations. A case study in an offshore northern Adriatic reservoir, Italy. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 22:63-76 (2014). DOI:10.1016/j.ijggc.2013.12.021.
  • N. Castelletto, P. Teatini, G. Gambolati, D. Bossie-Codreanu, O. Vinck√©, J.-M. Daniel, A. Battistelli, M. Marcolini, F. Donda, V. Volpi. Multiphysics modeling of CO2 sequestration in a faulted saline formation in Italy. Advances in Water Resources, 62:570-587 (2013). DOI:10.1016/j.advwatres.2013.04.006.
  • N. Castelletto, G. Gambolati, P. Teatini. Geological CO2 sequestration in multi-compartment reservoirs: Geomechanical challenges. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 118(5):2417-2428 (2013). DOI:10.1002/jgrb.50180.
  • M. Ferronato, N. Castelletto, G. Gambolati, C. Janna, P. Teatini. II cycle compressibility from satellite measurements. Geotechnique, 63(6):479-486 (2013). DOI:10.1680/geot.11.P.149.
  • N. Castelletto, M. Ferronato, G. Gambolati, C. Janna, D. Marzorati, P. Teatini. Can natural fluid pore pressure be safely exceeded in storing gas underground? Engineering Geology, 153:35-44 (2013). DOI:10.1016/j.enggeo.2012.11.008.
  • N. Castelletto, M. Ferronato, G. Gambolati. Thermo-hydro-mechanical modelling of fluid geological storage by Godunov-Mixed methods. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 90(8):988-1009 (2012). DOI:10.1002/nme.3352.
  • C. Janna, N. Castelletto, M. Ferronato, G. Gambolati, P. Teatini. A geomechanical transversely isotropic model of the Po river basin, Italy, using PSInSAR derived horizontal displacement. International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, 51:105-118 (2012). DOI:10.1016/j.ijrmms.2012.01.015.
  • P. Teatini, N. Castelletto, M. Ferronato, G. Gambolati, L. Tosi. A new hydrogeological model to predict anthropogenic Venice uplift. Water Resources Research, 47, W12507 (2011). DOI:10.1029/2011WR010900.
  • P. Teatini, N. Castelletto, M. Ferronato, G. Gambolati, C. Janna, E. Cairo, D. Marzorati, D. Colombo, A. Ferretti, A. Bagliani, F. Bottazzi. Geomechanical response to seasonal gas storage in depleted reservoirs: A case study in the Po River basin, Italy. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 116, F02002 (2011). DOI:10.1029/2010JF001793.
  • N. Castelletto, M. Ferronato, G. Gambolati, C. Janna, P. Teatini. Numerical Modeling of Rock/Casing Interaction in Radioactive-Marker Boreholes of the Northern Adriatic Basin, Italy. SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering, 13(6):906-913 (2010). DOI:10.2118/135736-PA.
  • M. Ferronato, N. Castelletto, G. Gambolati. A fully coupled 3-D mixed finite element model of Biot consolidation. Journal of Computational Physics, 229(12):4813-4830 (2010). DOI:10.1016/j.jcp.2010.03.018.
  • N. Castelletto, M. Ferronato, G. Gambolati, M. Putti, P. Teatini. Can Venice be raised by pumping water underground? A pilot project to help decide. Water Resources Research, 44, W01408 (2008). DOI:10.1029/2007WR006177.