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Viggiani Gioacchino (Cino)

Professeur à l’UGA

Position: Professor at Université Grenoble Alpes
Head of Laboratoire 3SR

Address: Laboratoire 3SR

Domaine Universitaire


38041 Grenoble Cedex 9


Office: Building Galilée, first, floor, office 100


Tel: +33 4 76 82 70 38

Team: GeoMechanics

Administrative responsabilities

- Since March 2007: Vice-President for Research in Physics and Engineering at Université Grenoble Alpes UGA, Grenoble (France)
- Since 2006: Editor of the International Journal “Acta Geotechnica” (Springer)
- Since 2007: Responsible of the international masters program in “Geomechanics, Civil Engineering and Risks” at UJF
- Since 2008: Member of the Scientific Council of the French-Italian University (UFI/UIF)
- Since 1999: Member of the Board of Directors of the European Association ALERT-Geomaterials
- Since 2006: Member of the Advisory Board of the Scottish Joint Research Institute ECOSSE (Edinburgh Collaborative of Subsurface Science and Engineering), part of the Edinburgh Research Partnership in Engineering and Mathematics (ERPem)
- 2006-2010: Scientific Responsible at UJF of the European project TIMODAZ (Thermal Impact on the Damaged Zone Around a Radioactive Waste), 6th Euratom research and training Framework Programme (FP6)

Teaching activities

- Continuum Mechanics – Bachelor in Civil Engineering, 3rd year (L3)
- Advanced Rock Mechanics – Master in Geomechanics, Civil Engineering and Risks, 2nd year (M2)
- Advanced Experimental Methods in Geomechanics – Master in Geomechanics, Civil Engineering and Risks, 2nd year (M2)

Research activities

- Localisation of deformation et propagation of fractures
- Experimental geomechanics (image correlation, X-ray tomography, micro-mechanics)
- Constitutive modelling of soils and rocks (hypoplasticity)

Cino Viggiani’s research involves experimental investigations as well as theoretical and numerical modeling of the behavior of geomaterials, including localized failure and hydro-mechanical coupling effects. Applications are especially concerned with petroleum industry, mining, environmental engineering and civil engineering. On the experimental side, he has been using quite a range of soils and rock testing apparatus, including plane strain compression devices for soils and rocks equipped with an ultrasonic tomography / Acoustic Emission system, and a generalized shear apparatus with principal stress rotation. Advanced methods such as Digital Image Correlation and x-ray tomography have been developed, and they are applied to experimentally detect the onset of localized failure.

Principal publications

Books or Book Chapters

  1. Editor (with J. Desrues and P. Bésuelle) of the book "Advances in X-ray Tomography for Geomaterials" (ISTE, London, 2006)
  2. Editor (with D. Kolymbas) of the book “Mechanics of Natural Solids” (Springer, 2009)


  1. Costanzo D., Viggiani G., Tamagnini C. (2006) - Directional response of a reconstituted fine-grained soil. Part I: experimental investigation. International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, 30:1283–1301.
  2. Mašin D., Tamagnini C., Viggiani G., Costanzo D. (2006) - Directional response of a reconstituted fine-grained soil. Part II: performance of different constitutive models. International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, 30:1303–1336.
  3. Hall S.A., de Sanctis F., Viggiani G. (2006) – Monitoring fracture propagation in a soft rock (Neapolitan Tuff) using acoustic emissions and digital images. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 163, 2171–2204.
  4. Lenoir N., Bornert M., Desrues J., Bésuelle P., Viggiani G. (2007) – Volumetric digital image correlation applied to X-ray microtomography images from triaxial compression tests on argillaceous rocks. Strain, International Journal for Experimental Mechanics, 43, 3, 193-205.
  5. Vitone C., Cotecchia F., Desrues J., Viggiani G. (2009) – An approach to the interpretation of the mechanical behaviour of intensely fissured clays. Soils and Foundations, 49, 3, 355-368.
  6. Hall S.A., Muir Wood D., Ibraim E., Viggiani G. (2009) – Localized deformation patterning in 2D granular materials revealed by Digital Image Correlation. Granular Matter, in print (on line: 10.1007/s10035-009-0155-1).
  7. Hall S.A., Bornert M., Desrues J., Pannier Y., Lenoir N., Viggiani G., Bésuelle P. (2010) - Discrete and Continuum analysis of localised deformation in sand using X-ray micro CT and Volumetric Digital Image Correlation (accepted for publication, June 2009)
  8. Ibraim E., Lanier J., Muir Wood D., Viggiani G. (2010) – Strain path controlled shear tests on an analogue granular material. Géotechnique (accepted for publication, August 2009).


  1. Tamagnini C., Mašin D., Costanzo D., Viggiani G. (2006) – An evaluation of different constitutive models to predict the directional response of a reconstituted fine-grained soil. Guest lecture, in: Modern Trends in Geomechanics, W. Wu & H.S. Yu. Eds. , Springer Proceedings in Physics, Vol. 106,143-157.
  2. Bésuelle P., Viggiani G., Lenoir N., Desrues J., Bornert M. (2006) – X-ray Micro CT for Studying Strain Localization in Clay Rocks under Triaxial Compression. Keynote paper, in: Advances in X-Ray Tomography for Geomaterials, J. Desrues et al. Eds, ISTE, London, 35-52.
  3. Viggiani G., Hall S.A. (2008) – Full-field measurements, a new tool for laboratory experimental geomechanics. Keynote paper, in: Deformation Characteristics of Geomaterials, S.E. Burns, P.W. Mayne and J.C. Santamarina Eds, IOS Press, Vol. 1, 3-26.

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