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Luc Thorel

Directeur de Recherche du Développement Durable Directeur Adjoint du Laboratoire Centrifugeuses Géotechniques GERS-CG

CFR / GERS - Département Géotechnique, environnement, risques naturels et sciences de la Terre

CG - Centrifugeuses Géotechniques

Luc Thorel

Directeur de Recherche du Développement Durable Directeur Adjoint du Laboratoire Centrifugeuses Géotechniques GERS-CG

Senior Researcher

CFR / GERS - Département Géotechnique, environnement, risques naturels et sciences de la Terre

CG - Centrifugeuses Géotechniques

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ORCID n° : 0000-0002-0218-4144

Membre du Comité Technique TC 104 "Physical Modelling in Goetechnics" de l'International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (depuis 2010).

Ancien Vice-Président du Conseil du Comité Français de Mécanique des Sols et de Géotechnique (2016-2020).


Luc Thorel obtained his Engineering Degree in Geotechnics and Geophysics in 1987, a diploma delivered by Polytech’Sorbonne, Pierre & Marie Curie University.
He received his PhD in geotechnical engineering, delivered by Ecole des Ponts ParisTech in 1994 for research on Plasticity and damage of ductile rocks : application to rocksalt.
He was research engineer successively both in Lausanne Swiss Federal Institute (1988-1990), working on frost behaviour of soils, and in Ecole Polytechnique (1994-1996), working on mechanical behaviour of clays in the framework of underground storage.
In 1996 he moved to Nantes' Campus of the University Gustave Eiffel (Formerly French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks IFSTTAR, formerly French Public Work Institute - LCPC) to work on physical modelling as a researcher in the Geotechnical Centrifuge team. In 1999 he was appointed as the head of the LCPC’s Physical Modelling in Geotechnics group.

In 2010 he passed the Accreditation to supervise Research in Civil Engineering & Geotechnics, delivered by Nantes University and became Director of Research in IFSTTAR-LCPC.
In 2013 he was appointed as the Director of the Geomaterials and Modelling in Geotechnics Laboratory, in IFSTTAR’s Nantes centre.

He was elected member of the technical committee of the French Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering in 2006, and became vice-president between 2009 and 2012. In 2012, he was elected member of the Conseil of the CFMS and became vice-president in 2016 for 4 years. Since 2010, he represents the French Geotechnical Society in the International Technical Committee “Physical Modelling in Geotechnics” TC104.  He has been also member, from 2014 to 2020, of the editorial board of the Int. Journal Physical Modelling in Geotechnics, and is member of the editorial board of the Transportation Geotechnics Journal since 2021.

Luc Thorel's current research explores themes concerned with physical modelling in geotechnics, particularly with the geotechnical centrifuge. He is working mainly on soil-structure interactions under complex loading, such as soil reinforcement, deep and shallow foundations but also on water migration in soil (including soil-atmosphere interactions or erosion) or vibration mitigation. Recent applications are orientated towards Renewable Marine Energy foundation and anchoring systems. The ongoing challenge for each of these topics is to observe and understand the phenomena, and also to obtain appropriate experimental data to be compared to numerical or theoretical models.

He coordinates research programmes such as the French National ASIRI+ (2019-2023), devoted to soil reinforcement with vertical rigid inclusions.


He has published 68 publications in journals, 174 communications in conferences, 78 research reports for industry. He co-supervised 15 Ph.D students, and was member of 44 PhD jury, including 19 times as a reporter. He has been regularly asked for reviewing papers for the main geotechnical engineering journals. He has been and is still involved in Regional, National, European and International Research programmes or collaborations, as well as in Industry research activities.


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International Journals

LI, Zhong-Sen, BLANC, Matthieu, THOREL, Luc, 2020, Using FBGS to estimate the horizontal response of a monopile in a geotechnical centrifuge, International journal of physical modelling in geotechnics, 20, 3, ICE Publishing Ltd, pp. 164-174, DOI: 10.1680/jphmg.19.00022

https://dx.doi.org/10.1680/jphmg.19.00022
https://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/toc/jphmg/current

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EL HAFFAR, Ismat, THOREL, Luc, BLANC, Matthieu, 2019, Impact of pile roughness on shaft resistance in sand, Proceedings of the institution of civil engineers : geotechnical engineering, ICE Publishing Ltd, 11p, DOI: 10.1680/jgeen.18.00135

https://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/doi/abs/10.1680/jgeen.18.00135

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SCHIAVON, José A., TSUHA de Hollanda Cavalcanti, Cristina, THOREL, Luc, 2019, Monotonic, cyclic and post-cyclic performance of a single-helix anchor in residual soil of sandstone, Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.jrmge.2018.12.012

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1674775518304499

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ALMEIDA, Marcio, DA FAGUNDES, Diego, BLANC, Matthieu, THOREL, Luc, 2019, Geosynthetic-Reinforced piled embankments: numerical, analytical and centrifuge modelling, geosynthetics international, ICE Publishing Ltd, 1-14, DOI: 10.1680/jgein.19.00011]

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KNAPPETT, Jonathan, THOREL, Luc, 2019, Editorial, International Journal of Physical Modelling in Geotechnics, 19, 2, ICE Publishing Ltd, pp. 56-57, DOI: 10.1680/jphmg.2019.19.2.56

https://doi.org/10.1680/jphmg.2019.19.2.56
https://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/toc/jphmg/current

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CASINI, Francesca, THOREL, luc, LALICATA, Leonardo, DESIDERI, Augusto, 2018, Experimental observation on a laterally loaded pile in unsaturated silty soil, Canadian Geotechnical Journal, Nrc Research Press, 35p, DOI: 10.1139/cgj-2018-0322

http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/abs/10.1139/cgj-2018-0322

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LOZADA, Catalina, CAICEDO, Bernardo, THOREL, Luc, 2018, A new climatic chamber for studying soil-atmosphere interaction in physical models, International Journal of Physical Modelling in Geotechnics, ICE Publishing Ltd, 19p, DOI: 10.1680/jphmg.17.00073

https://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/doi/pdf/10.1680/jphmg.17.00073

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SCHIAVON, José A., DE HOLLANDA CAVALCANTI TSUHA, Cristina, NEEL, Alain, THOREL, Luc, 2018, Centrifuge modelling of a helical anchor under different cyclic loading conditions in sand, International Journal of Physical Modelling in Geotechnics, ICE Publishing Ltd, 17p, DOI: 10.1680/jphmg.17.00054

https://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/doi/pdf/10.1680/jphmg.17.00054

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LOZADA, Catalina, THOREL, Luc, CAICEDO, Bernardo, 2018, Bearing capacity of circular footings resting on unsaturated dessicated soils, International Journal of Physical Modelling in Geotechnics, ICE Publishing Ltd, 13p, DOI: 10.1680/jphmg.17.00060

https://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/doi/pdf/10.1680/jphmg.17.00060

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GIROUT, Romain, BLANC, Matthieu, THOREL, Luc, DIAS, Daniel, 2018, Geosynthetic reinforcement of pile-supported embankments, Geosynthetics international, 25, 1, ICE Publishing Ltd, pp.37-49, DOI: 10.1680/jgein.17.00032

https://doi.org/10.1680/jgein.17.00032
https://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/toc/jgein/current

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AGUDELO PEREZ, Zorany, SCHIAVON, José A., DE HOLLANDA CAVALCANTI TSUHA, Cristina, DIAS, Daniel, THOREL, Luc, 2017, Numerical and experimental study on the influence of installation effects on the behaviour of helical anchors in very dense sand, Canadian geotechnical journal, 55, 8, Nrc Research Press, pp.1067-1080, DOI: 10.1139/cgj-2017-0137

http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/abs/10.1139/cgj-2017-0137

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EL HAFFAR, Ismat, BLANC, Matthieu, THOREL, Luc, 2017, Impact of pile installation method on the axial capacity in sand, Géotechnique Letters, 7, 3, ICE Publishing Ltd, pp. 1-6, DOI: 10.1680/jgele.17.00036

http://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/doi/abs/10.1680/jgele.17.00036

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DA FAGUNDES, Diego, de ALMEIDA, Marcio de Souza Soares, THOREL, Luc, BLANC, Matthieu, 2017, Load transfer mechanism and deformation of reinforced piled embankments, Geotextiles and geomembranes, 45, 2, Elsevier, pp.1-10, DOI: 10.1016/j.geotexmem.2016.11.002

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0266114416301157

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ISORNA, Rocio, BLANC, Matthieu, THOREL, Luc, KOTRONIS, Panagiotis, DANO, Christophe, PHILIPPE, Maxime, 2017, Axial behaviour of jacket piles for offshore wind turbines, International journal on physical modelling in geotechnics, 169, 4, ICE Publishing Ltd, pp.1-17, DOI: 10.1680/jphmg.15.00044

http://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/doi/10.1680/jphmg.15.00044

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SCHIAVON, José A., TSUHA, Cristina de Hollanda Cavalcanti, THOREL, Luc, 2017, Cyclic and post-cyclic monotonic response of a single-helix anchor in sand., Géotechnique Letters, 7, 1, ICE Publishing Ltd, pp.11-17, DOI: 10.1680/jgele.16.00100

http://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/doi/full/10.1680/jgele.16.00100

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GIROUT, Romain, BLANC, Matthieu, THOREL, Luc, DA FAGUNDES, Diego, de ALMEIDA, Marcio de Souza Soares, 2016, Arching and deformation in a piled embankment: centrifuge tests compared to analytical calculations, Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 142, 12, American Society of Civil Engineers - ASCE, 10, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0001557

http://ascelibrary.org/doi/10.1061/%28ASCE%29GT.1943-5606.0001557

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SCHIAVON, José A., THOREL, Luc, DE HOLLANDA CAVALCANTI TSUHA, Cristina, 2016, Scale effect in centrifuge tests of helical anchors in sand, International Journal of Physical Modelling in Geotechnics, ICE Publishing Ltd, 12p., DOI: 10.1680/jphmg.15.00047

http://dx.doi.org/10.1680/jphmg.15.00047
http://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/journal/jphmg

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BLANC, Matthieu, THOREL, Luc, 2016, Effects of cyclic axial loading sequences on piles in sand, Géotechnique Letters, 6, 2, ICE Publishing Ltd, pp.163-167, DOI: 10.1680/jgele.15.00155

http://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/doi/10.1680/jgele.15.00155

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MOSQUERA, Zorany S.Z., de H. C. TSUHA, Cristina, SCHIAVON, José A., THOREL, Luc, 2015, Discussion of "Field investigation of the axial resistance of helical piles in dense sand", Canadian geotechnical journal, 52, 8, NRC RESEARCH PRESS, pp.1190-1194, DOI: 10.1139/cgj-2015-0212.

http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cgj-2015-0212
http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/journal/cgj

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LOZADA, Catalina, CAICEDO, Bernardo, THOREL, Luc, 2015, Effects of cracks and desiccation on the bearing capacity of soil deposits, Géotechnique Letters, 5, 3, INSTITUTION OF CIVIL ENGINEERS, pp.112-117, DOI: 10.1680/jgele.15.00021

http://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/doi/abs/10.1680/jgele.15.00021

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DA FAGUNDES, Diego, GIROUT, Romain, de ALMEIDA, Marcio de Souza Soares, BLANC, Matthieu, THOREL, Luc, 2015, Behaviour of piled embankments without reinforcement , Geotechnical Engineering, 168, 6, INSTITUTION OF CIVIL ENGINEERS, pp.514-525, DOI: 10.1680/geng.14.00155

http://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/doi/abs/10.1680/jgeen.14.00155

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CAICEDO, Bernardo, THOREL, Luc, TRISTANCHO, Julian, 2015, Mathematical and physical modeling of rainfall in centrifuge, International Journal of Physical Modelling in Geotechnics, 3, 15, INSTITUTION OF CIVIL ENGINEERS, pp.150-164, DOI: 10.1680/ijpmg.14.00023

http://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/doi/10.1680/jphmg.14.00023

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GIROUT, Romain, BLANC, Matthieu, DIAS, Daniel, THOREL, Luc, 2014, Numerical analysis of a geosynthetic-reinforced piled load transfer platform - Validation on centrifuge test, Geotextiles and geomembranes, 42, 5, ELSEVIER, pp.525-539, DOI: 10.1016/j.geotexmem.2014.07.012

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0266114414000727

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BLANC, Matthieu, THOREL, Luc, GIROUT, Romain, ALMEIDA, Marcio, 2014, Geosynthetic reinforcement of a granular load transfer platform above rigid inclusions: comparison between centrifuge testing and analytical modelling, Geosynthetics international, 1, 21, INSTITUTION OF CIVIL ENGINEERS, pp.37-52, DOI: 10.1680/gein.13.00033

http://dx.doi.org/10.1680/gein.13.00033
http://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/content/serial/gein

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CAICEDO, Bernardo, TRISTANCHO, Julian, THOREL, Luc, LEROUEIL, Serge, 2014, Experimental and analytical framework for modelling soil compaction, Engineering geology, 175, ELSEVIER, pp.22-34, DOI: 10.1016/j.enggeo.2014.03.014

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enggeo.2014.03.014
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00137952

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OKYAY, Umur Salih, DIAS, Daniel, THOREL, Luc, RAULT, Gérard, 2014, Centrifuge modeling of a pile-supported granular earth platform, journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental engineering, 2, 140, AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS - ASCE, pp.1-12, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0001004

http://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/%28ASCE%29GT.1943-5606.0001004

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BLANC, Matthieu ; RAULT, Gérard ; THOREL, Luc ; ALMEIDA, Marcio , 2013 , Centrifuge investigation of load transfer mechanisms in a granular mattress above a rigid inclusions network , Geotextiles and Geomembranes , 36 , ELSEVIER , p92-105 , DOI: 10.1016/j.geotexmem.2012.12.001

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geotexmem.2012.12.001

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TSUHA, Cristina, AOKI, Nelson, RAULT, Gérard, THOREL, Luc, GARNIER, Jacques, 2012, Evaluation of the efficiencies of helical anchor plates in sand by centrifuge model tests, Canadian geotechnical journal, 49, 9, pp 1102-1114 , DOI: 10.1139/T2012-064

http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/journal/cgj

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THOREL, Luc ; FERBER, Valéry ; CAICEDO, B ; KHOKHAR, IM, 2011, Physical modelling of wetting-induced collapse in embankment base, Geotechnique, 61, 5, INSTITUTION OF CIVIL ENGINEERS, pp 409-420, DOI:10.1680/geot.10.P.029

http://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/content/serial/geot

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autres revues

CAICEDO, Bernardo, THOREL, Luc, 2014, Centrifuge modelling of unsaturated soils, Journal of Geo-engineering Sciences, 2, 2, IOS Press, pp.83-103, DOI: 10.3233/JGS-130013

http://content.iospress.com/articles/journal-of-geo-engineering-sciences/jgs130013
http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/JGS-130013

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CABRERA, Miguel Angel ; CAICEDO, Bernardo ; THOREL, Luc , 2012 , Dynamic Actuator for Centrifuge Modeling of Soil-Structure Interaction , Geotechnical testing journal , 35 , 4 , 9p

http://www.astm.org/DIGITAL_LIBRARY/JOURNALS/GEOTECH/

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TRISTANCHO, Julian ; CAICEDO, Bernardo ; THOREL, Luc ; OBREGON, Nelson , 2012 , Climatic chamber with centrifuge to simulate different weather conditions , Geotechnical testing journal , 35 , 1 , 13p , DOI: 10.1520/GTJ103620

http://www.astm.org/DIGITAL_LIBRARY/JOURNALS/GEOTECH/

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MAROT, Didier ; LE, Van Duong ; GARNIER, Jacques ; THOREL, Luc ; AUDRAIN, Philippe , 2012 , Study of scale effect in an internal erosion mechanism : Centrifuge model and energy analysis , European journal of environmental and civil engineering/Revue européenne de génie civil , 16 , 1 , pp 1-19 , DOI: 10.1080/19648189.2012.667203

http://www.tandfonline.com/action/aboutThisJournal?journalCode=tece20

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MURILLO, Carol ; SHARIFIPOUR, Mohammad ; CAICEDO, Bernardo ; THOREL, Luc ; DANO, Christophe, 2011, Elastic parameters of intermediate soils based on bender-extender elements pulse tests, Soils and foundations, 51, 4, pp 637-650,

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BATALI, L ; POPA, H ; THOREL, Luc, 2010, Retaining walls in urban areas, numerical modelling, characteristic interaction parameters, Scientific Journal of the technical university of civil engineering Bucharest, 6, 1, pp 32-39,

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DE HOLLANDA CAVALCANTI TSUHA, C ; AOKI, N ; RAULT, Gérard ; THOREL, Luc ; GARNIER, Jacques, 2010, Modélisation physique de pieux hélicoïdaux mis en place dans du sable, Revue française de géotechnique, 130, pp 15-23,

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