Pluymakers, A.M.H.


Postdoctoral Researcher Experimental Rock Mechanics at CiTG TU Delft (2018 - current)

Postdoctoral Researcher Fluid-Rock interactions at University of Oslo (2015 - 2017)

BSc, MSc and PhD at Utrecht University (2005 - 2014)

Thesis title: 'Frictional and sealing behavior of simulated anhydrite fault gouge - Effects of CO2 and implications for fault stability and caprock integrity'.


The main theme throughout my research is understanding the effects of fluid-rock interactions on rock mechanical behavior, with special emphasis on the mechanical characterization of reservoir-, cap- and fault-rocks. How are mechanical and transport properties of rocks are influenced by the presence and type of fluid? There are many applications for this type of basic research, where I focus predominantly on implications for geothermal energy and gas storage.

  • Pluymakers, A., Spiers, C., 2015. Compaction creep of simulated anhydrite fault gouge by pressure solution: Theory vs. experiments and implications for fault sealing. Geol. Soc. London, Spec. Publ. 409, 107–124
  • Rohmer, J., Pluymakers, A., Renard, F., 2016, Mechano-chemical interactions in sedimentary rocks in the context of CO2 storage: Weak acid, weak effects? Earth-Science Reviews 157, 86-110
  • Pluymakers, A., Samuelson, J., Niemeijer, A.,Spiers, C., 2014. Effects of temperature and CO2 on the frictional behavior of simulated anhydrite fault rock. J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth 119, 8728–8747
  • Pluymakers, A., Peach, C., Spiers, C., 2014. Diagenetic compaction experiments on simulated anhydrite fault  gouge under static conditions. J. Geophys. Res. B5, 4123–4148
  • Pluymakers, A.; Kobchenko, M.; Renard, F., 2017, ‘How microfracture roughness can be used to distinguish between exhumed cracks and in-situ flow paths in shales’, J. Struct. Geol. 94, 87-97

VENI project: effect of pore fluid chemistry on carbonate failure behaviour
This project is funded by NWO, with title 'Taking fluid-rock interactions forward: the role of realistic pore fluid chemistry on rock deformation'. This project works towards a better understanding of the role of fluid chemistry on the mechanical and transport properties of rocks, since the use of the subsurface (hydrocarbon production, geothermal heat extraction, CO2 or wastewater injection) affects the pore fluid chemistry

ARGUS project: building up knowledge to using neutron tomography for flow through rocks
I am part of the ARGUS collaboration (funded by the Norwegian Research Council, PI: Francois Renard) between Norway, France, Switzerland, Sweden and the UK. This project aims to develop time-resolved X-ray and neutron imaging applications to unravel geological processes related to flow in rocks.

REFLECT Consortium: physics of degassing geothermal fluids
I am part of the newly funded REFLECT Consortium (H2020, PI: Simona Regenspurg), which will redefine geothermal fluid properties at extreme conditions to optimize future geothermal energy extraction

  • Department post-doc representative
  • Twittering about rock mechanics lab activities (together with Auke Barnhoorn) under @RockDefTUD
  • Member of the Editing Team of the EGU Tectonics and Structural Geology blog
  • Contribution ‘Assessing risks posed by faults’ to popular science publication ‘Linking the Chain’ (Ed. Rolf de Vos), disseminating the results of the CATO2 CO2 research program, 2014

Anne Pluymakers


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