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Carlos Ovalle
P.Eng., M.Sc., Ph.D.

Phone: (514) 340-4711 Ext. 4255 Fax: (514) 340-3981 Room: A-356
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Research interests and affiliations

Research interests
  • Mining geotechnics
  • Mine waste management
  • Hydromechanical degradation of geomaterials
  • Experimental geotechnics
  • Multiscale and constitutive modeling
  • Characterization of coarse granular materials
  • Valorization of mine wastes and tailings
Expertise type(s) (NSERC subjects)
  • 1002 Geotechnical engineering (including engineering geology)
  • 1401 Mining engineering


Journal article
Carrasco, S., Cantor, D. & Ovalle, C. (2022). Effects of particle size-shape correlations on steady shear strength of granular materials: The case of particle elongation. International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, 46(5), 979-1000. Retrieved from
Journal article
Cantor, D., Ovalle, C. & Azéma, E. (2022). Microstructural origins of crushing strength for inherently anisotropic brittle materials. International Journal of Solids and Structures, 238, 12 pages. Retrieved from
Journal article
Osses, R., Majdanishabestari, K., Ovalle, C. & Pineda, J. (2021). Testing and modelling total suction effects on compressibility and creep of crushable granular material. Soils and Foundations, 61(6), 1581-1596. Retrieved from
Journal article
Huillca, Y., Silva, M., Ovalle, C., Quezada, J.C., Carrasco, S. & Villavicencio, G.E. (2021). Modelling size effect on rock aggregates strength using a DEM bonded-cell model. Acta Geotechnica, 16(3), 699-709. Retrieved from
Journal article
Ovalle, C. & Arenaldi-Perisic, G. (2021). Mechanical behaviour of undisturbed diatomaceous soil. Marine Georesources & Geotechnology, 39(5), 623-630. Retrieved from
Journal article
Ovalle, C., Linero, S., Dano, C., Bard, E., Hicher, P.-Y. & Osses, R. (2020). Data compilation from large drained compression triaxial tests on coarse crushable rockfill materials. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 146(9), 7 pages. Retrieved from
Journal article
Ovalle, C. & Dano, C. (2020). Effects of particle size-strength and particle size-shape correlations on parallel grading scaling. Géotechnique Letters, 10(2), 7 pages. Retrieved from
Journal article
Ovalle, C. & Hicher, P.-Y. (2020). Modeling the effect of wetting on the mechanical behavior of crushable granular materials. Geoscience Frontiers, 11(2), 487-494. Retrieved from


I am a Professor in the Department of Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal since December 2018. I am also member of the Research Institute on Mines and the Environment (RIME) UQAT-Polytechnique, a joint research program including six major industrial partners, developing innovative solutions to face environmental challenges in mining.

In the past I have been affiliated to PUC Chile (2013-2018), as well as the GeM Laboratory at École Centrale de Nantes in France, where I received my PhD in June 2013. I graduated in Civil Engineering from the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María in Chile, and in 2010 I received a M.Sc. in Geotechnical Engineering from École Centrale Paris in France.

Before my PhD, I worked 8 years for engineering consultant companies involved in Environmental Geotechnics for mining operations in the Andes Mountains in South America (Chile, Peru and Argentina). Since 2010, I have continued in the same filed but with an academic approach: learning, teaching and investigating. My research interests include experimental and numerical developments for the characterisation and modeling of geotechnical problems, with a special focus on mining waste storage facilities.


MIN3311 Géotechnique minière

MIN8176 Exploitation en souterrain

MIN8986 (participation) : Projet intégrateur IV en génie des mines


Supervision at Polytechnique


  • Post-doctoral fellowship (2)

    • Cantor, David. Numerical and physical approaches of hydromechanical rockfill degradation.
    • Samy, Garcia Torres. Hydro-geotechnical behavior and physical stability of mining waste co-disposition in an open pit backfill.
  • Ph.D. (7)

    • Majdanishabestari, Kasra. Elasto-plastic constitutive modeling of hydro-mechanical degradation of rockfills.
    • Carrasco, Sergio. Discrete modeling of particle size–strength and size–shape correlations effects on crushable granular media.
    • Girumugisha, Gilbert. Scaling methodologies for mechanical characterisation of mining waste rock .
    • Behlke, Florian. Co-disposal of Tailings and Waste Rock.
    • Quiroz-Rojo, Paula. Scaling effects in Rockfill degradation using multi-scale DEM Modeling and Experiments.
    • Hamad, Abu. Runoff analysis of co-disposal facilities (Dir. Li Li ; Co-dir. Carlos Ovalle).
    • Poorakbar, Amirsajjad. Mechanical stability of co-disposal facilities (Dir. Li Li ; Co-dir. Carlos Ovalle).
  • Master (thesis) (2)

    • Hajji, Lina. Experimental runoff analysis of co-disposal facilities (Dir. Li Li ; Co-dir. Carlos Ovalle).
    • Msehli, Ilhem. WR&T interaction in co-disposal facilities (Dir. Li Li ; Co-dir. Carlos Ovalle).
  • Undergraduate (2)

    • Hajji, Lina. Scaling effects on the strength of coarse mine waste rock.
    • Kinfack, Franck. Characterization of waste rock particles shapes by digital image analysis.


  • Master's Thesis (1)

    • Vuilloz, T. (2022). Modélisation numérique des phénomènes de ségrégation et de stratification dans les haldes à stériles (Master's Thesis, Polytechnique Montréal). Retrieved from

News about Carlos Ovalle

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