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


Recent publications
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
Conference paper
Ovalle, C., Arenaldi, G. & Barrios, A. (2019). Compressibility and dynamic properties of diatomaceous soils from Mejillones, Chile. Paper presented at the 16th Panamerican Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Cancun, Mexico (pp. 294-302).


Supervision at Polytechnique


  • Post-doctoral fellowship (1)

    • Cantor, David. Numerical and physical approaches of hydromechanical rockfill degradation.
  • Ph.D. (2)

    • 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.
  • Master (thesis) (1)

    • Vuilloz, Tristan. DEM modeling of segregation and stratification in high mining waste rock dumps.