Dr Justin Pogacnik

BSc, MSc, PhD

Biography

Justin is from Siloam Springs, Arkansas, USA. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Arkansas State University (2005) where he competed for the university's golf team and still maintains a "scratch" handicap. He then attended graduate school at Duke University and completed a Master of Science in Civil Engineering and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. Justin was a member of the Duke University Computational Mechanics Lab and worked on projects investigating the transition from ductile to brittle failure in polycarbonate and fracture toughness characterization of soft elastomeric materials. While at Duke, Justin also interned at Sandia National Laboratory in 2009.

Justin came to the University of Auckland as a Research Fellow at the Institute of Earth Science and Engineering in 2011 and joined the Department of Engineering Science in 2013.

Research | Current

Justin's research is aimed at applying his background in computational fracture mechanics to coupled Thermo-hydro-mechanical (THM) simulations for geothermal energy production in engineered geothermal systems.


Research group

Geothermal, reservoir engineering and environmental fluids

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Pogacnik, J., Elsworth, D., O’Sullivan M, & O’Sullivan J (2016). A damage mechanics approach to the simulation of hydraulic fracturing/shearing around a geothermal injection well. Computers and Geotechnics, 71, 338-351. 10.1016/j.compgeo.2015.10.003
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John OSullivan, Michael OSullivan
  • Koros, W., O'Sullivan JP, Pogacnik, J., O'Sullivan MJ, & Ryan, G. (2015). Comparison of coupled one-dimensional subsidence models. Paper presented at World Geothermal Congress 2015, Melbourne, Australia. 19 April - 24 April 2015. Proceedings World Geothermal Congress 2015. (pp. 10). Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Michael OSullivan, Wesley Koros, John OSullivan
  • Burnell, J., O'Sullivan MJ, O'Sullivan JP, Kissling, W., Croucher, A. E., Pogacnik, J., ... Climo, M. (2015). Geothermal supermodels: The next generation of integrated geophysical, chemical and flow simulation modelling tools. In R. N. Horne, T. Boyd (Eds.) Proceedings World Geothermal Congress 2015 Melbourne, Australia: International Geothermal Association. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Michael OSullivan, John OSullivan, Adrian Croucher, Sadiq Zarrouk
  • Pogacnik, J., O'Sullivan JP, & O'Sullivan MJ (2015). Linking TOUGH2and ABAQUS to model permeability enhancement using a damage mechanics approach. In R. N. Horne, T. Boyd (Eds.) Proceedings World Geothermal Congress 2015 Melbourne, Australia: International Geothermal Association. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Michael OSullivan, John OSullivan
  • Pogacnik, J., McNamara, D., O'Sullivan M, & O'Sullivan JP (2014). A damage mechanics approach to modeling failure in Greywacke Rock. Proceedings 36th New Zealand Geothermal Workshop Auckland, New Zealand. 10.13140/RG.2.1.4449.9449
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John OSullivan, Michael OSullivan
  • Pogacnik, J., O'Sullivan MJ, & O'Sullivan JP (2014). A damage mechanics approach to modeling permeability enhancement in thermo-hydro-mechanical simulations. Proceeding 39th Geothermal Reservoir Engineering Workshop, 369-381. Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John OSullivan, Michael OSullivan
  • Pogacnik, J., Dempsey, D., Kelkar, S., Podgorney, R., O'Sullivan M, & O'Sullivan J (2014). THE EFFECT OF SEQUENTIAL SOLUTION PROCEDURES IN THE NUMERICAL MODELING OF STIMULATION IN ENGINEERED GEOTHERMAL SYSTEMS. Paper presented at 11th World Congress on Computational Mechanics (WCCM) / 5th European Conference on Computational Mechanics (ECCM) / 6th European Conference on Computational Fluid Dynamics (ECFD), Barcelona, SPAIN. 20 July - 25 July 2014. 11TH WORLD CONGRESS ON COMPUTATIONAL MECHANICS; 5TH EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON COMPUTATIONAL MECHANICS; 6TH EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS, VOLS II - IV. (pp. 12).
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John OSullivan, David Dempsey, Michael OSullivan
  • O'Sullivan JP, Archer, R., Clearwater, E., Croucher, A., Koros, W., Newson, J., ... O'Sullivan MJ (2014). Using Reservoir Models for Strategic Decision-Making. Proceedings 5th African Rift Geothermal Conference Arusha, Tanzania. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/24447
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John OSullivan, Rosalind Archer, Adrian Croucher, Wesley Koros, Thomas Ratouis, Angus Yeh, Michael OSullivan

Contact details

Primary location

UNISERVICES HOUSE - Bldg 439
Level 4, Room 421
70 SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand