Anna Casale joined the Structural Engineering department at AEW in July 2017. Her educational credentials include a Bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, her Master’s in Civil Engineering, and a PhD in Mechanical and Civil Engineering, all earned in her native Italy, where she also received her professional license. In addition to her full time position at AEW, she’s also pursuing her “stateside” Professional Engineering license.
Anna’s hometown is Cassino, in central Italy, and she earned her PhD at the University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, a public research university.
In April she was able to publish her most recent article, “A macroscale hydrogeological numerical model of the Suio hydrothermal system, (Central Italy),” in “Geofluids,” a peer-reviewed, Open Access journal that provides a forum for original research and reviews relating to the role of fluids in mineralogical, chemical, and structural evolution of the Earth’s crust.
Anna is justifiably proud of her accomplishments, and she completed the work on this article while also working at AEW; with this she is able to share and highlight the progress she made during her research years.
This is a summary of Anna’s work and what you can find in the “Geofluids” article:
Anna’s PhD thesis involved a multidisciplinary approach to investigate the hydrothermal area, assess its geothermal potentiality and provide support for the exploitation of geothermal energy for air conditioning.
She focused her study on the Suio-Castelforte area, central Italy. A thermally anomalous area where CO2-pressurized hydrothermal reservoirs develop in a complex geodynamic setting. The potential exploitation as a renewable energy source are still unclear.
To quantitatively evaluate the geothermal resource, the Suio hydrothermal system has been investigated with a hydrogeological numerical model that couples fluid flow, thermal convection, and transport of diluted species inside a hybrid continuum-discrete medium. The numerical model, calibrated and validated with available and new experimental data, unveiled the complex behaviour of the hydrothermal system.
The normal tectonic displacements, the fracturing of the karst hydrostructure, and the aquitard distribution, strongly influence the hydrothermal basin. In particular, a dual fluid circulation, sustained by steady-state thermal and pressure gradients, modulates the hydrothermalism at the several springs and wells. The presence of a medium to a low-temperature reservoir allows for potential exploitation of the geothermal resource.
More sources at: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Anna_Casale