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Rock Deformation (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

From the Lab to the Field – Combining Observation, Theory and Modelling to Understand Rock Deformation Processes


August 20-21, 2016


Proctor Academy
Andover, NH


Elizabeth H. Madden & Suzanne Hangx

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Rock Deformation is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The focus of this meeting is on how experimental and field observations, theoretical models and numerical simulations, and combinations thereof, can be used to improve understanding of deformation phenomena. Of interest are the use of theory and experimentation to elucidate grain/aggregate-scale processes and numerical efforts to upscale these processes to field conditions, and how laboratory and field data and theory inform and are informed by numerical models of deformation processes. We invite contributions from fundamental to applied research across a variety of deformation styles, rheologies, and temporal and spatial scales ranging from grain boundary processes to earthquakes.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Rock Deformation" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Final Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmObservations and Insights into Deformation Processes from Lab to Field
Discussion Leader: Anne Pluymakers (University of Oslo, Norway)
3:45 pm - 4:10 pmTeng-Fong Wong (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR China)
"Mechanical Compaction and Strain Localization: Micromechanics, Failure Mode, and Stress Scaling"
4:10 pm - 4:15 pmDiscussion
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmGeneral Discussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmInsights into Deformation Processes from Lab to Field: Brittle and Ductile Mechanisms
Discussion Leader: Harsha Vora (Rice University, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmFrans Aben (Université Grenoble-Alpes, France)
"Mechanical Behavior, Fracturing and the Formation of Compaction Bands During Dynamic Coseismic Loading of Rothbach Sandstone"
7:50 pm - 7:55 pmDiscussion
7:55 pm - 8:15 pmJohn Browning (University College London, United Kingdom)
"Acoustic Characterization of Deformation-Induced Crack Damage Populations in Rocks Under True Triaxial Loading"
8:15 pm - 8:20 pmDiscussion
8:20 pm - 8:40 pmYuval Boneh (Washington University in St. Louis, USA)
"Evolution of Olivine Crystallographic Preferred Orientation – How Can We Interpret Seismic Anisotropy?"
8:40 pm - 8:45 pmDiscussion
8:45 pm - 9:05 pmChristopher Thissen (Carnegie Institution for Science, USA)
"Statistical Symmetry of Lattice Preferred Orientations"
9:05 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amExtrapolating Deformation Processes Across Time and Space
Discussion Leader: Erika Swanson (Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA)
9:00 am - 9:25 amMichele Cooke (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA)
"Energetic Explorations into the Propagation of Lazy Faults"
9:25 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amChristopher Harbord (Durham University, United Kingdom)
"Fault Zone Roughness Controls Frictional Slip Stability"
9:50 am - 9:55 amDiscussion
9:55 am - 10:15 amMartijn van den Ende (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
"An Investigation of the Contribution of Cohesion to Interseismic Restrengthening of Fault Gouges"
10:15 am - 10:20 amDiscussion
10:20 am - 10:40 amAlessandro Tengattini (Université Grenoble-Alpes, France)
"A Micro-Mechanical Study of Cemented Granular Materials"
10:40 am - 10:45 amDiscussion
10:45 am - 11:00 amGeneral Discussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmExtrapolating Deformation Processes Across Time and Space: Case Studies from the Field
Discussion Leader: Christopher Thissen (Carnegie Institution for Science, USA)
1:30 pm - 1:50 pmJennifer Woods (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
"Rock Fracture and Dike Propagation Mechanisms from Seismicity Accompanying the 2014 Bardarbunga-Holuhraun Dike Intrusion, Iceland"
1:50 pm - 1:55 pmDiscussion
1:55 pm - 2:15 pmChristopher Milliner (University of Southern California, USA)
"Quantifying Near-Field Deformation Patterns of Large Magnitude Strike-Slip Earthquakes Using Sub-Pixel Correlation of High-Resolution Air Photos"
2:15 pm - 2:20 pmDiscussion
2:20 pm - 2:30 pmGeneral Discussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes

This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Acquisition and Assistance, under award number DE-SC0015756. This report was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of the United States Government. Neither the United States Government nor agency thereof, nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government or any agency thereof. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States Government or any agency thereof.
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