Analogue benchmarks of shortening and extension experiments

Guido Schreurs, Susane Buiter, David Boutelier, Giacomo Corti, Elizabeth Costa, Alexander Cruden, Jean-Marc Daniel, Silvan Hoth, Hemin Koyi, Nina Kukowski, Jo Lohrmann, Antonio Ravaglia, Roy Schlische, Martha Withjack, Yasuhiro Yamada, Cristian Cavozzi, Chiara Delventisette, Jennifer Brady, Arne Hoffman-Rothe, Jean-Marie MengusDomenico Montanari, Faramarz Nilforoushan

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We report a direct comparison of scaled analogue experiments to test the reproducibility of model results among ten different experimental modelling laboratories. We present results for two experiments: a brittle thrust wedge experiment and a brittle-Viscous extension experiment. The experimental set-up, the model construction technique, the viscous material and the base and wall properties were prescribed. However, each laboratory used its own frictional analogue material and experimental apparatus. Comparison of results for the shortening experiment highlights large differences in model evolution that may have resulted from (1) differences in boundary conditions (indenter or basal-pull models), (2) differences in model widths, (3) location of observation (for example, sidewall versus centre of model), (4) material properties. (5) base and sidewall frictional properties, and (6) differences in set-up technique of individual experimenters.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 27
Number of pages27
JournalGeological Society Special Publications
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

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