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  1. Imaging the 3D geometry of pseudotachylyte-bearing faults

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    Resor, Phil; Shervais, Katherine

    2013-04-01

    Dynamic friction experiments in granitoid or gabbroic rocks that achieve earthquake slip velocities reveal significant weakening by melt-lubrication of the sliding surfaces. Extrapolation of these experimental results to seismic source depths (> 7 km) suggests that the slip weakening distance (Dw) over which this transition occurs is < 10 cm. The physics of this lubrication in the presence of a fluid (melt) is controlled by surface micro-topography. In order to characterize fault surface microroughness and its evolution during dynamic slip events on natural faults, we have undertaken an analysis of three-dimensional (3D) fault surface microtopography and its causes on a suite of pseudotachylyte-bearing fault strands from the Gole Larghe fault zone, Italy. The solidification of frictional melt soon after seismic slip ceases "freezes in" earthquake source geometries, however it also precludes the development of extensive fault surface exposures that have enabled direct studies of fault surface roughness. We have overcome this difficulty by imaging the intact 3D geometry of the fault using high-resolution X-ray computed tomography (CT). We collected a suite of 2-3.5 cm diameter cores (2-8 cm long) from individual faults within the Gole Larghe fault zone with a range of orientations (+/- 45 degrees from average strike) and slip magnitudes (0-1 m). Samples were scanned at the University of Texas High Resolution X-ray CT Facility, using an Xradia MicroCT scanner with a 70 kV X-ray source. Individual voxels (3D pixels) are ~36 ?m across. Fault geometry is thus imaged over ~4 orders of magnitude from the micron scale up to ~Dw. Pseudotachylyte-bearing fault zones are imaged as tabular bodies of intermediate X-ray attenuation crosscutting high attenuation biotite and low attenuation quartz and feldspar of the surrounding tonalite. We extract the fault surfaces (contact between the pseudotachylyte bearing fault zone and the wall rock) using integrated manual mapping, automated edge detection, and statistical evaluation. This approach results in a digital elevation model for each side of the fault zone that we use to quantify melt thickness and volume as well as surface microroughness and explore the relationship between these properties and the geometry, slip magnitude, and wall rock mineralogy of the fault.

  2. 3-D geometry and physical property of the Mega-Splay Fault in Nankai trough

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    Masui, R.; Tsuji, T.; Yamada, Y.; Environmental Resource; System Engineering laboratory

    2011-12-01

    The Nankai trough is a subduction zone, where the Philippine Sea plate is being subducted beneath southwest Japan at a rate of ~4-6.5 cm/y at an azimuth of ~300-315. A lot of operations have been done in Nankai, such as three-dimensional seismic reflection surveys and Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP), Ocean Drilling Program (ODP), Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP). They revealed that there is a large splay fault, referred to as 'Mega-Splay'. The Mega-Splay Fault has caused a series of catastrophic earthquakes and submarine landslides, which may have led to TSUNAMI. Since fault development history may have affected the geometry of the Mega-Splay Fault and physical property within the fault zone, they need to be examined in detail. In this research, we used 3-D pre-stack depth migration (PSDM), 3-D pre-stack time migration (PSTM) and P-wave velocity in C0004B well (Logging data), in order to interpret 3-D structure of Mega-Splay Fault. The analysis in this research is basically divided into two parts. One is structural interpretation of Splay Fault, based on the high amplitude reflection surface on seismic profiles. The other part is acoustic impedance inversion (AI inversion), in which we inverted seismic waveform into physical property (in this study, acoustic impedance), with the P-wave velocity data at C0004B near Mega-Splay Fault. The 3-D PSDM (or PSTM) clearly images details of Splay Fault, with good continuity of reflections along the fault. It is possible on each seismic profile to trace the high amplitude lines, where rock-properties significantly change. Since Mega-Splay Fault has 45-59m width along the wells, we interpreted the upper limit and the lower limit of the Mega-Splay Fault, based on the high amplitude surfaces along 3-D PSDM. Our interpretation shows that the width of Mega-Splay Fault has variation along the fault, and the plan geometry of the fault toe has a salient at the middle of the 3D box area, suggesting the fault could be divided into two segments: the eastern part and western part. In AI inversion, the 3-D PSTM and P-wave velocity at C0004B were used to build a physical property model around Mega-Splay Fault. AI Inversion is a methodology to invert seismic waveforms with physical property data, into acoustic impedance. Acoustic Impedance governs the ability of a rock to allow the passage of an acoustic wave. In this analysis, we used Hampson-Russell STRATA to perform post-stack seismic inversion. Our results show that there is a low acoustic impedance layer in the upper zone of Splay Fault. 3-D distribution of the low acoustic impedance layer in the fault zone has a variation in the width, similar to the 3-D interpretation of the geometry. This suggests that there are a relationship between structural geometry and physical property along the Mega-Splay Fault.

  3. 3D Fault Geometry and Basin Evolution in the Northern Continental Borderland Offshore Southern California

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    Schindler, C. S.; Nicholson, C.; Sorlien, C.

    2007-12-01

    Grids of recently released high-quality industry multichannel seismic (MCS) reflection data, combined with bathymetry and offshore well data are used to map digital 3D fault surfaces and stratigraphic reference horizons in the northern Continental Borderland offshore of southern California. This area experienced large-scale oblique crustal extension and translation associated with the initiation and development of the Pacific-North American plate boundary. The 3D surfaces of structure and stratigraphy can thus be used to better understand and evaluate regional patterns of uplift, subsidence, fault interaction and other aspects of plate boundary deformation. Our mapping in Santa Cruz basin and on Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz-Catalina Ridge reveals an unusual pattern of faulting, folding and basin subsidence. This subsidence is significant (up to 3-4 km since early-Miocene time) and is responsible for the development of several major Borderland basins. Vertical motions can be estimated from an early-Miocene unconformity that likely represents a paleo-horizontal, near-paleo-sea-level erosional surface. As such, it can be used to reconstruct Borderland forearc geometry prior to rifting, subsidence and subsequent basin inversion. Major findings to date include: (a) a better characterization of the complex 3D geometry and pinch-out of the eastern edge of the northern forearc Nicolas terrane and its implications for Borderland basin development, plate reconstructions, and vertical motions associated with oblique rifting; (b) recognition that the East Santa Cruz Basin fault, previously thought to be a predominantly high-angle, large- displacement right-slip fault representing the eastern edge of the Nicolas terrane, is in fact a series of reactivated right-stepping, NE-dipping reverse-separation faults; (c) discovery that NW-striking faults associated with Santa Cruz-Catalina Ridge bend west into a horse-tail structure to interact with and contribute to the southern frontal fault system of the Northern Channel Islands anticlinorium; and (d) recognition that both Santa Cruz-Catalina Ridge and the even larger Santa Rosa Ridge represent complex inverted basins resulting from post-Miocene compressional folding.

  4. 3D Geometry of Salt Controlled Normal Faults on Friesland Platform - NW Netherlands

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    Yucel, Kivanc; Kaymakci, Nuretdin; Arda Ozacar, A.

    2010-05-01

    A detailed 3D structural modeling was carried out using the available 3D seismic reflection and borehole data, in order to reveal the structures and deformation history, associated with the dynamic evolution of the Middle-Late Permian age Zechstein salt layer in Northern Friesland - Netherlands. The model includes major structures and seismostratigraphic units of Permian to recent, revealing salt and salt induced structures, formed during the periods of active salt movement in the study area. The model indicates a thick salt layer formed on N-S oriented grabens and half grabens of South Permian Basin that acted as the primary control for the location of salt diapirs and reflected the basement deformation pattern to the cover. A major salt movement was initiated in Triassic, during E-W Mesozoic rifting i.e breaking up of Pangea, evidenced by rim-synclines on Triassic mini-basins. Structurally conformable layers of Cretaceous and Early Cenozoic units overlie Triassic units unconformably by base Cretaceous unconformity, deposited during a tectonic quiescence when salt movement was ceased. A second phase of salt movement took place during the Early Cenozoic that was triggered possily due to the compressional tectonism related to Late Cretaceous - Early Tertiary Alpine Orogeny. A final and still ongoing phase is observed in the slightly deformed Neogene and Quaternary units. The model represents a N-S oriented salt cored anticline and a convergent transfer zone between a pair of segmented normal growth faults, controlled by the salt movement. Major faults associated with the transfer zone have assymetrical half graben geometry away from the transfer zone and symmetrical graben structure with small scale synthetic and antithetic faults at the center of the transfer zone. Detailed study of the structural model in 3D with the aid of cross sections, allows the establishment of the architecture of the transfer zone and its relation with the salt deformation process.

  5. The Calaveras Fault, Northern California: A Geophysical Perspective on Offset and 3-D Geometry

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    Jachens, R. C.; Wentworth, C. M.; Graymer, R. W.; Walker, J. P.; Chuang, F. C.; Simpson, R. W.; McLaughlin, R. J.

    2002-12-01

    Gravity and magnetic investigations of the Calaveras Fault (CF) present an image of a San Andreas system strike-slip fault that is highly variable along strike, both in offset accommodation and geometry. Geologic correlation of rocks of the Permanente terrane (Franciscan Complex) west of the CF near Gilroy (km 120) with similar rocks east of the San Andreas Fault near Parkfield indicate 165-190 km of San Andreas Fault system total offset at the south end of the CF (McLaughlin et al., 1996) (note: all distances are measured along the CF from Carquinez Strait). Characteristic gravity and magnetic anomalies refine this offset to 174 km. Farther north (km 100), the CF active trace appears to offset the extreme south end of the linear Evergreen gravity low (which reflects a deep basin) no more than 3-5 km. In San Felipe valley (km 90), gravity reveals a shallow 2-km-long extensional basin along the active trace (implying a minimum offset), where a narrow belt of Miocene sedimentary units cut by the CF also appears to be offset at most only a few km. An alternative interpretation exists with much larger offset on a subparallel strand (Graymer et al., 2002). Near Calaveras Reservoir (km 60), magnetic anomalies imply that a wide sheet of inferred Coast Range Ophiolite extends at depth from at least 20 km NE of the CF to at least 1 km SW of the trace. The ophiolite is not obviously offset by the CF, which could be explained by small total offset, a shallowly west-dipping CF, or other unrecognized strands to the west. Near Dublin (km 30) the trace of the CF crosses a linear magnetic anomaly without apparently offsetting it. This anomaly is caused by folded magnetic strata of the Neroly Formation (formation age 10-7 Ma, fold age <5 Ma). At the speculative extreme north end of the CF (km 10) near Pleasant Hill, a shallow basin about 10 km long is properly located to be an extensional basin caused by a right-step from the CF to the Concord Fault. If correctly interpreted, this basin could indicate at least 10 km of offset. The 3-D CF geometry is also variable along its length. Near the south end of the CF in Hollister valley (km 150 to 130), a large buried magnetic body, presumably Coast Range Ophiolite, extends (SW to NE) beneath the CF to an edge 5 km NE of the trace and is not dismembered by the fault. This suggests that the fault dips NE, in agreement with seismicity patterns. Gravity and well information indicate that the Hollister valley is underlain by a basin >1.5 km deep, which may have formed as an extensional strike-slip basin resulting from the right bend in the fault trace between the San Andreas Fault and the northern Hollister valley. In the Diablo Range, the CF between San Felipe valley and Calaveras Reservoir (km 90 to 70) follows the Franciscan Complex-Great Valley sequence contact (equivalent to the Coast Range Fault) at the surface, and, according to the gravity, in the subsurface also. Here the CF dips steeply NE and coincides with the seismicity pattern. SE of San Felipe valley, deep seismicity appears to follow the Franciscan/Great Valley contact (the Madrone Springs Fault) for a few km even though the active CF deflects right (west) into San Felipe valley. Near Calaveras Reservoir (km 60) gravity indicates that the CF dips SW, in agreement with the magnetic data which define a concealed magnetic source body extending across the fault trace from the NE without being disrupted. West of Pleasanton (km 50 to 40), gravity data suggest that the CF dips steeply SW beneath the outcropping Great Valley sequence strata. Farther north, neither the gravity nor the magnetic data provide information about the fault attitude.

  6. Source Process of the 1923 Kanto Earthquake Using New Fault Geometry and 3-D Green's Functions

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    Kobayashi, R.; Koketsu, K.

    2005-12-01

    The September 1, 1923, Kanto earthquake caused severe damage and more than 100,000 fatalities in the Tokyo metropolitan area. This earthquake is an interplate event along the Sagami trough where the Philippine Sea plate is subducting beneath a continental plate. We have investigated the source process of this earthquake using the geodetic, teleseismic, and strong motion data (Kobayashi and Koketsu, 2005). The resultant slip distributions show that two asperities (areas of large slips) are located around the base of the Izu peninsula and the Uraga channel. In 2002 and 2003, four seismic surveys were carried out to determine crustal structures and fault locations in the Kanto region (Sato et al., 2005). The seismic reflections from the surface of the Philippine Sea slab suggested that the slab surface should be shallower than the previous models (e.g., Ishida, 1992; Matsu'ura et al., 1980). The fault model of Kobayashi and Koketsu (2005) was also based on Matsu'ura et al. (1980). In this study, we adopt new fault geometry consistent with the result of the reflection surveys and perform another source process inversion. The new slip distribution showed that the western asperity moved from the Uraga channel to the tip of the Miura peninsula, while the western asperity did not move considerably. Green's functions that Kobayashi and Koketsu (2005) used were calculated in a halfspace for geodetic data or in a 1-D model for strong motions. However, the real structure in the Kanto region is three-dimensionally complex as suggested by the geographical setting and seismic surveys. In fact, Kobayashi and Koketsu (2005) showed that the long coda of the observed seismogram at Hongo, Tokyo, was not reproduced in the synthetic one. The forward modeling with a 3-D structure (Sato et al., 1999) suggested that surface waves excited along the boundary between the Kanto mountains and Kanto basin can explain the large coda. Thus we calculate 3-D Green's functions for the strong motion at Hongo and geodetic data. The resultant slip distribution using 3-D Green's function for strong motion data is almost similar to that with 1-D Green's function. However, the coda in the synthetic seismogram was much improved, and the slip rate functions in western asperity became slightly simpler. The 3-D Green's functions for geodetic data also improved the results.

  7. 3D Geometry of Fault Intersections in Central California: The Importance of Ultramafic Ophiolitic Rocks

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    Watt, J. T.; Ponce, D. A.; Johnson, S. Y.

    2014-12-01

    Integrated geological and geophysical studies of three fault intersections in central California reveal an abundance of serpentinite and related ultramafic ophiolitic rocks in the subsurface; this is a significant discovery that not only constrains the geometry of structures, but also helps to explain fault development and fault behavior. We present and compare fault framework models from the Hayward-Calaveras, Calaveras-San Andreas, and Hosgri-Shoreline fault intersections and discuss the importance of ultramafic ophiolitic rocks and the implications for seismic hazard. Fault framework models were created based on integrated analysis of geology, potential-field, seismic-reflection, multibeam bathymetry, and seismicity data. In each case, ultramafic ophiolitic rocks have very limited surface expression, but are prevalent in the subsurface from ~1 to ~8 km depth. High-resolution aero- and marine-magnetic data are particularly important for determining the geometry of these strongly magnetic rock bodies and the faults along which they occur. At each fault intersection, the ultramafic ophiolitic rocks characterize a pre-existing structure that either promotes or represents a barrier to faulting, and significantly influences local deformation patterns. Although the faults at each intersection do not connect directly at the surface, combined geologic and geophysical data suggest that these faults connect in the subsurface either along a single through-going fault plane or along multiple splay faults. The continuity of these fault intersections at seismogenic depths suggests the possibility of a combined rupture that should be evaluated in future seismic hazard studies.

  8. Fault linkages and activities in a transition zone of compression to transpression in Hsinchu area, northwestern Taiwan based on 3-D structural geometry

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    Huang, H.; Hu, J.; Huang, S.; Huang, C.

    2010-12-01

    The Taiwan orogenic belt is resulted from the convergence between Philippine Sea plate and Eurasian plate. Serious earthquakes occurred in west and northwest flanks of main mountain belt of the island in 1935 and 1999, caused more than 5000 deaths in total. In addition, Hsinchu Science and Industrial Park (HSIP) located in northwest Taiwan is one of the world's most important areas for semiconductor manufacturing. There are more than 400 technology companies in this park, and accounted for 10% of Taiwan's GDP. Consequently, active Hsincheng and Hsinchu faults in study area become the major threat of the industrial park, thus the understanding of complex subsurface seismogenic structures are crucial issue of earthquake hazard assessment and mitigation in Hsinchu area. Several geological cross sections have been constructed and discussed to suggest possible deep structures of these two major faults in previous study. However, how subsurface fault system and folding intersect still remains unclear and the evolution of fault and fold geometry in Hsinchu area is not fully understood. The main purpose of this study is to clarify the spatial linkage between the major thrust faults, folds, and adjacent transverse structures. In this study, we first construct the NW-SE trending cross-section which is sub-parallel to the regional shortening direction, and then balance this cross section to derive the structure evolution in Hsinchu area. We also incorporate several cross-sections and relocated seismicity to get detail 3D fault geometry for the numerical modeling in order to assess the interseismic strain accumulation and seismic potential based on geodetic measurements.

  9. Geometry and kinematics of the Arlar strike-slip fault, SW Qaidam basin, China: New insights from 3-D seismic data

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    Cheng, Xiang; Fu, Suotang; Wang, Haifeng; Yu, Xiangjiang; Cheng, Feng; Liu, Runchao; Du, Wei; Guo, Zhaojie

    2015-02-01

    The right-stepping en-chelon Kunbei fault system, consisting of the Hongliuquan, Arlar, XIII, and Kunbei faults, features importantly in the tectonic evolution of the southwest Qaidam basin. The 3D seismic cross-section interpretation and key horizon similarity attribute analysis show that the NWW-striking Arlar fault is composed of two steeply dipping faults (F1 and F2) in cross-sectional view, and branches eastward into two west-dipping faults (F5 and F6) in map view. The fact that the strata above T2 (the base of the early Miocene Xiayoushashan Formation) become dramatically thinner toward the high points of the Arlar fault suggests an early Miocene initiation (ca. 22.0 Ma) for this fault. As indicated by the windowed amplitude-related attribute maps, the Arlar fault and F5 (one branch of the Arlar fault) have cumulative sinistral offsets of ?8.6-8.7 km and ?5.2-5.4 km, respectively. These considerably greater strike-slip components, in conjunction with the respective maximum true dip-slip displacements of <2.2 km and <1.5 km, convincingly demonstrate that the Arlar fault and F5 are two predominantly left-lateral strike-slip faults. The other faults in the Kunbei fault system are similarly of strike-slip types. This means that the southern boundary of the Qaidam basin is not governed by south- or north-directed thrusting but rather strike-slip faulting, implying that the Qaidam basin is not a foreland basin of the Eastern Kunlun Range. Taking the Altyn Tagh fault into account, the Qaidam basin is essentially a strike-slip superimposed basin developing between two large left-lateral strike-slip faults.

  10. Recognizing Basement Fault Reactivation in 3D Seismic Datasets

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    Imber, J.; McCaffrey, K.; Holdsworth, R.; England, R.; Freeman, S.; Dore, T.; Geldjvik, G.

    2003-04-01

    3D seismic data are now widely used for hydrocarbon exploration and production, and because of its ability to image sub-surface structures, the technology represents one of the most important conceptual advances in the Earth Sciences in recent years. It provides an important tool capable of addressing fundamental questions concerning the way in which fault systems evolve in the continental crust, the effects of inherited crustal weakness on rifting style and the control of fault networks on reservoir properties. Preliminary analyses of published offshore seismic data demonstrate that there are quantifiable differences in the geometric evolution and growth of "thin-skinned" normal fault systems in which there is no direct basement involvement compared to those developed above little- and highly-reactivated basement structures. Reactivated fault systems are characterised by rapid strain localisation and fault lengths that are controlled by up-dip propagation of basement structures (Walsh et al. 2002). Thus, fault growth during reactivation is likely to be achieved by increasing cumulative displacement with negligible lateral propagation. Important questions remain, however, concerning the way in which faults grow and localise displacement during the earliest stages of reactivation. In particular, we have little detailed understanding of the extent to which basement fault geometry (e.g. polarity, segmentation) influences the pattern of faulting observed in the cover sequence, the kinematics of up-dip fault propagation and/or linkage, or the degree of displacement localisation at low bulk strains. Normal faults that developed in response to glacial retreat on the NE Atlantic Margin reactivate pre-existing Mesozoic, Caledonian and/or Precambrian structures and are characterised by low displacements (throws typically 100--101 m), thus representing the earliest stages in the development of a reactivated fault system. Spectacular images of postglacial and underlying Mesozoic normal fault systems are available from high-resolution (12.5 m bin spacing) 3-D seismic, providing a unique opportunity to study the kinematics of fault reactivation. In addition to improving our understanding of early stage fault growth during reactivation, our study will shed new light on the role of basement reactivation during the development of the NE Atlantic Margin.

  11. 3D geometry of growth strata in a fault-propagation fold: insights into space-time evolution of the Crevillente Fault (Abanilla-Alicante sector), Betic Cordillera, Spain

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    Martin-Rojas, I.; Alfaro, P.; Estévez, A.

    2015-07-01

    This work presents a 3D geometric model of growth strata cropping out in a fault-propagation fold associated with the Crevillente Fault (Abanilla-Alicante sector) from the Bajo Segura Basin (eastern Betic Cordillera, southern Spain). The analysis of this 3D model enables us to unravel the along-strike and along-section variations of the growth strata, providing constraints to assess the fold development, and hence, the fault kinematic evolution in space and time. We postulate that the observed along-strike dip variations are related to lateral variation in fault displacement. Along-section variations of the progressive unconformity opening angles indicate greater fault slip in the upper Tortonian-Messinian time span; from the Messinian on, quantitative analysis of the unconformity indicate a constant or lower tectonic activity of the Crevillente Fault (Abanilla-Alicante sector); the minor abundance of striated pebbles in the Pliocene-Quaternary units could be interpreted as a decrease in the stress magnitude and consequently in the tectonic activity of the fault. At a regional scale, comparison of the growth successions cropping out in the northern and southern limits of the Bajo Segura Basin points to a southward migration of deformation in the basin. This means that the Bajo Segura Fault became active after the Crevillente Fault (Abanilla-Alicante sector), for which activity on the latter was probably decreasing according to our data. Consequently, we propose that the seismic hazard at the northern limit of the Bajo Segura Basin should be lower than at the southern limit.

  12. Imaging fault zones using 3D seismic image processing techniques

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    Iacopini, David; Butler, Rob; Purves, Steve

    2013-04-01

    Significant advances in structural analysis of deep water structure, salt tectonic and extensional rift basin come from the descriptions of fault system geometries imaged in 3D seismic data. However, even where seismic data are excellent, in most cases the trajectory of thrust faults is highly conjectural and still significant uncertainty exists as to the patterns of deformation that develop between the main faults segments, and even of the fault architectures themselves. Moreover structural interpretations that conventionally define faults by breaks and apparent offsets of seismic reflectors are commonly conditioned by a narrow range of theoretical models of fault behavior. For example, almost all interpretations of thrust geometries on seismic data rely on theoretical "end-member" behaviors where concepts as strain localization or multilayer mechanics are simply avoided. Yet analogue outcrop studies confirm that such descriptions are commonly unsatisfactory and incomplete. In order to fill these gaps and improve the 3D visualization of deformation in the subsurface, seismic attribute methods are developed here in conjunction with conventional mapping of reflector amplitudes (Marfurt & Chopra, 2007)). These signal processing techniques recently developed and applied especially by the oil industry use variations in the amplitude and phase of the seismic wavelet. These seismic attributes improve the signal interpretation and are calculated and applied to the entire 3D seismic dataset. In this contribution we will show 3D seismic examples of fault structures from gravity-driven deep-water thrust structures and extensional basin systems to indicate how 3D seismic image processing methods can not only build better the geometrical interpretations of the faults but also begin to map both strain and damage through amplitude/phase properties of the seismic signal. This is done by quantifying and delineating the short-range anomalies on the intensity of reflector amplitudes and collecting these into "disturbance geobodies". These seismic image processing methods represents a first efficient step toward a construction of a robust technique to investigate sub-seismic strain, mapping noisy deformed zones and displacement within subsurface geology (Dutzer et al.,2011; Iacopini et al.,2012). In all these cases, accurate fault interpretation is critical in applied geology to building a robust and reliable reservoir model, and is essential for further study of fault seal behavior, and reservoir compartmentalization. They are also fundamental for understanding how deformation localizes within sedimentary basins, including the processes associated with active seismogenetic faults and mega-thrust systems in subduction zones. Dutzer, JF, Basford., H., Purves., S. 2009, Investigating fault sealing potential through fault relative seismic volume analysis. Petroleum Geology Conference series 2010, 7:509-515; doi:10.1144/0070509 Marfurt, K.J., Chopra, S., 2007, Seismic attributes for prospect identification and reservoir characterization. SEG Geophysical development Iacopini, D., Butler, RWH. & Purves, S. (2012). 'Seismic imaging of thrust faults and structural damage: a visualization workflow for deepwater thrust belts'. First Break, vol 5, no. 30, pp. 39-46.

  13. Discovering Structural Regularity in 3D Geometry

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    Pauly, Mark; Mitra, Niloy J.; Wallner, Johannes; Pottmann, Helmut; Guibas, Leonidas J.

    2010-01-01

    We introduce a computational framework for discovering regular or repeated geometric structures in 3D shapes. We describe and classify possible regular structures and present an effective algorithm for detecting such repeated geometric patterns in point- or mesh-based models. Our method assumes no prior knowledge of the geometry or spatial location of the individual elements that define the pattern. Structure discovery is made possible by a careful analysis of pairwise similarity transformations that reveals prominent lattice structures in a suitable model of transformation space. We introduce an optimization method for detecting such uniform grids specifically designed to deal with outliers and missing elements. This yields a robust algorithm that successfully discovers complex regular structures amidst clutter, noise, and missing geometry. The accuracy of the extracted generating transformations is further improved using a novel simultaneous registration method in the spatial domain. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our algorithm on a variety of examples and show applications to compression, model repair, and geometry synthesis. PMID:21170292

  14. Unit cell geometry of 3-D braided structures

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    Du, Guang-Wu; Ko, Frank K.

    1993-01-01

    The traditional approach used in modeling of composites reinforced by three-dimensional (3-D) braids is to assume a simple unit cell geometry of a 3-D braided structure with known fiber volume fraction and orientation. In this article, we first examine 3-D braiding methods in the light of braid structures, followed by the development of geometric models for 3-D braids using a unit cell approach. The unit cell geometry of 3-D braids is identified and the relationship of structural parameters such as yarn orientation angle and fiber volume fraction with the key processing parameters established. The limiting geometry has been computed by establishing the point at which yarns jam against each other. Using this factor makes it possible to identify the complete range of allowable geometric arrangements for 3-D braided preforms. This identified unit cell geometry can be translated to mechanical models which relate the geometrical properties of fabric preforms to the mechanical responses of composite systems.

  15. A 3D Geometry Model Search Engine to Support Learning

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    Tam, Gary K. L.; Lau, Rynson W. H.; Zhao, Jianmin

    2009-01-01

    Due to the popularity of 3D graphics in animation and games, usage of 3D geometry deformable models increases dramatically. Despite their growing importance, these models are difficult and time consuming to build. A distance learning system for the construction of these models could greatly facilitate students to learn and practice at different…

  16. A 3D Geometry Model Search Engine to Support Learning

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    Tam, Gary K. L.; Lau, Rynson W. H.; Zhao, Jianmin

    2009-01-01

    Due to the popularity of 3D graphics in animation and games, usage of 3D geometry deformable models increases dramatically. Despite their growing importance, these models are difficult and time consuming to build. A distance learning system for the construction of these models could greatly facilitate students to learn and practice at different

  17. Using 3D Geometric Models to Teach Spatial Geometry Concepts.

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    Bertoline, Gary R.

    1991-01-01

    An explanation of 3-D Computer Aided Design (CAD) usage to teach spatial geometry concepts using nontraditional techniques is presented. The software packages CADKEY and AutoCAD are described as well as their usefulness in solving space geometry problems. (KR)

  18. Interactive Retro-Deformation of Terrain for Reconstructing 3D Fault Displacements.

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    Westerteiger, R; Compton, T; Bernadin, T; Cowgill, E; Gwinner, K; Hamann, B; Gerndt, A; Hagen, H

    2012-12-01

    Planetary topography is the result of complex interactions between geological processes, of which faulting is a prominent component. Surface-rupturing earthquakes cut and move landforms which develop across active faults, producing characteristic surface displacements across the fault. Geometric models of faults and their associated surface displacements are commonly applied to reconstruct these offsets to enable interpretation of the observed topography. However, current 2D techniques are limited in their capability to convey both the three-dimensional kinematics of faulting and the incremental sequence of events required by a given reconstruction. Here we present a real-time system for interactive retro-deformation of faulted topography to enable reconstruction of fault displacement within a high-resolution (sub 1m/pixel) 3D terrain visualization. We employ geometry shaders on the GPU to intersect the surface mesh with fault-segments interactively specified by the user and transform the resulting surface blocks in realtime according to a kinematic model of fault motion. Our method facilitates a human-in-the-loop approach to reconstruction of fault displacements by providing instant visual feedback while exploring the parameter space. Thus, scientists can evaluate the validity of traditional point-to-point reconstructions by visually examining a smooth interpolation of the displacement in 3D. We show the efficacy of our approach by using it to reconstruct segments of the San Andreas fault, California as well as a graben structure in the Noctis Labyrinthus region on Mars. PMID:26357128

  19. 3D modeling of fault reactivation during CO2 injection

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    Rinaldi, A. P.; Vilarrasa, V.; Rutqvist, J.; Cappa, F.

    2014-12-01

    Induced seismicity plays a crucial role for the success of geological storage of carbon dioxide. No felt seismicity has been reported in current CO2 projects, but the overpressure due to the injection may increase the risk of fault reactivation. Although a site can be designated to stay away from major and regional faults, undetected faults may still be a great concern. Previous 2D numerical results showed that such undetected faults could produce felt seismic events, whose magnitude is only limited by the size of the fault itself. However, 2D models overestimate overpressure acting on the fault. Thus, 3D models are necessary to reproduce the actual overpressure evolution. In this work we analyze the reactivation of a minor, undetected fault, simulating two different cases of injection through a vertical and a horizontal well, respectively. Results show that for a vertical well the fault pressurizes faster and more locally, resulting in a smaller seismic event. For a horizontal well the pressure is more distributed along the fault and requires longer time to reach the critical value for reactivation, thus resulting in a larger event. The fault reactivation also produces changes in damage zone and fault core permeability, allowing the CO2 to leak from the injection zone thereby to escape upward towards shallower depths. Although the calculated fault permeability enhancement is similar for the two cases, results show a slightly higher leakage rate for the case of the vertical well in a region close to the well, while the leakage resulting from injection through a horizontal well is smaller but more distributed in space.

  20. Automatic visualization of 3D geometry contained in online databases

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    Zhang, Jie; John, Nigel W.

    2003-04-01

    In this paper, the application of the Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML) for efficient database visualization is analyzed. With the help of JAVA programming, three examples of automatic visualization from a database containing 3-D Geometry are given. The first example is used to create basic geometries. The second example is used to create cylinders with a defined start point and end point. The third example is used to processs data from an old copper mine complex in Cheshire, United Kingdom. Interactive 3-D visualization of all geometric data in an online database is achieved with JSP technology.

  1. The SCEC 3D Community Fault Model (CFM-v5): An updated and expanded fault set of oblique crustal deformation and complex fault interaction for southern California

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    Nicholson, C.; Plesch, A.; Sorlien, C. C.; Shaw, J. H.; Hauksson, E.

    2014-12-01

    Southern California represents an ideal natural laboratory to investigate oblique deformation in 3D owing to its comprehensive datasets, complex tectonic history, evolving components of oblique slip, and continued crustal rotations about horizontal and vertical axes. As the SCEC Community Fault Model (CFM) aims to accurately reflect this 3D deformation, we present the results of an extensive update to the model by using primarily detailed fault trace, seismic reflection, relocated hypocenter and focal mechanism nodal plane data to generate improved, more realistic digital 3D fault surfaces. The results document a wide variety of oblique strain accommodation, including various aspects of strain partitioning and fault-related folding, sets of both high-angle and low-angle faults that mutually interact, significant non-planar, multi-stranded faults with variable dip along strike and with depth, and active mid-crustal detachments. In places, closely-spaced fault strands or fault systems can remain surprisingly subparallel to seismogenic depths, while in other areas, major strike-slip to oblique-slip faults can merge, such as the S-dipping Arroyo Parida-Mission Ridge and Santa Ynez faults with the N-dipping North Channel-Pitas Point-Red Mountain fault system, or diverge with depth. Examples of the latter include the steep-to-west-dipping Laguna Salada-Indiviso faults with the steep-to-east-dipping Sierra Cucapah faults, and the steep southern San Andreas fault with the adjacent NE-dipping Mecca Hills-Hidden Springs fault system. In addition, overprinting by steep predominantly strike-slip faulting can segment which parts of intersecting inherited low-angle faults are reactivated, or result in mutual cross-cutting relationships. The updated CFM 3D fault surfaces thus help characterize a more complex pattern of fault interactions at depth between various fault sets and linked fault systems, and a more complex fault geometry than typically inferred or expected from projecting near-surface data down-dip, or modeled from surface strain and potential field data alone.

  2. Dynamic 3D simulations of earthquakes on en echelon faults

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    Harris, R.A.; Day, S.M.

    1999-01-01

    One of the mysteries of earthquake mechanics is why earthquakes stop. This process determines the difference between small and devastating ruptures. One possibility is that fault geometry controls earthquake size. We test this hypothesis using a numerical algorithm that simulates spontaneous rupture propagation in a three-dimensional medium and apply our knowledge to two California fault zones. We find that the size difference between the 1934 and 1966 Parkfield, California, earthquakes may be the product of a stepover at the southern end of the 1934 earthquake and show how the 1992 Landers, California, earthquake followed physically reasonable expectations when it jumped across en echelon faults to become a large event. If there are no linking structures, such as transfer faults, then strike-slip earthquakes are unlikely to propagate through stepovers >5 km wide. Copyright 1999 by the American Geophysical Union.

  3. Thermal 3D modeling system based on 3-view geometry

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    Yu, Sunjin; Kim, Joongrock; Lee, Sangyoun

    2012-11-01

    In this paper, we propose a novel thermal three-dimensional (3D) modeling system that includes 3D shape, visual, and thermal infrared information and solves a registration problem among these three types of information. The proposed system consists of a projector, a visual camera and, a thermal camera (PVT). To generate 3D shape information, we use a structured light technique, which consists of a visual camera and a projector. A thermal camera is added to the structured light system in order to provide thermal information. To solve the correspondence problem between the three sensors, we use three-view geometry. Finally, we obtain registered PVT data, which includes visual, thermal, and 3D shape information. Among various potential applications such as industrial measurements, biological experiments, military usage, and so on, we have adapted the proposed method to biometrics, particularly for face recognition. With the proposed method, we obtain multi-modal 3D face data that includes not only textural information but also data regarding head pose, 3D shape, and thermal information. Experimental results show that the performance of the proposed face recognition system is not limited by head pose variation which is a serious problem in face recognition.

  4. Simulation of human ischemic stroke in realistic 3D geometry

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    Dumont, Thierry; Duarte, Max; Descombes, Stphane; Dronne, Marie-Aime; Massot, Marc; Louvet, Violaine

    2013-06-01

    In silico research in medicine is thought to reduce the need for expensive clinical trials under the condition of reliable mathematical models and accurate and efficient numerical methods. In the present work, we tackle the numerical simulation of reaction-diffusion equations modeling human ischemic stroke. This problem induces peculiar difficulties like potentially large stiffness which stems from the broad spectrum of temporal scales in the nonlinear chemical source term as well as from the presence of steep spatial gradients in the reaction fronts, spatially very localized. Furthermore, simulations on realistic 3D geometries are mandatory in order to describe correctly this type of phenomenon. The main goal of this article is to obtain, for the first time, 3D simulations on realistic geometries and to show that the simulation results are consistent with those obtain in experimental studies or observed on MRI images in stroke patients. For this purpose, we introduce a new resolution strategy based mainly on time operator splitting that takes into account complex geometry coupled with a well-conceived parallelization strategy for shared memory architectures. We consider then a high order implicit time integration for the reaction and an explicit one for the diffusion term in order to build a time operator splitting scheme that exploits efficiently the special features of each problem. Thus, we aim at solving complete and realistic models including all time and space scales with conventional computing resources, that is on a reasonably powerful workstation. Consequently and as expected, 2D and also fully 3D numerical simulations of ischemic strokes for a realistic brain geometry, are conducted for the first time and shown to reproduce the dynamics observed on MRI images in stroke patients. Beyond this major step, in order to improve accuracy and computational efficiency of the simulations, we indicate how the present numerical strategy can be coupled with spatial adaptive multiresolution schemes. Preliminary results in the framework of simple geometries allow to assess the proposed strategy for further developments.

  5. 3D Fault Network of the Murchison Domain, Yilgarn Craton

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    Murdie, Ruth; Gessner, Klaus

    2014-05-01

    The architecture of Archean granite-greenstone terranes is often controlled by networks of 10 km to 100 km-scale shear zones that record displacement under amphibolite facies to greenschist facies metamorphic conditions. The geometry of such crustal scale 'fault networks' has been shown to be highly relevant to understand the tectonic and metamorphic history of granite-greenstone terranes, as well as the availability of structural controlled fluid pathways related to magmatic and hydrothermal mineralization. The Neoarchean Yilgarn Craton and the Proterozoic orogens around its margins constitute one of Earth's greatest mineral treasure troves, including iron, gold, copper and nickel mineral deposits. Whereas the Yilgarn Craton is one of the best studied Archean cratons, its enormous size and limited outcrop are detrimental to the better understanding of what controls the distribution of these vast resources and what geodynamic processes were involved the tectonic assembly of this part of the Australian continent. Here we present a network of the major faults of the NW Yilgarn Craton between the Yalgar Fault, Murchison's NW contact with the Narryer Terrane to the Ida Fault, its boundary with the Eastern Goldfields Superterrane. The model has been constructed from various geophysical and geological data, including potential field grids, Geological Survey of Western Australia map sheets, seismic reflection surveys and magnetotelluric traverses. The northern extremity of the modelled area is bounded by the Proterozoic cover and the southern limit has been arbitrarily chosen to include various greenstone belts. In the west, the major faults in the upper crust, such as the Carbar and Chundaloo Shear Zones, dip steeply towards the west and then flatten off at depth. They form complex branching fault systems that bound the greenstone belts in a series of stacked faults. East of the Ida, the far east of the model, the faults have been integrated with Geoscience Australia's pmd*CRC Eastern Goldfields model. In the central portion, the major faults such as the Youanmi and Wattle Creek, dip to the east and can be followed into the fabric of the Yarraquin Seismic Province. The Wattle Creek Shear Zone in particular can be traced on all three of the Youanmi seismic lines. The greenstones are cradled between these major faults and antithetic westward dipping subsidiary faults such as the Edale Shear Zone. While the Ida Fault cannot be located with great confidence, the slight drop in Moho depth toward the east and the overall change of seismic texture delineate the Youanmi-Eastern Goldfields boundary. The Lawler's Anticline, presumably located in the hanging wall of the Ida Fault, again changes the style of faulting with the Lawler's tonalite forming the core of a 10 km-scale antiform. The fault network presented here is a milestone to a craton-wide integrated structural model and will hopefully contribute to provide a better spatial context for geological, geochemical and geophysical data in our quest to understand the tectonics and mineral potential of the Yilgarn craton.

  6. A linguistic geometry for 3D strategic planning

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    Stilman, Boris

    1995-01-01

    This paper is a new step in the development and application of the Linguistic Geometry. This formal theory is intended to discover the inner properties of human expert heuristics, which have been successful in a certain class of complex control systems, and apply them to different systems. In this paper we investigate heuristics extracted in the form of hierarchical networks of planning paths of autonomous agents. Employing Linguistic Geometry tools the dynamic hierarchy of networks is represented as a hierarchy of formal attribute languages. The main ideas of this methodology are shown in this paper on the new pilot example of the solution of the extremely complex 3D optimization problem of strategic planning for the space combat of autonomous vehicles. This example demonstrates deep and highly selective search in comparison with conventional search algorithms.

  7. Multiwavelength depth encoding method for 3D range geometry compression.

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    Bell, Tyler; Zhang, Song

    2015-12-20

    This paper presents a novel method for representing three-dimensional (3D) range data within regular two-dimensional (2D) images using multiwavelength encoding. These 2D images can then be further compressed using traditional lossless (e.g.,PNG) or lossy (e.g.,JPEG) image compression techniques. Current 3D range data compression methods require significant filtering to reduce lossy compression artifacts. The nature of the proposed encoding, however, offers a significant level of robustness to such artifacts brought about by high levels of JPEG compression. This enables extremely high compression ratios while maintaining a very low reconstruction error percentage with little to no filtering required to remove compression artifacts. For example, when encoding 3D geometry with the proposed method and storing the resulting 2D image with Matlab R2014a JPEG80 image compression, compression ratios of approximately 935:1 versus the OBJ format can be achieved at an error rate of approximately 0.027% without any filtering. PMID:26837036

  8. The Maradi fault zone: 3-D imagery of a classic wrench fault in Oman

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    Neuhaus, D. )

    1993-09-01

    The Maradi fault zone extends for almost 350 km in a north-northwest-south-southeast direction from the Oman Mountain foothills into the Arabian Sea, thereby dissecting two prolific hydrocarbon provinces, the Ghaba and Fahud salt basins. During its major Late Cretaceous period of movement, the Maradi fault zone acted as a left-lateral wrench fault. An early exploration campaign based on two-dimensional seismic targeted at fractured Cretaceous carbonates had mixed success and resulted in the discovery of one producing oil field. The structural complexity, rapidly varying carbonate facies, and uncertain fracture distribution prevented further drilling activity. In 1990 a three-dimensional (3-D) seismic survey covering some 500 km[sup 2] was acquired over the transpressional northern part of the Maradi fault zone. The good data quality and the focusing power of 3-D has enabled stunning insight into the complex structural style of a [open quotes]textbook[close quotes] wrench fault, even at deeper levels and below reverse faults hitherto unexplored. Subtle thickness changes within the carbonate reservoir and the unconformably overlying shale seal provided the tool for the identification of possible shoals and depocenters. Horizon attribute maps revealed in detail the various structural components of the wrench assemblage and highlighted areas of increased small-scale faulting/fracturing. The results of four recent exploration wells will be demonstrated and their impact on the interpretation discussed.

  9. Stochastic Modeling of Calcium in 3D Geometry

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    Mazel, Tom; Raymond, Rebecca; Raymond-Stintz, Mary; Jett, Stephen; Wilson, Bridget S.

    2009-01-01

    Release of inflammatory mediators by mast cells in type 1 immediate-hypersensitivity allergic reactions relies on antigen-dependent increases in cytosolic calcium. Here, we used a series of electron microscopy images to build a 3D reconstruction representing a slice through a rat tumor mast cell, which then served as a basis for stochastic modeling of inositol-trisphosphate-mediated calcium responses. The stochastic approach was verified by reaction-diffusion modeling within the same geometry. Local proximity of the endoplasmic reticulum to either the plasma membrane or mitochondria is predicted to differentially impact local inositol trisphosphate receptor transport. The explicit consideration of organelle spatial relationships represents an important step toward building a comprehensive, realistic model of cellular calcium dynamics. PMID:19254531

  10. Towards "realistic" fault zones in a 3D structure model of the Thuringian Basin, Germany

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    Kley, J.; Malz, A.; Donndorf, S.; Fischer, T.; Zehner, B.

    2012-04-01

    3D computer models of geological architecture are evolving into a standard tool for visualization and analysis. Such models typically comprise the bounding surfaces of stratigraphic layers and faults. Faults affect the continuity of aquifers and can themselves act as fluid conduits or barriers. This is one reason why a "realistic" representation of faults in 3D models is desirable. Still so, many existing models treat faults in a simplistic fashion, e.g. as vertical downward projections of fault traces observed at the surface. Besides being geologically and mechanically unreasonable, this also causes technical difficulties in the modelling workflow. Most natural faults are inclined and may change dips according to rock type or flatten into mechanically weak layers. Boreholes located close to a fault can therefore cross it at depth, resulting in stratigraphic control points allocated to the wrong block. Also, faults tend to split up into several branches, forming fault zones. Obtaining a more accurate representation of faults and fault zones is therefore challenging. We present work-in-progress from the Thuringian Basin in central Germany. The fault zone geometries are never fully constrained by data and must be extrapolated to depth. We use balancing of serial, parallel cross-sections to constrain subsurface extrapolations. The structure sections are checked for consistency by restoring them to an undeformed state. If this is possible without producing gaps or overlaps, the interpretation is considered valid (but not unique) for a single cross-section. Additional constraints are provided by comparison of adjacent cross-sections. Structures should change continuously from one section to another. Also, from the deformed and restored cross-sections we can measure the strain incurred during deformation. Strain should be compatible among the cross-sections: If at all, it should vary smoothly and systematically along a given fault zone. The stratigraphic contacts and faults in the resulting grid of parallel balanced sections are then interpolated into a gOcad model containing stratigraphic boundaries and faults as triangulated surfaces. The interpolation is also controlled by borehole data located off the sections and the surface traces of stratigraphic boundaries. We have written customized scripts to largely automatize this step, with particular attention to a seamless fit between stratigraphic surfaces and fault planes which share the same nodes and segments along their contacts. Additional attention was paid to the creation of a uniform triangulated grid with maximized angles. This ensures that uniform triangulated volumes can be created for further use in numerical flow modelling. An as yet unsolved problem is the implementation of the fault zones and their hydraulic properties in a large-scale model of the entire basin. Short-wavelength folds and subsidiary faults control which aquifers and seals are juxtaposed across the fault zones. It is impossible to include these structures in the regional model, but neglecting them would result in incorrect assessments of hydraulic links or barriers. We presently plan to test and calibrate the hydraulic properties of the fault zones in smaller, high-resolution models and then to implement geometrically simple "equivalent" fault zones with appropriate, variable transmissivities between specific aquifers.

  11. 3D stochastic geophysical inversion for contact surface geometry

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    Lelivre, Peter; Farquharson, Colin; Bijani, Rodrigo

    2015-04-01

    Geologists' interpretations about the Earth typically involve distinct rock units with contacts (interfaces) between them. As such, 3D geological Earth models typically comprise wireframe contact surfaces of tessellated triangles or other polygonal planar facets. In contrast, standard minimum-structure geophysical inversions are performed on meshes of space-filling cells (typically prisms or tetrahedra) and recover smoothly varying physical property distributions that are inconsistent with typical geological interpretations. There are several approaches through which mesh-based geophysical inversion can help recover models with some of the desired characteristics. However, a more effective strategy is to consider a fundamentally different type of inversion that works directly with models that comprise surfaces representing contacts between rock units. We are researching such an approach, our goal being to perform geophysical forward and inverse modelling directly with 3D geological models of any complexity. Geological and geophysical models should be specified using the same parameterization such that they are, in essence, the same Earth model. We parameterize the wireframe contact surfaces in a 3D model as the coordinates of the nodes (facet vertices). The physical properties of each rock unit in a model remain fixed while the geophysical inversion controls the position of the contact surfaces via the control nodes, perturbing the surfaces as required to fit the geophysical data responses. This is essentially a "geometry inversion", which can be used to recover the unknown geometry of a target body or to investigate the viability of a proposed Earth model. We apply global optimization strategies to solve the inverse problem, including stochastic sampling to obtain statistical information regarding the likelihood of particular features in the model, helping to assess the viability of a proposed model. Jointly inverting multiple types of geophysical data is simple, requiring no additional mathematical coupling measure in the objective function. The use of global optimization methods introduces high computational costs: to provide computationally feasible inversion methods we reduce the dimensionality of the problem by allowing the inversion to control the nodes in a coarse representation of the wireframe model, which is refined before calculating the geophysical responses at each iteration. This strategy also provides a simple and effective way to regularize the inverse problem. We have tested our inversion method on several illustrative synthetics and applied it to a joint inversion of gravity and magnetic survey data collected above an IOCG deposit.

  12. Intensity of joints associated with an extensional fault zone: an estimation by poly3d .

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    Minelli, G.

    2003-04-01

    The presence and frequency of joints in sedimentary rocks strongly affects the mechanical and fluid flow properties of the host layers. Joints intensity is evaluated by spacing, S, the distance between neighbouring fractures, or by density, D = 1/S. Joint spacing in layered rocks is often linearly related to layer thickness T, with typical values of 0.5 T < S < 2.0 T . On the other hand, some field cases display very tight joints with S << T and nonlinear relations between spacing and thickness , most of these cases are related to joint system genetically related to a nearby fault zone. The present study by using the code Poly3D (Rock Fracture Project at Stanford), numerically explores the effect of the stress distribution in the neighbour of an extensional fault zone with respect to the mapped intensity of joints both in the hanging wall and in the foot wall of it (WILLEMSE, E. J. M., 1997; MARTEL, S. J, AND BOGER, W. A,; 1998). Poly3D is a C language computer program that calculates the displacements, strains and stresses induced in an elastic whole or half-space by planar, polygonal-shaped elements of displacement discontinuity (WILLEMSE, E. J. M., POLLARD, D. D., 2000) Dislocations of varying shapes may be combined to yield complex three-dimensional surfaces well-suited for modeling fractures, faults, and cavities in the earth's crust. The algebraic expressions for the elastic fields around a polygonal element are derived by superposing the solution for an angular dislocation in an elastic half-space. The field data have been collected in a quarry located close to Noci town (Puglia) by using the scan line methodology. In this quarry a platform limestone with a regular bedding with very few shale or marly intercalations displaced by a normal fault are exposed. The comparison between the mapped joints intensity and the calculated stress around the fault displays a good agreement. Nevertheless the intrinsic limitations (isotropic medium and elastic behaviour) of this project encourages other application of Poly3d. References WILLEMSE, E. J. M., 1997, Segmented normal faults: Correspondence between three-dimensional mechanical models and field data: Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 102, p. 675-692. MARTEL, S. J, AND BOGER, W. A, 1998, Geometry and mechanics of secondary fracturing around small three-dimensional faults in granitic rock: Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 103, p. 21,299-21,314. WILLEMSE, E. J. M., POLLARD, D. D., 2000, Normal fault growth: evolution of tipline shapes and slip distribution: in Lehner, F.K. &Urai, J.L. (eds.), Aspects of Tectonic Faulting, Springer -Verlag , Berlin, p. 193-226.

  13. Kinematics of a growth fault/raft system on the West African margin using 3-D restoration

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    Rouby, Delphine; Raillard, Stphane; Guillocheau, Franois; Bouroullec, Renaud; Nalpas, Thierry

    2002-04-01

    The ability to quantify the movement history associated with growth structures is crucial in the understanding of fundamental processes such as the growth of folds or faults in 3-D. In this paper, we present an application of an original approach to restore in 3-D a listric growth fault system resulting from gravity-induced extension located on the West African margin. Our goal is to establish the 3-D structural framework and kinematics of the study area. We construct a 3-D geometrical model of the fault system (from 3-D seismic data), then restore six stratigraphic surfaces and reconstruct the 3-D geometry of the system at six incremental steps of its history. The evolution of the growth fault/raft system corresponds to the progressive separation of two rafts by regional extension, resulting in the development of an intervening basin located between them that evolved in three main stages: (1) the rise of an evaporite wall, (2) the development of a symmetric basin as the elevation of the diapir is reduced and buried, and (3) the development of asymmetric basins related to two systems of listric faults (the main fault F1 and the graben located between the rollovers and the lower raft). Important features of the growth fault/raft system could only be observed in 3-D and with increments of deformation restored. The rollover anticline (associated with the listric fault F1) is composed of two sub-units separated by an E-W oriented transverse graben indicating that the displacement field was divergent in map view. The rollover units are located within the overlap area of two fault systems and displays a 'mock-turtle' anticline structure. The seaward translation of the lower raft is associated with two successive vertical axis rotations in the opposite sense (clockwise then counter-clockwise by about 10). This results from the fact that the two main fault systems developed successively. Fault system F1 formed during the Upper Albian, and the graben during the Cenomanian. Using a new approach of 3-D restoration, this study suggests a consistent solution for: (1) the processes of deformation of a fault system, (2) the faulting kinematics, and (3) the incremental steps of deformation.

  14. The COMET method in 3-D hexagonal geometry

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    Connolly, K. J.; Rahnema, F.

    2012-07-01

    The hybrid stochastic-deterministic coarse mesh radiation transport (COMET) method developed at Georgia Tech now solves reactor core problems in 3-D hexagonal geometry. In this paper, the method is used to solve three preliminary test problems designed to challenge the method with steep flux gradients, high leakage, and strong asymmetry and heterogeneity in the core. The test problems are composed of blocks taken from a high temperature test reactor benchmark problem. As the method is still in development, these problems and their results are strictly preliminary. Results are compared to whole core Monte Carlo reference solutions in order to verify the method. Relative errors are on the order of 50 pcm in core eigenvalue, and mean relative error in pin fission density calculations is less than 1% in these difficult test cores. The method requires the one-time pre-computation of a response expansion coefficient library, which may be compiled in a comparable amount of time to a single whole core Monte Carlo calculation. After the library has been computed, COMET may solve any number of core configurations on the order of an hour, representing a significant gain in efficiency over other methods for whole core transport calculations. (authors)

  15. Indoor Modelling Benchmark for 3D Geometry Extraction

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    Thomson, C.; Boehm, J.

    2014-06-01

    A combination of faster, cheaper and more accurate hardware, more sophisticated software, and greater industry acceptance have all laid the foundations for an increased desire for accurate 3D parametric models of buildings. Pointclouds are the data source of choice currently with static terrestrial laser scanning the predominant tool for large, dense volume measurement. The current importance of pointclouds as the primary source of real world representation is endorsed by CAD software vendor acquisitions of pointcloud engines in 2011. Both the capture and modelling of indoor environments require great effort in time by the operator (and therefore cost). Automation is seen as a way to aid this by reducing the workload of the user and some commercial packages have appeared that provide automation to some degree. In the data capture phase, advances in indoor mobile mapping systems are speeding up the process, albeit currently with a reduction in accuracy. As a result this paper presents freely accessible pointcloud datasets of two typical areas of a building each captured with two different capture methods and each with an accurate wholly manually created model. These datasets are provided as a benchmark for the research community to gauge the performance and improvements of various techniques for indoor geometry extraction. With this in mind, non-proprietary, interoperable formats are provided such as E57 for the scans and IFC for the reference model. The datasets can be found at: http://indoor-bench.github.io/indoor-bench.

  16. 3-D seismic response of buried pipelines laid through fault

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    Liang, J.W.

    1995-12-31

    An ideal model for the non-causative fault is put forward in which the fault is assumed to be composed by three horizontally adjacent soil media. Dynamic behaviors of pipelines laid through the fault is analyzed. Although simple, this model may qualitatively illustrate the accumulation of seismic waves in the fault, so illustrate the dynamic behaviors of the pipelines. The results show that, the fault is materially different from a two soil site even if the fault width is very narrow, and the dynamic behaviors of the pipelines laid through the fault are determined by the fault width, the stiffness ratio of the three soil media, and the type of the seismic waves.

  17. 3D Fault modeling of the active Chittagong-Myanmar fold belt, Bangladesh

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    Peterson, D. E.; Hubbard, J.; Akhter, S. H.; Shamim, N.

    2013-12-01

    The Chittagong-Myanmar fold belt (CMFB), located in eastern Bangladesh, eastern India and western Myanmar, accommodates east-west shortening at the India-Burma plate boundary. Oblique subduction of the Indian Plate beneath the Burma Plate since the Eocene has led to the development of a large accretionary prism complex, creating a series of north-south trending folds. A continuous sediment record from ~55 Ma to the present has been deposited in the Bengal Basin by the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna rivers, providing an opportunity to learn about the history of tectonic deformation and activity in this fold-and-thrust belt. Surface mapping indicates that the fold-and-thrust belt is characterized by extensive N-S-trending anticlines and synclines in a belt ~150-200 km wide. Seismic reflection profiles from the Chittagong and Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh, indicate that the anticlines mapped at the surface narrow with depth and extend to ~3.0 seconds TWTT (two-way travel time), or ~6.0 km. The folds of Chittagong and Chittagong Hill Tracts are characterized by doubly plunging box-shaped en-echelon anticlines separated by wide synclines. The seismic data suggest that some of these anticlines are cored by thrust fault ramps that extend to a large-scale décollement that dips gently to the east. Other anticlines may be the result of detachment folding from the same décollement. The décollement likely deepens to the east and intersects with the northerly-trending, oblique-slip Kaladan fault. The CMFB region is bounded to the north by the north-dipping Dauki fault and the Shillong Plateau. The tectonic transition from a wide band of E-W shortening in the south to a narrow zone of N-S shortening along the Dauki fault is poorly understood. We integrate surface and subsurface datasets, including topography, geological maps, seismicity, and industry seismic reflection profiles, into a 3D modeling environment and construct initial 3D surfaces of the major faults in this region. These models will further our understanding of fault geometry and history of the CMFB, allowing us to investigate the region's potential for geologic hazards. At least twenty-five percent of the country of Bangladesh sits on top of this actively deforming region, which is home to more than 28 million people. The CMFB also extends offshore, meaning that a major thrusting event could induce a regional tsunami with little warning. Understanding the geometry of the region's underlying detachment as well as the location and ages of specific thrust faults is critical to assessing seismic hazards for this heavily populated area.

  18. Connecting multi-scale fault geometry with field observations: insights into fluid-fault rock relations

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    Sherry, T. J.; Melosh, B. L.; Rowe, C. D.

    2012-12-01

    Fault geometry along with heterogenities in fluid pressure locally influences the mechanical behavior of faulting and the type of fault rock damage generated. The Naukluft Nappe Complex in central Namibia, southwest Africa features a well exposed basal foreland thrust fault emplaced during the 550 Ma Damara Orogen. Using differential GPS we walked and mapped the kilometer-scale dolomitic basal fault at two localities, the East and West side of the nappe complex. 3D fault geometry and orientation over each locality was interpolated using the high resolution GPS maps. The interpolated 3D geometry was then correlated with field observations of fault rock damage including cataclastic injection systems, brecciation, and alteration in the fault rock. 2D cross-sections were rendered using the interpolated 3D geometries. The eastern flank of the nappe complex locally exhibits ramp geometries and a prevalent granular fault rock known as "gritty dolomite". Cataclastic injection systems of gritty dolomite are observed injecting upsection off the basal thrust through opening mode fractures and are generally subvertical to the fault plane. The injectites are centimeter to meter scale, sometimes reach tens of meters in vertical extent, the width tapered towards the injection tip. Laminae interpreted as flow banding are oriented subparallel to the injectite walls and is also present in the basal thrust subparallel to the fault plane. Neocrystallized dolomite, quartz, and fracture filling calcite is observed within injectite systems suggesting the presence of super-saturated fluid. Bending strains create localized extension as the hanging wall enters the ramp, facilitating Mode I fractures and the formation of injectites which are observed at the base, within, and at the upper flat of the ramp structure, recording progressive hanging wall transport. Fault dip increases in the northern area of the eastern locality where a unit of shales directly overlies footwall limestone. The dolomitic fault rock, typically directly overlying the footwall is observed upsection. Injections propagate downsection off the dolomitic source bed and create a complex, discontinuous network of minor dikes and sills within the shale beds, likely exploiting bedding weaknesses. The basal thrust in the western side of the nappe complex is of consistent shallow dip with no evidence of ramp structures. The footwall is primarily shales with some discontinuous calc-mylonite and limestone lenses. At the basal thrust a yellow, altered dolomite grades upsection into massive grey dolomite. The hanging wall is composed of imbricate listric faults and folds of dolomite, quartzite, and shale layers. The alteration zone, along with the presence of footwall shales injecting upsection into the altered zone suggests a relative high fluid pressure in the footwall, consistent with the requirement for low angle overthrust sliding. We hypothesize that differing fault damage structures between the eastern and western localities on the basal thrust is the result of the relationship between local fault geometry and fluid pressure. Where the eastern basal thrust contained fluid within the granular fault rock, brecciation and injectites are common, and where the western locale had pore fluid within the footwall, an alteration zone is present along the fault with minor footwall injections.

  19. Lithological Controls on 3D Fold Geometry in Mechanically Layered Rocks

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    Pearce, M. A.; Jones, R. R.; Rock, G.

    2010-12-01

    Folding and thrusting are key processes in accommodating shortening in evolving orogens. In the outer parts of mountain belts, the combination of tectonism and sedimentation often leads to viable petroleum systems where folds trap migrating hydrocarbons. A key aspect of the success of these traps is the 3D fold geometry, which must prevent up-plunge hydrocarbon escape. Fold shapes in a multilayered system are governed by the fold mechanism, and the rheology of the layers. In sedimentary environments where laterally heterogeneous thicknesses of interbedded carbonates, clastics, and evaporates may be present, predicting the sub-surface geometry of structures is challenging. We present field data combined with satellite and seismic interpretation from the Zagros fold and thrust belt of SE Turkey where Neogene shortening has affected an Ordovician to Miocene aged sedimentary pile comprising shales, sandstones, carbonates and minor evaporites. Miocene carbonates capping the sequence allow 3D fold geometries to be ascertained at surface with a high degree of confidence, whilst the underlying ~1km of shales and mudstones allows folds to develop that depart substantially from standard text-book geometries. Beneath these incompetent units a further 1.7km of carbonates and clastics overlie Ordovician shales up to 1.5km thick. In relatively low strain sections asymmetric, angular, kink-like folds form long wavelength structures and thrust faults rarely reach the surface. With increasing strain, the wavelength/amplitude ratio decreases and thrusts cut through the fold limbs. Folds are interpreted to detach above a thick sequence of Ordovician shales. They originate by buckling of the competent units within the two weaker horizons, with initial perturbations probably provided by sedimentary heterogeneities. As the folds amplify, thrusts form in the more competent units above the shale. These then propagate upwards with fold amplification dominated by fault-tip tri-shear. The mechanical heterogeneity between the near surface shales and overlying carbonate leads to the kink-like geometries seen at surface. In this model, thrust formation is governed by the location of the initial buckle folding. Since the thrusts mostly originate from the top of the Ordovician shales, they form a linked system detaching into the Ordovician so that displacement can transfer from one structure to the next along strike of the orogen. It is the interaction of folds with varying amplitude which is essential in the identification of viable hydrocarbon traps. Incorporation of numerical models which allow ductile folding and brittle failure with these field and remote sensing based studies will inform further exploration in similar areas and allow investigation of the effects of parameters such as lithological thickness on the location and geometry of structures in collisional orogens.

  20. 3-D GPR data analysis for high-resolution imaging of shallow subsurface faults: the Mt Vettore case study (Central Apennines, Italy)

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    Ercoli, Maurizio; Pauselli, Cristina; Frigeri, Alessandro; Forte, Emanuele; Federico, Costanzo

    2014-07-01

    The activation of Late Quaternary faults in the Central Apennines (Italy) could generate earthquakes with magnitude of about 6.5, and the Monte Vettore fault system probably belongs to the same category of seismogenetic faults. Such structure has been defined `silent', because of its geological and geomorphological evidences of past activation, but the absence of historical records in the seismic catalogues to be associated with its activation. The `Piano di Castelluccio' intramountain basin, resulting from the Quaternary activity of normal faults, is characterized by a secondary fault strand highlighted by a NW-SE fault scarp: it has been already studied through palaeoseismological trenches, which highlighted evidences of Quaternary shallow faulting due to strong earthquakes, and through a 2-D ground penetrating radar (GPR) survey, showing the first geophysical signature of faulting for this site. Within the same place, a 3-D GPR volume over a 20 × 20 m area has been collected. The collection of radar echoes in three dimensions allows to map both the vertical and lateral continuity of shallow geometries of the fault zone (Fz), imaging features with high resolution, ranging from few metres to centimetres and therefore imaging also local variations at the microscale. Several geophysical markers of faulting, already highlighted on this site, have been taken as reference to plan the 3-D survey. In this paper, we provide the first 3-D subsurface imaging of an active shallow fault belonging to the Umbria-Marche Apennine highlighting the subsurface fault geometry and the stratigraphic sequence up to a depth of about 5 m. From our data, geophysical faulting signatures are clearly visible in three dimensions: diffraction hyperbolas, truncations of layers, local attenuated zones and varying dip of the layers have been detected within the Fz. The interpretation of the 3-D data set provided qualitative and quantitative geological information in addition to the fault location, like its geometry, boundaries and an estimation of the fault throw.

  1. A 3D modeling approach to complex faults with multi-source data

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    Wu, Qiang; Xu, Hua; Zou, Xukai; Lei, Hongzhuan

    2015-04-01

    Fault modeling is a very important step in making an accurate and reliable 3D geological model. Typical existing methods demand enough fault data to be able to construct complex fault models, however, it is well known that the available fault data are generally sparse and undersampled. In this paper, we propose a workflow of fault modeling, which can integrate multi-source data to construct fault models. For the faults that are not modeled with these data, especially small-scale or approximately parallel with the sections, we propose the fault deduction method to infer the hanging wall and footwall lines after displacement calculation. Moreover, using the fault cutting algorithm can supplement the available fault points on the location where faults cut each other. Increasing fault points in poor sample areas can not only efficiently construct fault models, but also reduce manual intervention. By using a fault-based interpolation and remeshing the horizons, an accurate 3D geological model can be constructed. The method can naturally simulate geological structures no matter whether the available geological data are sufficient or not. A concrete example of using the method in Tangshan, China, shows that the method can be applied to broad and complex geological areas.

  2. Improved Scanning Geometry to Collect 3D-Geometry Data in Flat Samples

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    Krueger, P.; Niese, S.; Zschech, E.; Gelb, J.; Feser, M.

    2011-09-09

    3D integration through silicon technology of integrated circuits challenges non-destructive testing methods. 3D x-ray methods are the techniques of choice to localize defects in interconnects. The development of high-power x-ray sources enabled the use of x-ray microscopy in laboratory tools. Those devices are able to resolve features down to 40 nm in an acceptable measurement time. However, the field of view is very limited to 16 {mu}m in high-resolution mode and to 65 {mu}m in large-field-of-view mode. To record tomography data, the size of the samples must not exceed the field of view to circumvent specific artifacts. Semiconductor samples usually do not fulfill the condition mentioned above since they have the shape of flat sheets. Therefore limited-angle tomography is typically used. The missing angles cause typical capping artifacts and poor signal-to-noise ratio. We present a modified scanning geometry that overcomes some of the artifacts and yields a better image quality. The geometry and potential applications are presented in comparison to the traditional limited-angle tomography.

  3. Types of Reasoning in 3D Geometry Thinking and Their Relation with Spatial Ability

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    Pittalis, Marios; Christou, Constantinos

    2010-01-01

    The aim of this study is to describe and analyse the structure of 3D geometry thinking by identifying different types of reasoning and to examine their relation with spatial ability. To achieve this goal, two tests were administered to students in grades 5 to 9. The results of the study showed that 3D geometry thinking could be described by four

  4. Types of Reasoning in 3D Geometry Thinking and Their Relation with Spatial Ability

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    Pittalis, Marios; Christou, Constantinos

    2010-01-01

    The aim of this study is to describe and analyse the structure of 3D geometry thinking by identifying different types of reasoning and to examine their relation with spatial ability. To achieve this goal, two tests were administered to students in grades 5 to 9. The results of the study showed that 3D geometry thinking could be described by four…

  5. Onset and stagnation of reconnection in 3D geometry

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    Sears, J.; Intrator, T. P.; Weber, T. E.; Liu, D.; Pulliam, D.; Lapenta, G.; Lazarian, A.

    2011-10-01

    The bursty onset of reconnection is partly determined by a balance of macroscopic MHD forces. In a setting of multiple interacting flux ropes, there exist many individual reconnection sites, each X-line being finite in axial extent and thus intrinsically three-dimensional (3D) in structure. The balance between MHD forces and flux pile-up continuously shifts as mutually tangled flux ropes merge or bounce. The spatial scale and thus the rate of reconnection are therefore intimately related to the unsteady dynamics that may become turbulent. In the Reconnection Scaling Experiment (RSX) we study intermittent 3D reconnection along spatially localized x-lines between two or more flux ropes. The threshold of MHD instability which in this case is the kink threshold is varied by modifying the line-tying boundary conditions. For fast inflow speed of approaching ropes, there is merging and magnetic reconnection which is a well known and expected consequence of the 2D coalescence instability. On the other hand, for slower inflow speed the flux ropes bounce. The threshold appears to be the Sweet Parker speed vA /S 1 / 2 , where vA is the Alfven speed and S is the Lundquist number. The flux rope boundary conditions also influence the propagation of the merging interface and the reconnection site along the flux rope axes. (LA-UR 11-03936).

  6. Onset and stagnation of reconnection in 3D geometry

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    Sears, J.; Intrator, T.; Weber, T.; Liu, D.; Pulliam, D.; Lazarian, A.; Lapenta, G.

    2011-12-01

    The bursty onset of reconnection is partly determined by a balance of macroscopic MHD forces. In a setting of multiple interacting flux ropes, there exist many individual reconnection sites. Each X-line is finite in axial extent, leading to intrinsically three-dimensional (3D) structure. The balance between MHD forces and flux pile-up continuously shifts as mutually tangled flux ropes merge or bounce. Flux ropes may subdivide into smaller plasmoid and island structures. The spatial scale and thus the rate of reconnection are therefore intimately related to the unsteady dynamics that may become turbulent. In the Reconnection Scaling Experiment (RSX) we study intermittent 3D reconnection along spatially localized x-lines between two or more flux ropes. The threshold of MHD instability which in this case is the kink threshold is varied by modifying the line-tying boundary conditions. For fast inflow speed of approaching ropes, there is merging and magnetic reconnection which is a well known and expected consequence of the 2D coalescence instability. On the other hand, for slower inflow speed the flux ropes bounce. The threshold appears to be the Sweet Parker speed vA/S1/2, where vA is the Alfven speed and S is the Lundquist number. The flux rope boundary conditions also influence the propagation of the merging interface and the reconnection site along the flux rope axes.

  7. New High-Resolution 3D Seismic Imagery of Deformation and Fault Architecture Along Newport-Inglewood/Rose Canyon Fault in the Inner California Borderlands

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    Holmes, J. J.; Bormann, J. M.; Driscoll, N. W.; Kent, G.; Harding, A. J.; Wesnousky, S. G.

    2014-12-01

    The tectonic deformation and geomorphology of the Inner California Borderlands (ICB) records the transition from a convergent plate margin to a predominantly dextral strike-slip system. Geodetic measurements of plate boundary deformation onshore indicate that approximately 15%, or 6-8 mm/yr, of the total Pacific-North American relative plate motion is accommodated by faults offshore. The largest near-shore fault system, the Newport-Inglewood/Rose Canyon (NI/RC) fault complex, has a Holocene slip rate estimate of 1.5-2.0 mm/yr, according to onshore trenching, and current models suggest the potential to produce an Mw 7.0+ earthquake. The fault zone extends approximately 120 km, initiating from the south near downtown San Diego and striking northwards with a constraining bend north of Mt. Soledad in La Jolla and continuing northwestward along the continental shelf, eventually stepping onshore at Newport Beach, California. In late 2013, we completed the first high-resolution 3D seismic survey (3.125 m bins) of the NI/RC fault offshore of San Onofre as part of the Southern California Regional Fault Mapping project. We present new constraints on fault geometry and segmentation of the fault system that may play a role in limiting the extent of future earthquake ruptures. In addition, slip rate estimates using piercing points such as offset channels will be explored. These new observations will allow us to investigate recent deformation and strain transfer along the NI/RC fault system.

  8. The unusual 3D interplay of basement fault reactivation and fault-propagation-fold development: A case study of the Laramide-age Stillwell anticline, west Texas (USA)

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    Surpless, Ben; Hill, Nicola; Beasley, Cara

    2015-10-01

    Subsurface fault geometries have a systematic influence on folds formed above those faults. We use the extraordinarily well-exposed fold geometries of the Laramide-age Stillwell anticline in west Texas (USA) to develop a strain-predictive model of fault-propagation fold formation. The anticline is a 10-km long, NW-trending, NE-vergent, asymmetric fold system with an axis that displays a map-view left-stepping, en echelon pattern. We integrated field observations, geologic and structural data, cross-sections, and 2D kinematic modeling to establish an unusual 3D two-stage model of contractional fold formation, including: 1) reverse reactivation of a pre-existing, NW-striking, SW-dipping, left-stepping, en echelon normal fault system in Paleozoic basement rocks to generate monoclinal flexures in overlying layered Cretaceous carbonate rocks; and 2) the formation of a subsequent flat-ramp fault system that propagated horizontally along a mechanically-weak, clay-rich Cretaceous unit before ramping up at the hinge of the pre-existing monocline system. Strain is focused within the forelimb of the system, in front of the propagating fault tip, and is accommodated by a combination of interlayer slip, flat-ramp faulting, and fracturing proximal to planes of slip. This strain predictive model can be applied to similar, less-well-exposed contractional systems worldwide and provides a new, unusual example of Laramide-age contractional deformation.

  9. Full Wave Propagation Code in General 3D Geometry

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    Popovich, Pavel; Cooper, W. Anthony; Villard, Laurent

    2003-10-01

    A full-wave propagation code (LEMan) has been developed and tested for 3D plasma configurations. The code solves the Maxwell operator for inhomogeneous plasma with a given external antenna. The plasma-wave interaction is modelled with full cold plasma dielectric tensor with finite electron mass. Special care is taken to avoid numerical pollution of the discretised spectrum: the wave equation is reformulated in terms of electromagnetic potentials. The discretisation is implemented with finite elements radially and Fourier decomposition in poloidal and toroidal angles. The LEMan code uses the equilibrium metric in Boozer magnetic coordinates produced with TERPSICHORE. The Fourier formulation of the problem gives a possibility to largely reduce matrix construction time by minimizing the number of numerical integrations of the equilibrium coefficients. Several mirror- and helix-like configurations have been analysed showing the expected structure of the spectrum in the Alfven frequency range with characteristic gaps and eigenmodes. In the case of both poloidal and toroidal mode coupling (2-period QAS stellarator) the spectrum is very complicated, but a comparison with the corresponding cylindrical branches still helps to distinguish the main modes and mode conversion surfaces.

  10. 3D seismic analysis of the structure and evolution of a salt-influenced normal fault zone: A test of competing fault growth models

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    Jackson, Christopher A.-L.; Rotevatn, Atle

    2013-09-01

    In this paper we determine the structure and evolution of a normal fault system by applying qualitative and quantitative fault analysis techniques to a 3D seismic reflection dataset from the Suez Rift, Egypt. Our analysis indicates that the October Fault Zone is composed of two fault systems that are locally decoupled across a salt-bearing interval of Late Miocene (Messinian) age. The sub-salt system offsets pre-rift crystalline basement, and was active during the Late Oligocene-early Middle Miocene. It is composed of four, planar, NW-SE-striking segments that are hard- linked by N-S-striking segments, and up to 2 km of displacement occurs at top basement, suggesting that this fault system nucleated at or, more likely, below this structural level. The supra-salt system was active during the Pliocene-Holocene, and is composed of four, NW-SE-striking, listric fault segments, which are soft-linked by unbreached relay zones. Segments in the supra-salt fault system nucleated within Pliocene strata and have maximum throws of up to 482 m. Locally, the segments of the supra-salt fault system breach the Messinian salt to hard-link downwards with the underlying, sub-salt fault system, thus forming the upper part of a fault zone composed of: (i) a single, amalgamated fault system below the salt and (ii) a fault system composed of multiple soft-linked segments above the salt. Analysis of throw-distance (T-x) and throw-depth (T-z) plots for the supra-salt fault system, isopach maps of the associated growth strata and backstripping of intervening relay zones indicates that these faults rapidly established their lengths during the early stages of their slip history. The fault tips were then effectively ‘pinned’ and the faults accumulated displacement via predominantly downward propagation. We interpret that the October Fault Zone had the following evolutionary trend; (i) growth of the sub-salt fault system during the Oligocene-to-early Middle Miocene; (ii) cessation of activity on the sub-salt fault system during the Middle Miocene-to-?Early Pliocene; (iii) stretching of the sub- and supra-salt intervals during Pliocene regional extension, which resulted in mild reactivation of the sub-salt fault system and nucleation of the segmented supra-salt fault system, which at this time was geometrically decoupled from the sub-salt fault system; and (iv) Pliocene-to-Holocene growth of the supra-salt fault system by downwards vertical tip line propagation, which resulted in downward breaching of the salt and dip-linkage with the sub-salt fault system. The structure of the October Fault Zone and the rapid establishment of supra-salt fault lengths are compatible with the predictions of the coherent fault model, although we note that individual segments in the supra-salt array grew in accordance with the isolated fault model. Our study thereby indicates that both coherent and isolated fault models may be applicable to the growth of kilometre-scale, basin-bounding faults. Furthermore, we highlight the role that fault reactivation and dip-linkage in mechanically layered sequences can play in controlling the three-dimensional geometry of normal faults.

  11. Using 3D Computer Graphics Multimedia to Motivate Preservice Teachers' Learning of Geometry and Pedagogy

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    Goodson-Espy, Tracy; Lynch-Davis, Kathleen; Schram, Pamela; Quickenton, Art

    2010-01-01

    This paper describes the genesis and purpose of our geometry methods course, focusing on a geometry-teaching technology we created using NVIDIA[R] Chameleon demonstration. This article presents examples from a sequence of lessons centered about a 3D computer graphics demonstration of the chameleon and its geometry. In addition, we present data

  12. Verification of internal flow analyses in complex 3-D geometries

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    Choi, S. K.; Buggeln, R. C.

    1992-11-01

    Analysis of internal flow in advanced rocket propulsion systems is complicated by hardware geometry, high Reynolds numbers, rotation, high frequency phenomena, and near incompressibility. Typical of such a problem is the Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) hot gas manifold (HGM). Previous analyses of flow in the SSME HGM have been compared to air flow data and found to be inaccurate with respect to system losses, outer wall static pressures, and transfer duct environments. Such discrepancies could arise from flow measurement methodology, low order algorithms, turbulence modeling, and/or inadequate grid resolution. The objective of this work is to compare internal flow computational analyses to LDV flow measurements for the MSFC HGM pilot model configuration using two grids of different node density in the near wall region. Grids were generated with the EAGLE grid generator and calculations were made with the SRA MINT code. The calculated results were compared with HGM experimental data obtained in the MSFC water flow facility.

  13. Visual and haptic geometry of 3D shape discrimination.

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    Phillips, Flip; O'Donnell, Emerson; Kernis, Noah

    2015-01-01

    There are countless candidate 'features' useful for the perceptual discrimination of three-dimensional shape. Human vision and touch use both modality-specific and cross-modal information to accomplish this task. For example, only vision can make diagnostic use of shading, color and optical texture while only touch can detect temperature, vibratory and other proprioceptive information such as joint angle. Some characteristics such as the physical texture of an object provide both visual appearance and tactile roughness information. When attempting to determine the 3D shape of an object its structural geometric information underlies most if not all of the useful features used by both vision and touch, individually or in concert. It is an open question as to what specific geometric information is essential or useful when performing discrimination tasks that involve vision, touch or their interaction. This research investigates the use of statistical differential geometric information while performing detection and discrimination tasks, both within and across perceptual modalities. We use eye- and hand-tracking to determine which parts of an object our subjects explore while making shape discrimination and differentiation decisions. We correlate these high-exploration regions with the objects' underlying differential geometric structure. We find that object regions with high curvature contrast are useful across both modalities as they define 'sharp' linear structures. Similarly, areas with high relative curvedness provide useful point landmarks. We further show that some geometric structures are more useful within a particular modality than another. As a result the worst-performing modality limits cross-modal use of this information but simultaneous presentation is facilitative. Finally, the statistical distribution of differential geometric structures serves to define diagnostic 'features' available to either touch or vision. The relative occurrence of features and their magnitude determine their usefulness within and across modalities. Meeting abstract presented at VSS 2015. PMID:26326554

  14. Super Cooled Large Droplet Analysis of Several Geometries Using LEWICE3D Version 3

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    Bidwell, Colin S.

    2011-01-01

    Super Cooled Large Droplet (SLD) collection efficiency calculations were performed for several geometries using the LEWICE3D Version 3 software. The computations were performed using the NASA Glenn Research Center SLD splashing model which has been incorporated into the LEWICE3D Version 3 software. Comparisons to experiment were made where available. The geometries included two straight wings, a swept 64A008 wing tip, two high lift geometries, and the generic commercial transport DLR-F4 wing body configuration. In general the LEWICE3D Version 3 computations compared well with the 2D LEWICE 3.2.2 results and with experimental data where available.

  15. Modeling the effects of 3-D slab geometry and oblique subduction on subduction zone thermal structure

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    Wada, I.; Wang, K.; He, J.

    2013-12-01

    In this study, we revisit the effects of along-strike variation in slab geometry and oblique subduction on subduction zone thermal structures. Along-strike variations in slab dip cause changes in the descending rate of the slab and generate trench-parallel pressure gradients that drive trench-parallel mantle flow (e.g., Kneller and van Keken, 2007). Oblique subduction also drives trench-parallel mantle flow. In this study, we use a finite element code PGCtherm3D and examine a range of generic subduction geometries and parameters to investigate the effects of the above two factors. This exercise is part of foundational work towards developing detailed 3-D thermal models for NE Japan, Nankai, and Cascadia to better constrain their 3-D thermal structures and to understand the role of temperature in controlling metamorphic, seismogenic, and volcanic processes. The 3-D geometry of the subducting slabs in the forearc and arc regions are well delineated at these three subduction zones. Further, relatively large compilations of surface heat flow data at these subduction zones make them excellent candidates for this study. At NE Japan, a megathrust earthquake occurred on March 11, 2011; at Nankai and Cascadia, there has been a great effort to constrain the scale of the next subduction thrust earthquake for the purpose of disaster prevention. Temperature influences the slip behavior of subduction faults by (1) affecting the rheology of the interface material and (2) controlling dehydration reactions, which can lead to elevated pore fluid pressure. Beyond the depths of subduction thrust earthquakes, the thermal structure is affected strongly by the pattern of mantle wedge flow. This flow is driven by viscous coupling between the subducting slab and the overriding mantle, and it brings in hot flowing mantle into the wedge. The trench-ward (up-dip) extent of the slab-mantle coupling is thus a key factor that controls the thermal structure. Slab-mantle decoupling at shallow depths causes mantle stagnation and a cool condition, which allows serpentinization to occur, whereas coupling at greater depths drives hot flowing mantle, providing the thermal condition required for melt generation in the mantle wedge. The flowing mantle also causes rapid heating of the subducting slab and affects the occurrence of intraslab earthquakes. In the generic model calculations in the study, we also investigate the effect of local fluctuations in the depth of decoupling-coupling transition on the 3-D mantle wedge flow pattern and thermal structure. Kneller, E.A., and P.E. van Keken (2008), Effect of three-dimensional slab geometry on deformation in the mantle wedge: Implications for shear wave anisotropy, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 9, Q01003, doi:10.1029/2007GC001677.

  16. Geometry and lateral slip distribution along large thrust fault systems

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    Shaw, J.H.; Genovese, P.W.; Suppe, J. . Dept. of Geological and Geophysical Sciences)

    1992-01-01

    Quantitative relationships between fold and fault shapes allow detailed analyses of thrust fault geometries and slip histories. Fold limbs (kink bands) that grow by axial surface migration above bends in thrust faults record dip-slip motion. Folds imaged in high-resolution seismic reflection profiles record this total fault dip-slip and reflect causative thrust fault geometry. Growth (syntectonic) strata deposited during the active history of underlying thrusts develop limb widths equal to the amount of fault dip-slip since their deposition. Therefore, narrowing upward kink bands (growth triangles) form as sediments deposited earlier in the slip history record wider limb widths than do sediments deposited later. Ages of selected syntectonic strata (determined independently) in growth triangles allow estimates of long term fault-slip rates. Maps of axial surfaces that bound kink bands highlight changes in thrust fault geometry along strike and record lateral fault-slip distribution. In addition, end and offsets of kink bands in map view highlight fault terminations and lateral changes in thrust fault geometry. Detailed analyses of fold and fault geometries constrain balanced, three-dimensional structural models that show how large thrust faults develop and slip through time. These models and cross sections integrate G.P.S. measurements and seismicity from active thrust fault systems. Lateral variations in fold shape caused by changes in thrust fault geometry may form lateral closure along fold trends that trap hydrocarbons. Combined, fault slip rates and fault geometry yield estimates of the size and recurrence of potentially damaging earthquakes on blind thrust fault systems.

  17. 3D Dynamic Rupture Simulations Across Interacting Faults: the Mw7.0, 2010, Haiti Earthquake

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    Douilly, R.; Aochi, H.; Calais, E.; Freed, A. M.; Aagaard, B.

    2014-12-01

    The mechanisms controlling rupture propagation between fault segments during an earthquake are key to the hazard posed by fault systems. Rupture initiation on a fault segment sometimes transfers to a larger fault, resulting in a significant event (e.g.i, 2002 M7.9Denali and 2010 M7.1 Darfield earthquakes). In other cases rupture is constrained to the initial segment and does not transfer to nearby faults, resulting in events of moderate magnitude. This is the case of the 1989 M6.9 Loma Prieta and 2010 M7.0 Haiti earthquakes which initiated on reverse faults abutting against a major strike-slip plate boundary fault but did not propagate onto it. Here we investigatethe rupture dynamics of the Haiti earthquake, seeking to understand why rupture propagated across two segments of the Léogâne fault but did not propagate to the adjacenent Enriquillo Plantain Garden Fault, the major 200 km long plate boundary fault cutting through southern Haiti. We use a Finite Element Model to simulate the nucleation and propagation of rupture on the Léogâne fault, varying friction and background stress to determine the parameter set that best explains the observed earthquake sequence. The best-fit simulation is in remarkable agreement with several finite fault inversions and predicts ground displacement in very good agreement with geodetic and geological observations. The two slip patches inferred from finite-fault inversions are explained by the successive rupture of two fault segments oriented favorably with respect to the rupture propagation, while the geometry of the Enriquillo fault did not allow shear stress to reach failure. Although our simulation results replicate well the ground deformation consistent with the geodetic surface observation but convolving the ground motion with the soil amplification from the microzonation study will correctly account for the heterogeneity of the PGA throughout the rupture area.

  18. Restoration of original 3D sedimentary geometries in deformed basin fill supporting reservoir characterization

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    Back, S.

    2009-04-01

    A large progradational clastic system centred on Brunei Darussalam has been present on the NW Borneo margin since the early middle Miocene. This system has many sedimentary and structural similarities with major deltaic provinces such as the Niger and Nile. It differs from these systems by being affected in the hinterland by contemporaneous compressional tectonics. Uplift partially forced strong progradation of the clastic system, but also folded older deltaic units. Erosion and the exhumation of folded strata in the area of the Jerudong Anticline resulted in the exposure of large-scale prograding clinoforms and syn-sedimentary deltaic faults of middle Miocene age along a natural cross-section of several tens of kilometres in extent. Westward of the key outcrop sites on the Jerudong Anticline, the middle Miocene deltaic units are overlain by late Miocene, Pliocene and Quaternary clastics up to 3 kilometres thick. Both, the middle Miocene target units of this study as well as the late Miocene to recent overburden are recorded in the subsurface of the Belait Syncline on regional 2D seismic lines (total line length around 1400 km) and at 7 well locations. In this study, we integrate the available geophysical subsurface information with existing structural, sedimentological and geomorphological field data of the "classic" Jerudong Anticline exposures (e.g., Back et al. 2001, Morley et al. 2003, Back et al. 2005) into a static 3D surface-subsurface model that provides quantitative constraints on the structural and stratigraphic architecture of the Miocene Belait delta and the overlying units in three dimensions, supporting basin-scale as well as reservoir-scale analysis of the subsurface rock volume. Additionally, we use the static surface-subsurface model as input for a tectonic retro-deformation of the study area, in which the 3D paleo-relief of the middle Miocene Belait delta is restored by unfolding and fault balancing (Back et al. 2008). This kinematic reconstruction ultimately provides a detailed view into the stratal architecture of middle Miocene delta clinoforms, indicating a close relationship between delta-lobe activity, clinoform morphology, and the generation of slumps and turbidites. Literature BACK, S., MORLEY, C.K., SIMMONS, M.D. & LAMBIASE, J.J. (2001): Depositional environment and sequence stratigraphy of Miocene deltaic cycles exposed along the Jerudong anticline, Brunei Darussalam. - Journal of Sedimentary Research, 71: 915-923. BACK, S., TIOE HAK JING, TRAN XUAN THANG & MORLEY, C.K. (2005): Stratigraphic development of synkinematic deposits in a large growth-fault system, onshore Brunei Darussalam. - Journal of the Geological Society, London, 162: 243-258. BACK, S., STROZYK, F., KUKLA, P.A. & LAMBIASE, J.J. (2008): 3D restoration of original sedimentary geometries in deformed basin fill, onshore Brunei Darussalam, NW Borneo. Basin Research, 20: 99-117. MORLEY, C.K., BACK, S., VANRENSBERGEN, P., CREVELLO, P. & LAMBIASE, J.J. (2003): Characteristics of repeated, detached, Miocene -Pliocene tectonic inversion events, in a large delta province on an active margin, Brunei Darussalam, Borneo. - Journal of Structural Geology, 25: 1147-1169.

  19. San Andreas Fault Geometry Near Parkfield, California

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    Simpson, R. W.; Barall, M.; Langbein, J.; Murray, J. R.; Rymer, M. J.

    2006-12-01

    A straightedge laid along the mapped traces of the San Andreas (SA) fault to NW and SE of the Parkfield segment in central California reveals a ~50 km long asymmetric northeastward warp in the Parkfield segment compared to the straighter, aligned segments at either end. The warp tapers gradually as it joins the creeping segment of the San Andreas to the NW, but bends abruptly across Cholame Valley at its SE end to join the locked segment that last ruptured in 1857. Aftershocks of Parkfield earthquakes in 1966 and 2004 and interevent seismicity plotted in map view tend to follow the straightedge connection rather than the San Andreas trace (Eaton et al., 1970; Eberhart-Phillips and Michael, 1993; Thurber et al., 2006), putting them more directly under the Southwest Fracture Zone (SWFZ) and related faults along the SW side of Cholame Valley. The continuous GPS station CARH at Carr Hill, which lies to the SW of the SA trace but NE of the SWFZ, initially displaced to the SE after the 2004 earthquake, as would be expected if it were on the NE side of the rupture plane, but subsequently changed direction and started moving to the NW, as if it had migrated to the opposite side of the rupture plane. It appears that the fault strand connecting the 2004 rupture zone at depth with the current creeping SA trace must be a dipping surface passing under Carr Hill, and that as slip worked its way up this strand towards the Earth's surface, CARH gradually changed rupture side. We suggest that the currently active SA fault surface near Parkfield has been warped in its upper ~6 km by non- elastic behavior of upper crustal rock units and the presence of the 1857 locked patch just to the SE. Intermittent coseismic and continuous aseismic slip on the Parkfield segment will slowly warp the fault surface, but because of non-elastic behavior, this warping is not completely undone when an 1857-type event occurs. After many 1857-type cycles, the warp is ratcheted into an increasingly unfeasible geometry for slip, until eventually the warped strand is abandoned for a more direct connection to the surface, perhaps at the SWFZ. The presence of an abandoned SA trace to the NE of Gold Hill (Dickinson, 1966) suggests that the process has been going on for ~5-7 Ma. (Smaller adjustments in the active trace also occur as an ongoing process.) Preliminary finite element models exploring possible rheologies for the rock units adjacent to the Parkfield segment suggest that the proposed warping process is feasible.

  20. 4d quantum geometry from 3d supersymmetric gauge theory and holomorphic block

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    Han, Muxin

    2016-01-01

    A class of 3d N=2 supersymmetric gauge theories are constructed and shown to encode the simplicial geometries in 4-dimensions. The gauge theories are defined by applying the Dimofte-Gaiotto-Gukov construction [1] in 3d-3d correspondence to certain graph complement 3-manifolds. Given a gauge theory in this class, the massive supersymmetric vacua of the theory contain the classical geometries on a 4d simplicial complex. The corresponding 4d simplicial geometries are locally constant curvature (either dS or AdS), in the sense that they are made by gluing geometrical 4-simplices of the same constant curvature. When the simplicial complex is sufficiently refined, the simplicial geometries can approximate all possible smooth geometries on 4-manifold. At the quantum level, we propose that a class of holomorphic blocks defined in [2] from the 3d N=2 gauge theories are wave functions of quantum 4d simplicial geometries. In the semiclassical limit, the asymptotic behavior of holomorphic block reproduces the classical action of 4d Einstein-Hilbert gravity in the simplicial context.

  1. Constraints on faulting mechanisms found by combining multiscale fault surface geometry measurements with fault internal deformation structure

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    Sagy, A.; Axen, G. J.; Brodsky, E. E.

    2006-12-01

    New ground-based LiDAR and laboratory profilometer measurements of fault surface geometry show that faults evolve with slip. The surfaces of small-slip faults are relatively rough at all measured scales, whereas those of moderate-slip faults are polished at small scales but contain elongated bumps and depressions at scales of a few to several meters. The mechanism that controls this evolution of fault geometry with slip is investigated by combining the 3D measurements of fault-surface geometry with structural analysis of the fault zone architecture. The Flower Pit fault is a young normal fault in an active seismic zone near Klamath Falls, Oregon. Its net slip is <100 m and probably <300 m. The fault includes three fresh surface exposures with a composite area of ~6000 m2. The main fault-surface features are smooth semi-ellipsoidal ridges and depressions that are ~1-5 m wide, ~10-30 m long, and ~0.5-2 m high. The long axes of these bumps, or asperities, are parallel to the slip direction. Despite the existence of these large-scale bumps, most of the shear localized on or between two ultracataclasite layers ~1-25 mm thick that exhibit evidence for a history of both accumulation and removal. Beneath the ultracataclasite is a very cohesive zone 5-40 cm thick that is underlain by less cohesive cataclasite, breccia, and/or highly fractured rock that extends 1-3 m from the surface. Thus, the thickness of this cataclasitic to highly fractured zone is similar to the amplitude of the surface bumps, but the main slip is focused in a zone only centimeters thick. Abrasional striations on the fault surface, the thin ultracataclasite zone, and the existence of the large scale bumps on single fault surfaces suggest that the surface evolved by continual sliding of hard rock against a less cohesive medium (gauge or crushed zone). The bumps are evidently not fault branches or secondary slip surfaces, so we deduce that they are remnants of an initially\\ "rough" surface formed during fracture nucleation. Abrasive polishing depends strongly on the grain size and sorting of the polishing compound. The semi-continuous ultracataclasite layers suggest that final polishing of the fault surface was by grains much smaller than the large-scale bumps. A multiscale surface roughness is expected to be formed by polishing with a poorly sorted abrasive medium, but this is not what is observed. We see scale-dependent bimodal surface roughness which suggests that the grains were comminuted to a size much smaller than the bumps before the abrasion was able to grind down the bumps. Thus, grain size decreased at a rate that was significantly faster than the polishing rate. We suggest the following fault-surface evolution involving three different mechanisms: (1) fracture nucleation and propagation that generated an immature, rough, self-affine surface, (2) continued fracture, brecciation and cataclasis within an evolving layer of\\ "polishing compound" with thickness similar to the initial large-scale roughness, evolving into (3) sliding and abrasive polishing of the pre-existing surface.

  2. Strike-slip faulting in the West Siberian Platform: Insights from 3D seismic imagery

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    Gogonenkov, Georgiy N.; Timurziev, Akhmet I.

    2012-03-01

    The 3D seismic exploration, actively deployed in recent years on much of the West Siberian Platform - one of the world's largest oil and gas bearing basins - has brought out extensive development of a system of strike-slip faults within the basement. The fault system causes local structural and fluid flow anomalies within the Jurassic-Cretaceous sedimentary section, which is known to accommodate a multitude of large oil and gas deposits. This article will show the distribution geography and the scale of the basement strike-slip tectonics, and explain why this phenomenon, so clearly highlighted by 3D seismic, was not discovered earlier. The article will also consider how strike-slip faults are detected in the sedimentary cover and how they impact the characteristics of oil and gas fields located in their vicinity.

  3. Constraints on 3D fault and fracture distribution in layered volcanic- volcaniclastic sequences from terrestrial LIDAR datasets: Faroe Islands

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    Raithatha, Bansri; McCaffrey, Kenneth; Walker, Richard; Brown, Richard; Pickering, Giles

    2013-04-01

    Hydrocarbon reservoirs commonly contain an array of fine-scale structures that control fluid flow in the subsurface, such as polyphase fracture networks and small-scale fault zones. These structures are unresolvable using seismic imaging and therefore outcrop-based studies have been used as analogues to characterize fault and fracture networks and assess their impact on fluid flow in the subsurface. To maximize recovery and enhance production, it is essential to understand the geometry, physical properties, and distribution of these structures in 3D. Here we present field data and terrestrial LIDAR-derived 3D, photo-realistic virtual outcrops of fault zones at a range of displacement scales (0.001- 4.5 m) within a volcaniclastic sand- and basaltic lava unit sequence in the Faroe Islands. Detailed field observations were used to constrain the virtual outcrop dataset, and a workflow has been developed to build a discrete fracture network (DFN) models in GOCAD from these datasets. Model construction involves three main stages: (1) Georeferencing and processing of LIDAR datasets; (2) Structural interpretation to discriminate between faults, fractures, veins, and joint planes using CAD software and RiSCAN Pro; and (3) Building a 3D DFN in GOCAD. To test the validity of this workflow, we focus here on a 4.5 m displacement strike-slip fault zone that displays a complex polymodal fracture network in the inter-layered basalt-volcaniclastic sequence, which is well-constrained by field study. The DFN models support our initial field-based hypothesis that fault zone geometry varies with increasing displacement through volcaniclastic units. Fracture concentration appears to be greatest in the upper lava unit, decreases into the volcaniclastic sediments, and decreases further into the lower lava unit. This distribution of fractures appears to be related to the width of the fault zone and the amount of fault damage on the outcrop. For instance, the fault zone is thicker in the upper lava unit and therefore fracture concentration is higher, while in the lower lava unit, the fault zone is narrower and thus fracture concentration is also low. Both field observations and the DFN model indicate that the faults and fractures are steeper in the basalts, and shallower in the volcaniclastic sequences, giving a 'stepped' geometry. To assess the nature of sub-seismic fracturing, fracture attributes (connectivity, spacing, length, and orientation) within the model were analysed quantitatively. Continuing work will integrate the detailed field analysis fully, including 1D and 2D fracture transects, structural logging and mapping as well as microstructural characterisation from collected field samples, to understand the complex nature of fracture networks in inter-layered basalt-volcaniclastic sequences. Fracture attributes, such as the shape, length, aspect ratio, curvature and aperture, will be quantified to provide key parameters for fluid flow simulation. Once these attributes have been assessed, experimental data (porosity and permeability) will be incorporated into the DFN model to constrain the fluid flow potential within these inter-layered volcanic sequences.

  4. KENO3D Visualization Tool for KENO V.a and KENO-VI Geometry Models

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    Horwedel, J.E.; Bowman, S.M.

    2000-06-01

    Criticality safety analyses often require detailed modeling of complex geometries. Effective visualization tools can enhance checking the accuracy of these models. This report describes the KENO3D visualization tool developed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to provide visualization of KENO V.a and KENO-VI criticality safety models. The development of KENO3D is part of the current efforts to enhance the SCALE (Standardized Computer Analyses for Licensing Evaluations) computer software system.

  5. A Nonfullerene Small Molecule Acceptor with 3D Interlocking Geometry Enabling Efficient Organic Solar Cells.

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    Lee, Jaewon; Singh, Ranbir; Sin, Dong Hun; Kim, Heung Gyu; Song, Kyu Chan; Cho, Kilwon

    2016-01-01

    A new 3D nonfullerene small-molecule acceptor is reported. The 3D interlocking geometry of the small-molecule acceptor enables uniform molecular conformation and strong intermolecular connectivity, facilitating favorable nanoscale phase separation and electron charge transfer. By employing both a novel polymer donor and a nonfullerene small-molecule acceptor in the solution-processed organic solar cells, a high-power conversion efficiency of close to 6% is demonstrated. PMID:26539752

  6. Geometry and earthquake potential of the shoreline fault, central California

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    Hardebeck, Jeanne L.

    2013-01-01

    The Shoreline fault is a vertical strike?slip fault running along the coastline near San Luis Obispo, California. Much is unknown about the Shoreline fault, including its slip rate and the details of its geometry. Here, I study the geometry of the Shoreline fault at seismogenic depth, as well as the adjacent section of the offshore Hosgri fault, using seismicity relocations and earthquake focal mechanisms. The Optimal Anisotropic Dynamic Clustering (OADC) algorithm (Ouillon et al., 2008) is used to objectively identify the simplest planar fault geometry that fits all of the earthquakes to within their location uncertainty. The OADC results show that the Shoreline fault is a single continuous structure that connects to the Hosgri fault. Discontinuities smaller than about 1 km may be undetected, but would be too small to be barriers to earthquake rupture. The Hosgri fault dips steeply to the east, while the Shoreline fault is essentially vertical, so the Hosgri fault dips towards and under the Shoreline fault as the two faults approach their intersection. The focal mechanisms generally agree with pure right?lateral strike?slip on the OADC planes, but suggest a non?planar Hosgri fault or another structure underlying the northern Shoreline fault. The Shoreline fault most likely transfers strike?slip motion between the Hosgri fault and other faults of the PacificNorth America plate boundary system to the east. A hypothetical earthquake rupturing the entire known length of the Shoreline fault would have a moment magnitude of 6.46.8. A hypothetical earthquake rupturing the Shoreline fault and the section of the Hosgri fault north of the HosgriShoreline junction would have a moment magnitude of 7.27.5.

  7. Complex patterns of faulting revealed by 3D seismic data at the West Galicia rifted margin

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    Reston, Timothy; Cresswell, Derren; Sawyer, Dale; Ranero, Cesar; Shillington, Donna; Morgan, Julia; Lymer, Gael

    2015-04-01

    The west Galicia margin is characterised by crust thinning to less than 3 km, well-defined fault blocks, which overlie a bright reflection (the S reflector) generally interpreted as a tectonic Moho. The margin exhibits neither voluminous magmatism nor thick sediment piles to obscure the structures and the amount of extension. As such is represents an ideal location to study the process of continental breakup both through seismic imaging and potentially through drilling. Prestack depth migration of existing 2D profiles has strongly supported the interpretation of the S reflector as both a detachment and as the crust-mantle boundary; wide-angle seismic has also shown that the mantle beneath S is serpentinised. Despite the quality of the existing 2D seismic images, a number of competing models have been advanced to explain the formation of this margin, including sequential faulting, polyphase faulting, multiple detachments and the gravitational collapse of the margin over exhumed mantle. As these models, all developed for the Galicia margin, have been subsequently applied to other margins, distinguishing between them has implications not only for the structure of the Galicia margin but for the process of rifting through to breakup more generally. To address these issues in summer of 2013 we collected a 3D combined seismic reflection and wide-angle dataset over this margin. Here we present some of the results of ongoing processing of the 3D volume, focussing on the internal structure of some of the fault blocks that overlies the S detachment. 2D processing of the data shows a relatively simple series of tilted fault block, bound by west-dipping faults that detach downwards onto the bright S reflector. However, inspection of the 3D volume produced by 3D pre-stack time migration reveals that the fault blocks contain a complex set of sedimentary packages, with strata tilted to the east, west, north and south, each package bound by faults. Furthermore, the top of crustal basement appears in places to have acted as an extensional slip surface. We interpret the complex pattern of faulting and internal block deformation as the results of several phases of faulting, coupled with internal deformation and some late gravitational collapse, all components of some of the various models that have been applied to this margin.

  8. Tracking strategies in 3D axial geometries for a MOC solver

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    Sciannandrone, Daniele; Santandrea, Simone

    2014-06-01

    The solution of the neutron transport equation in 3D domains is a high resource demanding task. One of the most successful method of solution of this equation is the Method of Characteristics (MOC). However, the huge number of trajectories constitutes a serious issue in terms of memory needs and in terms of number of floating point operations. In this paper, we propose some techniques to compress tracking data and to speed up the MOC solver. These methods take advantage of regularities of 3D prismatic geometries. The new algorithms have been implemented in the 3D MOC solver TDT and applied to a typical UOx/MOx colorset.

  9. Displacement transfer from fault-bend to fault-propagation fold geometry: An example from the Himalayan thrust front

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    Qayyum, Mazhar; Spratt, Deborah A.; Dixon, John M.; Lawrence, Robert D.

    2015-08-01

    The leading edge of the ENE-trending Himalayan thrust front in Pakistan exhibits along-strike changes in deformational style, ranging from fault-bend to fault-propagation folds. Although the structural geometry is very gently deformed throughout the Salt Range, it becomes progressively more complex to the east as the leading edge of the emergent Salt Range Thrust becomes blind. Surface geology, seismic reflection, petroleum well, and chronostratigraphic data are synthesized to produce a 3-D kinematic model that reconciles the contrasting structural geometries along this part of the Himalayan thrust front. We propose a model whereby displacement was transferred, across a newly-identified lateral ramp, from a fault-bend fold in the west to fault-propagation folds in the east and comparable shortening was synchronously accommodated by two fundamentally different mechanisms: translation vs. telescoping. However, substantially different shortening distribution patterns within these structurally contrasting segments require a tear fault, which later is reactivated as a thrust fault. The present geometry of this S-shaped displacement transfer zone is a combined result of the NW-SE compression of the lateral culmination wall and associated tear fault, and their subsequent modification due to mobilization of underlying ductile salt.

  10. New Insights About Pre-Stress and Fault Interaction at Fault Step-Overs from 3D Numerical Simulations

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    Kroll, K.; Oglesby, D. D.; Richards-Dinger, K. B.; Dieterich, J. H.

    2014-12-01

    The stressing conditions on faults continuously evolve due to several factors, such as tectonic stressing, fault interactions, pore-fluid perturbations, and viscoelastic relaxation. Initial stressing conditions have a profound effect on the rupture process, including rupture propagation through stepover regions. Knowledge of rupture behavior near fault stepovers is critically important to properly quantify and mitigate seismic hazards. Previous studies have shown that stepovers along faults can influence both the earthquake magnitude and recurrence interval when rupture either jumps across or is arrested at a stepover. Landmark investigations of en echelon fault interaction with uniform initial stresses that promote super-shear rupture reported successful jumps occur at step-over widths ≤ 2.5 and 5 km for compressional and extensional stepovers, respectively (Harris and Day, 1993). We use the 3D quasi-dynamic, physics-based simulator RSQSim to investigate how stress evolution effects rupture propagation at fault stepovers over multiple earthquake cycles. Comparisons of single-event ruptures at fault stepovers between RSQSim and the dynamic finite element code FaultMod demonstrate nucleation locations on the receiver fault similar to those of Harris and Day (1993). These simulations use uniform initial stresses with rate- and state- and slip-weakening dependent friction for RSQSim and FaultMod, respectively. Here, we present results from multi-cycle event simulations on en echelon faults using evolved stress states that arise due to fault interaction and tectonic loading. Results indicate that successful rupture jumps only occur at stepover widths of 1-1.5 km for both fault step types. The spatial pattern of rupture re-nucleation locations is strongly influenced by the evolved stress state and is dissimilar to the pattern predicted by studies. Finally, initial rupture nucleation always occurs before the magnitude of the pre-stress reaches values high enough to cause super-shear rupture, due to the heterogeneity of stress and the rate- and state- frictional properties. These results suggest that mechanisms such as extreme weakening may play a larger role than initial stress on supershear ruptures, and that observations of rupture jumps > 1 km may be explained by fault connection at depth.

  11. Numerical model of formation of a 3-D strike-slip fault system

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    Chemenda, Alexandre I.; Cavali, Olivier; Vergnolle, Mathilde; Bouissou, Stphane; Delouis, Bertrand

    2016-01-01

    The initiation and the initial evolution of a strike-slip fault are modeled within an elastoplasticity constitutive framework taking into account the evolution of the hardening modulus with inelastic straining. The initial and boundary conditions are similar to those of the Riedel shear experiment. The models first deform purely elastically. Then damage (inelastic deformation) starts at the model surface. The damage zone propagates both normal to the forming fault zone and downwards. Finally, it affects the whole layer thickness, forming flower-like structure in cross-section. At a certain stage, a dense set of parallel Riedel shears forms at shallow depth. A few of these propagate both laterally and vertically, while others die. The faults first propagate in-plane, but then rapidly change direction to make a larger angle with the shear axis. New fault segments form as well, resulting in complex 3-D fault zone architecture. Different fault segments accommodate strike-slip and normal displacements, which results in the formation of valleys and rotations along the fault system.

  12. Discovery of previously unrecognised local faults in London, UK, using detailed 3D geological modelling

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    Aldiss, Don; Haslam, Richard

    2013-04-01

    In parts of London, faulting introduces lateral heterogeneity to the local ground conditions, especially where construction works intercept the Palaeogene Lambeth Group. This brings difficulties to the compilation of a ground model that is fully consistent with the ground investigation data, and so to the design and construction of engineering works. However, because bedrock in the London area is rather uniform at outcrop, and is widely covered by Quaternary deposits, few faults are shown on the geological maps of the area. This paper discusses a successful resolution of this problem at a site in east central London, where tunnels for a new underground railway station are planned. A 3D geological model was used to provide an understanding of the local geological structure, in faulted Lambeth Group strata, that had not been possible by other commonly-used methods. This model includes seven previously unrecognised faults, with downthrows ranging from about 1 m to about 12 m. The model was constructed in the GSI3D geological modelling software using about 145 borehole records, including many legacy records, in an area of 850 m by 500 m. The basis of a GSI3D 3D geological model is a network of 2D cross-sections drawn by a geologist, generally connecting borehole positions (where the borehole records define the level of the geological units that are present), and outcrop and subcrop lines for those units (where shown by a geological map). When the lines tracing the base of each geological unit within the intersecting cross-sections are complete and mutually consistent, the software is used to generate TIN surfaces between those lines, so creating a 3D geological model. Even where a geological model is constructed as if no faults were present, changes in apparent dip between two data points within a single cross-section can indicate that a fault is present in that segment of the cross-section. If displacements of similar size with the same polarity are found in a series of adjacent cross-sections, the presence of a fault can be substantiated. If it is assumed that the fault is planar and vertical, then the pairs of constraining data points in each cross-section form a two-dimensional envelope within which the surface trace of the fault must lie. Generally, the broader the area of the model, the longer the envelope defined by the pairs of boreholes is, resulting in better constraint of the fault zone width and azimuth. Repetition or omission of the local stratigraphy in the constraining boreholes can demonstrate reverse or normal dip-slip motion. Even if this is not possible, borehole intercepts at the base of the youngest bedrock unit or at the top of the oldest bedrock unit can constrain the minimum angle of dip of the fault plane. Assessment of the maximum angle of dip requires intrusive investigation. This work is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License together with an NERC copyright. This license does not conflict with the regulations of the Crown Copyright.

  13. Listric versus planar normal fault geometry: an example from the Eisenstadt-Sopron Basin (E Austria)

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    Spahi?, Darko; Exner, Ulrike; Behm, Michael; Grasemann, Bernhard; Haring, Alexander; Pretsch, Herbert

    2011-10-01

    In a gravel pit at the eastern margin of the Eisenstadt-Sopron Basin, a satellite of Vienna Basin (Austria), Neogene sediments are exposed in the hanging wall of a major normal fault. The anticlinal structure and associated conjugated secondary normal faults were previously interpreted as a rollover anticline above a listric normal fault. The spatial orientation and distribution of sedimentary horizons and crosscutting faults were mapped in detail on a laser scan of the outcrop wall. Subsequently, in order to assess the 3D distribution and geometry of this fault system, a series of parallel ground penetrating radar (GPR) profiles were recorded behind the outcrop wall. Both outcrop and GPR data were compiled in a 3D structural model, providing the basis for a kinematic reconstruction of the fault plane using balanced cross-section techniques. However, the kinematic reconstruction results in a geologically meaningless normal fault cutting down- and up-section. Additionally, no evidence for a weak layer serving as ductile detachment horizon (i.e. salt or clay horizon) can be identified in stratigraphic profiles. Instead, the observed deflection of stratigraphic horizons may be caused by a displacement gradient along a planar master fault, with a maximum displacement in the fault centre, decreasing towards the fault tips. Accordingly, the observed deflection of markers in the hanging walland in a nearby location in the footwall of the normal faultis interpreted as large-scale fault drag along a planar fault that records a displacement gradient, instead of a rollover anticline related to a listric fault.

  14. Learning 3D Object Templates by Quantizing Geometry and Appearance Spaces.

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    Hu, Wenze; Zhu, Song-Chun

    2015-06-01

    While 3D object-centered shape-based models are appealing in comparison with 2D viewer-centered appearance-based models for their lower model complexities and potentially better view generalizabilities, the learning and inference of 3D models has been much less studied in the recent literature due to two factors: i) the enormous complexities of 3D shapes in geometric space; and ii) the gap between 3D shapes and their appearances in images. This paper aims at tackling the two problems by studying an And-Or Tree (AoT) representation that consists of two parts: i) a geometry-AoT quantizing the geometry space, i.e. the possible compositions of 3D volumetric parts and 2D surfaces within the volumes; and ii) an appearance-AoT quantizing the appearance space, i.e. the appearance variations of those shapes in different views. In this AoT, an And-node decomposes an entity into constituent parts, and an Or-node represents alternative ways of decompositions. Thus it can express a combinatorial number of geometry and appearance configurations through small dictionaries of 3D shape primitives and 2D image primitives. In the quantized space, the problem of learning a 3D object template is transformed to a structure search problem which can be efficiently solved in a dynamic programming algorithm by maximizing the information gain. We focus on learning 3D car templates from the AoT and collect a new car dataset featuring more diverse views. The learned car templates integrate both the shape-based model and the appearance-based model to combine the benefits of both. In experiments, we show three aspects: 1) the AoT is more efficient than the frequently used octree method in space representation; 2) the learned 3D car template matches the state-of-the art performances on car detection and pose estimation in a public multi-view car dataset; and 3) in our new dataset, the learned 3D template solves the joint task of simultaneous object detection, pose/view estimation, and part localization. It can generalize over unseen views and performs better than the version5 of the DPM model in terms of object detection and semantic part localization. PMID:26357342

  15. Progressive geometry coding of 3D meshes using hierarchical vertex set split

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    Peng, Jingliang; Kuo, C.-C. Jay

    2005-08-01

    A progressive lossless 3D geometry encoder using a hierarchical vertex set split method is presented in this work. Compared with prior art, the proposed coder has significantly better rate-distortion (R-D) performance at low bit-rates and provides visually pleasant intermediate meshes at all bit-rates. Given a 3D mesh, all its 3D vertices form an initial vertex set, which is split into several child vertex sets using the well-known Generalized Lloyd Algorithm (GLA). Each newly generated vertex set that contains more than one vertex is iteratively split so as to form a hierarchical structure. During the process of hierarchical vertex set split, a representative is calculated for each newly generated vertex set. Then, the representatives of all existing vertex sets form an approximation to the original 3D geometry. For each vertex set split, the number of child vertex sets is arithmetic encoded, and the offsets of the child representatives from their parent representative are sorted, quantized and arithmetic encoded. If a finer resolution is required for a vertex set containing only one vertex, the rectangloid cell containing that vertex can be further subdivided and coded iteratively. Experimental results are provided to demonstrate the superior performance of the proposed geometry coder.

  16. Graph-based segmentation for RGB-D data using 3-D geometry enhanced superpixels.

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    Yang, Jingyu; Gan, Ziqiao; Li, Kun; Hou, Chunping

    2015-05-01

    With the advances of depth sensing technologies, color image plus depth information (referred to as RGB-D data hereafter) is more and more popular for comprehensive description of 3-D scenes. This paper proposes a two-stage segmentation method for RGB-D data: 1) oversegmentation by 3-D geometry enhanced superpixels and 2) graph-based merging with label cost from superpixels. In the oversegmentation stage, 3-D geometrical information is reconstructed from the depth map. Then, a K-means-like clustering method is applied to the RGB-D data for oversegmentation using an 8-D distance metric constructed from both color and 3-D geometrical information. In the merging stage, treating each superpixel as a node, a graph-based model is set up to relabel the superpixels into semantically-coherent segments. In the graph-based model, RGB-D proximity, texture similarity, and boundary continuity are incorporated into the smoothness term to exploit the correlations of neighboring superpixels. To obtain a compact labeling, the label term is designed to penalize labels linking to similar superpixels that likely belong to the same object. Both the proposed 3-D geometry enhanced superpixel clustering method and the graph-based merging method from superpixels are evaluated by qualitative and quantitative results. By the fusion of color and depth information, the proposed method achieves superior segmentation performance over several state-of-the-art algorithms. PMID:25095278

  17. Spray Coating of Photoresist for 3D Microstructures with Different Geometries

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    Yu, Liming; Yeow Lee, Yong; Tay, Francis E. H.; Iliescu, Ciprian

    2006-04-01

    This paper presents the advantages of spray coating technique as compared to the conventional spin coating method for photoresist coating of 3D microstructures. An optimized mix of photoresist AZ4620: MEK: PGMEA (1:1.5:0.5) was used to achieve good coverage and uniformity of photoresist not only on planar surface, but also along the trenches' sidewall. In order to achieve the ideal coverage of photoresist layer, the effects of the geometries of the microstructures were also considered. Then, we implement this technique for our application in a MEMS device to prove the viability and potentiality of spray coating of photoresist for fabrication of 3D microstructures.

  18. Direct Detection of the Helical Magnetic Field Geometry from 3D Reconstruction of Prominence Knot Trajectories

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    Zapiór, Maciej; Martínez-Gómez, David

    2016-02-01

    Based on the data collected by the Vacuum Tower Telescope located in the Teide Observatory in the Canary Islands, we analyzed the three-dimensional (3D) motion of so-called knots in a solar prominence of 2014 June 9. Trajectories of seven knots were reconstructed, giving information of the 3D geometry of the magnetic field. Helical motion was detected. From the equipartition principle, we estimated the lower limit of the magnetic field in the prominence to ≈1–3 G and from the Ampère’s law the lower limit of the electric current to ≈1.2 × 109 A.

  19. 3-D Ground Motion Modeling for M7 Dynamic Rupture Earthquake Scenarios on the Wasatch Fault, Utah

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    Roten, D.; Olsen, K. B.; Pechmann, J. C.; Cruz-Atienza, V.; Magistrale, H.

    2008-12-01

    The Salt Lake City (SLC) segment of the Wasatch fault (WF) forms the eastern edge of the Salt Lake Valley, populated by 1 million people and underlain by alluvial sediments. The WF is capable of producing M7 earthquakes and represents a serious hazard to SLC, Utah. There is a large uncertainty associated with the ground motions expected from such events, due in part to the lack of strong motion records from large normal-faulting earthquakes, and to possible amplification effects from basin focusing and source directivity. We address these uncertainties by performing a series of rupture simulations on the WF using realistic sources, a sophisticated geophysical model of the Salt Lake Basin (SLB) and a complex 3-D model of the SLC segment of the WF. We use the newly developed Wasatch front community velocity model (WFCVM) which consists of detailed site response units and shallow shear wave data atop rule-based representations of basins along the Wasatch front, all embedded in a 3-D crust derived from seismic tomography. The WFCVM is validated by simulating three recorded, local M_w 3.3--3.7 earthquakes. The simulated ground motions reproduce the amplitude and duration of the observations at most sites reasonably well from 0.5--1.0 Hz, suggesting that the WFCVM is sufficiently accurate to be used for ground motion estimation up to 1 Hz. The M7 earthquake scenarios make use of a detailed 3-D model geometry of the SLC segment of the WF that we developed based on geological observations. To obtain a suite of realistic source representations for M7 WF simulations we perform spontaneous-rupture simulations on a planar, 43 km by 23 km fault with the staggered-grid split-node finite difference method. The stress drop and friction parameters were based on probabilistic spectral laws derived from earthquake seismic records. The resulting M_w7 rupture scenarios have maximum surface slip ranging from 2.5 to 3.2 meters. The slip rate histories from the spontaneous rupture scenarios are projected onto the irregular dipping geometry of the SLC fault segment and used to simulate wave propagation in the SLB using a 4th-order, staggered-grid visco-elastic finite difference method. We assess the importance of amplification effects caused by the velocity contrast between the hanging-wall sedimentary basin and the stiffer footwall rocks, quantify the sensitivity of the simulated ground motion to the rupture propagation direction and examine the variability of the simulated peak ground velocities for several rupture scenarios.

  20. Rupture dynamics and ground motion from 3-D rough-fault simulations

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    Shi, Zheqiang; Day, Steven M.

    2013-03-01

    perform three-dimensional (3-D) numerical calculations of dynamic rupture along non-planar faults to study the effects of fault roughness on rupture propagation and resultant ground motion. The fault roughness model follows a self-similar fractal distribution over length scales spanning three orders of magnitude, from ~102 to ~105 m. The fault is governed by a strongly rate-weakening friction, and the bulk material is subject to Drucker-Prager viscoplasticity. Fault roughness promotes the development of self-healing rupture pulses and a heterogeneous distribution of fault slip at the free surface and at depth. The inelastic deformation, generated by the large dynamic stress near rupture fronts, occurs in a narrow volume around the fault with heterogeneous thickness correlated to local roughness slopes. Inelastic deformation near the free surface, however, is induced by the stress waves originated from dynamic rupture at depth and spreads to large distances (>10 km) away from the fault. The present simulations model seismic wave excitation up to ~10 Hz with rupture lengths of ~100 km, permitting comparisons with empirical studies of ground-motion intensity measures of engineering interest. Characteristics of site-averaged synthetic response spectra, including the distance and period dependence of the median values, absolute level, and intra-event standard deviation, are comparable to appropriate empirical estimates throughout the period range 0.1-3.0 s. This class of model may provide a viable representation of the ground-motion excitation process over a wide frequency range in a large spatial domain, with potential applications to the numerical prediction of source- and path-specific effects on earthquake ground motion.

  1. Experiments with Uas Imagery for Automatic Modeling of Power Line 3d Geometry

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    Jóźków, G.; Vander Jagt, B.; Toth, C.

    2015-08-01

    The ideal mapping technology for transmission line inspection is the airborne LiDAR executed from helicopter platforms. It allows for full 3D geometry extraction in highly automated manner. Large scale aerial images can be also used for this purpose, however, automation is possible only for finding transmission line positions (2D geometry), and the sag needs to be estimated manually. For longer lines, these techniques are less expensive than ground surveys, yet they are still expensive. UAS technology has the potential to reduce these costs, especially if using inexpensive platforms with consumer grade cameras. This study investigates the potential of using high resolution UAS imagery for automatic modeling of transmission line 3D geometry. The key point of this experiment was to employ dense matching algorithms to appropriately acquired UAS images to have points created also on wires. This allowed to model the 3D geometry of transmission lines similarly to LiDAR acquired point clouds. Results showed that the transmission line modeling is possible with a high internal accuracy for both, horizontal and vertical directions, even when wires were represented by a partial (sparse) point cloud.

  2. 3-D ground motion modeling for M7 dynamic rupture earthquake scenarios on the Wasatch fault, Utah

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    Roten, D.; Olsen, K. B.; Cruz Atienza, V. M.; Pechmann, J. C.; Magistrale, H. W.

    2009-12-01

    The Salt Lake City segment of the Wasatch fault (WFSLC), located on the eastern edge of the Salt Lake Basin (SLB), is capable of producing M7 earthquakes and represents a serious seismic hazard to Salt Lake City, Utah. We simulate a series of rupture scenarios on the WFSLC to quantify the ground motion expected from such M7 events and to assess the importance of amplification effects from basin focusing and source directivity. We use the newly revised Wasatch Front community velocity model for our simulations, which is tested by simulating records of three local Mw 3.3-3.7 earthquakes in the frequency band 0.5 to 1.0 Hz. The M7 earthquake scenarios make use of a detailed 3-D model geometry of the WFSLC that we developed based on geological observations. To obtain a suite of realistic source representations for M7 WFSLC simulations we perform spontaneous-rupture simulations on a planar 43 km by 23 km fault with the staggered-grid split-node finite-difference (FD) method. We estimate the initial distribution of shear stress using models that assume depth-dependent normal stress for a dipping, normal fault as well as simpler models which use constant (depth-independent) normal stress. The slip rate histories from the spontaneous rupture scenarios are projected onto the irregular dipping geometry of the WFSLC and used to simulate 0-1 Hz wave propagation in the SLB area using a 4th-order, staggered-grid visco-elastic FD method. We find that peak ground velocities tend to be larger on the low-velocity sediments on the hanging wall side of the fault than on outcropping rock on the footwall side, confirming results of previous studies on normal faulting earthquakes. The simulated ground motions reveal strong along-strike directivity effects for ruptures nucleating towards the ends of the WFSLC. The 0-1 Hz FD simulations are combined with local scattering operators to obtain broadband (0-10 Hz) synthetics and maps of average peak ground motions. Finally we use broadband synthetics at shallow depth, modified to exclude effects of the free surface, as input to compute fully nonlinear 1-D SH ground motion along two profiles across the SLB. Nonlinear parameters of the SLB sediments are constrained from empirical relationships, which were adapted to match recent laboratory results for local Bonneville clay samples. The results of these combined 3-D linear, broadband and 1-D nonlinear simulations will help to quantify the combined effects of source directivity, basin amplification and nonlinear soil behaviour during future M7 earthquakes on the WFSLC.

  3. Effect of geometry on drug release from 3D printed tablets.

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    Goyanes, Alvaro; Robles Martinez, Pamela; Buanz, Asma; Basit, Abdul W; Gaisford, Simon

    2015-10-30

    The aim of this work was to explore the feasibility of combining hot melt extrusion (HME) with 3D printing (3DP) technology, with a view to producing different shaped tablets which would be otherwise difficult to produce using traditional methods. A filament extruder was used to obtain approx. 4% paracetamol loaded filaments of polyvinyl alcohol with characteristics suitable for use in fused-deposition modelling 3DP. Five different tablet geometries were successfully 3D-printed-cube, pyramid, cylinder, sphere and torus. The printing process did not affect the stability of the drug. Drug release from the tablets was not dependent on the surface area but instead on surface area to volume ratio, indicating the influence that geometrical shape has on drug release. An erosion-mediated process controlled drug release. This work has demonstrated the potential of 3DP to manufacture tablet shapes of different geometries, many of which would be challenging to manufacture by powder compaction. PMID:25934428

  4. 3D FEM Geometry and Material Flow Optimization of Porthole-Die Extrusion

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    Ceretti, Elisabetta; Mazzoni, Luca; Giardini, Claudio

    2007-05-17

    The aim of this work is to design and to improve the geometry of a porthole-die for the production of aluminum components by means of 3D FEM simulations. In fact, the use of finite element models will allow to investigate the effects of the die geometry (webs, extrusion cavity) on the material flow and on the stresses acting on the die so to reduce the die wear and to improve the tool life. The software used to perform the simulations was a commercial FEM code, Deform 3D. The technological data introduced in the FE model have been furnished by METRA S.p.A. Company, partner in this research. The results obtained have been considered valid and helpful by the Company for building a new optimized extrusion porthole-die.

  5. Dynamic earthquake rupture simulation on nonplanar faults embedded in 3D geometrically complex, heterogeneous Earth models

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    Duru, K.; Dunham, E. M.; Bydlon, S. A.; Radhakrishnan, H.

    2014-12-01

    Dynamic propagation of shear ruptures on a frictional interface is a useful idealization of a natural earthquake.The conditions relating slip rate and fault shear strength are often expressed as nonlinear friction laws.The corresponding initial boundary value problems are both numerically and computationally challenging.In addition, seismic waves generated by earthquake ruptures must be propagated, far away from fault zones, to seismic stations and remote areas.Therefore, reliable and efficient numerical simulations require both provably stable and high order accurate numerical methods.We present a numerical method for:a) enforcing nonlinear friction laws, in a consistent and provably stable manner, suitable for efficient explicit time integration;b) dynamic propagation of earthquake ruptures along rough faults; c) accurate propagation of seismic waves in heterogeneous media with free surface topography.We solve the first order form of the 3D elastic wave equation on a boundary-conforming curvilinear mesh, in terms of particle velocities and stresses that are collocated in space and time, using summation-by-parts finite differences in space. The finite difference stencils are 6th order accurate in the interior and 3rd order accurate close to the boundaries. Boundary and interface conditions are imposed weakly using penalties. By deriving semi-discrete energy estimates analogous to the continuous energy estimates we prove numerical stability. Time stepping is performed with a 4th order accurate explicit low storage Runge-Kutta scheme. We have performed extensive numerical experiments using a slip-weakening friction law on non-planar faults, including recent SCEC benchmark problems. We also show simulations on fractal faults revealing the complexity of rupture dynamics on rough faults. We are presently extending our method to rate-and-state friction laws and off-fault plasticity.

  6. Preliminary simulation of a M6.5 earthquake on the Seattle Fault using 3D finite-difference modeling

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    Stephenson, William J.; Frankel, Arthur D.

    2000-01-01

    A three-dimensional finite-difference simulation of a moderate-sized (M 6.5) thrust-faulting earthquake on the Seattle fault demonstrates the effects of the Seattle Basin on strong ground motion in the Puget lowland. The model area includes the cities of Seattle, Bremerton and Bellevue. We use a recently developed detailed 3D-velocity model of the Seattle Basin in these simulations. The model extended to 20-km depth and assumed rupture on a finite fault with random slip distribution. Preliminary results from simulations of frequencies 0.5 Hz and lower suggest amplification can occur at the surface of the Seattle Basin by the trapping of energy in the Quaternary sediments. Surface waves generated within the basin appear to contribute to amplification throughout the modeled region. Several factors apparently contribute to large ground motions in downtown Seattle: (1) radiation pattern and directivity from the rupture; (2) amplification and energy trapping within the Quaternary sediments; and (3) basin geometry and variation in depth of both Quaternary and Tertiary sediments

  7. Fault geometries and location in sedimentary cover during basement-controlled deformation: An experimental investigation

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    Vendeville, B. )

    1988-08-01

    Recent regional seismic and field investigations in the North Sea and the Gulf of Suez have shown that extension is partly controlled by reactivation of inherited basement structures and their upward propagation into the overlying sedimentary rocks. Basement control is expected to induce complex fault patterns into the sedimentary cover, especially if it includes weak stratigraphic horizons such as evaporites, marls, or shales. Relations between basement and cover fault geometries have been studied using scaled analog experiments and synthetic seismograms, which were compared with field and seismic data. Experiments were conducted for different dips of the basement fault and for a variety of rheological behaviors of the sedimentary sequence, ranging from purely ductile to entirely brittle. Ductile rocks were modeled using perfectly fluid silicon putty; dry sand simulated brittle layers. Experimental results show that both reverse and normal faults may occur, and that fault location, orientation, and development strongly depend on the rheology of the sedimentary cover. Basement-induced extension of a brittle cover induces transient high-angle reverse faults and late normal faults which both root into the basement fault at depth. Models with a ductile layer at the basement-cover interface show a permanent reverse fault above the basement fault, a basinward tilted block, and a rear graben structure located in the uplifted block. The geometry of transfer zones has also been investigated using 3-D models of interaction between tear faults and basement faults. Models show the development of arcuate structures and point out the influence of lateral boundary effects on the orientation of shallow normal and reverse faults.

  8. 3D Bioprinting of complex channels-Effects of material, orientation, geometry, and cell embedding.

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    Wüst, Silke; Müller, Ralph; Hofmann, Sandra

    2015-08-01

    Creating filled or hollow channels within 3D tissues has become increasingly important in tissue engineering. Channels can serve as vasculature enhancing medium perfusion or as conduits for nerve regeneration. The 3D biofabrication seems to be a promising method to generate these structures within 3D constructs layer-by-layer. In this study, geometry and interface of bioprinted channels were investigated with micro-computed tomography and fluorescent imaging. In filament printing, size and shape of printed channels are influenced by their orientation, which was analyzed by printing horizontally and vertically aligned channels, and by the ink, which was evaluated by comparing channels printed with an alginate-gelatin hydrogel or with an emulsion. The influence of geometry and cell-embedding in the hydrogel on feature size and shape was investigated by printing more complex channels. The generation of hollow channels, induced through leaching of a support phase, was monitored over time. Horizontally aligned channels provided 16× smaller cross-sectional areas than channels in vertical orientation. The smallest feature size of hydrogel filaments was twice as large compared to emulsion filaments. Feature size and shape depended on the geometry but did not alter when living cells were embedded. With that knowledge, channels can be consciously tailored to the particular needs. PMID:25524726

  9. Objective and subjective quality assessment of geometry compression of reconstructed 3D humans in a 3D virtual room

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    Mekuria, Rufael; Cesar, Pablo; Doumanis, Ioannis; Frisiello, Antonella

    2015-09-01

    Compression of 3D object based video is relevant for 3D Immersive applications. Nevertheless, the perceptual aspects of the degradation introduced by codecs for meshes and point clouds are not well understood. In this paper we evaluate the subjective and objective degradations introduced by such codecs in a state of art 3D immersive virtual room. In the 3D immersive virtual room, users are captured with multiple cameras, and their surfaces are reconstructed as photorealistic colored/textured 3D meshes or point clouds. To test the perceptual effect of compression and transmission, we render degraded versions with different frame rates in different contexts (near/far) in the scene. A quantitative subjective study with 16 users shows that negligible distortion of decoded surfaces compared to the original reconstructions can be achieved in the 3D virtual room. In addition, a qualitative task based analysis in a full prototype field trial shows increased presence, emotion, user and state recognition of the reconstructed 3D Human representation compared to animated computer avatars.

  10. Dynamic earthquake rupture simulations on nonplanar faults embedded in 3D geometrically complex, heterogeneous elastic solids

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    Duru, Kenneth; Dunham, Eric M.

    2016-01-01

    Dynamic propagation of shear ruptures on a frictional interface in an elastic solid is a useful idealization of natural earthquakes. The conditions relating discontinuities in particle velocities across fault zones and tractions acting on the fault are often expressed as nonlinear friction laws. The corresponding initial boundary value problems are both numerically and computationally challenging. In addition, seismic waves generated by earthquake ruptures must be propagated for many wavelengths away from the fault. Therefore, reliable and efficient numerical simulations require both provably stable and high order accurate numerical methods. We present a high order accurate finite difference method for: a) enforcing nonlinear friction laws, in a consistent and provably stable manner, suitable for efficient explicit time integration; b) dynamic propagation of earthquake ruptures along nonplanar faults; and c) accurate propagation of seismic waves in heterogeneous media with free surface topography. We solve the first order form of the 3D elastic wave equation on a boundary-conforming curvilinear mesh, in terms of particle velocities and stresses that are collocated in space and time, using summation-by-parts (SBP) finite difference operators in space. Boundary and interface conditions are imposed weakly using penalties. By deriving semi-discrete energy estimates analogous to the continuous energy estimates we prove numerical stability. The finite difference stencils used in this paper are sixth order accurate in the interior and third order accurate close to the boundaries. However, the method is applicable to any spatial operator with a diagonal norm satisfying the SBP property. Time stepping is performed with a 4th order accurate explicit low storage Runge-Kutta scheme, thus yielding a globally fourth order accurate method in both space and time. We show numerical simulations on band limited self-similar fractal faults revealing the complexity of rupture dynamics on rough faults.

  11. 3D Geometry and Motion Estimations of Maneuvering Targets for Interferometric ISAR With Sparse Aperture.

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    Xu, Gang; Xing, Mengdao; Xia, Xiang-Gen; Zhang, Lei; Chen, Qianqian; Bao, Zheng

    2016-05-01

    In the current scenario of high-resolution inverse synthetic aperture radar (ISAR) imaging, the non-cooperative targets may have strong maneuverability, which tends to cause time-variant Doppler modulation and imaging plane in the echoed data. Furthermore, it is still a challenge to realize ISAR imaging of maneuvering targets from sparse aperture (SA) data. In this paper, we focus on the problem of 3D geometry and motion estimations of maneuvering targets for interferometric ISAR (InISAR) with SA. For a target of uniformly accelerated rotation, the rotational modulation in echo is formulated as chirp sensing code under a chirp-Fourier dictionary to represent the maneuverability. In particular, a joint multi-channel imaging approach is developed to incorporate the multi-channel data and treat the multi-channel ISAR image formation as a joint-sparsity constraint optimization. Then, a modified orthogonal matching pursuit (OMP) algorithm is employed to solve the optimization problem to produce high-resolution range-Doppler (RD) images and chirp parameter estimation. The 3D target geometry and the motion estimations are followed by using the acquired RD images and chirp parameters. Herein, a joint estimation approach of 3D geometry and rotation motion is presented to realize outlier removing and error reduction. In comparison with independent single-channel processing, the proposed joint multi-channel imaging approach performs better in 2D imaging, 3D imaging, and motion estimation. Finally, experiments using both simulated and measured data are performed to confirm the effectiveness of the proposed algorithm. PMID:26930684

  12. Geometry and kinematics of active normal faults, South Oquirrh Mountains, Utah: implication for fault growth

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    Wu, Daning; Bruhn, Ronald L.

    1994-08-01

    The NNW-striking South Oquirrh Mountains normal fault zone consists of four individual faults. The individual faults are arranged in a right-stepping pattern in the north and a left-stepping pattern in the south, forming a convex-shaped fault zone in map view with the apex towards the hanging wall. Late Quaternary fault activity is characterized by 2.0-4.5 m high discontinuous fault scarps developed in both late Quaternary alluvium and bedrock. The fault scarps in bedrock contain evidence of two large rupture events. The last large earthquake occurred prior to the highstand of the Bonneville lake cycle (15 ka), based on cross-cutting relationship between the Bonneville shoreline and the fault scarp, and on comparisons of fault scarp morphology. Cumulative displacement patterns inferred from range crest elevations, Bouguer gravity data in the adjacent basin and rotation of the subsidiary faults adjacent to the West Mercur fault are similar to the pattern of displacements measured across late Quaternary fault scarps; that is, the maximum displacement is near the apex of the convex-shaped fault zone, where the West Mercur fault is located, and then tapers off towards both ends of the fault zone. Fault traces that range from a few meters to tens of kilometers long are characterized by two dominant orientations (strike N11W and N43W): the two orientations are separated from each other by a statistically constant angle of 33 3. Slip directions concentrate on a trend of S70W for both groups of faults, perpendicular to the average strike of the fault zone. These data indicate that the geometry of the fault surfaces is non-cylindrical and may be composed of self-similar structural ridges and troughs of variable wavelength and amplitude that are elongated parallel to slip direction. The relationships between fault geometry, displacement and geomorphology in the South Oquirrh Mountains fault zone suggests a growth model of normal faults in which apex points on the convex-shaped fault sections mark the nucleation points of primary faults. Secondary faults developed at the ends of the primary fault step into the footwall block as the fault zone grows laterally. Intersecting regions between two laterally growing fault zones are concave-shaped in map view.

  13. Mapping 3-D functional capillary geometry in rat skeletal muscle in vivo.

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    Fraser, Graham M; Milkovich, Stephanie; Goldman, Daniel; Ellis, Christopher G

    2012-02-01

    We have developed a novel mapping software package to reconstruct microvascular networks in three dimensions (3-D) from in vivo video images for use in blood flow and O2 transport modeling. An intravital optical imaging system was used to collect video sequences of blood flow in microvessels at different depths in the tissue. Functional images of vessels were produced from the video sequences and were processed using automated edge tracking software to yield location and geometry data for construction of the 3-D network. The same video sequences were analyzed for hemodynamic and O2 saturation data from individual capillaries in the network. Simple user-driven commands allowed the connection of vessel segments at bifurcations, and semiautomated registration enabled the tracking of vessels across multiple focal planes and fields of view. The reconstructed networks can be rotated and manipulated in 3-D to verify vessel connections and continuity. Hemodynamic and O2 saturation measurements made in vivo can be indexed to corresponding vessels and visualized using colorized maps of the vascular geometry. Vessels in each reconstruction are saved as text-based files that can be easily imported into flow or O2 transport models with complete geometry, hemodynamic, and O2 transport conditions. The results of digital morphometric analysis of seven microvascular networks showed mean capillary diameters and overall capillary density consistent with previous findings using histology and corrosion cast techniques. The described mapping software is a valuable tool for the quantification of in vivo microvascular geometry, hemodynamics, and oxygenation, thus providing rich data sets for experiment-based computational models. PMID:22140042

  14. IM3D: A parallel Monte Carlo code for efficient simulations of primary radiation displacements and damage in 3D geometry

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    Li, Yong Gang; Yang, Yang; Short, Michael P.; Ding, Ze Jun; Zeng, Zhi; Li, Ju

    2015-01-01

    SRIM-like codes have limitations in describing general 3D geometries, for modeling radiation displacements and damage in nanostructured materials. A universal, computationally efficient and massively parallel 3D Monte Carlo code, IM3D, has been developed with excellent parallel scaling performance. IM3D is based on fast indexing of scattering integrals and the SRIM stopping power database, and allows the user a choice of Constructive Solid Geometry (CSG) or Finite Element Triangle Mesh (FETM) method for constructing 3D shapes and microstructures. For 2D films and multilayers, IM3D perfectly reproduces SRIM results, and can be ∼102 times faster in serial execution and > 104 times faster using parallel computation. For 3D problems, it provides a fast approach for analyzing the spatial distributions of primary displacements and defect generation under ion irradiation. Herein we also provide a detailed discussion of our open-source collision cascade physics engine, revealing the true meaning and limitations of the “Quick Kinchin-Pease” and “Full Cascades” options. The issues of femtosecond to picosecond timescales in defining displacement versus damage, the limitation of the displacements per atom (DPA) unit in quantifying radiation damage (such as inadequacy in quantifying degree of chemical mixing), are discussed. PMID:26658477

  15. IM3D: A parallel Monte Carlo code for efficient simulations of primary radiation displacements and damage in 3D geometry.

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    Li, Yong Gang; Yang, Yang; Short, Michael P; Ding, Ze Jun; Zeng, Zhi; Li, Ju

    2015-01-01

    SRIM-like codes have limitations in describing general 3D geometries, for modeling radiation displacements and damage in nanostructured materials. A universal, computationally efficient and massively parallel 3D Monte Carlo code, IM3D, has been developed with excellent parallel scaling performance. IM3D is based on fast indexing of scattering integrals and the SRIM stopping power database, and allows the user a choice of Constructive Solid Geometry (CSG) or Finite Element Triangle Mesh (FETM) method for constructing 3D shapes and microstructures. For 2D films and multilayers, IM3D perfectly reproduces SRIM results, and can be ∼10(2) times faster in serial execution and > 10(4) times faster using parallel computation. For 3D problems, it provides a fast approach for analyzing the spatial distributions of primary displacements and defect generation under ion irradiation. Herein we also provide a detailed discussion of our open-source collision cascade physics engine, revealing the true meaning and limitations of the "Quick Kinchin-Pease" and "Full Cascades" options. The issues of femtosecond to picosecond timescales in defining displacement versus damage, the limitation of the displacements per atom (DPA) unit in quantifying radiation damage (such as inadequacy in quantifying degree of chemical mixing), are discussed. PMID:26658477

  16. IM3D: A parallel Monte Carlo code for efficient simulations of primary radiation displacements and damage in 3D geometry

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    Li, Yong Gang; Yang, Yang; Short, Michael P.; Ding, Ze Jun; Zeng, Zhi; Li, Ju

    2015-12-01

    SRIM-like codes have limitations in describing general 3D geometries, for modeling radiation displacements and damage in nanostructured materials. A universal, computationally efficient and massively parallel 3D Monte Carlo code, IM3D, has been developed with excellent parallel scaling performance. IM3D is based on fast indexing of scattering integrals and the SRIM stopping power database, and allows the user a choice of Constructive Solid Geometry (CSG) or Finite Element Triangle Mesh (FETM) method for constructing 3D shapes and microstructures. For 2D films and multilayers, IM3D perfectly reproduces SRIM results, and can be ?102 times faster in serial execution and >?104 times faster using parallel computation. For 3D problems, it provides a fast approach for analyzing the spatial distributions of primary displacements and defect generation under ion irradiation. Herein we also provide a detailed discussion of our open-source collision cascade physics engine, revealing the true meaning and limitations of the Quick Kinchin-Pease and Full Cascades options. The issues of femtosecond to picosecond timescales in defining displacement versus damage, the limitation of the displacements per atom (DPA) unit in quantifying radiation damage (such as inadequacy in quantifying degree of chemical mixing), are discussed.

  17. Fault geometries in basement-induced wrench faulting under different initial stress states

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    Naylor, M. A.; Mandl, G.; Supesteijn, C. H. K.

    Scaled sandbox experiments were used to generate models for relative ages, dip, strike and three-dimensional shape of faults in basement-controlled wrench faulting. The basic fault sequence runs from early en échelon Riedel shears and splay faults through 'lower-angle' shears to P shears. The Riedel shears are concave upwards and define a tulip structure in cross-section. In three dimensions, each Riedel shear has a helicoidal form. The sequence of faults and three-dimensional geometry are rationalized in terms of the prevailing stress field and Coulomb-Mohr theory of shear failure. The stress state in the sedimentary overburden before wrenching begins has a substantial influence on the fault geometries and on the final complexity of the fault zone. With the maximum compressive stress (∂ 1) initially parallel to the basement fault (transtension), Riedel shears are only slightly en échelon, sub-parallel to the basement fault, steeply dipping with a reduced helicoidal aspect. Conversely, with ∂ 1 initially perpendicular to the basement fault (transpression), Riedel shears are strongly oblique to the basement fault strike, have lower dips and an exaggerated helicoidal form; the final fault zone is both wide and complex. We find good agreement between the models and both mechanical theory and natural examples of wrench faulting.

  18. Fractal geometry of sedimentary rocks: simulation in 3-D using a Relaxed Bidisperse Ballistic Deposition Model

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    Giri, Abhra; Tarafdar, Sujata; Gouze, Philippe; Dutta, Tapati

    2013-03-01

    Several studies, both theoretical and experimental, show that sedimentary rocks have a fractal pore-grain interface. In this paper a computer simulated 3-D sedimentary rock structure generated by the Relaxed Ballistic Bidisperse Deposition Model (RBBDM), is investigated to characterize the micro structure of its pores. The pore volume and the rock-pore interface show the same fractal dimension indicating that the pore volume is a fractal. The two point density correlation is computed for the pore space and the results compare favourably with the range reported from experiments. An array of 2-D X-ray tomography micrograph sections of a real sedimentary rock, an oolitic limestone (pure calcite) from the Mondeville formation of Middle Jurassic age (Paris Basin, France), was used to generate a 3-D bitmap. The 3-D real rock sample generated in this manner, was analysed for similar studies as the simulated structure. The results were compared with those obtained from simulation. The simulation results agree qualitatively with the real rock sample. Diffusion through the connected pore space of the simulated structure was studied using a random walk algorithm and the results compared with the similar simulation study done on the 3-D oolitic limestone specimen. In both cases diffusion was found to be anomalous indicating that the sedimentary rock has a fractal geometry. The favourable comparability of results between the simulated and real rock supports the usefulness of the model of sedimentary rock generation which can be applicable to transport phenomena.

  19. 3D Digital Surveying and Modelling of Cave Geometry: Application to Paleolithic Rock Art

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    Gonzlez-Aguilera, Diego; Muoz-Nieto, Angel; Gmez-Lahoz, Javier; Herrero-Pascual, Jesus; Gutierrez-Alonso, Gabriel

    2009-01-01

    3D digital surveying and modelling of cave geometry represents a relevant approach for research, management and preservation of our cultural and geological legacy. In this paper, a multi-sensor approach based on a terrestrial laser scanner, a high-resolution digital camera and a total station is presented. Two emblematic caves of Paleolithic human occupation and situated in northern Spain, Las Caldas and Pea de Candamo, have been chosen to put in practise this approach. As a result, an integral and multi-scalable 3D model is generated which may allow other scientists, pre-historians, geologists, to work on two different levels, integrating different Paleolithic Art datasets: (1) a basic level based on the accurate and metric support provided by the laser scanner; and (2) a advanced level using the range and image-based modelling. PMID:22399958

  20. Real-time 3D target tracking and localization for arbitrary camera geometries

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    Kulkarni, Ashutosh P.; Abousleman, Glen P.; Si, Jennie

    2007-04-01

    In this paper, we present a real-time 3-D tracking system which using two cameras with substantially arbitrary geometries. The primary goal of the proposed system is to capture incoming stereo vision feeds, examine and compare targets across the cameras, and using a derived camera calibration matrix, project them in real-world 3-D coordinates, in real time. The system is divided into two main components: Camera calibration, and tracking and cross-camera object matching. In the proposed system, algorithms such as 8-point feature matching form the basis for the camera calibration/pose estimation mechanism, while color histogram forms a robust feature for tracking across-camera The proposed system is robust and applicable to heterogeneous moving objects such as people, vehicles, and boats.

  1. 3D Digital Surveying and Modelling of Cave Geometry: Application to Paleolithic Rock Art.

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    González-Aguilera, Diego; Muñoz-Nieto, Angel; Gómez-Lahoz, Javier; Herrero-Pascual, Jesus; Gutierrez-Alonso, Gabriel

    2009-01-01

    3D digital surveying and modelling of cave geometry represents a relevant approach for research, management and preservation of our cultural and geological legacy. In this paper, a multi-sensor approach based on a terrestrial laser scanner, a high-resolution digital camera and a total station is presented. Two emblematic caves of Paleolithic human occupation and situated in northern Spain, "Las Caldas" and "Peña de Candamo", have been chosen to put in practise this approach. As a result, an integral and multi-scalable 3D model is generated which may allow other scientists, pre-historians, geologists…, to work on two different levels, integrating different Paleolithic Art datasets: (1) a basic level based on the accurate and metric support provided by the laser scanner; and (2) a advanced level using the range and image-based modelling. PMID:22399958

  2. New prediction scheme for geometry coding of 3D meshes within the MPEG-4 framework

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    Curila, Sorin; Curila, Mircea; Zaharia, Titus; Mozelle, Gerard; Preteux, Francoise J.

    1999-03-01

    The expected increase of 3D data which will result from the development of multimedia systems requires improved compression algorithms in order to reduce the cost of data transmission. In the case of 3D data represented by 3D meshes, the coding procedure involves three different coding steps for the topology, the geometry and the attributes (such as texture, color and curvature) of the mesh. In this paper, we address the issue of 3D mesh geometry coding. Within a predictive framework and under a bitrate control constraint, we study two different prediction rules, namely the parallelogram and the polygonal rule, and present a comparison of their performances. The parallelogram rule uses the ancestors defined by the triangle tree traversal order of the mesh to predict the current vertex, while the polygonal rule performs the prediction from the already decoded vertices in the polygons incident to the current vertex. The two prediction rules applied to polygonal and triangular meshes lead to different behaviors in terms of compression ratio and distortion index. The parallelogram rule yields better results in the case of triangular models, while the polygonal rule is more efficient for most of the polygonal models. Based on this analysis, we combine the two prediction rules into a novel scheme, taking advantage of the specificity of each prediction. The simulations, carried out on 294 models of the Moving Picture Expert Group (MPEG) data set, established that an effective gain of up to 50% reduction of the distortion at a given bitrate was obtained by using the cooperative scheme.

  3. Reliable and Fault-Tolerant Software-Defined Network Operations Scheme for Remote 3D Printing

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    Kim, Dongkyun; Gil, Joon-Min

    2015-03-01

    The recent wide expansion of applicable three-dimensional (3D) printing and software-defined networking (SDN) technologies has led to a great deal of attention being focused on efficient remote control of manufacturing processes. SDN is a renowned paradigm for network softwarization, which has helped facilitate remote manufacturing in association with high network performance, since SDN is designed to control network paths and traffic flows, guaranteeing improved quality of services by obtaining network requests from end-applications on demand through the separated SDN controller or control plane. However, current SDN approaches are generally focused on the controls and automation of the networks, which indicates that there is a lack of management plane development designed for a reliable and fault-tolerant SDN environment. Therefore, in addition to the inherent advantage of SDN, this paper proposes a new software-defined network operations center (SD-NOC) architecture to strengthen the reliability and fault-tolerance of SDN in terms of network operations and management in particular. The cooperation and orchestration between SDN and SD-NOC are also introduced for the SDN failover processes based on four principal SDN breakdown scenarios derived from the failures of the controller, SDN nodes, and connected links. The abovementioned SDN troubles significantly reduce the network reachability to remote devices (e.g., 3D printers, super high-definition cameras, etc.) and the reliability of relevant control processes. Our performance consideration and analysis results show that the proposed scheme can shrink operations and management overheads of SDN, which leads to the enhancement of responsiveness and reliability of SDN for remote 3D printing and control processes.

  4. CasimirSim - A Tool to Compute Casimir Polder Forces for Nontrivial 3D Geometries

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    Sedmik, Rene; Tajmar, Martin

    2007-01-30

    The so-called Casimir effect is one of the most interesting macro-quantum effects. Being negligible on the macro-scale it becomes a governing factor below structure sizes of 1 {mu}m where it accounts for typically 100 kN m-2. The force does not depend on gravity, or electric charge but solely on the materials properties, and geometrical shape. This makes the effect a strong candidate for micro(nano)-mechanical devices M(N)EMS. Despite a long history of research the theory lacks a uniform description valid for arbitrary geometries which retards technical application. We present an advanced state-of-the-art numerical tool overcoming all the usual geometrical restrictions, capable of calculating arbitrary 3D geometries by utilizing the Casimir Polder approximation for the Casimir force.

  5. Waveform tomography in 2.5-D to appropriately handle 3-D geometry

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    Smithyman, B.; Clowes, R. M.

    2011-12-01

    In order to improve the tractability of waveform tomography when applied to field data acquired along a crooked-line, we implement 2.5-D forward modeling and inversion. Waveform tomography combines conventional velocity-model building (i.e. tomography) with full-waveform inversion to reconstruct an image of subsurface acoustic velocity. For reasons of computational efficiency, it is desirable to use 2-D full-waveform inversion when processing data acquired with 2-D seismic survey geometry. However, crooked-line acquisition results in a cross-line component of the source-receiver offset that cannot be accounted for by 2-D forward modeling. If the cross-line geometry components are significant, full-waveform inversion may be intractable. To address the latter difficulty, we first apply 3-D traveltime tomography to generate a 2-D cross-sectional initial velocity model by taking a representative average slice through the 3-D model. Then this initial model from traveltime inversion is iteratively updated by 2.5-D full-waveform inversion using a frequency-domain viscoacoustic implementation. The 2.5-D method generates waveform data by combining the solutions of multiple 2-D wave equation components. Each wavefield represents the solution of a modified wave equation in which the cross-line wavenumber takes a value between zero and ~?/c. The results are combined by inverse Fourier transform in the cross-line coordinate. This produces a synthetic wavefield that is a solution to the 3-D viscoacoustic wave equation in a 2-D velocity model. Consequently, the 2.5-D synthetic wavefield better approximates seismic field data (including crooked-line geometry), when compared to a 2-D synthetic result. Cross-line source-receiver offsets can be accounted for by reconstructing the wavefield out-of-plane with respect to the source. The amplitude and phase of the wavefield are consistent with a 3-D solution in a model that is homogeneous in one direction. The 2-D model is ideally aligned along the seismic survey line to minimize cross-line offsets, since this method does not incorporate cross-line model variation. A synthetic result highlights the benefits of this method of full-waveform inversion. A real-data comparison is presented to contrast this result with an approach using a static correction for geometry followed by the more usual 2-D full-waveform inversion. When 3-D geometry is present on the seismic acquisition line, this newly developed 2.5-D method yields improved results over 2-D full-waveform inversion. In addition, the 2.5-D method is substantially less expensive computationally than full 3-D full-waveform inversion applied to 2-D crooked-line acquisition.

  6. The internal geometry of salt structures - A first look using 3D seismic data from the Zechstein of the Netherlands

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    Van Gent, Heijn; Urai, Janos L.; de Keijzer, Martin

    2011-03-01

    We present a first look at the large-scale, complexly folded and faulted internal structure of Zechstein salt bodies in NW Europe using 3D reflection seismic reflection data from two surveys on the Groningen High and the Cleaver Bank High. We focus on a relatively brittle, folded and boudinaged, claystone-carbonate-anhydrite layer (the Z3 stringer) enclosed in ductile salt. A first classification of the structures is presented and compared with observations from salt mines and analogue and numerical models. Z3 stringers not only are reservoirs for hydrocarbons but can also present a serious drilling problem in some areas. Results of this study could provide the basis for better prediction of zones of drilling problems. More generally, the techniques presented here can be used to predict the internal structure of salt bodies, to estimate the geometry of economic deposits of all kinds and locate zones suitable for storage caverns. Structures observed include an extensive network of zones with increased thickness of the stringer. These we infer to have formed by early diagenesis, karstification, gravitational sliding and associated local sedimentation. Later, this template was deformed into large-scale folds and boudins during salt tectonics. Salt flow was rarely plane strain, producing complex fold and boudin geometries. Deformation was further complicated by the stronger zones of increased thickness, which led to strongly non-cylindrical structures. We present some indications that the thicker zones also influence the locations of later suprasalt structures, suggesting a feedback between the early internal evolution of this salt giant and later salt tectonics. This study opens the possibility to study the internal structure of the Zechstein and other salt giants in 3D using this technique, exposing a previously poorly known structure which is comparable in size and complexity to the internal parts of some orogens.

  7. SU-E-J-128: 3D Surface Reconstruction of a Patient Using Epipolar Geometry

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    Kotoku, J; Nakabayashi, S; Kumagai, S; Ishibashi, T; Kobayashi, T; Haga, A; Saotome, N; Arai, N

    2014-06-01

    Purpose: To obtain a 3D surface data of a patient in a non-invasive way can substantially reduce the effort for the registration of patient in radiation therapy. To achieve this goal, we introduced the multiple view stereo technique, which is known to be used in a 'photo tourism' on the internet. Methods: 70 Images were taken with a digital single-lens reflex camera from different angles and positions. The camera positions and angles were inferred later in the reconstruction step. A sparse 3D reconstruction model was locating by SIFT features, which is robust for rotation and shift variance, in each image. We then found a set of correspondences between pairs of images by computing the fundamental matrix using the eight-point algorithm with RANSAC. After the pair matching, we optimized the parameter including camera positions to minimize the reprojection error by use of bundle adjustment technique (non-linear optimization). As a final step, we performed dense reconstruction and associate a color with each point using the library of PMVS. Results: Surface data were reconstructed well by visual inspection. The human skin is reconstructed well, althogh the reconstruction was time-consuming for direct use in daily clinical practice. Conclusion: 3D reconstruction using multi view stereo geometry is a promising tool for reducing the effort of patient setup. This work was supported by JSPS KAKENHI(25861128)

  8. Predicting band structure of 3D mechanical metamaterials with complex geometry via XFEM

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    Zhao, Jifeng; Li, Ying; Liu, Wing Kam

    2015-04-01

    Band structure characterizes the most important property of mechanical metamaterials. However, predicting the band structure of 3D metamaterials with complex microstructures through direct numerical simulation (DNS) is computationally inefficient due to the complexity of meshing. To overcome this issue, an extended finite element method (XFEM)-based method is developed to predict 3D metamaterial band structures. Since the microstructure and material interface are implicitly resolved by the level-set function embedded in the XFEM formulation, a non-conforming (such as uniform) mesh is used in the proposed method to avoid the difficulties in meshing complex geometries. The accuracy and mesh convergence of the proposed method have been validated and verified by studying the band structure of a spherical particle embedded in a cube and comparing the results with DNS. The band structures of 3D metamaterials with different microstructures have been studied using the proposed method with the same finite element mesh, indicating the flexibility of this method. This XFEM-based method opens new opportunities in design and optimization of mechanical metamaterials with target functions, e.g. location and width of the band gap, by eliminating the iterative procedure of re-building and re-meshing microstructures that is required by classical DNS type of methods.

  9. Image-based reconstruction of 3D myocardial infarct geometry for patient specific applications

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    Ukwatta, Eranga; Rajchl, Martin; White, James; Pashakhanloo, Farhad; Herzka, Daniel A.; McVeigh, Elliot; Lardo, Albert C.; Trayanova, Natalia; Vadakkumpadan, Fijoy

    2015-03-01

    Accurate reconstruction of the three-dimensional (3D) geometry of a myocardial infarct from two-dimensional (2D) multi-slice image sequences has important applications in the clinical evaluation and treatment of patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy. However, this reconstruction is challenging because the resolution of common clinical scans used to acquire infarct structure, such as short-axis, late-gadolinium enhanced cardiac magnetic resonance (LGE-CMR) images, is low, especially in the out-of-plane direction. In this study, we propose a novel technique to reconstruct the 3D infarct geometry from low resolution clinical images. Our methodology is based on a function called logarithm of odds (LogOdds), which allows the broader class of linear combinations in the LogOdds vector space as opposed to being limited to only a convex combination in the binary label space. To assess the efficacy of the method, we used high-resolution LGE-CMR images of 36 human hearts in vivo, and 3 canine hearts ex vivo. The infarct was manually segmented in each slice of the acquired images, and the manually segmented data were downsampled to clinical resolution. The developed method was then applied to the downsampled image slices, and the resulting reconstructions were compared with the manually segmented data. Several existing reconstruction techniques were also implemented, and compared with the proposed method. The results show that the LogOdds method significantly outperforms all the other tested methods in terms of region overlap.

  10. Image-based Reconstruction of 3D Myocardial Infarct Geometry for Patient Specific Applications

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    Ukwatta, Eranga; Rajchl, Martin; White, James; Pashakhanloo, Farhad; Herzka, Daniel A.; McVeigh, Elliot; Lardo, Albert C.; Trayanova, Natalia; Vadakkumpadan, Fijoy

    2015-01-01

    Accurate reconstruction of the three-dimensional (3D) geometry of a myocardial infarct from two-dimensional (2D) multi-slice image sequences has important applications in the clinical evaluation and treatment of patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy. However, this reconstruction is challenging because the resolution of common clinical scans used to acquire infarct structure, such as short-axis, late-gadolinium enhanced cardiac magnetic resonance (LGE-CMR) images, is low, especially in the out-of-plane direction. In this study, we propose a novel technique to reconstruct the 3D infarct geometry from low resolution clinical images. Our methodology is based on a function called logarithm of odds (LogOdds), which allows the broader class of linear combinations in the LogOdds vector space as opposed to being limited to only a convex combination in the binary label space. To assess the efficacy of the method, we used high-resolution LGE-CMR images of 36 human hearts in vivo, and 3 canine hearts ex vivo. The infarct was manually segmented in each slice of the acquired images, and the manually segmented data were downsampled to clinical resolution. The developed method was then applied to the downsampled image slices, and the resulting reconstructions were compared with the manually segmented data. Several existing reconstruction techniques were also implemented, and compared with the proposed method. The results show that the LogOdds method significantly outperforms all the other tested methods in terms of region overlap. PMID:26633913

  11. Development of an algorithm to measure defect geometry using a 3D laser scanner

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    Kilambi, S.; Tipton, S. M.

    2012-08-01

    Current fatigue life prediction models for coiled tubing (CT) require accurate measurements of the defect geometry. Three-dimensional (3D) laser imaging has shown promise toward becoming a nondestructive, non-contacting method of surface defect characterization. Laser imaging provides a detailed photographic image of a flaw, in addition to a detailed 3D surface map from which its critical dimensions can be measured. This paper describes algorithms to determine defect characteristics, specifically depth, width, length and projected cross-sectional area. Curve-fitting methods were compared and implicit algebraic fits have higher probability of convergence compared to explicit geometric fits. Among the algebraic fits, the Taubin circle fit has the least error. The algorithm was able to extract the dimensions of the flaw geometry from the scanned data of CT to within a tolerance of about 0.127 mm, close to the tolerance specified for the laser scanner itself, compared to measurements made using traveling microscopes. The algorithm computes the projected surface area of the flaw, which could previously only be estimated from the dimension measurements and the assumptions made about cutter shape. Although shadows compromised the accuracy of the shape characterization, especially for deep and narrow flaws, the results indicate that the algorithm with laser scanner can be used for non-destructive evaluation of CT in the oil field industry. Further work is needed to improve accuracy, to eliminate shadow effects and to reduce radial deviation.

  12. Fault core and slip zone geometry, wear and evolution

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    Shervais, K.; Kirkpatrick, J. D.

    2014-12-01

    The static strength and dynamic shear resistance of seismic faults depend on composition, shape, spatial variability, and distribution of asperities on fault surfaces. To characterize these qualities in a paleoseismic fault, we studied the Boyd Fault, a Laramide thrust exposed in crystalline rocks south of Palm Desert, CA. High-resolution digital elevation models of outcrops were rectified with fault strike and dip and used to map 62 m of exposed fault core in the field at three exposures over 175 m along fault strike. The fault core exhibits stratified layers of fault gouge of varying thicknesses with crosscutting relationships and discontinuous layers. One layer is interpreted as the most recent slip event because it crosscuts all the others and has injection veins branching into both the footwall and hanging wall. Microstructures and the presence of gouge injections indicate fluidization of the gouge throughout the fault slip zone during seismic slip. We compared the geometry of the most recent slip event to the fault core as a whole to constrain how the characteristics of the fault evolve with displacement. We found four "thresholds": a. the length scales at which the variance of 1. total fault core thickness and 2. the most recent gouge layer thickness do not fluctuate and remain stable, via experimental semivariograms; b. the length scale at which wear is scale dependent, via power spectral density (PSD) calculations from cross sections through the most recent layer and the fault core; and c. the scale at which fault wear transitions from inelastic to elastic, via the maximum length of hanging wall asperity clasts in the fault gouge. By comparing the most recent event with the core as a whole, these results indicate that faults smooth with displacement, but clast compositions provide evidence of preferential wear due to wall rock composition differences. In addition, slip zone thickness decreases and becomes less variable. We suggest the correlation length scale in the slip zone thickness defines the length scale of an asperity on the fault surface. Overall, our results indicate an evolution of the size and distribution of asperities, implying dynamic shear strength and the static strength of the fault also vary with increasing displacement.

  13. Bispectrum feature extraction of gearbox faults based on nonnegative Tucker3 decomposition with 3D calculations

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    Wang, Haijun; Xu, Feiyun; Zhao, Jun'ai; Jia, Minping; Hu, Jianzhong; Huang, Peng

    2013-11-01

    Nonnegative Tucker3 decomposition(NTD) has attracted lots of attentions for its good performance in 3D data array analysis. However, further research is still necessary to solve the problems of overfitting and slow convergence under the anharmonic vibration circumstance occurred in the field of mechanical fault diagnosis. To decompose a large-scale tensor and extract available bispectrum feature, a method of conjugating Choi-Williams kernel function with Gauss-Newton Cartesian product based on nonnegative Tucker3 decomposition(NTD_EDF) is investigated. The complexity of the proposed method is reduced from o( n N lg n) in 3D spaces to o( R 1 R 2 nlg n) in 1D vectors due to its low rank form of the Tucker-product convolution. Meanwhile, a simultaneously updating algorithm is given to overcome the overfitting, slow convergence and low efficiency existing in the conventional one-by-one updating algorithm. Furthermore, the technique of spectral phase analysis for quadratic coupling estimation is used to explain the feature spectrum extracted from the gearbox fault data by the proposed method in detail. The simulated and experimental results show that the sparser and more inerratic feature distribution of basis images can be obtained with core tensor by the NTD_EDF method compared with the one by the other methods in bispectrum feature extraction, and a legible fault expression can also be performed by power spectral density(PSD) function. Besides, the deviations of successive relative error(DSRE) of NTD_EDF achieves 81.66 dB against 15.17 dB by beta-divergences based on NTD(NTD_Beta) and the time-cost of NTD_EDF is only 129.3 s, which is far less than 1 747.9 s by hierarchical alternative least square based on NTD (NTD_HALS). The NTD_EDF method proposed not only avoids the data overfitting and improves the computation efficiency but also can be used to extract more inerratic and sparser bispectrum features of the gearbox fault.

  14. Relationship of Fault Geometry to Catastrophic Outflow on Mars

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    Davatzes, A.; Gulick, V.

    2006-12-01

    We present results from studies of large outflow channels on Mars that suggest fault morphology is a critical factor for the trapping and catastrophic release of water on Mars, resulting in large flooding events. On Earth, hot springs are commonly concentrated around fault relays, bends, and fault tips, where jointing forms in zones of concentrated stress promoting tensile failure. Examples of fault controlled hydrothermal activity have been documented in the Coso Geothermal Field in California, Southern Seismic Zone in Iceland, Waiotapu Geothermal Field in New Zealand, Killoran Fault in Ireland, and throughout the southwestern United States. On Earth, abrupt changes in the water table, as well as the formation of sand-boils and springs, are associated with earthquakes, and their spatial distribution is related to the geometry of the earthquake slip patch. A similar process may occur on Mars, where hydrothermal waters collect in highly fractured zones at fault relays, and are released catastrophically during an earthquake event. Two examples of large outflow channels on Mars, Mangala and Athabasca Valles, appear to be sourced in a relay zone. Other Martian examples show sourcing at fault bends and fault tips. Data from the instruments on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter will help us to further understand this mechanism by which large flood events may occur. High resolution images from HiRISE will be used to map these fault systems and estimate outflow rates, and data from CRISM will be used to identify regions of past high temperature fluid flow on the surface of Mars.

  15. Modeling the 3D geometry of the cortical surface with genetic ancestry.

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    Fan, Chun Chieh; Bartsch, Hauke; Schork, Andrew J; Chen, Chi-Hua; Wang, Yunpeng; Lo, Min-Tzu; Brown, Timothy T; Kuperman, Joshua M; Hagler, Donald J; Schork, Nicholas J; Jernigan, Terry L; Dale, Anders M

    2015-08-01

    Knowing how the human brain is shaped by migration and admixture is a critical step in studying human evolution [1, 2], as well as in preventing the bias of hidden population structure in brain research [3, 4]. Yet, the neuroanatomical differences engendered by population history are still poorly understood. Most of the inference relies on craniometric measurements, because morphology of the brain is presumed to be the neurocranium's main shaping force before bones are fused and ossified [5]. Although studies have shown that the shape variations of cranial bones are consistent with populationhistory [6-8], it is unknown how much human ancestry information is retained by the human cortical surface. In our group's previous study, we found that area measures of cortical surface and total brain volumes of individuals of European descent in the United States correlate significantly with their ancestral geographic locations in Europe [9]. Here, we demonstrate that the three-dimensional geometry of cortical surface is highly predictive of individuals' genetic ancestry in West Africa, Europe, East Asia, and America, even though their genetic background has been shaped by multiple waves of migratory and admixture events. The geometry of the cortical surface contains richer information about ancestry than the areal variability of the cortical surface, independent of total brain volumes. Besidesexplaining more ancestry variance than other brain imaging measurements, the 3D geometry of the cortical surface further characterizes distinct regional patterns in the folding and gyrification of the human brain associated with each ancestral lineage. PMID:26166778

  16. A formal classification of 3D medial axis points and their local geometry.

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    Giblin, Peter; Kimia, Benjamin B

    2004-02-01

    This paper proposes a novel hypergraph skeletal representation for 3D shape based on a formal derivation of the generic structure of its medial axis. By classifying each skeletal point by its order of contact, we show that, generically, the medial axis consists of five types of points, which are then organized into sheets, curves, and points: 1) sheets (manifolds with boundary) which are the locus of bitangent spheres with regular tangency A1(2) (Ak(n) notation means n distinct k-fold tangencies of the sphere of contact, as explained in the text); two types of curves, 2) the intersection curve of three sheets and the locus of centers of tritangent spheres, A1(3), and 3) the boundary of sheets, which are the locus of centers of spheres whose radius equals the larger principal curvature, i.e., higher order contact A3 points; and two types of points, 4) centers of quad-tangent spheres, A1(4), and 5) centers of spheres with one regular tangency and one higher order tangency, A1A3. The geometry of the 3D medial axis thus consists of sheets (A1(2)) bounded by one type of curve (A3) on their free end, which corresponds to ridges on the surface, and attached to two other sheets at another type of curve (A1(3)), which support a generalized cylinder description. The A3 curves can only end in A1A3 points where they must meet an A1(3) curve. The A1(3) curves meet together in fours at an A1(4) point. This formal result leads to a compact representation for 3D shape, referred to as the medial axis hypergraph representation consisting of nodes (A1(4) and A1A3 points), links between pairs of nodes (A1(3) and A3 curves) and hyperlinks between groups of links (A1(2) sheets). The description of the local geometry at nodes by itself is sufficient to capture qualitative aspects of shapes, in analogy to 2D. We derive a pointwise reconstruction formula to reconstruct a surface from this medial axis hypergraph together with the radius function. Thus, this information completely characterizes 3D shape and lays the theoretical foundation for its use in recognition, morphing, design, and manipulation of shapes. PMID:15376898

  17. Influence of major fault zones on 3-D coupled fluid and heat transport for the Brandenburg region (NE German Basin)

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    Cherubini, Y.; Cacace, M.; Scheck-Wenderoth, M.; Noack, V.

    2014-04-01

    To quantify the influence of major fault zones on the groundwater and thermal field, 3-D finite-element simulations are carried out. Two fault zones - the Gardelegen and Lausitz escarpments - have been integrated into an existing 3-D structure of the Brandenburg region in northeastern Germany. Different geological scenarios in terms of modelled fault permeability have been considered, of which two end-member models are discussed in detail. In addition, results from these end-member simulations are compared to a reference case in which no faults are considered. The study provides interesting results with respect to the interaction between faults and surrounding sediments and how it affects the regional groundwater circulation system and thermal field. Impermeable fault zones seem to induce no remarkable effects on the temperature distribution; that is, the thermal field is similar to the no-fault model. In addition, tight faults have only a local impact on the fluid circulation within a domain of limited spatial extent centred on the fault zone. Fluid flow from the surrounding aquifers is deviated in close proximity of the fault zones acting as hydraulic barriers that prevent lateral fluid inflow into the fault zones. Permeable fault zones induce a pronounced thermal signature with alternating up- and downward flow along the same structures. Fluid flow along the plane of the faults is principally driven by existing hydraulic head gradients, but may be further enhanced by buoyancy forces. Within recharge domains, fluid advection induces a strong cooling in the fault zones. Discharge domains at shallow depth levels (~<-450 m) are instead characterized by the presence of rising warm fluids, which results in a local increase of temperatures which are up to 15 C higher than in the no-fault case. This study is the first attempt to investigate the impact of major fault zones on a 3-D basin scale for the coupled fluid and heat transport in the Brandenburg region. The approach enables a quantification of mechanisms controlling fluid flow and temperature distribution both within surrounding sediments and fault zones as well as how they dynamically interact. Therefore, the results from the modelling provide useful indications for geothermal energy exploration.

  18. Late cenozoic displacement transfer in the eastern Sylvania Mountain fault system and Lida Valley pull-apart basin, southwestern Nevada, based on 3D gravity depth inversion and forward models

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    Dunn, Sarah Beth

    The Sylvania Mountain fault system transfers displacement from the Eastern California shear zone to the Walker Lane as it stretches from the Furnace Creek-Fish Lake Valley fault in southwestern Nevada. Strands of the structure bound the Lida Valley pull-apart basin which, based on gravity analysis, is internally dissected by a system of faults. The subsurface geometry was determined from our gravity survey with data inverted in 3D. Geologic cross-sections were used to forward model the gravity. Mapped faults and inferred structures were combined to construct the subsurface geometry and evaluate a fault displacement budget. By conserving fault slip, the restoration of the pre-Neogene basement to a reference datum indicates a cumulative vertical displacement of 2.3 to 2.5 km since onset of extension. Vertical displacements were used to compute the horizontal component of extension, ranging from 1.3 to 1.4 km.

  19. Fast hologram synthesis for 3D geometry models using graphics hardware

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    Petz, Christoph; Magnor, Marcus

    2003-05-01

    The holographic visualization of three-dimensional object geometry still represents a major challenge in computational holography research. Besides the development of suitable holographic display devices, the fast calculation of the hologram's interference pattern for complex-shaped three-dimensional objects is an important pre-requisite of any interactive holographic display system. We present a fast method for rendering full-parallax holograms using a standard PC with a consumer-market graphics card. To calculate the hologram of a 3D object, scaled and translated versions of the interference pattern of simple primitives, e.g. point sources, are superimposed. The hologram is built up completely on-board the graphics card. To avoid numerical inaccuracies due to limited frame-buffer resolution, we use a hierarchical approach. Using an NVidia Geforce4 graphics card, the proposed algorithm takes 1.0 second to calculate the 512512-pixel hologram of 1024 primitives.

  20. 3D Modelling of Seismically Active Parts of Underground Faults via Seismic Data Mining

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    Frantzeskakis, Theofanis; Konstantaras, Anthony

    2015-04-01

    During the last few years rapid steps have been taken towards drilling for oil in the western Mediterranean sea. Since most of the countries in the region benefit mainly from tourism and considering that the Mediterranean is a closed sea only replenishing its water once every ninety years careful measures are being taken to ensure safe drilling. In that concept this research work attempts to derive a three dimensional model of the seismically active parts of the underlying underground faults in areas of petroleum interest. For that purpose seismic spatio-temporal clustering has been applied to seismic data to identify potential distinct seismic regions in the area of interest. Results have been coalesced with two dimensional maps of underground faults from past surveys and seismic epicentres, having followed careful reallocation processing, have been used to provide information regarding the vertical extent of multiple underground faults in the region of interest. The end product is a three dimensional map of the possible underground location and extent of the seismically active parts of underground faults. Indexing terms: underground faults modelling, seismic data mining, 3D visualisation, active seismic source mapping, seismic hazard evaluation, dangerous phenomena modelling Acknowledgment This research work is supported by the ESPA Operational Programme, Education and Life Long Learning, Students Practical Placement Initiative. References [1] Alves, T.M., Kokinou, E. and Zodiatis, G.: 'A three-step model to assess shoreline and offshore susceptibility to oil spills: The South Aegean (Crete) as an analogue for confined marine basins', Marine Pollution Bulletin, In Press, 2014 [2] Ciappa, A., Costabile, S.: 'Oil spill hazard assessment using a reverse trajectory method for the Egadi marine protected area (Central Mediterranean Sea)', Marine Pollution Bulletin, vol. 84 (1-2), pp. 44-55, 2014 [3] Ganas, A., Karastathis, V., Moshou, A., Valkaniotis, S., Mouzakiotis, E. and Papathanassiou, G.: 'Aftershock relocation and frequency-size distribution, stress inversion and seismotectonic setting of the 7 August 2013 M=5.4 earthquake in Kallidromon Mountain, central Greece', Tectonophysics, vol. 617, pp. 101-113, 2014 [4] Maravelakis, E., Bilalis, N., Mantzorou, I., Konstantaras, A. and Antoniadis, A.: '3D modelling of the oldest olive tree of the world', International Journal Of Computational Engineering Research, vol. 2 (2), pp. 340-347, 2012 [5] Konstantaras, A., Katsifarakis, E, Maravelakis, E, Skounakis, E, Kokkinos, E. and Karapidakis, E.: 'Intelligent spatial-clustering of seismicity in the vicinity of the Hellenic seismic arc', Earth Science Research, vol. 1 (2), pp. 1- 10, 2012 [6] Georgoulas, G., Konstantaras, A., Katsifarakis, E., Stylios, C., Maravelakis, E and Vachtsevanos, G.: 'Seismic-mass" density-based algorithm for spatio-temporal clustering', Expert Systems with Applications, vol. 40 (10), pp. 4183-4189, 2013 [7] Konstantaras, A.: 'Classification of Distinct Seismic Regions and Regional Temporal Modelling of Seismicity in the Vicinity of the Hellenic Seismic Arc', Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, IEEE Journal of', vol. 99, pp. 1-7, 2013

  1. Frame-by-frame 3D catheter tracking methods for an inverse geometry cardiac interventional system

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    Speidel, Michael A.; Lowell, Augustus P.; Heanue, Joseph A.; Van Lysel, Michael S.

    2008-03-01

    The Scanning-Beam Digital X-ray (SBDX) system performs rapid scanning of a narrow x-ray beam using an electronically scanned focal spot and inverse beam geometry. SBDX's ability to perform real-time multi-plane tomosynthesis with high dose efficiency is well-suited to interventional procedures such as left atrial ablation, where precise knowledge of catheter positioning is desired and imaging times are long. We describe and evaluate techniques for frame-by-frame 3D localization of multiple catheter electrodes from the stacks of tomosynthetic images generated by SBDX. The localization algorithms operate on gradient-filtered versions of the tomosynthetic planes. Small high contrast objects are identified by thresholding the stack of images and applying connected component analysis. The 3D coordinate of each object is the center-of-mass of each connected component. Simulated scans of phantoms containing 1-mm platinum spheres were used to evaluate localization performance with the SBDX prototype (5.5 × 5.5 cm detector, 3° tomographic angle) and a with new SBDX detector under design (10-cm wide × 6 cm, 6° × 3°). Z-coordinate error with the SBDX prototype was -0.6 +/- 0.7 mm (mean+/-standard deviation) with 28 cm acrylic, 24.3 kWp source operation, and 12-mm plane spacing. Localization improved to -0.3 +/- 0.3 mm using the wider SBDX detector and a 3-mm plane spacing. The effects of tomographic angle, plane-to-plane spacing, and object velocity are evaluated, and a simulation demonstrating ablation catheter localization within a real anatomic background is presented. Results indicate that SBDX is capable of precise real-time 3D tracking of high contrast objects.

  2. 3D geometry and hydrodynamic modifications in fractured and porous rock samples through chemical alterations.

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    Noiriel, C. N.

    2011-12-01

    Fractured and porous rocks are the principal path for water flow and potential contamination. Modification of fracture topology and transmissivity by reactive fluids is an important and complex geological process. In carbonate rocks, fractures and porous media properties may change quickly and strongly due to natural processes (e.g. karstification, salt intrusion) or anthropogenic practice (e.g. CO2 geological sequestration). Recent application of X-ray micro-tomography to the Earth Sciences, which allows the visualization of 3D objects with a micrometre resolution, has considerably increased experimental capability by giving access to a 4D spatio-temporal vision (3D geometry + time) of the physical-chemical processes within the rocks. New information is now accessible, which provides a better understanding of the processes and allows the numerical models to be better constrained. I will present the application of X-ray micro-tomography to study changes of petrophysical properties (e.g. porosity, permeability, mineral surface area, etc.) of fractured and porous rocks in response to fluid-rock interactions (dissolution and precipitation). Experimental results will be discussed in regard to numerical modelling of flow and transport. Keywords: X-ray micro-tomography, fracture, porous media, dissolution, precipitation, carbon dioxide sequestration, limestone, reactive surface, geochemical modelling,

  3. The Derivation of Fault Volumetric Properties from 3D Trace Maps Using Outcrop Constrained Discrete Fracture Network Models

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    Hodgetts, David; Seers, Thomas

    2015-04-01

    Fault systems are important structural elements within many petroleum reservoirs, acting as potential conduits, baffles or barriers to hydrocarbon migration. Large, seismic-scale faults often serve as reservoir bounding seals, forming structural traps which have proved to be prolific plays in many petroleum provinces. Though inconspicuous within most seismic datasets, smaller subsidiary faults, commonly within the damage zones of parent structures, may also play an important role. These smaller faults typically form narrow, tabular low permeability zones which serve to compartmentalize the reservoir, negatively impacting upon hydrocarbon recovery. Though considerable improvements have been made in the visualization field to reservoir-scale fault systems with the advent of 3D seismic surveys, the occlusion of smaller scale faults in such datasets is a source of significant uncertainty during prospect evaluation. The limited capacity of conventional subsurface datasets to probe the spatial distribution of these smaller scale faults has given rise to a large number of outcrop based studies, allowing their intensity, connectivity and size distributions to be explored in detail. Whilst these studies have yielded an improved theoretical understanding of the style and distribution of sub-seismic scale faults, the ability to transform observations from outcrop to quantities that are relatable to reservoir volumes remains elusive. These issues arise from the fact that outcrops essentially offer a pseudo-3D window into the rock volume, making the extrapolation of surficial fault properties such as areal density (fracture length per unit area: P21), to equivalent volumetric measures (i.e. fracture area per unit volume: P32) applicable to fracture modelling extremely challenging. Here, we demonstrate an approach which harnesses advances in the extraction of 3D trace maps from surface reconstructions using calibrated image sequences, in combination with a novel semi-deterministic, outcrop constrained discrete fracture network modeling code to derive volumetric fault intensity measures (fault area per unit volume / fault volume per unit volume). Producing per-vertex measures of volumetric intensity; our method captures the spatial variability in 3D fault density across a surveyed outcrop, enabling first order controls to be probed. We demonstrate our approach on pervasively faulted exposures of a Permian aged reservoir analogue from the Vale of Eden Basin, UK.

  4. Constraints on the geometry of the Suasselkä post-glacial fault, northern Finland, based on reflection seismic imaging

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    Abdi, Amir; Heinonen, Suvi; Juhlin, Christopher; Karinen, Tuomo

    2015-05-01

    Unloading of the ice during the last glacial period in northern Fennoscandia is believed to have generated major faulting. These faults, often referred to as post-glacial faults, typically have clear surface exposures, but their geometry at depth is poorly known. In order to better understand the geometry at depth of the Suasselkä post-glacial fault in Finland, three high resolution 2D reflection seismic profiles over the fault were reprocessed. Their total profile length is about 60 km and they were acquired as part of a major effort in Finland to map the uppermost crust in mining areas. The reprocessing led to significantly improved images that could be used to map the fault at depth. Two approximately N-S striking profiles and one E-W striking profile were reprocessed. The different azimuths and the crooked nature of the profiles allowed the fault geometry to be relatively well constrained. Clear reflections from the fault, dipping towards the SE, can be traced from the shallow subsurface down to about 3 km. The strike and dip of two sets of dipping reflections in the stacked data along with geometrical constraints and cross-dip analysis give a consistent dip of about 35-45° towards the SE for the fault. The strike and dip vary from N55E with a dip of 35° in the east to a strike of N48E with a dip of 45° in the west. Existence of the two sets of reflections indicates that the fault surface is non-planar. Aside from allowing the geometry of the fault to be determined, the seismic data show a complex reflectivity pattern in the area and indications of both reverse and normal movement along fault planes with similar orientation to the Suasselkä post-glacial fault. These images can be used as a basis for better characterizing the 3D geology of the area.

  5. A novel culture system for modulating single cell geometry in 3D.

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    Yuan, Xiaofei; Zhou, Mi; Gough, Julie; Glidle, Andrew; Yin, Huabing

    2015-09-01

    Dedifferentiation of chondrocytes during in vitro expansion remains an unsolved challenge for repairing serious articular cartilage defects. In this study, a novel culture system was developed to modulate single cell geometry in 3D and investigate its effects on the chondrocyte phenotype. The approach uses 2D micropatterns followed by in situ hydrogel formation to constrain single cell shape and spreading. This enables independent control of cell geometry and extracellular matrix. Using collagen I matrix, we demonstrated the formation of a biomimetic collagenous "basket" enveloping individual chondrocytes cells. By quantitatively monitoring the production by single cells of chondrogenic matrix (e.g. collagen II and aggrecan) during 21-day cultures, we found that if the cell's volume decreases, then so does its cell resistance to dedifferentiation (even if the cells remain spherical). Conversely, if the volume of spherical cells remains constant (after an initial decrease), then not only do the cells retain their differentiated status, but previously de-differentiated redifferentiate and regain a chondrocyte phenotype. The approach described here can be readily applied to pluripotent cells, offering a versatile platform in the search for niches toward either self-renewal or targeted differentiation. PMID:26086694

  6. Geometry of Thrust Faults Beneath Amenthes Rupes, Mars

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    Vidal, A.; Mueller, K. M.; Golombek, M. P.

    2005-01-01

    Amenthes Rupes is a 380 km-long lobate fault scarp located in the eastern hemisphere of Mars near the dichotomy boundary. The scarp is marked by about 1 km of vertical separation across a northeast dipping thrust fault (top to the SW) and offsets heavily-cratered terrain of Late Noachian age, the visible portion of which was in place by 3.92 Ga and the buried portion in place between 4.08 and 4.27 Ga. The timing of scarp formation is difficult to closely constrain. Previous geologic mapping shows that near the northern end of Amenthes Rupes, Hesperian age basalts terminate at the scarp, suggesting that fault slip predated the emplacement of these flows at 3.69 to 3.9 Ga. Maxwell and McGill also suggest the faulting ceased before the final emplacement of the Late Hesperian lavas on Isidis Planitia. The trend of the faults at Amenthes, like many thrust faults at the dichotomy boundary, parallels the boundary itself. Schultz and Watters used a dislocation modeling program to match surface topography and vertical offset of the scarp at Amenthes Rupes, varying the dip and depth of faulting, assuming a slip of 1.5 km on the fault. They modeled faulting below Amenthes Rupes as having a dip of between 25 and 30 degrees and a depth of 25 to 35 km, based on the best match to topography. Assuming a 25 degree dip and surface measurements of vertical offset of between 0.3 and 1.2 km, Watters later estimated the maximum displacement on the Amenthes Rupes fault to be 2.90 km. However, these studies did not determine the geometry of the thrust using quantitative constraints that included shortening estimates. Amenthes Rupes deforms large preexisting impact craters. We use these craters to constrain shortening across the scarp and combine this with vertical separation to infer fault geometry. Fault dip was also estimated using measurements of scarp morphology. Measurements were based on 460 m (1/128 per pixel) digital elevation data from the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA), an instrument on the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) satellite.

  7. Akaso Field, Nigeria: Use of integrated 3-D seismic, fault slicing, clay smearing, and RFT pressure data on fault trapping and dynamic leakage

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    Jev, B.I.; Watts, N.L.; Wilkie, J.T. ); Kaars-Sijpesteijn, C.H. ); Peters, M.P.A.M. )

    1993-08-01

    The Akaso field [STOIIP 78 [times] 10[sup 6] m[sup 3] (401 million STB)] of the eastern Niger Delta is separated from the large Cawthorne Channel field [STOIIP 208 [times]10[sup 6] m[sup 3] (1307 million STB)] normal fault. In 1989, three-dimensional (3-D) seismic data acquired and interpreted over the field revealed a subtle splinter or backsplit fault off this major antithetic fault west of the main Akaso field. Behind this backsplit fault the authors observed stacked amplitude anomalies. These anomalies extended to the structural spillpoint defined against the Akaso backsplit faults. Fault splicing and clay smear studies of the backsplit and main antithetic fault indicated strong seal potential with possible [open quotes]leak windows[close quotes] along the fault planes. In 1989, the sealing potentials of the western end of the Akaso boundary fault were fully confirmed by a deviated appraisal well, which found a STOIIP of 29 [times] 10[sup 6] (183 million STB) in a series of stacked footwall closures. The initial trapping potential of this major antithetic normal fault can be contrasted with its subsequent behavior during depletion by using RFT data acquired in a series of development wells drilled in 1990 in the main Akaso structure at the eastern end of the antithetic fault. Here, major stacked columns of oil and gas are trapped and sealed by the antithetic fault, but we identified and sealed by the antithetic fault, but the authors identified evidence of subsequent leakage due to production effects from the adjacent Cawthorne Channel field. Depletion of the unproduced Akaso G sands was found to be due to production from the juxtaposed E sands of the adjacent Cawthorne Channel field, thus we inferred dynamic fault leakage. The Akaso field represents a prime example of the trapping potential of a clay-smeared fault and its subsequent leakage during differential depletion. 18 refs., 11 figs.

  8. Pore Space Geometry and Seismic Anisotropy of Rocks: 3-D Experimental Investigation

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    Spacek, P.; Melichar, R.; Ulrich, S.

    2004-12-01

    Pressure-driven closing of the pores in the rock sample results in changes of its effective physical properties. We use 3-D ultrasonic pulse-transmission method to characterize the relationships between the spatial distribution of microcracks and elastic anisotropy of the rock. With the use of apparatus developed in Geophysical Institute, Prague, the P-wave velocities and amplitudes ({\\IT VP} and {\\IT AP}) are measured in 132 directions on spherical rock samples. The measurements are carried out at several steps of confining pressure within pressure-increasing and pressure-decreasing paths (0.1-400, 400-0.1 MPa). Then the directions of maximum and minimum velocities and amplitudes are found for which the measurements is repeated under continually changing pressure. As the measurements are repeated at the same position under various pressures, the data can be processed so that the change of the {\\IT VP} and {\\IT AP} between the individual pressure-steps and the hysteresis at particular pressure can be seen directly. The resulting differential diagrams show the magnitude of {\\IT VP} and {\\IT AP} changes in 3-D which are mainly due to the pressure-induced closing of microcracks, and respectively, the flexibility of the microcracks. Using the data measured at high confining pressure or those computed with averaging method we are able to distinguish the influence the deformation-induced lattice re-orientations from the pore-related properties. Numerous measurements carried out on various rock samples show that the anisotropic patterns of {\\IT VP} and {\\IT AP} changes due to the closing of oriented microcracks and other pores highly correlate with the macroscopic structural features of the rock (preferred grain-shape orientation, fracture cleavage, stretching lineation) and are sensitive to them. It is believed that in such cases where the structural features associated with porosity can not be observed directly, the above outlined method will be applicable as a tool for the examination of pore space geometry.

  9. The contribution of 3D restoration for the reconstruction of pre-thrusting basin geometries in fold-and-thrust belts

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    Aqu, R.; Tavarnelli, E.

    2012-04-01

    The three-dimensional (3D) reconstruction of complex geological settings and of original, pre-thrusting basin geometry is one of the challenges for modern structural geology. It has indeed a critical role in many industrial applications, such as in the hydrocarbon exploration. By using commercial specific softwares to produce balanced cross-sections and inferred 3D reconstructions (2DMove, Gocad), we modelled a portion of the Umbria-Marche fold-and-thrust belt, in the outer zones of the Northern Apennines of Italy, in order to infer the pre-thrusting geometry of the Mesozoic-Cenozoic extensional basins and to test the applicability of existing computer tools in areas that have experienced the effects of positive tectonic inversion. In the study area, the accurate reconstruction of the structural setting, cross-cut relationships and timing of the deformation, was inferred by using field data, map analysis and cross-section balancing techniques. The structural overprinting relationships among the investigated thrusts made it possible to infer a general piggy-back thrusting sequence, with new thrust faults to the East, developed in the footwall of formerly emplaced thrust sheets, in the West. This allowed to sequentially remove the effects of the deformation for progressively older structures, and to back-strip the thrust sheets in sequential evolutionary steps, in order to reconstruct a viable pre-thrusting template. Four balanced cross-sections have been drawn, providing the initial skeleton for 3D modelling, together with the map trace of the major tectonic features. The cross-sections and the geological map have been digitized and geo-referred in 2D-Move. Starting from the inferred geometries, a coherent 3D model was built in Gocad. The surfaces represent post-thrust normal faults, thrust planes, and pre-thrust normal faults, and five key stratigraphic surfaces, from bottom; the base and top of the Calcare Massiccio fm. (Lower Liassic), the base of the Maiolica fm. (Titonian), the base and the top of the Marne a Fucoidi fm. (Upper Albian-Lower Cenomanian). The main pre-thrusting normal faults have been projected using their map and cross-section traces, keeping into account the thickness variation of the selected stratigraphic reference; the complete detail of the condensed and complete stratigraphic sequence was considered in cross-section only. The combination of balanced cross-sections, 3D modelling and restoration techniques, sequentially applied to fold-and-thrust belts, provides effective tools to unravel the geometry of the pre-thrusting geometries and depict the architecture of the sedimentary basins. Even if the surface restoration techniques are strongly dependant on the reconstructed surface geometry (i.e. the mesh of the surface and the obtained cutoffs along a fault surface), the results are comparable to the calculations obtained from classical 2D balancing techniques. The results of this work seem to encourage for further applicability of similar methods to other areas of the Northern Apennines, and to geologically complex areas in general.

  10. General solution of 2D and 3D superconducting quasiclassical systems: coalescing vortices and nanoisland geometries

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    Amundsen, Morten; Linder, Jacob

    2016-01-01

    An extension of quasiclassical Keldysh-Usadel theory to higher spatial dimensions than one is crucial in order to describe physical phenomena like charge/spin Hall effects and topological excitations like vortices and skyrmions, none of which are captured in one-dimensional models. We here present a numerical finite element method which solves the non-linearized 2D and 3D quasiclassical Usadel equation relevant for the diffusive regime. We show the application of this on three model systems with non-trivial geometries: (i) a bottlenecked Josephson junction with external flux, (ii) a nanodisk ferromagnet deposited on top of a superconductor and (iii) superconducting islands in contact with a ferromagnet. In case (i), we demonstrate that one may control externally not only the geometrical array in which superconducting vortices arrange themselves, but also to cause coalescence and tune the number of vortices. In case (iii), we show that the supercurrent path can be tailored by incorporating magnetic elements in planar Josephson junctions which also lead to a strong modulation of the density of states. The finite element method presented herein paves the way for gaining insight in physical phenomena which have remained largely unexplored due to the complexity of solving the full quasiclassical equations in higher dimensions. PMID:26961921

  11. General solution of 2D and 3D superconducting quasiclassical systems: coalescing vortices and nanoisland geometries.

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    Amundsen, Morten; Linder, Jacob

    2016-01-01

    An extension of quasiclassical Keldysh-Usadel theory to higher spatial dimensions than one is crucial in order to describe physical phenomena like charge/spin Hall effects and topological excitations like vortices and skyrmions, none of which are captured in one-dimensional models. We here present a numerical finite element method which solves the non-linearized 2D and 3D quasiclassical Usadel equation relevant for the diffusive regime. We show the application of this on three model systems with non-trivial geometries: (i) a bottlenecked Josephson junction with external flux, (ii) a nanodisk ferromagnet deposited on top of a superconductor and (iii) superconducting islands in contact with a ferromagnet. In case (i), we demonstrate that one may control externally not only the geometrical array in which superconducting vortices arrange themselves, but also to cause coalescence and tune the number of vortices. In case (iii), we show that the supercurrent path can be tailored by incorporating magnetic elements in planar Josephson junctions which also lead to a strong modulation of the density of states. The finite element method presented herein paves the way for gaining insight in physical phenomena which have remained largely unexplored due to the complexity of solving the full quasiclassical equations in higher dimensions. PMID:26961921

  12. 3D CFD modeling of subsonic and transonic flowing-gas DPALs with different pumping geometries

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    Yacoby, Eyal; Sadot, Oren; Barmashenko, Boris D.; Rosenwaks, Salman

    2015-10-01

    Three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics (3D CFD) modeling of subsonic (Mach number M ~ 0.2) and transonic (M ~ 0.9) diode pumped alkali lasers (DPALs), taking into account fluid dynamics and kinetic processes in the lasing medium is reported. The performance of these lasers is compared with that of supersonic (M ~ 2.7 for Cs and M ~ 2.4 for K) DPALs. The motivation for this study stems from the fact that subsonic and transonic DPALs require much simpler hardware than supersonic ones where supersonic nozzle, diffuser and high power mechanical pump (due to a drop in the gas total pressure in the nozzle) are required for continuous closed cycle operation. For Cs DPALs with 5 x 5 cm2 flow cross section pumped by large cross section (5 x 2 cm2) beam the maximum achievable power of supersonic devices is higher than that of the transonic and subsonic devices by only ~ 3% and ~ 10%, respectively. Thus in this case the supersonic operation mode has no substantial advantage over the transonic one. The main processes limiting the power of Cs supersonic DPALs are saturation of the D2 transition and large ~ 60% losses of alkali atoms due to ionization, whereas the influence of gas heating is negligible. For K transonic DPALs both the gas heating and ionization effects are shown to be unimportant. The maximum values of the power are higher than those in Cs transonic laser by ~ 11%. The power achieved in the supersonic and transonic K DPAL is higher than for the subsonic version, with the same resonator and K density at the inlet, by ~ 84% and ~ 27%, respectively, showing a considerable advantaged of the supersonic device over the transonic one. For pumping by rectangular beams of the same (5 x 2 cm2) cross section, comparison between end-pumping - where the laser beam and pump beam both propagate at along the same axis, and transverse-pumping - where they propagate perpendicularly to each other, shows that the output power and optical-to-optical efficiency are not affected by the pump geometry. However, the output laser beam in the case of end-pumped DPALs has a homogeneous spatial intensity distribution in the beam cross section, whereas for transverse-pumped DPALs the intensity varies significantly along the pumping axis (perpendicular to the resonator optical axis) and hence is strongly inhomogeneous in the laser beam cross section. Thus, higher brightness and better beam quality in the far field is achieved for the end-pumping geometry. Optimization of the resonator geometry for minimal gas temperature rise and minimal intra-resonator intensity (corresponds to a low ionization rate) is also reported.

  13. High-Performance and Omnidirectional Thin-Film Amorphous Silicon Solar Cell Modules Achieved by 3D Geometry Design.

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    Yu, Dongliang; Yin, Min; Lu, Linfeng; Zhang, Hanzhong; Chen, Xiaoyuan; Zhu, Xufei; Che, Jianfei; Li, Dongdong

    2015-11-01

    High-performance thin-film hydrogenated amorphous silicon solar cells are achieved by combining macroscale 3D tubular substrates and nanoscaled 3D cone-like antireflective films. The tubular geometry delivers a series of advantages for large-scale deployment of photovoltaics, such as omnidirectional performance, easier encapsulation, decreased wind resistance, and easy integration with a second device inside the glass tube. PMID:26418573

  14. 3D numerical simulations of negative hydrogen ion extraction using realistic plasma parameters, geometry of the extraction aperture and full 3D magnetic field map

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    Mochalskyy, S.; Wünderlich, D.; Ruf, B.; Franzen, P.; Fantz, U.; Minea, T.

    2014-02-01

    Decreasing the co-extracted electron current while simultaneously keeping negative ion (NI) current sufficiently high is a crucial issue on the development plasma source system for ITER Neutral Beam Injector. To support finding the best extraction conditions the 3D Particle-in-Cell Monte Carlo Collision electrostatic code ONIX (Orsay Negative Ion eXtraction) has been developed. Close collaboration with experiments and other numerical models allows performing realistic simulations with relevant input parameters: plasma properties, geometry of the extraction aperture, full 3D magnetic field map, etc. For the first time ONIX has been benchmarked with commercial positive ions tracing code KOBRA3D. A very good agreement in terms of the meniscus position and depth has been found. Simulation of NI extraction with different e/NI ratio in bulk plasma shows high relevance of the direct negative ion extraction from the surface produced NI in order to obtain extracted NI current as in the experimental results from BATMAN testbed.

  15. 3D numerical simulations of negative hydrogen ion extraction using realistic plasma parameters, geometry of the extraction aperture and full 3D magnetic field map.

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    Mochalskyy, S; Wünderlich, D; Ruf, B; Franzen, P; Fantz, U; Minea, T

    2014-02-01

    Decreasing the co-extracted electron current while simultaneously keeping negative ion (NI) current sufficiently high is a crucial issue on the development plasma source system for ITER Neutral Beam Injector. To support finding the best extraction conditions the 3D Particle-in-Cell Monte Carlo Collision electrostatic code ONIX (Orsay Negative Ion eXtraction) has been developed. Close collaboration with experiments and other numerical models allows performing realistic simulations with relevant input parameters: plasma properties, geometry of the extraction aperture, full 3D magnetic field map, etc. For the first time ONIX has been benchmarked with commercial positive ions tracing code KOBRA3D. A very good agreement in terms of the meniscus position and depth has been found. Simulation of NI extraction with different e/NI ratio in bulk plasma shows high relevance of the direct negative ion extraction from the surface produced NI in order to obtain extracted NI current as in the experimental results from BATMAN testbed. PMID:24593578

  16. The influence of fault geometry on small strike-slip fault mechanics

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    Ritz, Elizabeth; Pollard, David D.; Ferris, Michael

    2015-04-01

    Meter-scale subvertical strike-slip fault traces in the central Californian Sierra Nevada exhibit geometric complexities that significantly contribute to their mechanical behavior. Sections of faults that opened at depth channelized fluid flow, as evidenced by hydrothermal mineral infillings and alteration haloes. Thin sections show a variation in the style of ductile deformation of infill along the fault, with greater intensities of deformation along restraining bends. Orthorectified photomosaics of outcrops provide model geometries and parameter constraints used in a two-dimensional displacement discontinuity model incorporating a complementarity algorithm. Model results show that fault shape influences the distribution of opening, and consequently the spatial distribution of fluid conduits. Geometric irregularities are present at many scales, and sections of opening occur along both releasing and restraining bends. Model sensitivity tests focus on boundary conditions along the fault: frictional properties on closed sections and fluid pressure within sections of opening. The influence of the remote stress state varies along a non-planar fault, complicating the relationships between remote stresses, frictional properties, slip, and opening. Discontinuous sections of opening along model faults are similar in spatial distribution and aperture to the epidote infill assemblages observed in the field.

  17. Tunneling Analyst: A 3D GIS extension for rock mass classification and fault zone analysis in tunneling

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    Choi, Yosoon; Yoon, Seo-Youn; Park, Hyeong-Dong

    2009-06-01

    In this study, an extension called Tunneling Analyst (TA) has been developed in ArcScene 3D GIS software, part of the ArcGIS software package. It dramatically extends the functionalities of ArcScene because it allows: (1) estimation of the 3D distribution of rock mass rating (RMR) values using borehole and geophysical exploration data, (2) the modeling of 3D discontinuity planes such as faults from field-based structural measurements, and (3) analysis of 3D intersections and 3D buffer zones between proposed tunnel alignments and some discontinuities. Because TA can handle and visualize both 2D and 3D geological data in a single GIS environment, the tedious tasks required for data conversion between various software packages can be reduced significantly. The application to the Daecheong tunneling project in Korea shows that TA could present a rational solution to evaluating the rock mass classes along a proposed tunnel alignment and can also provide specific 3D spatial query tools to support the tunnel design work. This paper describes the concept and details of the development and implementation of TA.

  18. Gothic Churches in Paris ST Gervais et ST Protais Image Matching 3d Reconstruction to Understand the Vaults System Geometry

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    Capone, M.; Campi, M.; Catuogno, R.

    2015-02-01

    This paper is part of a research about ribbed vaults systems in French Gothic Cathedrals. Our goal is to compare some different gothic cathedrals to understand the complex geometry of the ribbed vaults. The survey isn't the main objective but it is the way to verify the theoretical hypotheses about geometric configuration of the flamboyant churches in Paris. The survey method's choice generally depends on the goal; in this case we had to study many churches in a short time, so we chose 3D reconstruction method based on image dense stereo matching. This method allowed us to obtain the necessary information to our study without bringing special equipment, such as the laser scanner. The goal of this paper is to test image matching 3D reconstruction method in relation to some particular study cases and to show the benefits and the troubles. From a methodological point of view this is our workflow: - theoretical study about geometrical configuration of rib vault systems; - 3D model based on theoretical hypothesis about geometric definition of the vaults' form; - 3D model based on image matching 3D reconstruction methods; - comparison between 3D theoretical model and 3D model based on image matching;

  19. Self-calibration of cone-beam CT geometry using 3D-2D image registration.

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    Ouadah, S; Stayman, J W; Gang, G J; Ehtiati, T; Siewerdsen, J H

    2016-04-01

    Robotic C-arms are capable of complex orbits that can increase field of view, reduce artifacts, improve image quality, and/or reduce dose; however, it can be challenging to obtain accurate, reproducible geometric calibration required for image reconstruction for such complex orbits. This work presents a method for geometric calibration for an arbitrary source-detector orbit by registering 2D projection data to a previously acquired 3D image. It also yields a method by which calibration of simple circular orbits can be improved. The registration uses a normalized gradient information similarity metric and the covariance matrix adaptation-evolution strategy optimizer for robustness against local minima and changes in image content. The resulting transformation provides a 'self-calibration' of system geometry. The algorithm was tested in phantom studies using both a cone-beam CT (CBCT) test-bench and a robotic C-arm (Artis Zeego, Siemens Healthcare) for circular and non-circular orbits. Self-calibration performance was evaluated in terms of the full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) of the point spread function in CBCT reconstructions, the reprojection error (RPE) of steel ball bearings placed on each phantom, and the overall quality and presence of artifacts in CBCT images. In all cases, self-calibration improved the FWHM-e.g. on the CBCT bench, FWHM  =  0.86 mm for conventional calibration compared to 0.65 mm for self-calibration (p  <  0.001). Similar improvements were measured in RPE-e.g. on the robotic C-arm, RPE  =  0.73 mm for conventional calibration compared to 0.55 mm for self-calibration (p  <  0.001). Visible improvement was evident in CBCT reconstructions using self-calibration, particularly about high-contrast, high-frequency objects (e.g. temporal bone air cells and a surgical needle). The results indicate that self-calibration can improve even upon systems with presumably accurate geometric calibration and is applicable to situations where conventional calibration is not feasible, such as complex non-circular CBCT orbits and systems with irreproducible source-detector trajectory. PMID:26961687

  20. Influence of 3D Teleseismic Body Waves in the Finite-Fault Source Inversion of Subduction Earthquakes

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    Sladen, A.; Monteiller, V.

    2014-12-01

    Most large earthquakes are generated in subduction zones. To study the complexity of these events, teleseismic body waves offer many advantages over other types of data: they allow to study both the temporal and spatial evolution of slip during the rupture, they don't depend on the presence of nearby land and they allow to study earthquakes regardless of their location. Since the development of teleseismic finite-fault inversion in the 1980th, teleseismic body waves have been simulated using 1D velocity models to take into account propagation effects at the source. Yet, subduction zones are known to be highly heterogeneous: they are characterized by curved and dipping structures, strong seismic velocity contrasts, strong variations of topography and height of the water column. The main reason for relying on a 1D approximation is the computational cost of 3D simulations. And while forward simulations of teleseismic waves in a 3D Earth are only starting to be tractable on modern computers at the frequency range of interest (0.1Hz or shorter), finite-fault source studies require a large number of these simulations. In this work, we present a new and efficient approach to compute 3D teleseismic body waves, in which the full 3D propagation is only computed in a regional domain using discontinuous Galerkin finite-element method, while the rest of the seismic wave field is propagated in a background axisymmetric Earth. The regional and global wave fields are matched using the so-called Total-Field/Scattered-Field technique. This new simulation approach allows us to study the waveform complexities resulting from 3D propagation and investigate how they could improve the resolution and reduce the non-uniqueness of finite-fault inversions.

  1. 3D range geometry video compression with the H.264 codec

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    Karpinsky, Nikolaus; Zhang, Song

    2013-05-01

    Advances in three-dimensional (3D) scanning have enabled the real-time capture of high-resolution 3D videos. With these advances brings the challenge of streaming and storing 3D videos in a manner that can be quickly and effectively used. This research addresses this challenge by generalizing the Holovideo technique to video codecs that use the YUV color space such as the H.264 codec. With the H.264 codec, we have achieved a compression ratio of over 6086:1 (Holovideo to OBJ) with a reasonably high quality; utilizing an NVIDIA GeForce 9400 m GPU, we have realized 17 frames per second encoding, and 28 frames per second decoding speed, making it a viable solution for real-time 3D video compression.

  2. Mantle wedge flow pattern and thermal structure in Northeast Japan: Effects of oblique subduction and 3-D slab geometry

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    Wada, Ikuko; He, Jiangheng; Hasegawa, Akira; Nakajima, Junichi

    2015-09-01

    We develop a 3-D thermal model for the Northeast Japan subduction margin, using a realistic slab geometry for the subducting Pacific plate, and investigate the effects of oblique subduction and 3-D slab geometry on the mantle wedge flow pattern and the thermal structure. In the Tohoku region, the mantle wedge flow pattern is nearly two-dimensional resulting in a thermal structure similar to those obtained by a 2-D model, owing to the simple slab geometry and subduction nearly perpendicular to the margin. However, in Hokkaido, oblique subduction leads to 3-D mantle wedge flow with northerly inflow and west-northwestward outflow and also results in lower temperatures in the shallow part of the mantle wedge than in Tohoku due to lower sinking rate of the slab. Between Hokkaido and Tohoku, the slab has a hinge-like shape due to a relatively sharp change in the dip direction. In this hinge zone, northerly mantle inflow from Hokkaido and westerly mantle inflow from Tohoku converge, discouraging inflow from northwest and resulting in a cooler mantle wedge. The model-predicted mantle wedge flow patterns are consistent with observed seismic anisotropy and may explain the orientations of volcanic cross-chains. The predicted 3-D thermal structure correlates well with the along-arc variations in the location of the frontal arc volcanoes and help to provide new insights into the surface heat flow pattern and the down-dip extent of interplate earthquakes.

  3. Development and application of a 3-D geometry/mass model for LDEF satellite ionizing radiation assessments

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    Colborn, B. L.; Armstrong, T. W.

    1992-01-01

    A computer model of the three dimensional geometry and material distributions for the LDEF spacecraft, experiment trays, and, for selected trays, the components of experiments within a tray was developed for use in ionizing radiation assessments. The model is being applied to provide 3-D shielding distributions around radiation dosimeters to aid in data interpretation, particularly in assessing the directional properties of the radiation exposure. Also, the model has been interfaced with radiation transport codes for 3-D dosimetry response predictions and for calculations related to determining the accuracy of trapped proton and cosmic ray environment models. The methodology is described used in developing the 3-D LDEF model and the level of detail incorporated. Currently, the trays modeled in detail are F2, F8, and H12 and H3. Applications of the model which are discussed include the 3-D shielding distributions around various dosimeters, the influence of shielding on dosimetry responses, and comparisons of dose predictions based on the present 3-D model vs those from 1-D geometry model approximations used in initial estimates.

  4. Modeling the effect of preexisting joints on normal fault geometries using a brittle and cohesive material

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    Kettermann, M.; van Gent, H. W.; Urai, J. L.

    2012-04-01

    Brittle rocks, such as for example those hosting many carbonate or sandstone reservoirs, are often affected by different kinds of fractures that influence each other. Understanding the effects of these interactions on fault geometries and the formation of cavities and potential fluid pathways might be useful for reservoir quality prediction and production. Analogue modeling has proven to be a useful tool to study faulting processes, although usually the used materials do not provide cohesion and tensile strength, which are essential to create open fractures. Therefore, very fine-grained, cohesive, hemihydrate powder was used for our experiments. The mechanical properties of the material are scaling well for natural prototypes. Due to the fine grain size structures are preserved in in great detail. The used deformation box allows the formation of a half-graben and has initial dimensions of 30 cm width, 28 cm length and 20 cm height. The maximum dip-slip along the 60° dipping predefined basement fault is 4.5 cm and was fully used in all experiments. To setup open joints prior to faulting, sheets of paper placed vertically within the box to a depth of about 5 cm from top. The powder was then sieved into the box, embedding the paper almost entirely. Finally strings were used to remove the paper carefully, leaving open voids. Using this method allows the creation of cohesionless open joints while ensuring a minimum impact on the sensitive surrounding material. The presented series of experiments aims to investigate the effect of different angles between the strike of a rigid basement fault and a distinct joint set. All experiments were performed with a joint spacing of 2.5 cm and the fault-joint angles incrementally covered 0°, 4°, 8°, 12°, 16°, 20° and 25°. During the deformation time lapse photography from the top and side captured every structural change and provided data for post-processing analysis using particle imaging velocimetry (PIV). Additionally, stereo-photography at the final stage of deformation enabled the creation of 3D models to preserve basic geometric information. The models showed that at the surface the deformation localized always along preexisting joints, even when they strike at an angle to the basement-fault. In most cases faults intersect precisely at the maximum depth of the joints. With increasing fault-joint angle the deformation occurred distributed over several joints by forming stepovers with fractures oriented normal to the strike of the joints. No fractures were observed parallel to the basement fault. At low angles stepovers coincided with wedge-shaped structures between two joints that remain higher than the surrounding joint-fault intersection. The wide opening gap along the main fault allowed detailed observations of the fault planes at depth, which revealed (1) changing dips according to joint-fault angles, (2) slickenlines, (3) superimposed steepening fault-planes, causing sharp sawtooth-shaped structures. Comparison to a field analogue at Canyonlands National Park, Utah/USA showed similar structures and features such as vertical fault escarpments at the surface coinciding with joint-surfaces. In the field and in the models stepovers were observed as well as conjugate faulting and incremental fault-steepening.

  5. Reassembling 3D Thin Fragments of Unknown Geometry in Cultural Heritage

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    Zheng, S. Y.; Huang, R. Y.; Li, J.; Wang, Z.

    2014-05-01

    Many fragile antiques had already been broken upon being discovered at archaeology sites. The fragments of these objects cannot be effectively interpreted and studied unless they are successfully reassembled. However, there still exists many problems in the reassembly procedure in existing methods, such as the numerical instabilities of curvature and torsion based methods, the limitation of geometric assumption, and the error accumulation of the pairwise matching approach, etc. Regarding these problems, this paper proposed an approach to match the fragments to each other for their original 3D reconstruction. Instead of the curvatures and torsions, the approach is based on establishing a local Cartesian coordinate at every point of the 3D contour curves. First of all, the 3D meshes of the fragments are acquired by a structure-light based method, with the corresponding 3D contour curves extracted from the outer boundaries. Then, the contour curves are matched and aligned to each other by estimating all the possible 3D rigid transformations of the curve pairs with our defined local Cartesian coordinates, and then the maximum likelihood rigid transformations are selected. Finally, a global refinement is introduced to adjust the alignment errors and improve the final reassembling accuracy. In addition, experiments with two groups of fragments suggest that this approach cannot only match and align fragments effectively, but also improve the accuracy significantly. Comparing with the original 3D model acquired before being broken, the final reassembling accuracy reaches 0.47 mm.

  6. Poly 3D fault modeling scripts/data for permeability potential of Washington State geothermal prospects

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    Michael Swyer

    2015-02-05

    Matlab scripts/functions and data used to build Poly3D models and create permeability potential GIS layers for 1) Mount St Helen's, 2) Wind River Valley, and 3) Mount Baker geothermal prospect areas located in Washington state.

  7. Subsurface geometry of the San Andreas-Calaveras fault junction: Influence of serpentinite and the Coast Range Ophiolite

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    Watt, Janet T.; Ponce, David A.; Graymer, Russell W.; Jachens, Robert C.; Simpson, Robert W.

    2014-10-01

    While an enormous amount of research has been focused on trying to understand the geologic history and neotectonics of the San Andreas-Calaveras fault (SAF-CF) junction, fundamental questions concerning fault geometry and mechanisms for slip transfer through the junction remain. We use potential-field, geologic, geodetic, and seismicity data to investigate the 3-D geologic framework of the SAF-CF junction and identify potential slip-transferring structures within the junction. Geophysical evidence suggests that the San Andreas and Calaveras fault zones dip away from each other within the northern portion of the junction, bounding a triangular-shaped wedge of crust in cross section. This wedge changes shape to the south as fault geometries change and fault activity shifts between fault strands, particularly along the Calaveras fault zone (CFZ). Potential-field modeling and relocated seismicity suggest that the Paicines and San Benito strands of the CFZ dip 65 to 70 NE and form the southwest boundary of a folded 1 to 3 km thick tabular body of Coast Range Ophiolite (CRO) within the Vallecitos syncline. We identify and characterize two steeply dipping, seismically active cross structures within the junction that are associated with serpentinite in the subsurface. The architecture of the SAF-CF junction presented in this study may help explain fault-normal motions currently observed in geodetic data and help constrain the seismic hazard. The abundance of serpentinite and related CRO in the subsurface is a significant discovery that not only helps constrain the geometry of structures but may also help explain fault behavior and the tectonic evolution of the SAF-CF junction.

  8. Accuracy Evaluation of 3D Geometry from Low-Attitude UAV collections A case at Zijin Mine

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    Wang, Q.; Wu, L.; Chen, S.; Shu, D.; Xu, Z.; Li, F.; Wang, R.

    2014-04-01

    This study investigates the usability of low-attitude unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) acquiring high resolution images for the geometry reconstruction of opencast mine. Image modelling techniques like Structure from Motion (SfM) and Patch-based Multiview Stereo (PMVS) algorithms are used to generate dense 3D point cloud from UAV collections. Then, precision of 3D point cloud will be first evaluated based on Real-time Kinematic (RTK) ground control points (GCPs) at point level. The experimental result shows that the mean square error of the UAV point cloud is 0.11 m. Digital surface model (DSM) of the study area is generated from UAV point cloud, and compared with that from the Terrestrial Laser Scanner (TLS) data for further comparison at the surface level. Discrepancy map of 3D distances based on DSMs shows that most deviation is less than ±0.4 m and the relative error of the volume is 1.55 %.

  9. The differences in the development of Rayleigh-Taylor instability in 2D and 3D geometries

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    Kuchugov, P. A.; Rozanov, V. B.; Zmitrenko, N. V.

    2014-06-01

    Results are presented from theoretical analysis and numerical simulations aimed to clarify specific features of Rayleigh-Taylor instability in 2D and 3D geometries. Two series of simulations, one with an isolated single-mode perturbation of the interface and the other with a random density perturbation, were performed. It is shown that the relative evolutions of integral characteristics for the first and the second series are different in 2D and 3D geometries. An attempt is made to interpret this result in the framework of the previously developed evolutionary approach based on the concept of the "critical age" of the perturbation (where, by the age is meant the product of the wavenumber and amplitude). The critical age corresponds to the destruction of the main mushroom-like structure formed during the development of Rayleigh-Taylor instability due to the onset of the secondary Kelvin-Helmholtz instability.

  10. Kumano Forearc Basin Uplift and Megasplay Fault Development: 3D Seismic Images of Nankai Margin off Kii Peninsula, Japan

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    Gulick, S. P.; Bangs, N. L.; Moore, G. F.; Martin, K. M.; Sawyer, D. S.; Nakamura, Y.; Tobin, H. J.

    2008-12-01

    Off southern Honshu Island, Japan, a 12 by 56 km, 3D seismic reflection survey images parts of the region known as the Kumano area of the Nankai Trough. This region is where the Nankai Trough Seismogenic Zone Experiment is taking place as part of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program and has thus far been the target of Expeditions 314, 315, and 316. A structural feature of the Kumano part of the margin is a high-seismic amplitude, regionally continuous splay fault system that acts as an out-of-sequence thrust and may be a pathway for updip seismic rupture propagation. Of seismic hazards interest, the shallower pathway for rupture propagation presented by the splay fault has been suggested to result in efficient delivery of high- angle slip close to the seafloor and thus the splay fault may be tsunamigenic. The Kumano forearc basin lies above the Kumano splay fault system and thus records its affect on margin development. Within the seaward portion of the Kumano Basin that is imaged by the 3D volume, we interpret 12 seismic sequences. In decreasing age, these sequences record a history of infilling and faulting as follows: 1) Sequences 12-9 were deposited in a shelf-edge depocenter that was deepest to the northeast due to a pre-existing structural high to the southwest. 2) From Sequence 8 time to Sequence 6 time, significant uplift occurred such that the primary depocenter shifted progressively landward. Northeast striking normal faults formed in the sediments above the uplifted southwestern structural high. 3) Since the deposition of Sequence 5, uplift has waned and the basin has attempted to re-equilibrate depositionally by filling in the lows and structurally through significant extension that continues today. The resulting normal faults are spaced <250 m apart, strike on average east-northeast, and are present up to ~20 km landward into the basin. The locus of uplift was limited to the outer basin, which was progressively thrust/displaced seaward relative to the inner basin as evidenced by the presence of graben structures at the landward limit of the tilted strata. The lateral extent of the tilted part of the Kumano basin overlies the previously reported high-amplitude part of the mega-splay reflection suggested to have originated from underthrusting of fluid rich sediments. We suggest that the uplift event recorded in the forearc basin corresponded to the formation of the mega-splay fault system and through integration of the sequence stratigraphy with drilling results we can place bounds on the timing of its formation.

  11. Shape analysis of hypertrophic and hypertensive heart disease using MRI-based 3D surface models of left ventricular geometry.

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    Ardekani, Siamak; Jain, Saurabh; Sanzi, Alianna; Corona-Villalobos, Celia P; Abraham, Theodore P; Abraham, M Roselle; Zimmerman, Stefan L; Wu, Katherine C; Winslow, Raimond L; Miller, Michael I; Younes, Laurent

    2016-04-01

    The focus of this study was to develop advanced mathematical tools to construct high-resolution 3D models of left-ventricular (LV) geometry to evaluate focal geometric differences between patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and hypertensive heart disease (HHD) using cardiac magnetic resonance (MR) cross-sectional images. A limiting factor in 3D analysis of cardiac MR cross-sections is the low out-of-plane resolution of the acquired images. To overcome this problem, we have developed a mathematical framework to construct a population-based high-resolution 3D LV triangulated surface (template) in which an iterative matching algorithm maps a surface mesh of a normal heart to a set of cross-sectional contours that were extracted from short-axis cine cardiac MR images of patients who were diagnosed with either HCM or HHD. A statistical analysis was conducted on deformations that were estimated at each surface node to identify shape differences at end-diastole (ED), end-systole (ES), and motion-related shape variation from ED to ES. Some significant shape difference in radial thickness was detected at ES. Differences of LV 3D surface geometry were identified focally on the basal anterior septum wall. Further research is needed to relate these findings to the HCM morphological substrate and to design a classifier to discriminate among different etiologies of LV hypertrophy. PMID:26766206

  12. A fast 3D reconstruction algorithm for inverse-geometry CT based on an exact PET rebinning algorithm

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    Mazin, Samuel R.; Pelc, Norbert J.

    2007-03-01

    Inverse-geometry CT (IGCT) employs a large area x-ray source array opposite a small area detector array. The system is expected to provide sub-second volumetric imaging with isotropic resolution and no cone-beam effects. Due to the large amount of data, it is desirable to have an exact 3D reconstruction algorithm that is fast. Currently known IGCT algorithms are either slow, due to 3D backprojection, and/or require a reprojection step, or are inexact. Defrise et al. developed an exact Fourier rebinning algorithm (FORE-J) for 3D PET. This algorithm first rebins the 3D PET data into in-plane sinograms and then reconstructs the series of axial slices using any 2D method. FORE-J is fast, exact, and efficiently uses all of the acquired PET data. We modified this algorithm to adapt it to the IGCT geometry. Experiments were performed using a numerical "Defrise" phantom consisting of high-intensity discs spaced in z to assess the accuracy of the modified algorithm as well as highlight any cone-beam effects. A noise simulation was performed to analyze the noise properties of FORE-J and the modified algorithm. The modified algorithm is very fast and slightly more accurate than the original algorithm with a very small noise penalty in the central axial slices.

  13. Detailed parametric study of Casimir forces in the Casimir Polder approximation for nontrivial 3D geometries

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    Sedmik, R.; Vasiljevich, I.; Tajmar, M.

    2007-04-01

    We present a parametric numerical study conducted with the finite element code CasimirSim developed by ARC Seibersdorf research. This simulation has already been applied to two dimensional geometries in the past and showed agreement with exact theoretical predictions between 100 nm and 10 ?m. In the current investigation the code has been enhanced to compute arbitrary, nontrivial, fully three dimensional geometries for any material given by its density and dielectric polarizability. For calculation of the Casimir energy the simple Casimir Polder r -7 model is used. This approach is known to be of limited accuracy due to the assumption of perfect additivity of dipole interactions. Nonetheless, it can be used to give approximate predictions for sharply curved geometries inaccessible to other approximative schemes such as for example the established Proximity Force Approximation. In the current study, we show in detail the dependence of errors upon physical and numerical parameters. After verification with the plate plate geometry experimentally relevant geometries such as sphere over plate or crossed cylinders are assessed. Finally, the simulation is applied to the more sophisticated geometries of stacked spherical shells, a gear wheel, and a cantilever, showing up some interesting properties.

  14. Strike-slip fault geometry in Turkey and its influence on earthquake activity

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    Barka, A. A.; Kadinsky-Cade, K.

    1988-01-01

    The geometry of Turkish strike-slip faults is reviewed, showing that fault geometry plays an important role in controlling the location of large earthquake rupture segments along the fault zones. It is found that large earthquake ruptures generally do not propagate past individual stepovers that are wider than 5 km or bends that have angles greater than about 30 degrees. It is suggested that certain geometric patterns are responsible for strain accumulation along portions of the fault zone. It is shown that fault geometry plays a role in the characteristics of earthquake behavior and that aftershocks and swarm activity are often associated with releasing areas.

  15. 3-D geomechanical restoration and paleomagnetic analysis of fault-related folds: An example from the Yanjinggou anticline, southern Sichuan Basin

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    Li, Yiquan; Jia, Dong; Plesch, Andreas; Hubbard, Judith; Shaw, John H.; Wang, Maomao

    2013-09-01

    We examine the development of the Yanjinggou anticline, a fault-propagation-fold in the southern Longmen Shan, through an integrated study of structural geometry, strain, and paleomagnetism. The 3-D structural and strain restoration models generated in our analysis reveal that the NE-trending Yanjinggou fold has a curved map trace that is convex to the southeast. The fold has three distinct regions characterized by different strain patterns: contraction in the core of the fold, extension in the outer arc, and a forelimb with distributed shear. To further understand the kinematics of the Yanjinggou anticline, we performed paleomagnetic analysis on 184 oriented samples collected across the structure. Anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility (AMS) measurements and stepwise thermal demagnetization were conducted. A strike test was applied to the high temperature component (HTC) in order to identify rotation around the arc. The result indicates that the Yanjinggou anticline is a progressive arc, with a minor initial curvature and a dominant secondary curvature related to vertical-axis rotation synchronous with thrusting. The primary curvature and initial development of the structure correlates with the growth of the southern Longmen Shan in Late Miocene. The secondary curvature correlates with displacement extending since Late Pleistocene toward the southeast into the central basin along the detachments that underlie the structure. Lateral gradients in displacement along this underlying detachment provide a mechanism for producing the vertical rotation of the anticline. AMS results and historical earthquake analysis imply that the fault-propagation fold, along with other NE trending structures in the southern Sichuan basin, are tectonically active and accommodate east-west crustal shortening in the basin. By integrating 3-D structural and strain restoration modeling with systematic AMS and paleomagnetic methods using statistical analysis, we closely constrain how the Yanjinggou anticline developed, and provide insights into the formation of fault-related folds with curved shapes in map view, which are common in other fold-and-thrust belts around the world.

  16. Restoring complex folded geometries in 3D using paleomagnetic vectors; a new tool to validate underground reconstructions

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    Jos Ramn, M; Pueyo, Emilio L.; Briz, Jos Luis; Caumon, Guillaume; Fernndez, scar; Ciria, Jos Carlos; Pocovi, Andrs; Ros, Luis H.

    2013-04-01

    Three-dimensional reconstructions of the underground involve the integration of discrete and heterogeneous datasets and have significant socio- economic implications. The problem arises when there are limited data to build 3D models or when deformation processes are complex; these reasons inspired the development of restoration methods to validate subsurface reconstructions. The restoration is based on the application of simple geometric (or mechanic) laws that help reduce the uncertainty and increase geomodel accuracy. Apart from mechanical approaches, geometric methods are based on the initial assumption of global conservation of volume during deformation in addition to the paleo-horizontality of the stratigraphic horizons in the undeformed stage. The problem is that the bedding plane cannot be used as a three-dimensional reference system, because a single vector defines it and additional constraints are required. This is particularly important when dealing with complex structures, such as non-cylindrical structures and the superposition of non-coaxial geometries. In this context, paleomagnetism (known in both the deformed and undeformed stages) can contribute to building a more complete reference system and to reducing the uncertainty in restoration processes. The use of paleomagnetism in restoration tools was suggested in the early 1990's and only a few quantitative map-view applications have been developed since then. In this contribution, we introduce the two first surface restoration methods that use paleomagnetic vectors as a primary reference. The first one is a simple geometric approach based on the piecewise restoration of a triangulated surface into which paleomagnetic variables can be easily incorporated. It is valid for complexly folded structures. The surface is modelled by a mesh and the method starts from a pin-element. Triangles are laid flat and then fitted together to minimize distances between common vertices and paleomagnetic error. However, this first approach is very sensitive to the density and type of triangulation of the mesh, as well as the location of the pin-element. The second one is based on a parametric approach (gOcad code), whereby a curvilinear coordinate system is computed on the folded surface by numerical optimization. We use paleomagnetic data to define constraints for the computation of this frame, which significantly increases the robustness of the restoration method. We assess the accuracy of the restoration algorithms using computer and analogue models. We have developed a new methodology to simulate the paleomagnetic vectors in the models and we are able to obtain reliable 3D images of them under a CT scan. These models allow us to set up a known initial undeformed surface (a horizontal horizon and its magnetic reference). We then perform a forward deformation to obtain a controlled deformed surface. Subsequently, we apply a restoration method to that deformed surface, and compare the result from the restored state with the initial undeformed surface. With an ideal restoration method the two states should match perfectly and, therefore, we can quantify the quality of the restoration by measuring the differences between them. Future work on the method includes the restoration of volumes (now only horizons) and faults (discontinuous deformation). The application to real case studies from the Pyrenean External Sierras, apart from reliable geometric reconstructions of the structures, has to consider the distribution of vectors, which is limited to the surface although it is densely sampled, and the quality, reliability and resolution of real datasets.

  17. Direct Inversion of Postseismic Deformation for 3D Lithosphere Viscosity Structure and Fault Slip

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    Hines, T.; Hetland, E. A.

    2014-12-01

    Geodetic measurements of postseismic deformation are rich signals with which the mechanical behavior of the lithosphere can be inferred, predominantly localized fault creep and distributed viscoelastic deformation. Numerous studies have used postseismic deformation to estimate the lithosphere's rheology but they are hindered by potentially computationally intensive forward problems with nonlinear relationships between surface deformation and the rheologic properties. As a result, most studies oversimplify the rheologic structure of the lithosphere and rely on forward estimation methods, such as grid or monte carlo searches. We present a novel method to simultaneously estimate patterns of fault slip and heterogeneous distribution of effective Maxwell viscoelasticity from postseismic deformation. Our method utilizes an approximation which linearizes the viscoelastic contribution to postseismic deformation with respect to the inverse relaxation time of discrete regions in the lithosphere, allowing the use of least squares techniques, akin to seismic tomographic methods. The validity of this approximation is inversely proportional to the time since the main rupture and holds for roughly as long as the lowest relaxation time in the lithosphere proximal to the coseismic rupture. Our estimation of both the slip history on a fault and the effective Maxwell relaxation times of the lithosphere takes a matter of minutes. We apply our method to postseismic deformation following the 2010 El Mayor earthquake, as well as the 1999 ?zmit-Dzce earthquake sequence. We discuss the significance of both fault creep and three dimensional viscosity structure in describing postseismic deformation.

  18. The Akaso field, Nigeria: Use of integrated 3-D seismic/fault slicing/clay shearing on fault trapping and dynamic leakage

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    Jev, B.I.; Kaars-Sijpestein, C.H.; Wilkie, J.T. ); Peters, M.P.M.A. )

    1991-03-01

    The Akaso field on the Eastern Niger delta (STOIIP 401 MMstb) is separated from the large Cawthorne Channel field (STOIIP 1307 MMstb) by a major antithetic fault. In 1989 3-D seismic data revealed a subtle back-split off this antithetic to the west of the main Akaso field, behind which stacked amplitude anomalies occurred extending to the tip line of the back-split. Fault slicing and clay smear studies of the back-split and main antithetic indicated strong seal potential with occasional leak windows. These results were fully confirmed by a deviated appraisal well in late 1989 that found 183 MMstb STOIIP in a series of stacked footwall closures. The trapping potential of this fault can be contrasted with its behavior during depletion based upon RFT data acquired in a series of Akaso development wells in 1990. Depletion of the Akaso E and G sands was observed due to production from the juxtaposed C-D and E sands of Cawthorne Channel and subsequent fault breakdown. Dynamic pressure drops of 120 psi and 311 psi observed in the Akaso field therefore represent a prime example of the trapping potential of clay-smeared faults and their subsequent leakage during differential depletion.

  19. Geometry-based vs. intensity-based medical image registration: A comparative study on 3D CT data.

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    Savva, Antonis D; Economopoulos, Theodore L; Matsopoulos, George K

    2016-02-01

    Spatial alignment of Computed Tomography (CT) data sets is often required in numerous medical applications and it is usually achieved by applying conventional exhaustive registration techniques, which are mainly based on the intensity of the subject data sets. Those techniques consider the full range of data points composing the data, thus negatively affecting the required processing time. Alternatively, alignment can be performed using the correspondence of extracted data points from both sets. Moreover, various geometrical characteristics of those data points can be used, instead of their chromatic properties, for uniquely characterizing each point, by forming a specific geometrical descriptor. This paper presents a comparative study reviewing variations of geometry-based, descriptor-oriented registration techniques, as well as conventional, exhaustive, intensity-based methods for aligning three-dimensional (3D) CT data pairs. In this context, three general image registration frameworks were examined: a geometry-based methodology featuring three distinct geometrical descriptors, an intensity-based methodology using three different similarity metrics, as well as the commonly used Iterative Closest Point algorithm. All techniques were applied on a total of thirty 3D CT data pairs with both known and unknown initial spatial differences. After an extensive qualitative and quantitative assessment, it was concluded that the proposed geometry-based registration framework performed similarly to the examined exhaustive registration techniques. In addition, geometry-based methods dramatically improved processing time over conventional exhaustive registration. PMID:26771247

  20. Mesoscopic hydrogel molding to control the 3D geometry of bioartificial muscle tissues

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    Bian, Weining; Liau, Brian; Badie, Nima

    2010-01-01

    This protocol describes a cell/hydrogel molding method for precise and reproducible biomimetic fabrication of three-dimensional (3D) muscle tissue architectures in vitro. Using a high aspect ratio soft lithography technique, we fabricate polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) molds containing arrays of mesoscopic posts with defined size, elongation and spacing. On cell/hydrogel molding, these posts serve to enhance the diffusion of nutrients to cells by introducing elliptical pores in the cell-laden hydrogels and to guide local 3D cell alignment by governing the spatial pattern of mechanical tension. Instead of ultraviolet or chemical cross-linking, this method utilizes natural hydrogel polymerization and topographically constrained cell-mediated gel compaction to create the desired 3D tissue structures. We apply this method to fabricate several square centimeter large, few hundred micron-thick bioartificial muscle tissues composed of viable, dense, uniformly aligned and highly differentiated cardiac or skeletal muscle fibers. The protocol takes 45 d to fabricate PDMS molds followed by 2 weeks of cell culture. PMID:19798085

  1. Grounding line migration as response to cycles of sliding pertubations and initial geometries in the MISMIP3D experiment

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    Nieschlag, Moritz; Kleiner, Thomas; Humbert, Angelika

    2014-05-01

    The benchmark experiment MISMIP3D (Pattyn et al., 2013) investigated the response of a artificial ice stream-ice shelf system to a sliding perturbation. We continued this experiment by applying cycles of pertubations at different time scales in order to see the long term response of the grounding line positions to changes in basal sliding. For this purpose we applied the finite-difference full-Stokes model TIM-FD3 on 2.5km and 1.25km using three different initial geometries. We found that our steady-state geometry shows a strong dependency of the grounding line position on the horizontal grid size and the chosen initial geometry. Not all experiments show a neutral equilibrium in subsequent basal sliding perturbation simulations.

  2. Subsonic 3-D surface panel method for rapid analysis of multiple geometry perturbations

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    Bristow, D. R.; Hawk, J. D.; Thomas, J. L.

    1982-01-01

    For any baseline aircraft configuration, a matrix of partial derivatives of surface velocity potential with respect to geometry coordinates is calculated. Linear extrapolation is then used to analyze the subcritical potential flow corresponding to a series of arbitrary small geometry perturbations. Each perturbation analysis is more than an order of magnitude more efficient than a conventional panel method solution because no influence coefficients are calculated and no large system of linear algebraic equations is solved. Wing and wing-fuselage examples are presented to demonstrate that the predicted pressure distributions are nearly exact for large changes to wing camber, thickness, and leading edge radius.

  3. Subsurface image of the Marinsk Lzne Fault (Czech Republic) by 3-D GPR and DC resistivity measurement

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    Tbo?k, P.; Karousov, M.; t?pan?kov, P.; Fischer, T.

    2012-04-01

    This study deals with application of two geoelectrical methods in order to study geophysical expression of logged geological structures exposed in an artificial trench and their continuation laterally and to the depth. The trench was excavated within the Marinsk Lzn? fault zone, which borders the mountain front of the Krun hory Mts towards the Cheb basin and intersects the seismoactive zone of Nov Kostel. The present geodynamic activity in the area of Cheb basin is manifested by earthquake swarms and ubiquitous emanations of mantle-derived carbon-dioxide. The trench survey has identified a subvertical fault plane whose recent activity is being investigated by structural and sedimentological analyses, and geochronological methods. Because the very narrow zone of faulting expression within the Quaternary deposits (few tens of cm) does not enable its direct identification by geophysical methods, we used ground truth information from the trench to study possible geophysical attributes of the fault. To this purpose we applied 3D ground penetrating radar (GPR) survey and a 2D multi-electrode DC electrical resistivity tomography (ERT). The GPR survey was carried out using the shielded 250 MHz antenna on rectangular grid 40 x 60 meters. The detailed ERT measurements were performed on one profile of 200m length with 1 m electrode spacing and Wenner-Schlumberger electrode array. The ERT measurements have identified a shallow high-resistivity body, which corresponds to the sandy and gravelly deposits documented in the trench. The fault intersects the body on its southern margin, and the expected low-resistivity zone of the fault is thus masked by the high-resistivity sediments. The 3D GPR survey showed high amplitude reflections that are clearly associated with the high-resistivity body, which is separated from the surrounding area with missing reflections. Comparison with the ERT results shows that zones of attenuated GPR signal correspond to the lower resistive substratum (< 150 ?m) of the clay-rich colluvium and deep-weathered crystalline basement. The stacked GPR time slices reveal that besides the strong reflections in the area of sands and gravels a distinct zone of scattered reflections occur along the expected direction of the fault, which corresponds to the fault strike measured in the trench. We presume that the reflections are created by a high-resistive material similar to that being associated to the sandy-gravelly body. It turned out that application of the two geophysical methods itself would not be able to find the subsurface geophysical expression of the fault. Nevertheless, the geophysical survey was crucial for finding a prolongation of the fault further from the trench and also for tracking its occurrence in depth. This was possible thanks to the a-priori geological data obtained from the trench survey. Keywords: the Marinsk Lzn? Fault, Cheb basin, ground penetrating radar, electrical resistivity tomography, trenching

  4. Math in Action. 3-D Geometry Comes in All Shapes and Sizes.

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    Bresser, Rusty; Sheffield, Stephanie

    1996-01-01

    Two mathematics activities introduce elementary students to geometry, using depth, width, and height. A primary level activity involves students with sorting and classifying geometric solids and with comparing numerical quantities. The activity requires building blocks or geometric solids. An intermediate level activity teaches students about

  5. The Emergence of 3D Geometry from Children's (Teacher-Guided) Classification Tasks

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    Roth, Wolff-Michael; Thom, Jennifer S.

    2009-01-01

    Geometry, classification, and the classification of geometrical objects are integral aspects of recent curriculum documents in mathematics education. Such curriculum documents, however, leave open how the "work" of classifying objects according to geometrical properties can be accomplished given that the knowledge of these properties is the

  6. The Need (?) for Descriptive Geometry in a World of 3D Modeling.

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    Croft, Frank M. Jr.

    1998-01-01

    Evaluates the use of modern CAD methods to solve geometric problems. Solves descriptive geometry problems using the layout and position of the successive auxiliary views from the projection of three-dimensional figures onto a two-dimensional plane of paper. (CCM)

  7. High precision Differential Earthquake Location in 3D models: Evidence for a rheological barrier controlling the microseismicity at the Irpinia fault zone in southern Apennines

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    De Landro, Grazia; Amoroso, Ortensia; Alfredo Stabile, Tony; Matrullo, Emanuela; Lomax, Anthony; Zollo, Aldo

    2015-04-01

    A non-linear, global-search, probabilistic, double-difference earthquake location technique is illustrated. The main advantages of this method are the determination of comprehensive and complete solutions through the probability density function (PDF), the use of differential arrival-times as data, and the possibility to use a 3D velocity model both for absolute and relative locations, essential to obtain accurate differentials locations in structurally complex geological media. The joint use of this methodology and an accurate differential times data-set allowed us to carry out an high-resolution, earthquake location analysis, which helped to characterize the active fault geometries in the studied region. We investigated the recent micro-seismicity occurring at the Campanian-Lucanian Apennines, in the crustal volume embedding the fault system which generated the 1980, M 6.9 earthquake in Irpinia. In order to obtain highly accurate seismicity locations we applied the method to the P and S arrival time data set from 1312 events (M<3) that occurred from August 2005 to April 2011, and used the 3D P- and S-wave velocity models, optimized for the area under study. Both catalogue and cross-correlation first arrival-times have been used. The refined seismicity locations show that the events occur in a volume delimited by the faults activated during the 1980 Irpinia M 6.9 earthquake on sub-parallel, predominantly normal faults. Corresponding to a contact zone between different rheology rock formations (carbonate platform and basin residuals), we evidence an abrupt interruption of the seismicity across a SW-NE oriented structural discontinuity. This "barrier" appears to be located in the area bounded by the fault segments activated during the first (0 sec) and the second (20 sec) rupture episodes of the 80's Irpinia earthquake. We hypothesize that this geometrical barrier can have played a key role during the 1980 Irpinia event, and possibly controlled the delayed times of activation of the two rupture segments.

  8. High-precision differential earthquake location in 3-D models: evidence for a rheological barrier controlling the microseismicity at the Irpinia fault zone in southern Apennines

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    De Landro, Grazia; Amoroso, Ortensia; Stabile, Tony Alfredo; Matrullo, Emanuela; Lomax, Antony; Zollo, Aldo

    2015-12-01

    A non-linear, global-search, probabilistic, double-difference earthquake location technique is illustrated. The main advantages of this method are the determination of comprehensive and complete solutions through the probability density function (PDF), the use of differential arrival times as data and the possibility to use a 3-D velocity model both for absolute and double-difference locations, all of which help to obtain accurate differential locations in structurally complex geological media. The joint use of this methodology and an accurate differential time data set allowed us to carry out a high-resolution, earthquake location analysis, which helps to characterize the active fault geometries in the studied region. We investigated the recent microseismicity occurring at the Campanian-Lucanian Apennines in the crustal volume embedding the fault system that generated the 1980 MS 6.9 earthquake in Irpinia. In order to obtain highly accurate seismicity locations, we applied the method to the P and S arrival time data set from 1312 events (ML < 3.1) that occurred from August 2005 to April 2011 and used the 3-D P- and S-wave velocity models optimized for the area under study. Both manually refined and cross-correlation refined absolute arrival times have been used. The refined seismicity locations show that the events occur in a volume delimited by the faults activated during the 1980 MS 6.9 Irpinia earthquake on subparallel, predominantly normal faults. We find an abrupt interruption of the seismicity across an SW-NE oriented structural discontinuity corresponding to a contact zone between different rheology rock formations (carbonate platform and basin residuals). This `barrier' appears to be located in the area bounded by the fault segments activated during the first (0 s) and the second (18 s) rupture episodes of the 1980s Irpinia earthquake. We hypothesize that this geometrical barrier could have played a key role during the 1980 Irpinia event, and possibly controlled the delayed times of activation of the two rupture segments.

  9. 3-D in vivo brain tumor geometry study by scaling analysis

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    Torres Hoyos, F.; Martn-Landrove, M.

    2012-02-01

    A new method, based on scaling analysis, is used to calculate fractal dimension and local roughness exponents to characterize in vivo 3-D tumor growth in the brain. Image acquisition was made according to the standard protocol used for brain radiotherapy and radiosurgery, i.e., axial, coronal and sagittal magnetic resonance T1-weighted images, and comprising the brain volume for image registration. Image segmentation was performed by the application of the k-means procedure upon contrasted images. We analyzed glioblastomas, astrocytomas, metastases and benign brain tumors. The results show significant variations of the parameters depending on the tumor stage and histological origin.

  10. Templated 3D ultrathin CVD graphite networks with controllable geometry: synthesis and application as supercapacitor electrodes.

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    Hsia, Ben; Kim, Mun Sek; Luna, Lunet E; Mair, Nisha R; Kim, Yongkwan; Carraro, Carlo; Maboudian, Roya

    2014-11-12

    Three-dimensional ultrathin graphitic foams are grown via chemical vapor deposition on templated Ni scaffolds, which are electrodeposited on a close-packed array of polystyrene microspheres. After removal of the Ni, free-standing foams composed of conjoined hollow ultrathin graphite spheres are obtained. Control over the pore size and foam thickness is demonstrated. The graphitic foam is tested as a supercapacitor electrode, exhibiting electrochemical double-layer capacitance values that compare well to those obtained with the state-of-the-art 3D graphene materials. PMID:25318008

  11. Mechanical constraints imposed by 3D cellular geometry and arrangement modulate growth patterns in the Arabidopsis embryo

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    Bassel, George W.; Stamm, Petra; Mosca, Gabriella; Barbier de Reuille, Pierre; Gibbs, Daniel J.; Winter, Robin; Janka, Ales; Holdsworth, Michael J.; Smith, Richard S.

    2014-01-01

    Morphogenesis occurs in 3D space over time and is guided by coordinated gene expression programs. Here we use postembryonic development in Arabidopsis plants to investigate the genetic control of growth. We demonstrate that gene expression driving the production of the growth-stimulating hormone gibberellic acid and downstream growth factors is first induced within the radicle tip of the embryo. The center of cell expansion is, however, spatially displaced from the center of gene expression. Because the rapidly growing cells have very different geometry from that of those at the tip, we hypothesized that mechanical factors may contribute to this growth displacement. To this end we developed 3D finite-element method models of growing custom-designed digital embryos at cellular resolution. We used this framework to conceptualize how cell size, shape, and topology influence tissue growth and to explore the interplay of geometrical and genetic inputs into growth distribution. Our simulations showed that mechanical constraints are sufficient to explain the disconnect between the experimentally observed spatiotemporal patterns of gene expression and early postembryonic growth. The center of cell expansion is the position where genetic and mechanical facilitators of growth converge. We have thus uncovered a mechanism whereby 3D cellular geometry helps direct where genetically specified growth takes place. PMID:24912195

  12. Mechanical constraints imposed by 3D cellular geometry and arrangement modulate growth patterns in the Arabidopsis embryo.

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    Bassel, George W; Stamm, Petra; Mosca, Gabriella; Barbier de Reuille, Pierre; Gibbs, Daniel J; Winter, Robin; Janka, Ales; Holdsworth, Michael J; Smith, Richard S

    2014-06-10

    Morphogenesis occurs in 3D space over time and is guided by coordinated gene expression programs. Here we use postembryonic development in Arabidopsis plants to investigate the genetic control of growth. We demonstrate that gene expression driving the production of the growth-stimulating hormone gibberellic acid and downstream growth factors is first induced within the radicle tip of the embryo. The center of cell expansion is, however, spatially displaced from the center of gene expression. Because the rapidly growing cells have very different geometry from that of those at the tip, we hypothesized that mechanical factors may contribute to this growth displacement. To this end we developed 3D finite-element method models of growing custom-designed digital embryos at cellular resolution. We used this framework to conceptualize how cell size, shape, and topology influence tissue growth and to explore the interplay of geometrical and genetic inputs into growth distribution. Our simulations showed that mechanical constraints are sufficient to explain the disconnect between the experimentally observed spatiotemporal patterns of gene expression and early postembryonic growth. The center of cell expansion is the position where genetic and mechanical facilitators of growth converge. We have thus uncovered a mechanism whereby 3D cellular geometry helps direct where genetically specified growth takes place. PMID:24912195

  13. Large scale 3D geometry of deformation structures in the Aar massif and overlying Helvetic nappes (Central Alps, Switzerland) - A combined remote sensing and field work approach

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    Baumberger, R.; Wehrens, Ph.; Herwegh, M.

    2012-04-01

    Allowing deep insight into the formation history of a rock complex, shear zones, faults and joint systems represent important sources of geological information. The granitic rocks of the Haslital valley (Switzerland) show very good outcrop conditions to study these mechanical anisotropies. Furthermore, they permit a quantitative characterisation of the above-mentioned deformation structures on the large-scale, in terms of their 3D orientation, 3D spatial distribution, kinematics and evolution in 3D. A key problem while developing valid geological 3D models is the three-dimensional spatial distribution of geological structures, particularly with increasing distance from the surface. That is especially true in regions, where only little or even no "hard" underground data (e.g. bore holes, tunnel mappings and seismics) is available. In the study area, many subsurface data are available (e.g. cross sections, tunnel and pipeline mappings, bore holes etc.). Therefore, two methods dealing with the problems mentioned are developed: (1) A data acquisition, processing and visualisation method, (2) A methodology to improve the reliability of 3D models regarding the spatial trend of geological structures with increasing depth: 1) Using aerial photographs and a high-resolution digital elevation model, a GIS-based remote-sensing structural map of large-scale structural elements (shear zones, faults) of the study area was elaborated. Based on that lineament map, (i) a shear zone map was derived and (ii) a geostatistical analysis was applied to identify sub regions applicable for serving as field areas to test the methodology presented above. During fieldwork, the shear zone map was evaluated by verifying the occurrence and spatial distribution of the structures designated by remote sensing. Additionally, the geometry of the structures (e.g. 3D orientation, width, kinematics) was characterised and parameterised accordingly. These tasks were partially done using a GPS based Slate PC and the FieldMoveTM software, in order to ease the subsequent data processing. 2) Findings from the field work were visualised in 3D using the MoveTM software suite. Applying its specific tools and incorporating own field data, the structure's near-surface 3D settings was modelled. In a second step, the combined use of surface and subsurface data helped to predict their trend with increasing distance from the surface, bypassing a height difference of partially more than 2000m. Field work shows that the remote-sensing structural map fits very well with the field observations. Nevertheless, the shear zone map underwent an iterative refinement process, based on own observations in the field as well as on already existing maps. It now clearly describes the lithological subdivision of the study area. The incorporation of the data into the 3D modelling software points towards the fact, that own large-scale data fits very well with small-scale structures provided by recent studies in the same area. Yet, their exact interplay in terms of orientation, kinematics and evolution is not clear. Additional analysis is needed in order to gain more detailed insight into the deformation history of the rocks in the study area.

  14. Applying and validating the RANS-3D flow-solver for evaluating a subsonic serpentine diffuser geometry

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    Fletcher, Michael J.; Won, Mark J.; Cosentino, Gary B.; Te, Alexander

    1993-01-01

    Subsonic inlet ducts for advanced, high-performance aircraft are evolving towards complex three-dimensional shapes for reasons of overall integration and weight. These factors lead to diffuser geometries that may sacrifice inlet performance, unless careful attention to design details and boundary layer management techniques are employed. The ability of viscous computational fluid dynamic (CFD) analysis of such geometries to aid the aircraft configurator in this complex design problem is herein examined. The RANS-3D Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes solver is applied to model the complex flowfield occurring in a representative diffuser geometry and the solutions are compared to experimental results from a static test of the inlet duct. The computational results are shown to compare very favorably with experimental results over a range of mass flow rates, including those involving large amounts of separation in the diffuser. In addition, a novel grid topology is presented, and two turbulence models are evaluated in this study as part of the RANS-3D code.

  15. Geometry of laccolith margins: 2D and 3D models of the Late Paleozoic Halle Volcanic Complex (Germany)

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    Schmiedel, T.; Breitkreuz, C.; Grz, I.; Ehling, B.-C.

    2015-03-01

    Well data and core samples from the Late Paleozoic Halle Volcanic Complex (HVC) have been used to describe the geometry of the rhyolitic porphyritic laccoliths and their margins. The HVC formed between 301 and 292 Ma in the intramontane Saale basin, and it comprises mainly rhyolitic subvolcanic bodies (~300 km3) as well as minor lava flows and volcaniclastic deposits. The major HVC laccolith units display aspect ratios ranging between 0.04 and 0.07, and they are separated by tilted and deformed Carboniferous-Permian host sediments. For the margin of the Landsberg laccolith, a major coarsely porphyritic unit of the HVC, an exceptional data set of 63 wells concentrated in an area of 10 km2 reaching to depth of 710 m exists. It was used to explore the 3D geometry and textures, and to deduce an intrusion model. For a 3D visualization of the Landsberg laccolith margin, Geological Object Computer Aided Design; Paradigm software (GOCAD) was used. Curve objects have been derived from the intrusion-host contacts. Automated GOCAD methods for 3D modelling failed. As a result, manual refinement was essential. A major finding of the 3D modelling is the presence of prolate sediment rafts, up to 1,400 m in length and up to 500 m in thickness, surrounded by Landsberg rhyolite. The sedimentary rafts dip away from the laccolith centre. The engulfing laccolith sheets reach thickness of 100-300 m. For other HVC laccolith units (Lbejn, Petersberg, Brachstedt), well data reveal vertical rhyolite/sediment contacts or magma lobes fingering into the host sediments. HVC laccolith contact textures include small-scale shearing of the intruding magma and of the host sediment. In addition, internal shear zones have been detected inside the rhyolite bodies. The present study suggests that the emplacement of successive magma sheets was an important process during laccolith growth in the HVC.

  16. 3D simulations of the early stages of AGN jets: geometry, thermodynamics and backflow

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    Cielo, S.; Antonuccio-Delogu, V.; Macciò, A. V.; Romeo, A. D.; Silk, J.

    2014-04-01

    We investigate the interplay between jets from active galactic nuclei (AGNs) and the surrounding interstellar medium (ISM) through full 3D, high-resolution, adaptive mesh refinement simulations performed with the FLASH code. We follow the jet-ISM system for several Myr in its transition from an early, compact source to an extended one including a large cocoon. During the jet evolution, we identify three major evolutionary stages and we find that, contrary to the prediction of popular theoretical models, none of the simulations shows a self-similar behaviour. We also follow the evolution of the energy budget, and find that the fraction of input power deposited into the ISM (the AGN coupling constant) is of the order of a few per cent during the first few Myr. This is in broad agreement with galaxy formation models employing AGN feedback. However, we find that in these early stages, this energy is deposited only in a small fraction (<1 per cent) of the total ISM volume. Finally, we demonstrate the relevance of backflows arising within the extended cocoon generated by a relativistic AGN jet within the ISM of its host galaxy, previously proposed as a mechanism for self-regulating the gas accretion on to the central object. These backflows tend later to be destabilized by the 3D dynamics, rather than by hydrodynamic (Kelvin-Helmholtz) instabilities. Yet, in the first few hundred thousand years, backflows may create a central accretion region of significant extent, and convey there as much as a few millions of solar masses.

  17. Geometry Optimization of 3D Micro Gas Thrust Bearing with Partial Parabolic Grooves Texturing

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    Zhang, Yongfang; Chao, Huanhuan; Zhang, Xingwang; Liu, Cheng

    In order to maximize the load-carrying capacity of micro gas thrust bearing with parabolic texture grooves for different convergence ratios, a multi-objective optimization approach, combining CFD code and particle swarm optimization (PSO) algorithm, was employed to implement geometry parametric optimization of textured gas thrust bearing based on Pareto dominance. The optimization results showed that the load-carrying capacity is greatly improved for the bearing with optimized parameters. Based on the optimization results, a set of formulas was proposed to guide the design of micro gas thrust bearing with partial parabolic grooves texturing.

  18. Geometry of crustal faults: implications for seismicity distributions

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    Kaven, J. O.; Pollard, D. D.

    2009-12-01

    We investigate the importance of geometric complexity in fault systems using relocated seismicity from a catalog of events for the Joshua Tree - Landers earthquake sequence. The spatial density of seismicity is used to locate finite width fault zones and construct surfaces indicative of the centers of these fault zones. The method indentifies ten separate faults ranging in average strike from north-south to east-west that compare well with surface fault maps. These faults exhibit significant surface curvature with the Joshua Tree fault departing from a planar approximation by more than 2000m. The mechanical effects of the geometrically complex fault surfaces are illustrated using solutions to the quasi-static boundary value problem and investigating the resultant stresses and tractions induced by slip on the Joshua Tree fault before the rupture of the Landers earthquake. We find that the propensity for slip on the Landers faults increased in regions of initiation and largest slip during the subsequent event. The geometrically complex models predict greater propensity to slip along the northern faults involved in the Landers earthquake than the commonly used planar and vertical four-fault models. The stresses adjacent to the Joshua Tree fault are investigated by calculating the changes in Coulomb stresses on optimally oriented surfaces of weakness. We find that the geometrically complex model for Joshua Tree fault predicts the aftershocks immediately following the Joshua Tree earthquake quite well, and better than the planar fault model.

  19. Subsurface geometry and evolution of the Seattle fault zone and the Seattle Basin, Washington

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    ten Brink, U.S.; Molzer, P.C.; Fisher, M.A.; Blakely, R.J.; Bucknam, R.C.; Parsons, T.; Crosson, R.S.; Creager, K.C.

    2002-01-01

    The Seattle fault, a large, seismically active, east-west-striking fault zone under Seattle, is the best-studied fault within the tectonically active Puget Lowland in western Washington, yet its subsurface geometry and evolution are not well constrained. We combine several analysis and modeling approaches to study the fault geometry and evolution, including depth-converted, deep-seismic-reflection images, P-wave-velocity field, gravity data, elastic modeling of shoreline uplift from a late Holocene earthquake, and kinematic fault restoration. We propose that the Seattle thrust or reverse fault is accompanied by a shallow, antithetic reverse fault that emerges south of the main fault. The wedge enclosed by the two faults is subject to an enhanced uplift, as indicated by the boxcar shape of the shoreline uplift from the last major earthquake on the fault zone. The Seattle Basin is interpreted as a flexural basin at the footwall of the Seattle fault zone. Basin stratigraphy and the regional tectonic history lead us to suggest that the Seattle fault zone initiated as a reverse fault during the middle Miocene, concurrently with changes in the regional stress field, to absorb some of the north-south shortening of the Cascadia forearc. Kingston Arch, 30 km north of the Seattle fault zone, is interpreted as a more recent disruption arising within the basin, probably due to the development of a blind reverse fault.

  20. Laser cone beam computed tomography scanner geometry for large volume 3D dosimetry

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    Jordan, K. J.; Turnbull, D.; Batista, J. J.

    2013-06-01

    A new scanner geometry for fast optical cone-beam computed tomography is reported. The system consists of a low power laser beam, raster scanned, under computer control, through a transparent object in a refractive index matching aquarium. The transmitted beam is scattered from a diffuser screen and detected by a photomultiplier tube. Modest stray light is present in the projection images since only a single ray is present in the object during measurement and there is no imaging optics to introduce further stray light in the form of glare. A scan time of 30 minutes was required for 512 projections with a field of view of 12 18 cm. Initial performance from scanning a 15 cm diameter jar with black solutions is presented. Averaged reconstruction coefficients are within 2% along the height of the jar and within the central 85% of diameter, due to the index mismatch of the jar. Agreement with spectrometer measurements was better than 0.5% for a minimum transmission of 4% and within 4% for a dark, 0.1% transmission sample. This geometry's advantages include high dynamic range and low cost of scaling to larger (>15 cm) fields of view.

  1. Validation of Direct Numerical Simulations in 3D pore geometries and Large-Eddy Simulations

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    Naumov, Dmitri

    2013-04-01

    Numerical solutions of the Navier-Stokes Equations became more popular in recent decades with increasingly accessible and powerful computational resources. Simulations in reconstructed or artificial pore geometries are often performed to gain insight into microscopic fluid flow structures or are used for upscaling quantities of interest, like hydraulic conductivity. A physically adequate representation of pore scale flow fields requires analysis of large domains in combination with turbulence models. We solve incompressible Navier-Stokes Equations in a cubic lattice and cubic close packing of spheres placed in a square duct with Direct Numerical Simulations (DNS) and analyze the validity of the results. The influence of the number of spheres and mesh discretization is investigated for fluid flow up to Reynolds numbers of 5000 based on the spheres' diameter. The numerical simulations are performed with the OpenFOAM open-source CFD software. We statistically investigate spatial and temporal properties of the resulting fluid flow field and its kinetic energy spectra, and compare them to Large-Eddy Simulations (LES) performed for the same geometries. Differences between the DNS and LES are discussed together with upscaled hydraulic properties with respect to the number of spheres and the Reynolds number.

  2. Flow properties along field lines in a 3-D tilted-dipole geometry

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    Pizzo, V. J.

    1995-01-01

    A 3-D MHD simulation of a global, tilted-dipole solar wind flow pattern is analyzed to determine flow properties along individual magnetic field lines. In the model, flow conditions near the Sun are chosen to provide a reasonable match to the interplanetary configuration prevailing during the recent south polar passage by Ulysses, i.e., a streamer belt inclined approximately 30 deg to the solar equator and speeds ranging from 325-800 km/s. Field lines all across the stream pattern are traced from 1 to 10 AU by following the motion of marker particles embedded in the flow. It is found that those field lines threading the core of the interaction region are subject to significant latitudinal and relative longitudinal displacement over this range of heliocentric distance. Thus, observations taken at a fixed latitude in the inner solar system sample, over the course of a solar rotation, field lines which connect to a range of latitudes in the outer heliosphere. Maps of the field line displacements are presented to help visualize these connections. In addition, it is found that depending upon the location relative to the CIR structure, the radial evolution of fluid elements frozen to different field lines can deviate considerably from that of the canonical solar wind. That is, for selected subsets of field lines, large speed changes (not just at shocks) can be experienced; the density variation can be far from 1/r(exp 2), and the magnetic field intensity need not decay monotonically with distance.

  3. Characterization of 3D filament dynamics in a MAST SOL flux tube geometry

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    Walkden, N. R.; Dudson, B. D.; Fishpool, G.

    2013-10-01

    Non-linear simulations of filament propagation in a realistic MAST SOL flux tube geometry using the BOUT++ fluid modelling framework show an isolation of the dynamics of the filament in the divertor region from the midplane region due to three features of the magnetic geometry; the variation of magnetic curvature along the field line, the expansion of the flux tube and strong magnetic shear. Of the three effects, the latter two lead to a midplane ballooning feature of the filament, whilst the former leads to a ballooning around the X-points. In simulations containing all three effects the filament is observed to balloon at the midplane, suggesting that the role of curvature variation is sub-dominant to the flux expansion and magnetic shear. The magnitudes of these effects are all strongest near the X-point which leads to the formation of parallel density gradients. The filaments simulated, which represent filaments in MAST, are identified as resistive ballooning, meaning that their motion is inertially limited, not sheath limited. Parallel density gradients can drive the filament towards a Boltzmann response when the collisionalityof the plasma is low. The results here show that the formation of parallel density gradients is a natural and inevitable consequence of a realistic magnetic geometry and therefore the transition to the Boltzmann response is a consequence of the use of realistic magnetic geometry and does not require initializing specifically varying background profiles as in slab simulations. The filaments studied here are stable to the linear resistive drift-wave instability but are subject to the non-linear effects associated with the Boltzmann response, particularly Boltzmann spinning. The Boltzmann response causes the filament to spin on an axis. In later stages of its evolution a non-linear turbulent state develops where the vorticity evolves into a turbulent eddy field on the same length scale as the parallel current. The transition from interchange motion to the Boltzmann response occurs with increasing temperature through a decrease in collisionality. This is confirmed by measuring the correlation between density and potential perturbations within the filament, which is low in the antisymmetric state associated with the interchange mechanism, but high in the Boltzmann regime. In the Boltzmann regime net radial transport is drastically reduced whilst a small net toroidal transport is observed. This suggests that only a subset of filaments, those driven by the interchange mechanism at the separatrix, can propagate into the far SOL. Filaments in the Boltzmann regime will be confined to the near separatrix region and quickly disperse. It is plausible that filaments in both regimes can contribute to the SOL transport observed in experiment; the former by propagating the filament into the far SOL and the latter by dispersion of the density within the filament.

  4. High order spatial expansion for the method of characteristics applied to 3-D geometries

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    Naymeh, L.; Masiello, E.; Sanchez, R.

    2013-07-01

    The method of characteristics is an efficient and flexible technique to solve the neutron transport equation and has been extensively used in two-dimensional calculations because it permits to deal with complex geometries. However, because of a very fast increase in storage requirements and number of floating operations, its direct application to three-dimensional routine transport calculations it is not still possible. In this work we introduce and analyze several modifications aimed to reduce memory requirements and to diminish the computing burden. We explore high-order spatial approximation, the use of intermediary trajectory-dependent flux expansions and the possibility of dynamic trajectory reconstruction from local tracking for typed subdomains. (authors)

  5. TART97 a coupled neutron-photon 3-D, combinatorial geometry Monte Carlo transport code

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    Cullen, D.E.

    1997-11-22

    TART97 is a coupled neutron-photon, 3 Dimensional, combinatorial geometry, time dependent Monte Carlo transport code. This code can on any modern computer. It is a complete system to assist you with input preparation, running Monte Carlo calculations, and analysis of output results. TART97 is also incredibly FAST; if you have used similar codes, you will be amazed at how fast this code is compared to other similar codes. Use of the entire system can save you a great deal of time and energy. TART97 is distributed on CD. This CD contains on- line documentation for all codes included in the system, the codes configured to run on a variety of computers, and many example problems that you can use to familiarize yourself with the system. TART97 completely supersedes all older versions of TART, and it is strongly recommended that users only use the most recent version of TART97 and its data riles.

  6. The Carboneras Fault Zone (SE Spain): Constraints on Fault Zone Properties and Geometry from Controlled-Source-Generated Guided Seismic Waves

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    Rietbrock, A.; Haberland, C. A.; Faulkner, D. R.; Nippress, S.; Rutter, E. H.; Kelly, C. M.; Teixido, T.

    2014-12-01

    We combine geophysical data, field-geological mapping and lab measurements to study the Carboneras fault zone (CFZ) in SE Spain. The CFZ is part of the Trans-Alborn Shear Zone which constitutes part of the diffuse plate boundary between Africa and Iberia. The CFZ is inferred to behave as a stretching transform fault with40 km left-lateral offset. It was active principally between 12 - 6 Ma BP, and has been exhumed from ca. 1 - 2 km depth. The relatively recent movement history and the semi-arid terrain lead to excellent exposure.The phyllosilicate-rich fault gougeis excellently preserved. In 2010 we conducted a controlled source seismic experiment at the CFZ in which explosive sources in boreholes (two groups of 3 explosions) were placed in two strands of the fault zone. The signals were observed with dense linear seismic arrays crossing the CFZ at 3.5km and 8.3km distance, respectively. The recordings show clear high-energy P-phases at receivers and from sources located at or near the fault zone. We interpret these phases as P-waves trapped in the low-velocity layer (waveguide) formed by the damage zone of the fault(s). With waveform modeling (using an analytical solution assuming a straight waveguide embedded in two quarter spaces and a line source at depth) we derive basic models well-explaining the observations. Lab-measurements of the different rocks constrain the possible models. Additionally, we employed extensive three-dimensional finite-difference (3D-FD) modeling with more realistic (curved and anastomosing) waveguide geometries. It seems that the studied segments of the CFZ form effective waveguides for seismic waves with connectivity over several kilometers. The derived seismic models together with lab measurements of the seismic velocities indicate that the average fault zone core widths are in the order of 15 to 25m which is in good agreement with surface geological mapping.

  7. 3D geometry and quantitative variation of the cervico-thoracic region in Crocodylia.

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    Chamero, Beatriz; Buscalioni, Angela D; Marugn-Lobn, Jess; Sarris, Ioannis

    2014-07-01

    This study aims to interpret the axial patterning of the crocodylian neck, and to find a potential taxonomic signal that corresponds to vertebral position. Morphological variation in the cervico-thoracic vertebrae is compared in fifteen different crocodylian species using 3D geometric morphometric methods. Multivariate analysis indicated that the pattern of intracolumnar variation was a gradual change in shape of the vertebral series (at the parapophyses, diapophyses, prezygapohyses, and postzygapohyses), in the cervical (C3 to C9) and dorsal (D1-D2) regions which was quite conservative among the crocodylians studied. In spite of this, we also found that intracolumnar shape variation allowed differentiation between two sub regions of the crocodylian neck. Growth is subtly correlated with vertebral shape variation, predicting changes in both the vertebral centrum and the neural spine. Interestingly, the allometric scaling for the pooled sample is equivalently shared by each vertebra studied. However, there were significant taxonomic differences, both in the average shape of the entire neck configuration (regional variation) and by shape variation at each vertebral position (positional variation) among the necks. The average neck vertebra of crocodylids is characterized by a relatively cranio-caudally short neural arch, whereby the spine is relatively longer and pointed orthogonal to the frontal plane. Conversely, the average vertebra in alligatorids has cranio-caudally longer neural spine and arch, with a relatively (dorso-ventrally) shorter spine. At each vertebral position there are significant differences between alligatorids and crocodylids. We discuss that the delayed timing of neurocentral fusion in Alligatoridae possibly explains the observed taxonomic differences. PMID:24753482

  8. The Role of Faulting on the Growth of a Carbonate Platform: Evidence from 3D Seismic Analysis and Section Restoration

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    Nur Fathiyah Jamaludin, Siti; Pubellier, Manuel; Prasad Ghosh, Deva; Menier, David; Pierson, Bernard

    2014-05-01

    Tectonics in addition to other environmental factors impacts the growth of carbonate platforms and plays an important role in shaping the internal architecture of the platforms. Detailed of faults and fractures development and healing in carbonate environment have not been explored sufficiently. Using 3D seismic and well data, we attempt to reconstruct the structural evolution of a Miocene carbonate platform in Central Luconia Province, offshore Malaysia. Luconia Province is located in the NW coast of Borneo and has become one of the largest carbonate factories in SE Asia. Seismic interpretations including seismic attribute analysis are applied to the carbonate platform to discern its sedimentology and structural details. Detailed seismic interpretations highlight the relationships of carbonate deposition with syn-depositional faulting. Branching conjugate faults are common in this carbonate platform and have become a template for reef growth, attesting lateral facies changes within the carbonate environments. Structural restoration was then appropriately performed on the interpreted seismic sections based on sequential restoration techniques, and provided images different from those of horizon flattening methods. This permits us to compensate faults' displacement, remove recent sediment layers and finally restore the older rock units prior to the fault motions. It allows prediction of platform evolution as a response to faulting before and after carbonate deposition and also enhances the pitfalls of interpretation. Once updated, the reconstructions allow unravelling of the un-seen geological features underneath the carbonate platform, such as paleo-structures and paleo-topography which in turn reflects the paleo-environment before deformations took place. Interestingly, sections balancing and restoration revealed the late-phase (Late Oligocene-Early Miocene) rifting of South China Sea, otherwise difficult to visualize on seismic sections. Later it is shown that this carbonate platform was possibly originated from two or more connected reef build-ups. The platform evolution in terms of tectonic influences on carbonate growth and development may serve as a case example for re-evaluation of pre-Late Miocene structures as a new potential target for hydrocarbon exploration in Central Luconia Province. Eventually, techniques used in this study might be of interest to oil and gas explorers in carbonate system.

  9. Relation Between the 3D-Geometry of the Coronal Wave and Associated CME During the 26 April 2008 Event

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    Temmer, M.; Veronig, A. M.; Gopalswamy, N.; Yashiro, S.

    2011-01-01

    We study the kinematical characteristics and 3D geometry of a large-scale coronal wave that occurred in association with the 26 April 2008 flare-CME event. The wave was observed with the EUVI instruments aboard both STEREO spacecraft (STEREO-A and STEREO-B) with a mean speed of approx 240 km/s. The wave is more pronounced in the eastern propagation direction, and is thus, better observable in STEREO-B images. From STEREO-B observations we derive two separate initiation centers for the wave, and their locations fit with the coronal dimming regions. Assuming a simple geometry of the wave we reconstruct its 3D nature from combined STEREO-A and STEREO-B observations. We find that the wave structure is asymmetric with an inclination toward East. The associated CME has a deprojected speed of approx 750 +/- 50 km/s, and it shows a non-radial outward motion toward the East with respect to the underlying source region location. Applying the forward fitting model developed by Thernisien, Howard, and Vourlidas we derive the CME flux rope position on the solar surface to be close to the dimming regions. We conclude that the expanding flanks of the CME most likely drive and shape the coronal wave.

  10. A Coupled Neutron-Photon 3-D Combinatorial Geometry Monte Carlo Transport Code

    Energy Science and Technology Software Center (ESTSC)

    1998-06-12

    TART97 is a coupled neutron-photon, 3 dimensional, combinatorial geometry, time dependent Monte Carlo transport code. This code can run on any modern computer. It is a complete system to assist you with input preparation, running Monte Carlo calculations, and analysis of output results. TART97 is also incredibly fast: if you have used similar codes, you will be amazed at how fast this code is compared to other similar codes. Use of the entire system canmore » save you a great deal of time and energy. TART 97 is distributed on CD. This CD contains on-line documentation for all codes included in the system, the codes configured to run on a variety of computers, and many example problems that you can use to familiarize yourself with the system. TART97 completely supersedes all older versions of TART, and it is strongly recommended that users only use the most recent version of TART97 and ist data files.« less

  11. Validation and Analysis of Forward Osmosis CFD Model in Complex 3D Geometries

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    Gruber, Mathias F.; Johnson, Carl J.; Tang, Chuyang; Jensen, Mogens H.; Yde, Lars; Hlix-Nielsen, Claus

    2012-01-01

    In forward osmosis (FO), an osmotic pressure gradient generated across a semi-permeable membrane is used to generate water transport from a dilute feed solution into a concentrated draw solution. This principle has shown great promise in the areas of water purification, wastewater treatment, seawater desalination and power generation. To ease optimization and increase understanding of membrane systems, it is desirable to have a comprehensive model that allows for easy investigation of all the major parameters in the separation process. Here we present experimental validation of a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model developed to simulate FO experiments with asymmetric membranes. Simulations are compared with experimental results obtained from using two distinctly different complex three-dimensional membrane chambers. It is found that the CFD model accurately describes the solute separation process and water permeation through membranes under various flow conditions. It is furthermore demonstrated how the CFD model can be used to optimize membrane geometry in such as way as to promote the mass transfer. PMID:24958428

  12. Validation and Analysis of Forward Osmosis CFD Model in Complex 3D Geometries.

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    Gruber, Mathias F; Johnson, Carl J; Tang, Chuyang; Jensen, Mogens H; Yde, Lars; Hélix-Nielsen, Claus

    2012-01-01

    In forward osmosis (FO), an osmotic pressure gradient generated across a semi-permeable membrane is used to generate water transport from a dilute feed solution into a concentrated draw solution. This principle has shown great promise in the areas of water purification, wastewater treatment, seawater desalination and power generation. To ease optimization and increase understanding of membrane systems, it is desirable to have a comprehensive model that allows for easy investigation of all the major parameters in the separation process. Here we present experimental validation of a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model developed to simulate FO experiments with asymmetric membranes. Simulations are compared with experimental results obtained from using two distinctly different complex three-dimensional membrane chambers. It is found that the CFD model accurately describes the solute separation process and water permeation through membranes under various flow conditions. It is furthermore demonstrated how the CFD model can be used to optimize membrane geometry in such as way as to promote the mass transfer. PMID:24958428

  13. SNR efficient 3D reconstruction algorithm for multi-source inverse geometry CT system

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    Baek, Jongduk; Pelc, Norbert J.

    2009-02-01

    The multi-source Inverse-Geometry CT(MS-IGCT) system uses a 2D array of sources opposite a smaller 2D detector array. One sample system design uses 3 rows of 21 sources each. Because the MS-IGCT system provides sufficient sampling in the axial direction, cone beam artifacts can be reduced. Projection data from the 21 sources at the same zlocation can be rebinned into one cone beam projection, therefore, we can have 3 different cone beam projection data sets after rebinning, and reconstruction can be performed by using the FDK algorithm. However, if FDK is used, each of the three data sets by itself produces different cone beam artifacts. For example, the upper sources can provide artifact free images in the upper reconstruction volume, but cone beam artifacts can be observed in the central and lower reconstruction volume. The central and lower sources also provide artifact free image at different z-locations. We can achieve an artifact free volume by using artifact free images at different z-locations. However, if we could use all the data, the SNR can be improved. In this study, we develop a method to combine reconstructed volumes in Fourier space, and the main goal is to keep the exactness and improve the SNR in the combined image. The method was tested with a simulation of a Defrise phantom and the proposed method did not show cone beam artifacts. A noise simulation was also performed by using ideal bowtie filter so that all projection data had the same noise level. A noise simulation showed that the noise variance was ~1/3 of that in a single FDK reconstruction.

  14. QUANTIFYING UNCERTAINTIES IN GROUND MOTION SIMULATIONS FOR SCENARIO EARTHQUAKES ON THE HAYWARD-RODGERS CREEK FAULT SYSTEM USING THE USGS 3D VELOCITY MODEL AND REALISTIC PSEUDODYNAMIC RUPTURE MODELS

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    Rodgers, A; Xie, X

    2008-01-09

    This project seeks to compute ground motions for large (M>6.5) scenario earthquakes on the Hayward Fault using realistic pseudodynamic ruptures, the USGS three-dimensional (3D) velocity model and anelastic finite difference simulations on parallel computers. We will attempt to bound ground motions by performing simulations with suites of stochastic rupture models for a given scenario on a given fault segment. The outcome of this effort will provide the average, spread and range of ground motions that can be expected from likely large earthquake scenarios. The resulting ground motions will be based on first-principles calculations and include the effects of slip heterogeneity, fault geometry and directivity, however, they will be band-limited to relatively low-frequency (< 1 Hz).

  15. 3D Microstructural Investigation of Experimentally Deformed Smectite-rich San Andreas Fault Gouge from the Southern Deforming Zone (SAFOD)

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    Wojatschke, J.; Scuderi, M.; Warr, L. N.; Saffer, D. M.; Marone, C.

    2014-12-01

    Smectite clays have been recognized to play an important role in fault zone strength and slip behavior. Due to their interaction with fluids, hydrological properties change and lead to a weakening of the fault. Some of the weakest clay gouge has been recovered from SAFOD core along the active Central Deforming Zone of the San Andreas Fault, with a coefficient of friction as low as =0.095. We conducted laboratory shearing experiments to investigate the microstructural fabric development and frictional behavior of powders and natural intact fault gouge to characterize differences in mechanical and hydrological properties caused by varying smectite clay fabrics. In this study we used almost pure clay powder from SAF gouge (<63 m) and mixed it with varying amounts of quartz or SAF clasts (120-500 m). We sheared gouge layers in a double-direct shear configuration housed in a pressure vessel, at an effective normal stress of ?'n = 5 MPa and under saturated conditions with a pore pressure of 2 MPa. We used a relatively low normal stress to allow recovery of material after the experiments for microstructural investigation. We sheared the layers at a constant velocity of 10 ?m/s, followed by a series of slide-hold-slide tests to characterize frictional properties. After the experiments all samples were analyzed using a focused ion beam - scanning electron microscope (FIB-SEM) in order to reconstruct the 3D microstructures associated with experimentally induced polished slip surfaces at the micro- to nanometer scale. Initial results document clear stages of clay fabric development related to the clay to clast ratio, which exhibit similarities with naturally developed fabrics. In smectite-dominated mixtures, principle slip surfaces develop parallel to each other, but these features are modified as the clast content increases. With higher clay content strain hardening becomes more prominent. Clay minerals and fabric developed during shear have a strong effect on gouge mechanical and hydrological properties, and therefore likely play a key role in controlling fault gouge slip behavior at seismogenic depth.

  16. 3D inclusion trail geometry determination within individual porphyroblasts using reflected light optical microscopy of oriented blocks

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    Munro, Mark; Bowden, Douglas; Ord, Alison; Hobbs, Bruce

    2015-04-01

    It is vital to interpret porphyroblast microstructures accurately relative to both one another and to external matrix structures when using them to reconstruct the tectono-metamorphic evolution of orogenic terranes. Mis-interpretation may have profound implications for either the deformation component or the inferred metamorphic reactions resulting in erroneous Pressure-Temperature-time-Deformation (P-T-t-D) trajectories. A number of well-established approaches have been devised for measuring porphyroblast inclusion trails including pitch and strike measurement, 'FitPitch' best-fit plane assignment, and the radial asymmetry method. A long-standing limitation of these methods is that they generally permit only a single measurement to be extracted from each individual porphyroblast, and therefore provide mean 3D orientation data for an entire population. Alternatively, High-Resolution X-ray Computed Tomography (HRXCT) facilitates the imaging of 3D internal geometries within individuals. However, at present significant operating costs render it unviable for routine application to large numbers of samples required for extracting meaningful tectonic interpretations. Here, a new method is presented for the determination of 3D geometries within porphyroblasts using reflected light examination of polished schist material. Reflected light microscopy yields good quality representation of inclusion trails preserved within porphyroblasts. Sectioning oriented samples into small, oriented blocks allows multiple intersections through porphyroblasts (generally >5mm) to be measured via mechanical stage and amalgamated to reconstruct the plane in 3D. The method represents an accessible alternative to HRXCT, which is applicable to any porphyroblastic phase of adequate size to permit at least two intersections. The technique is demonstrated on garnets from the Mesoproterozoic Mount Barren Group, southern Albany-Fraser orogen of S. W. Australia. Porphyroblasts within a structural domain of the Kybalup Schist member of the Mount Barren Group preserve two generations of foliation that have been largely overprinted in the matrix during the effects of subsequent deformation. The earliest generation (S1) was associated with approximately East-West oriented horizontal bulk shortening.

  17. Three-dimensional geometry of axial magma chamber roof and faults at Lucky Strike volcano on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge

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    Combier, Violaine; Seher, Tim; Singh, Satish C.; Crawford, Wayne C.; Cannat, Mathilde; Escartn, Javier; Dusunur, Doga

    2015-08-01

    We present results from three-dimensional (3-D) processing of seismic reflection data, acquired in June 2005 over the Lucky Strike volcano on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge as a part of the Seismic Study for Monitoring of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge survey. We use a 3-D tomographic velocity model derived from a coincident ocean bottom seismometer experiment to depth convert the poststack time-migrated seismic volume and provide 3-D geometry of the axial magma chamber roof, fault reflectors, and layer 2A gradient marker. We also generate a high-resolution bathymetric map using the seismic reflection data. The magma chamber roof is imaged at 3.4 0.4 km depth beneath the volcano, and major faults are imaged with dips ranging between 33 and 50. The magma chamber roof geometry is consistent with a focused melt supply at the segment center and steep across-axis thermal gradients as indicated by the proximity between the magma chamber and nearby faults. Fault scarps on the seafloor and fault dip at depth indicate that tectonic extension accounts for at least 10% of the total plate separation. Shallow dipping reflectors imaged in the upper crust beneath the volcano flanks are interpreted as buried lava flow surfaces.

  18. Insights into the 3D architecture of an active caldera ring-fault at Tendrek volcano through modeling of geodetic data

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    Bathke, H.; Nikkhoo, M.; Holohan, E. P.; Walter, T. R.

    2015-07-01

    The three-dimensional assessment of ring-fault geometries and kinematics at active caldera volcanoes is typically limited by sparse field, geodetic or seismological data, or by only partial ring-fault rupture or slip. Here we use a novel combination of spatially dense InSAR time-series data, numerical models and sand-box experiments to determine the three-dimensional geometry and kinematics of a sub-surface ring-fault at Tendrek volcano in Turkey. The InSAR data reveal that the area within the ring-fault not only subsides, but also shows substantial westward-directed lateral movement. The models and experiments explain this as a consequence of a 'sliding-trapdoor' ring-fault architecture that is mostly composed of outward-inclined reverse segments, most markedly so on the volcano's western flanks but includes inward-inclined normal segments on its eastern flanks. Furthermore, the model ring-fault exhibits dextral and sinistral strike-slip components that are roughly bilaterally distributed onto its northern and southern segments, respectively. Our more complex numerical model describes the deformation at Tendrek better than an analytical solution for a single rectangular dislocation in a half-space. Comparison to ring-faults defined at Glen Coe, Fernandina and Brarbunga calderas suggests that 'sliding-trapdoor' ring-fault geometries may be common in nature and should therefore be considered in geological and geophysical interpretations of ring-faults at different scales worldwide.

  19. DIF3D nodal neutronics option for two- and three-dimensional diffusion theory calculations in hexagonal geometry. [LMFBR

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    Lawrence, R.D.

    1983-03-01

    A nodal method is developed for the solution of the neutron-diffusion equation in two- and three-dimensional hexagonal geometries. The nodal scheme has been incorporated as an option in the finite-difference diffusion-theory code DIF3D, and is intended for use in the analysis of current LMFBR designs. The nodal equations are derived using higher-order polynomial approximations to the spatial dependence of the flux within the hexagonal-z node. The final equations, which are cast in the form of inhomogeneous response-matrix equations for each energy group, involved spatial moments of the node-interior flux distribution plus surface-averaged partial currents across the faces of the node. These equations are solved using a conventional fission-source iteration accelerated by coarse-mesh rebalance and asymptotic source extrapolation. This report describes the mathematical development and numerical solution of the nodal equations, as well as the use of the nodal option and details concerning its programming structure. This latter information is intended to supplement the information provided in the separate documentation of the DIF3D code.

  20. The role of the Denali fault, slab geometry, and rheology in the deformation of the overriding plate in Alaska

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    Jadamec, M.; Billen, M. I.; Roeske, S.

    2010-12-01

    Deformation of the North American plate in southern Alaska is characterized by uplift along the subducting plate boundary as well as a region of localized uplift in the Alaskan Range more than 500 km from the plate boundary. This interior plate deformation is spatially coincident with both the Denali Fault zone and the shallow slab in the subsurface. Whether the Denali Fault zone plays a role in localizing uplift in this region is debated and the affect of the change in slab dip on deformation of the overriding plate is also not well understood. We present 3D regional geodynamic models of the North American-Pacific plate boundary corner in southern Alaska that include the Denali fault zone modeled as a lithospheric-scale shear zone. The models include the subducting plate, overriding plate, and underlying mantle to 1500 km depth. The geometry of the subducting plate, defined from Wadati-Benioff zone seismicity and tomography, varies along the length of the Aleutian trench forming a flat slab beneath south central Alaska. The models are run with the finite-element code CitcomCU, modified to include a composite rheology (both Newtonian and non-Newtonian viscosity, as well as a depth-dependent yield stress). The models suggest the flat slab geometry beneath south central Alaska controls several first order deformation features in the overriding plate, including subsidence in the Cook Inlet Basin. To reproduce the localized uplift observed in the central Alaska Range, the models require a non-Newtonian rheology and a localized lithospheric weak zone representative of the Denali Fault, as well as the shallow slab geometry. Models with only a Newtonian viscosity do not reproduce the observed uplift, even when a localized lithospheric weak zone representative of the Denali Fault is included, indicating the importance of including the non-Newtonian mantle rheology for accurately modeling surface plate deformation.

  1. Fault and joint geometry at Raft River Geothermal Area, Idaho

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    Guth, L. R.; Bruhn, R. L.; Beck, S. L.

    1981-07-01

    Raft River geothermal reservoir is formed by fractures in sedimentary strata of the Miocene and Pliocene salt lake formation. The fracturing is most intense at the base of the salt lake formation, along a decollement that dips eastward at less than 50 on top of metamorphosed precambrian and lower paleozoic rocks. Core taken from less than 200 m above the decollement contains two sets of normal faults. The major set of faults dips between 500 and 700. These faults occur as conjugate pairs that are bisected by vertical extension fractures. The second set of faults dips 100 to 200 and may parallel part of the basal decollement or reflect the presence of listric normal faults in the upper plate. Surface joints form two suborthogonal sets that dip vertically. East-northeast-striking joints are most frequent on the limbs of the Jim Sage anticline, a large fold that is associated with the geothermal field.

  2. Comparative Simulations of 2D and 3D Mixed Convection Flow in a Faulted Basin: an Example from the Yarmouk Gorge, Israel and Jordan

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    Magri, F.; Inbar, N.; Raggad, M.; Mller, S.; Siebert, C.; Mller, P.; Kuehn, M.

    2014-12-01

    Lake Kinneret (Lake Tiberias or Sea of Galilee) is the most important freshwater reservoir in the Northern Jordan Valley. Simulations that couple fluid flow, heat and mass transport are built to understand the mechanisms responsible for the salinization of this important resource. Here the effects of permeability distribution on 2D and 3D convective patterns are compared. 2D simulations indicate that thermal brine in Haon and some springs in the Yamourk Gorge (YG) are the result of mixed convection, i.e. the interaction between the regional flow from the bordering heights and thermally-driven flow (Magri et al., 2014). Calibration of the calculated temperature profiles suggests that the faults in Haon and the YG provides paths for ascending hot waters, whereas the fault in the Golan recirculates water between 1 and 2 km depths. At higher depths, faults induce 2D layered convection in the surrounding units. The 2D assumption for a faulted basin can oversimplify the system, and the conclusions might not be fully correct. The 3D results also point to mixed convection as the main mechanism for the thermal anomalies. However, in 3D the convective structures are more complex allowing for longer flow paths and residence times. In the fault planes, hydrothermal convection develops in a finger regime enhancing inflow and outflow of heat in the system. Hot springs can form locally at the surface along the fault trace. By contrast, the layered cells extending from the faults into the surrounding sediments are preserved and are similar to those simulated in 2D. The results are consistent with the theory from Zhao et al. (2003), which predicts that 2D and 3D patterns have the same probability to develop given the permeability and temperature ranges encountered in geothermal fields. The 3D approach has to be preferred to the 2D in order to capture all patterns of convective flow, particularly in the case of planar high permeability regions such as faults. Magri, F., et al., 2014. Potential salinization mechanisms of drinking water due to large-scale flow of brines across faults in the Tiberias Basin. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 16, Abstract No: EGU2014-8236-1, Wien, AustriaZhao, C., et al., 2003. Convective instability of 3-D fluid-saturated geological fault zones heated from below. Geophysical Journal International, 155, 213-220

  3. Control of faults on the 3D coupled fluid and heat transport in a geothermal site (Gross Schnebeck, NE-German Basin)

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    Cherubini, Y.; Cacace, M.; Scheck-Wenderoth, M.

    2011-12-01

    Studies that quantify the influence of faults on the fluid and heat transfer in 3D are still sparse. Faults have a significant impact on physical processes controlling heat transfer and fluid motion in the subsurface as they disturb the conformal succession of geological layers. Depending on their hydraulic properties, faults can act either as preferential pathways or as barriers to fluid flow (Barton et al. 1995). It is important to understand the role of faults and their impact on the thermal field for exploitation of geothermal energy. We improved an existing 3D structural model of the geothermal site "Gross Schnebeck" (Moeck et al. 2005) to carry out coupled fluid and heat transfer simulations. The coupled non-linear partial differential equations describing fluid flow and heat transport in a saturated porous medium are numerically solved by the finite element software FEFLOW (Diersch, 2002). Simulation results are validated with borehole data. The geological model covers an area of 55 x 50 km. It integrates 18 sedimentary layers of Carboniferous to Quaternary age and reaches down to 5 km depth. An up to 1200 m thick Upper Permian (Zechstein) salt layer decouples two fault systems. We focus on the subsalt fault system which comprises the reservoir target zone and which includes major NW-SE and minor NE-SW trending faults cutting the lower part of the model. The major intersecting faults of the subsalt system are integrated as vertical discrete elements within the numerical model. By discrimination of critically stressed and extensional faults within the current stress field, the hydraulic conductivity of the faults is assessed (Moeck et al. 2009). The impact of the main fault characterising parameters, - the permeability and effective width of the fault-, are investigated by sensitivity analyses. We present outcomes from these simulations by comparing them with results from conductive and coupled fluid and heat transfer simulations obtained from models that do not integrate faults. The results pioneer in that they treat the fault-induced transport of fluid and heat in 3D. We find that faults can strongly alter the fluid regime as well as the temperature evolution in response to their contrasting hydraulic properties with respect to the surrounding matrix.

  4. Density structure and geometry of the Costa Rican subduction zone from 3-D gravity modeling and local earthquake data

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    Lücke, O. H.; Arroyo, I. G.

    2015-10-01

    The eastern part of the oceanic Cocos Plate presents a heterogeneous crustal structure due to diverse origins and ages as well as plate-hot spot interactions which originated the Cocos Ridge, a structure that converges with the Caribbean Plate in southeastern Costa Rica. The complex structure of the oceanic plate directly influences the dynamics and geometry of the subduction zone along the Middle American Trench. In this paper an integrated interpretation of the slab geometry in Costa Rica is presented based on 3-D density modeling of combined satellite and surface gravity data, constrained by available geophysical and geological data and seismological information obtained from local networks. The results show the continuation of steep subduction geometry from the Nicaraguan margin into northwestern Costa Rica, followed by a moderate dipping slab under the Central Cordillera toward the end of the Central American Volcanic Arc. Contrary to commonly assumed, to the southeast end of the volcanic arc, our preferred model shows a steep, coherent slab that extends up to the landward projection of the Panama Fracture Zone. Overall, a gradual change in the depth of the intraplate seismicity is observed, reaching 220 km in the northwestern part, and becoming progressively shallower toward the southeast, where it reaches a maximum depth of 75 km. The changes in the terminal depth of the observed seismicity correlate with the increased density in the modeled slab. The absence of intermediate depth (> 75 km) intraplate seismicity in the southeastern section and the higher densities for the subducted slab in this area, support a model in which dehydration reactions in the subducted slab cease at a shallower depth, originating an anhydrous and thus aseismic slab.

  5. Software development for a 3D gravity inversion and application to study of the Border Ranges Fault System, south-central Alaska

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    Cardenas, Rolando

    The Border Ranges Fault System (BRFS) bounds the Cook Inlet and Susitna Basins, and is an important petroleum province within south-central Alaska. A primary goal of our research is to test several plausible models of structure along the BRFS using a novel three-dimensional inversion technique utilizing gravity data, constrained with other geophysical, borehole and surface geological information. This research involves the development of 3D inversion modeling software using C++ Builder from Embarcadero's XE2 Suite. The novel inversion approach directly models known geology with a priori uncertainties assigned to the geologic model to allow researchers to compare alternative interpretations. This technique was developed to evaluate three-dimensional structure in regions of complex and poorly known geology. Our software computes the density solution of a geologic structure by utilizing its location within the gravity field as well as the gridded surface files of known topography and subsurface units. The total gravitational effect of each body is calculated with a series of semi-infinite vertical line elements which improves the computational efficiency of computing forward models of structures with extremely complex geometry. The inversion algorithm considers a priori geophysical constraints and uncertainties due to gravity measurements, surface file inconsistencies, and forward calculations in the model solution. In addition, a Kalman-based filtering estimator is used to minimize our observation and processing noise. The estimator allows the a posteriori covariance matrix to avoid its dependence on the non-singularity of the Jacobian (model) matrix.

  6. Scale-relationships and geometry of normal faults reactivated during gravitational gliding of Albian rafts (Esprito Santo Basin, SE Brazil)

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    Alves, Tiago M.

    2012-05-01

    Three-dimensional (3D) seismic-reflection data from SE Brazil are used to investigate the geometry and significance of normal faults reactivated during gravitational gliding of Albian rafts. Late Cretaceous gravitational instability in the study area led to the fragmentation of Albian strata in individual rafts separated by listric (roller) faults and associated sub-basins (Stage 1). Renewed gravitational gliding caused Albian rafts to be translated downslope until salt welds were formed and Albian strata became grounded over pre-salt sequences (Stage 2). Diachronous grounding promoted the reactivation of faults and folds, which at places developed into pop-up structures and broad anticlines sub-parallel to the strike of individual rafts (Stage 3). In this paper we present a new methodology to identify and date reactivated (i.e. shortened) fault families. Statistical analyses of six main fault families confirm that fault reactivation was diachronous in the study area, and its cessation depended on: i) the complete grounding of Albian rafts or, ii) gravitational stabilisation of the rafts imposed by sediment loading and cessation of tectonic tilting of the slope. The results of this study show that tectonically generated pulses of compression and uplift, commonly related to the Andean Orogeny, are not the only mechanisms deforming post-salt overburden units in proximal extensional-dominated regions of the southeast Brazilian margin. This is a crucial piece of information for geodynamic reconstructions and hydrocarbon exploration, as the close control of Albian rafts on fault reactivation induced a continuum of overburden deformation in the Esprito Santo Basin, rather than discrete episodes of inversion.

  7. 3D Geometrical Inspection of Complex Geometry Parts Using a Novel Laser Triangulation Sensor and a Robot

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    Brosed, Francisco Javier; Aguilar, Juan Jos; Guilloma, David; Santolaria, Jorge

    2011-01-01

    This article discusses different non contact 3D measuring strategies and presents a model for measuring complex geometry parts, manipulated through a robot arm, using a novel vision system consisting of a laser triangulation sensor and a motorized linear stage. First, the geometric model incorporating an automatic simple module for long term stability improvement will be outlined in the article. The new method used in the automatic module allows the sensor set up, including the motorized linear stage, for the scanning avoiding external measurement devices. In the measurement model the robot is just a positioning of parts with high repeatability. Its position and orientation data are not used for the measurement and therefore it is not directly coupled as an active component in the model. The function of the robot is to present the various surfaces of the workpiece along the measurement range of the vision system, which is responsible for the measurement. Thus, the whole system is not affected by the robot own errors following a trajectory, except those due to the lack of static repeatability. For the indirect link between the vision system and the robot, the original model developed needs only one first piece measuring as a zero or master piece, known by its accurate measurement using, for example, a Coordinate Measurement Machine. The strategy proposed presents a different approach to traditional laser triangulation systems on board the robot in order to improve the measurement accuracy, and several important cues for self-recalibration are explored using only a master piece. Experimental results are also presented to demonstrate the technique and the final 3D measurement accuracy. PMID:22346569

  8. Characterization and 3-D modeling of Ni60Ti SMA for actuation of a variable geometry jet engine chevron

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    Hartl, Darren J.; Lagoudas, Dimitris C.

    2007-04-01

    This work describes the thermomechanical characterization and FEA modeling of commercial jet engine chevrons incorporating active Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) beam components. The reduction of community noise at airports generated during aircraft take-off has become a major research goal. Serrated aerodynamic devices along the trailing edge of a jet engine primary and secondary exhaust nozzle, known as chevrons, have been shown to greatly reduce jet noise by encouraging advantageous mixing of the streams. To achieve the noise reduction, the secondary exhaust nozzle chevrons are typically immersed into the fan flow which results in drag, or thrust losses during cruise. SMA materials have been applied to this problem of jet engine noise. Active chevrons, utilizing SMA components, have been developed and tested to create maximum deflection during takeoff and landing while minimizing deflection into the flow during the remainder of flight, increasing efficiency. Boeing has flight tested one Variable Geometry Chevron (VGC) system which includes active SMA beams encased in a composite structure with a complex 3-D configuration. The SMA beams, when activated, induce the necessary bending forces on the chevron structure to deflect it into the fan flow and reduce noise. The SMA composition chosen for the fabrication of these beams is a Ni60Ti40 (wt%) alloy. In order to calibrate the material parameters of the constitutive SMA model, various thermomechanical experiments are performed on trained (stabilized) standard SMA tensile specimens. Primary among these tests are thermal cycles at various constant stress levels. Material properties for the shape memory alloy components are derived from this tensile experimentation. Using this data, a 3-D FEA implementation of a phenomenological SMA model is calibrated and used to analyze the response of the chevron. The primary focus of this work is the full 3-D modeling of the active chevron system behavior by considering the SMA beams as fastened to the elastic chevron structure. Experimental and numerical results are compared. Discussion is focused on actuation properties such as tip deflection and chevron bending profile. The model proves to be an accurate tool for predicting the mechanical response of such a system subject to defined thermal inputs.

  9. 3D coseismic deformation inversion of Wenchuan Ms8.0 earthquake with D-InSAR and the fault movement model

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    Chen, Y. L.; Wu, J. C.; Guo, L. Y.; Wang, X. Y.; Tan, H. B.; Shen, C. Y.

    2015-08-01

    Conventional D-InSAR (Differential SAR Interferometry) can only monitor 1-D surface deformation along LOS (line of sight) direction. In order to overcome this limitation and extract 3-D coseismic displacement, we combine the LOS displacement derived from D-InSAR technology, the OKADA elastic half space dislocation model theory, jointly the surface rupture distribution by field investigations and the fault model inverted by GPS, level data and gravity survey to retrieve the directions of surface co-seismic displacement, and then have got Wenchuan Ms8.0 Earthquake 3D displacement. Firstly, thirty six L-band PALSAR images of six adjacent ascending tracks are processed with D-InSAR technology to obtain the coseismic displacements along LOS direction. According to the OKADA model and the thrust fault movement model of the Long-Men-Shan Fault , we specify the three directions of surface coseismic displacements. And thus the 3D coseismic displacement field is then recovered by using LOS displacement and relevant geometric projection formulas, obviously including horizontal displacements field and vertical deformation contour maps. By comparing with the 3D displacement estimated from OKADA dislocation model and fault model, the displacement retrieved in this study can give more detail, and reflect seismic characteristics more truly.

  10. Preliminary 3D Depth Migration of a Network of 2D Seismic Lines for Fault Imaging at a Pyramid Lake, Nevada Geothermal Prospect

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    Frary, R.; Louie, J. N.; Pullammanappallil, S.; Eisses, A.

    2011-12-01

    Many of the current geothermal power plants in western Nevada are found in extensional regimes that are associated with dilational faults and fault intersections. Most of these systems are blind and require advanced seismic imaging techniques to map target faults and reduce drilling risk. Surface features including fumaroles, hot springs, or hydrothermal deposits, like travertine and tufa, are indicators of a potential geothermal resource at depth, which still require advanced seismic imaging techniques for efficient development. One of the most notable locations of tufa deposits in western Nevada is in and around Pyramid Lake. With the abundant hydrothermal venting in the area, the tufa deposits indicate a prime locations for geothermal exploration. In 2010 and previous years, we collected about 38 km of vibroseis reflection data in a network of sixteen 2D lines of various orientations off the northwest side of Pyramid Lake. Most of these lines are within an area of only 10 square km. The 2010 survey used three heavy vibrators, and recorded 6-sec records of 8-sec, 10-100 Hz linear sweeps. Source and receiver spacing varied from 17-67 m, with up to 240 channels live for maximum offsets varying from 1000-5000 m, depending on line length. Preliminary 2D processing with first-arrival velocity optimization shows strong fault-plane reflections and several sets of stratigraphic terminations against faults. We interpret three sets of faults, which appear to intersect at about 1.25 km depth. Despite the three fault sets each appearing on several lines, only the lines trending perpendicular to fault strike show direct imaging of fault-plane reflections. We hypothesize that a 3D depth migration will reveal additional direct images of the faults. We are testing this hypothesis with a 3D Kirchhoff prestack migration of the data from this dense network of 2D lines. The 3D depth migration will take full account of lateral velocity changes. This migration should directly image additional steeply dipping fault planes at this prospect. The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe will use this information to build 3D geologic and hydrologic models for geothermal power development.

  11. San Andreas fault geometry in the Parkfield, California, region

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    Simpson, R.W.; Barall, M.; Langbein, J.; Murray, J.R.; Rymer, M.J.

    2006-01-01

    In map view, aftershocks of the 2004 Parkfield earthquake lie along a line that forms a straighter connection between San Andreas fault segments north and south of the Parkfield reach than does the mapped trace of the fault itself. A straightedge laid on a geologic map of Central California reveals a ???50-km-long asymmetric northeastward warp in the Parkfield reach of the fault. The warp tapers gradually as it joins the straight, creeping segment of the San Andreas to the north-west, but bends abruptly across Cholame Valley at its southeast end to join the straight, locked segment that last ruptured in 1857. We speculate that the San Andreas fault surface near Parkfield has been deflected in its upper ???6 km by nonelastic behavior of upper crustal rock units. These units and the fault surface itself are warped during periods between large 1857-type earthquakes by the presence of the 1857-locked segment to the south, which buttresses intermittent coseismic and continuous aseismic slip on the Parkfield reach. Because of nonelastic behavior, the warping is not completely undone when an 1857-type event occurs, and the upper portion of the three-dimensional fault surface is slowly ratcheted into an increasingly prominent bulge. Ultimately, the fault surface probably becomes too deformed for strike-slip motion, and a new, more vertical connection to the Earth's surface takes over, perhaps along the Southwest Fracture Zone. When this happens a wedge of material currently west of the main trace will be stranded on the east side of the new main trace.

  12. The impact of fault zones on the 3D coupled fluid and heat transport for the area of Brandenburg (NE German Basin)

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    Yvonne, Cherubini; Mauro, Cacace; Scheck-Wenderoth, Magdalena

    2013-04-01

    Faults can provide permeable pathways for fluids at a variety of scales, from great depth in the crust to flow through fractured aquifers, geothermal fields, and hydrocarbon reservoirs (Barton et al. 1995). In terms of geothermal energy exploration, it is essential to understand the role of faults and their impact on the thermal field and fluid system. 3D numerical simulations provide a useful tool for investigating the active physical processes in the subsurface. To assess the influence of major fault zones on the thermal field and fluid system, 3D coupled fluid and heat transport simulations are carried out. The study is based on a recently published structural model of the Brandenburg area, which is located in the south-eastern part of the Northeast German Basin (NEGB) (Noack et al. 2010). Two major fault zones of the Elbe Fault System (Gardelegen and Lausitz Escarpments) vertically offset the pre-Permian basement against the Permian to Cenozoic basin fill at the southern margin by several km (Scheck et al. 2002). Within the numerical models, these two major fault zones are represented as equivalent porous media and vertical discrete elements. The coupled system of equations describing fluid flow and heat transport in saturated porous media are numerically solved by the Finite Element software FEFLOW (Diersch, 2002). Different possible geological scenarios are modelled and compared to a simulation in which no faults are considered. In one scenario the fault zones are set as impermeable. In this case, the thermal field is similar to the no fault model. Fluid flow is redirected because the fault zones act as hydraulic barriers that prevent a lateral fluid advection into the fault zones. By contrast, modelled permeable fault zones induce a pronounced thermal signature with distinctly cooler temperatures than in the no fault model. Fluid motion within the fault is initially triggered by advection due to hydraulic head gradients, but may be even enhanced by buoyancy forces caused by density gradients mainly occurring due to differences in the temperature. References: Barton, C.A., Zoback, M.D., Moos, D., 1995. Fluid flow along potentially active faults in crystalline rock. Geology 23 (8), 683-686.

  13. The foundation of 3D geometry model in omni-directional laser warning system based on diffuse reflection detection

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    Zhang, Weian; Wang, Long; Dong, Qixin

    2011-06-01

    The omni-directional laser warning equipment based on infrared fish-eye lens and short-wave infrared FPA has been used to protect large-scale targets, which can detect the threat laser scattered by the attacked targets or the objects surrounding them, and image the laser spot on FPA, then fix the position of spot. The application offsets the disadvantage of direct interception warner which need disposed largely. Before study of imaging mechanism about the scattered laser spot, the definition of geometry relationship is needed firstly. In this paper we developed a 3D geometry model by analyzing the position relationships in typical battlefield environment among the enemy's threat laser source, the laser spot radiated on one flat surface and our omni-directional laser warning fish-eye lens. The model including R, ?, ?, d, ?, ?, ?, ? etc. 8 parameters and 4 coordinate systems was suitable for any general situations. After achievement of the model foundation, we obtained analytic expression of the laser spot contour on flat surface, then attained analytic expression of spot contour on image surface by calculating the object space half-field angle and the azimuth angle relative to fish-eye lens of an arbitrary point at the spot edge on flat surface. The attainment of the expression makes possible that we can analyze the spot energy distributions on image surface and the imaging characteristic of the scattered laser spot via fish-eye lens, then can compute the transmission direction of the threat laser. The foundation of the model in this paper has an importantly basic and guiding meaning to the latter research on this aspect.

  14. Results of 3-D georadar surveying and trenching: the San Andreas fault near its northern landward limit

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    Green, A.; Gross, R.; Holliger, K.; Horstmeyer, H.; Baldwin, J.

    2003-04-01

    As part of a program to determine the location and geometry of the San Andreas Fault (SAF) buried beneath shallow sediments near its northern landward limit, three >20 m long parallel trenches were constructed at positions distributed over a distance of 55 m. The majority of excavated material comprised unconsolidated fluvial sediments deposited in a number of paleochannels. Single zones of active faulting identified in each of the trenches were initially interpreted in terms of a solitary strand of the SAF. To map the SAF between and beyond the trenches and to detect other active fault zones hidden by the young sedimentary cover, we collected a dense ground-penetrating radar (georadar) data set across a 23.2 x 72 m area. The data were recorded using a semi-automated acquisition system that included a conventional georadar unit coupled to a self-tracking laser theodolite with automatic target recognition capabilities. Since these data were plagued by system ringing as a result of the moderate- to high-electrical conductivities of the surficial sediments, an extensive data processing scheme was required to extract meaningful subsurface information. The final processed georadar volume (cuboid) contained numerous subhorizontal and trough-shaped reflections that originated from the fluvial paleochannels. Using the geological interpretation of the trench walls as a guide to pick semi-automatically the times of the most important reflecting horizons, we discovered that alignments of the nearly linear boundaries of these horizons defined two NW-SE trending strands of the SAF within the survey area. The georadar expression of the eastern SAF strand could only be traced over a distance of 38 m. It had been intersected in the northern trench. In contrast, the western SAF strand extended over the entire length of the georadar volume and had been intersected in the central and southern trenches. Prominent reflections on georadar cross-sections were found to be vertically displaced by 0.2 0.3 m across both SAF strands. A conspicuous linear-trending feature observed on horizontal sections at 3.3 3.6 m depth was laterally offset by 4.5 5.5 m along the eastern SAF strand. The interpreted vertical and horizontal offsets could have been generated by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and/or earlier events. Undetermined amounts of aseismic slip may also have occurred along the newly defined SAF strands.

  15. Results of 3-D georadar surveying and trenching the San Andreas fault near its northern landward limit

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    Green, Alan; Gross, Ralf; Holliger, Klaus; Horstmeyer, Heinrich; Baldwin, John

    2003-06-01

    As part of a program to determine the location and geometry of the San Andreas Fault (SAF) buried beneath shallow sediments near its northern landward limit, three >20-m-long parallel trenches were constructed at positions distributed over a distance of 55 m. The majority of excavated material comprised unconsolidated fluvial sediments deposited in a number of paleochannels. Single zones of active faulting identified in each of the trenches were initially interpreted in terms of a solitary strand of the SAF. To map the SAF between and beyond the trenches and to detect other active fault zones hidden by the young sedimentary cover, we collected a dense ground-penetrating radar (georadar) data set across a 23.272 m area. The data were recorded using a semi-automated acquisition system that included a conventional georadar unit coupled to a self-tracking laser theodolite with automatic target recognition capabilities. Since these data were plagued by system ringing as a result of the moderate-to-high electrical conductivities of the surficial sediments, an extensive data processing scheme was required to extract meaningful subsurface information. The final processed georadar volume (cuboid) contained numerous subhorizontal and trough-shaped reflections that originated from the fluvial paleochannels. Using the geological interpretation of the trench walls as a guide to pick semi-automatically the times of the most important reflecting horizons, we discovered that alignments of the nearly linear boundaries of these horizons defined two NW-SE trending strands of the SAF within the survey area. The georadar expression of the eastern SAF strand could only be traced over a distance of 38 m. It had been intersected in the northern trench. In contrast, the western SAF strand extended over the entire length of the georadar volume and had been intersected in the central and southern trenches. Prominent reflections on georadar cross sections were found to be vertically displaced by 0.2-0.3 m across both SAF strands. A conspicuous linear-trending feature observed on horizontal sections at 3.3-3.6 m depth was laterally offset by 4.5-5.5 m along the eastern SAF strand. The interpreted vertical and horizontal offsets could have been generated by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and/or earlier events. Undetermined amounts of aseismic slip may also have occurred along the newly defined SAF strands.

  16. Measurement of the 3D geometry of the fascial arches in women with a unilateral levator defect and architectural distortion

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    LARSON, Kindra A.; LUO, Jiajia; YOUSUF, Aisha; ASHTON-MILLER, James A.; DeLANCEY, John O.L.

    2013-01-01

    Objective The arcus tendineus fascia pelvis (ATFP) and arcus tendineus levator ani (ATLA) are elements of anterior vaginal support. This study describes their geometry in women with unilateral levator ani muscle defects and associated architectural distortion. Study Design Fourteen subjects with unilateral defects underwent MRI. 3-D models of the arcus were generated. Locations of these relative to an ilial reference line were compared between unaffected and affected sides. Results Pronounced changes occurred on the defect sides ventral region. The furthest point of the ATLA lay up to a mean 10.2mm (p=0.01) more inferior and 6.5mm (p=0.02) more medial than that on the intact side. Similarly, the ATFP lay 6 mm (p=0.01*) more inferior than on the unaffected side. Conclusion The ventral arcus anatomy is significantly altered in the presence of levator defects and architectural distortion. Alterations of these key fixation points will change supportive force direction along the lateral anterior vaginal wall, increasing the risk for anterior vaginal wall prolapse. PMID:21818620

  17. Vectorization of a 2D-1D Iterative Algorithm for the 3D Neutron Transport Problem in Prismatic Geometries

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    Moustafa, Salli; Fvotte, Franois; Lathuilire, Bruno; Plagne, Laurent

    2014-06-01

    The past few years have been marked by a noticeable increase in the interest in 3D whole-core heterogeneous deterministic neutron transport solvers for reference calculations. Due to the extremely large problem sizes tackled by such solvers, they need to use adapted numerical methods and need to be efficiently implemented to take advantage of the full computing power of modern systems. As for numerical methods, one possible approach consists in iterating over resolutions of 2D and 1D MOC problems by taking advantage of prismatic geometries. The MICADO solver, developed at EDF R&D, is a parallel implementation of such a method in distributed and shared memory systems. However it is currently unable to use SIMD vectorization to leverage the full computing power of modern CPUs. In this paper, we describe our first effort to support vectorization in MICADO, typically targeting Intel SSE CPUs. Both the 2D and 1D algorithms are vectorized, allowing for high expected speedups for the whole spatial solver. We present benchmark computations, which show nearly optimal speedups for our vectorized implementation on the TAKEDA case.

  18. Stagnant lid convection in 3D-Cartesian geometry: Scaling laws and applications to icy moons and dwarf planets

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    Deschamps, Frdric; Lin, Ja-Ren

    2014-04-01

    We conducted numerical experiments of stagnant lid thermal convection in 3D-Cartesian geometry, and use these experiments to derive parameterizations for the average internal temperature, heat flux, and stagnant lid thickness. Our experiments suggest that the non-dimensional temperature jump across the bottom thermal boundary layer (TBL) is well described by (1 -?m) = 1.23 (?Tv / ?T) , where ?m is the non-dimensional average temperature of the convective sublayer, and ?Tv / ?T a viscous temperature scale defined as the inverse of the logarithmic temperature derivative of viscosity. Due to the presence of the stagnant lid at the top of the fluid, the frequency of the time-variations of the surface heat flux is much lower than those of the bottom heat flux. The Nusselt number, measuring the heat transfer, is well explain by Nu = 1.46 Ram0.270 (?Tv / ?T)1.21 , where Ram is the effective Rayleigh number. This result indicates that the heat flux through the outer ice shells of large icy moons and dwarf planets is larger than that predicted by scalings in 2D-Cartesian geometry by 20-40%. We then apply our parameterizations to the dynamics of the outer ice I shells of icy moons and dwarf planets. As pointed out in previous studies, our calculations indicate that the presence of volatile in the primordial ocean of these bodies strongly reduces the vigor of convection within their outer ice I shell, the heat transfer through these shells, and the tectonic activity at their surface. Furthermore, thicker ice I layers may be achieved in bodies having low (0.7 m/s2) gravity acceleration (e.g., Pluto), than in bodies having larger (1.3 m/s2 and more) gravity acceleration (e.g., Europa, Ganymede, and Titan). Decrease in the surface temperature increases the thickness of the stagnant lid, which may result in a stronger lithosphere, and thus in fewer tectonic activity. Our parameterizations may also be used as boundary conditions at zero curvature to build parameterizations in spherical geometry.

  19. Silicon Solar Cells: High-Performance and Omnidirectional Thin-Film Amorphous Silicon Solar Cell Modules Achieved by 3D Geometry Design (Adv. Mater. 42/2015).

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    Yu, Dongliang; Yin, Min; Lu, Linfeng; Zhang, Hanzhong; Chen, Xiaoyuan; Zhu, Xufei; Che, Jianfei; Li, Dongdong

    2015-11-01

    High-performance thin-film hydrogenated amorphous silicon solar cells are achieved by combining macroscale 3D tubular substrates and nanoscale 3D cone-like antireflective films, as described on page 6747 by D. Li and co-workers. The tubular geometry delivers a series of advantages for the large-scale deployment of photovoltaics, such as omnidirectional performance, easier encapsulation, decreased wind resistance, and easy integration with a second device inside the glass tube. PMID:26545182

  20. On the Effects of Non-Planar Fault Geometry on Strong Ground Motion

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    Olsen, K. B.; Aochi, H.

    2002-12-01

    We quantify the effects of complex fault geometry on low-frequency (<1 Hz) strong ground motion using numerical modeling of dynamic rupture. Our tests include the computation of synthetic seismograms for several simple rupture scenarios with planar and curved fault approximations of the 1994 Northridge and the 1992 Landers earthquakes. We use the boundary integral equation method (BIEM) to compute the dynamic rupture process, which includes the normal stress effects along the curved fault geometries. The wave propagation and computation of synthetic seismograms are modeled using a fourth-order finite-difference method (FDM). The near-field ground motion is significantly affected by the acceleration, deceleration and arrest of rupture due to fault bending, as well as the the variation in directivity of the rupture. We compare 1-Hz near-fault peak velocities for 40o-dipping, thrust faults buried 5 km with dimensions 24 km by 16 km. Compared to that for a planar fault, such as most approximations of the Northridge earthquake, a 6-km-long hanging-wall or footwall splay with a maximum offset of 1 km can change peak velocities by up to a factor of 2-3 above the fault. This change is caused in part by a variation in directivity, in part by differences in the rupture dynamics for the scenarios. In particular, the curved faults cause a gradual arrest of rupture, while the planar fault rupture stops abruptly with a resulting increase in moment. Our tests suggest that the differences in waveform are larger on the hanging wall compared to those on the footwall. The results imply that kinematic ground motion estimates and slip inversion may be significantly biased by the omission of dynamic rupture effects and of relatively gentle variation in fault geometry, even for long-period waves.

  1. Seismic tomography of the Canterbury Plains and the geometry and evolution of seismicity of the Greendale fault system, New Zealand

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    Syracuse, E. M.; Thurber, C. H.; Savage, M. K.

    2012-12-01

    The previously unknown Greendale fault produced the September 4, 2010 M 7.1 Darfield earthquake and later triggered the destructive February 22, 2011 M 6.3 Christchurch earthquake, as well as later M>5 aftershocks east of Christchurch. Surface rupture from the Darfield earthquake indicates up to 5 m of strike-slip motion along the main portion of the Greendale fault, while various geodetic and seismic models also indicate reverse faulting on surrounding smaller faults. We combine seismic data from a variety of sources (permanent network seismometers and strong motion instruments, temporary intermediate to broadband seismometers) to understand the geometry of these various sections of faults and the evolution of seismicity along them for the first four months of aftershocks from the Darfield earthquake. We identify 4 to 5 fault segments that were likely active in the Darfield earthquake and an additional 5 to 6 segments that were active during the study period, prior to the Christchurch earthquake. While relocating hypocenters, we also jointly invert for 3D Vp, Vs, and Vp/Vs in the Canterbury region using an extended version of the double-difference tomography code tomoDD (Zhang et al., 2009). In the area of the Greendale and associated faults, Vp, Vs, and Vp/Vs are generally reduced from the top 8 km of the average velocity model for the Canterbury region of New Zealand. from the surface to ~8 km depth, below which the resolution begins to decline. Beneath Christchurch and areas immediately to the south and west, Vp and Vs are elevated and Vp/Vs is reduced from the surface to ~8 km depth, corresponding to the location of a negative Bouguer gravity anomaly and an increase in depth to basement (Hicks, 1989). In the northwest portion of the model, Vp and Vs increase when approaching the foothills of the Southern Alps. There are no clearly defined features in the velocity model that cross or are offset by the Greendale fault and no apparent contrast in velocities across the fault, preventing us from conjecturing about the age or total offset along the fault over its lifespan based on the velocity models alone.

  2. 3D features of delayed thermal convection in fault zones: consequences for deep fluid processes in the Tiberias Basin, Jordan Rift Valley

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    Magri, Fabien; Möller, Sebastian; Inbar, Nimrod; Siebert, Christian; Möller, Peter; Rosenthal, Eliyahu; Kühn, Michael

    2015-04-01

    It has been shown that thermal convection in faults can also occur for subcritical Rayleigh conditions. This type of convection develops after a certain period and is referred to as "delayed convection" (Murphy, 1979). The delay in the onset is due to the heat exchange between the damage zone and the surrounding units that adds a thermal buffer along the fault walls. Few numerical studies investigated delayed thermal convection in fractured zones, despite it has the potential to transport energy and minerals over large spatial scales (Tournier, 2000). Here 3D numerical simulations of thermally driven flow in faults are presented in order to investigate the impact of delayed convection on deep fluid processes at basin-scale. The Tiberias Basin (TB), in the Jordan Rift Valley, serves as study area. The TB is characterized by upsurge of deep-seated hot waters along the faulted shores of Lake Tiberias and high temperature gradient that can locally reach 46 °C/km, as in the Lower Yarmouk Gorge (LYG). 3D simulations show that buoyant flow ascend in permeable faults which hydraulic conductivity is estimated to vary between 30 m/yr and 140 m/yr. Delayed convection starts respectively at 46 and 200 kyrs and generate temperature anomalies in agreement with observations. It turned out that delayed convective cells are transient. Cellular patterns that initially develop in permeable units surrounding the faults can trigger convection also within the fault plane. The combination of these two convective modes lead to helicoidal-like flow patterns. This complex flow can explain the location of springs along different fault traces of the TB. Besides being of importance for understanding the hydrogeological processes of the TB (Magri et al., 2015), the presented simulations provide a scenario illustrating fault-induced 3D cells that could develop in any geothermal system. References Magri, F., Inbar, N., Siebert, C., Rosenthal, E., Guttman, J., Möller, P., 2015. Transient simulations of large-scale hydrogeological processes causing temperature and salinity anomalies in the Tiberias Basin. Journal of Hydrology, 520(0), 342-355. Murphy, H.D., 1979. Convective instabilities in vertical fractures and faults. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 84(B11), 6121-6130. Tournier, C., Genthon, P., Rabinowicz, M., 2000. The onset of natural convection in vertical fault planes: consequences for the thermal regime in crystalline basementsand for heat recovery experiments. Geophysical Journal International, 140(3), 500-508.

  3. Three-dimensional splay fault geometry and implications for tsunami generation.

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    Moore, G F; Bangs, N L; Taira, A; Kuramoto, S; Pangborn, E; Tobin, H J

    2007-11-16

    Megasplay faults, very long thrust faults that rise from the subduction plate boundary megathrust and intersect the sea floor at the landward edge of the accretionary prism, are thought to play a role in tsunami genesis. We imaged a megasplay thrust system along the Nankai Trough in three dimensions, which allowed us to map the splay fault geometry and its lateral continuity. The megasplay is continuous from the main plate interface fault upwards to the sea floor, where it cuts older thrust slices of the frontal accretionary prism. The thrust geometry and evidence of large-scale slumping of surficial sediments show that the fault is active and that the activity has evolved toward the landward direction with time, contrary to the usual seaward progression of accretionary thrusts. The megasplay fault has progressively steepened, substantially increasing the potential for vertical uplift of the sea floor with slip. We conclude that slip on the megasplay fault most likely contributed to generating devastating historic tsunamis, such as the 1944 moment magnitude 8.1 Tonankai event, and it is this geometry that makes this margin and others like it particularly prone to tsunami genesis. PMID:18006743

  4. Basement Structure Controls on the Evolution and Geometry of Rift Systems - Insights from Offshore S. Norway using 3D Seismic Data

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    Phillips, Thomas; Jackson, Christopher; Bell, Rebecca; Duffy, Oliver; Fossen, Haakon

    2015-04-01

    Rift basins form within lithosphere containing a range of heterogeneities, such as thin-skinned thrust belts and larger scale structures such as thick-skinned shear zones or crustal sutures. How the presence and reactivation of these structures during later rift events affect the geometry and evolution of rifts remains poorly understood as they are not typically well imaged on seismic data. The main reasons for this are that crystalline basement is often buried beneath thick sedimentary successions and contains small impedance contrasts. Furthermore, larger, crustal-scale, lineaments and sutures may not be imaged at all on seismic data due to their large scale and depth. In this study, we use borehole-constrained 2D and 3D seismic reflection data located around the Egersund and Farsund Basins, offshore south Norway. In both areas, crystalline basement is exceptionally well-imaged on typical 2D and 3D reflection data due to large impedance contrasts within a highly heterogeneous, shallow basement. This allows us to map a series of intrabasement reflections and overlying rift systems. Within the Egersund area, two main types of intrabasement structure are identified and mapped: i) thin (100 m), shallowly dipping (0-10W) reflections showing a ramp-flat geometry; and ii) thick (1-1.5 km), low angle (c. 30W) structures comprising of packages of reflections. These structures correlate along-strike northwards to Caledonian orogeny related structures mapped onshore Norway. The thin structures are interpreted as thin-skinned Caledonian thrusts, whereas the thicker structures represent thick-skinned Devonian shear zones formed through orogenic collapse of the Caledonides. Through seismic-stratigraphic analysis of the cover, we document multiple stages of extensional reactivation along these structures during Devonian, Permian-Triassic and Late Jurassic-Early Cretaceous extension followed by reverse reactivation during Late Cretaceous compression. The Farsund Basin is situated above a deep crustal-scale lineament, the Tornquist zone. We also document multiple stages of reactivation and inversion within this basin, linked with motion along the underlying lineament. Reactivation of the Tornquist zone at depth leads to the formation of a deep, narrow basin at shallower levels. However, during reactivation, rift propagation may be inhibited by basement heterogeneities, such as pre-existing basement ridges. We find that the type of reactivated structure can exert a strong control on the geometry and evolution of the overlying rift. Low-angle, thin-skinned Caledonian thrusts have negligible effect on rift evolution as these are not readily reactivated. However, reactivation of thick-skinned structures does affect rift morphology. Direct reactivation of low angle Devonian shear zones forms a series of low angle rift-bounding faults, creating a wide, shallow basin. Conversely, reactivation of deep seated crustal lineaments causes the localisation of strain fields, creating deep, narrow basins. In both cases, the presence of these thick skinned structures acts as a template for the location of later rifts; their subsequent reactivation can then control the rift geometry.

  5. Fault strength in Marmara region inferred from the geometry of the principle stress axes and fault orientations: A case study for the Prince's Islands fault segment

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    Pinar, Ali; Coskun, Zeynep; Mert, Aydin; Kalafat, Dogan

    2015-04-01

    The general consensus based on historical earthquake data point out that the last major moment release on the Prince's islands fault was in 1766 which in turn signals an increased seismic risk for Istanbul Metropolitan area considering the fact that most of the 20 mm/yr GPS derived slip rate for the region is accommodated mostly by that fault segment. The orientation of the Prince's islands fault segment overlaps with the NW-SE direction of the maximum principle stress axis derived from the focal mechanism solutions of the large and moderate sized earthquakes occurred in the Marmara region. As such, the NW-SE trending fault segment translates the motion between the two E-W trending branches of the North Anatolian fault zone; one extending from the Gulf of Izmit towards Çınarcık basin and the other extending between offshore Bakırköy and Silivri. The basic relation between the orientation of the maximum and minimum principal stress axes, the shear and normal stresses, and the orientation of a fault provides clue on the strength of a fault, i.e., its frictional coefficient. Here, the angle between the fault normal and maximum compressive stress axis is a key parameter where fault normal and fault parallel maximum compressive stress might be a necessary and sufficient condition for a creeping event. That relation also implies that when the trend of the sigma-1 axis is close to the strike of the fault the shear stress acting on the fault plane approaches zero. On the other hand, the ratio between the shear and normal stresses acting on a fault plane is proportional to the coefficient of frictional coefficient of the fault. Accordingly, the geometry between the Prince's islands fault segment and a maximum principal stress axis matches a weak fault model. In the frame of the presentation we analyze seismological data acquired in Marmara region and interpret the results in conjuction with the above mentioned weak fault model.

  6. 3-D velocity structure around tehri region of the garhwal lesser himalaya: constraints on geometry of the underthrusting indian plate

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    Kanaujia, Jyotima; Kumar, Ashwani; Gupta, S. C.

    2016-02-01

    We investigate the upper crustal velocity structure beneath the Tehri region of the Garhwal Himalaya. The investigated region is situated within the 700-km-long central seismic gap of the Himalaya that has experienced three gap-filling earthquakes since 1991 including the recent 2015 Nepal earthquake (Mw 7.8). The local tomographic inversion is based on a dataset of 1365 events collected from January 2008 to December 2012 by a 12-station local network that covers an area of about 100 × 80 km around Tehri Dam. We perform a simultaneous inversion for P- and S-wave velocity anomalies. Tomograms are interpreted in the backdrop of the regional geological and tectonic framework of the region. The spatial distribution of relocated events from the 3- D velocity model has shed new light on the pattern of seismicity in the vicinity of the Main Central thrust (MCT), and has elucidated the structure of the underthrusting Indian plate. Our model exhibits a significant negative velocity anomaly up to ˜5 per cent beneath the central part of the Garhwal Inner Lesser Himalaya, and a P-wave low velocity anomaly near the Chamoli region. The seismicity zone around the Chamoli region may be attributed to the presence of fluid filled rocks. Furthermore, an area with˜3-4 per cent positive velocity anomaly is delineated to the northwest of the Uttarkashi thrust in the vicinity of the MCT. Significant findings of the study include: a flat-ramp-flat type sub-surface geometry of the underthrusting Indian plate below the Garhwal Himalaya, high velocity images representing the trend and configuration of Delhi-Haridwar-ridge below the Sub Himalaya and Lesser Himalaya, and a seismically active zone representing geometrical asperity on the basement thrust in the vicinity of the MCT.

  7. Structural geometry and gravity constraints on the Palos Verdes and Cabrillo faults

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    Cengelcik, Yeliz

    The thesis presents and evaluates five new gravity constrained structural cross-sections about the Palos Verdes and Cabrillo faults of southern California. They both have been active since the Miocene, however the Palos Verdes fault zone is considered to be a greater seismic hazard. Using geologic, gravity and seismic data we present new interpretations about the geometry of the Palos Verdes and Cabrillo faults. In the San Pedro and Los Angeles Harbor region approximately125 new gravity data were collected with a Worden gravimeter and new structural cross-sections were constructed by using data of our gravity surveying. The collected data displays a Simple Bouguer gravity anomaly high near the Cabrillo fault and northwards toward the Palos Verdes fault there is an approximately 30 mGal decrease. The Palos Verdes fault itself is characterized by an inflection in the gravity data and a relatively flat zone immediately to the north. This shelf in the gravity data is important because the highly productive Wilmington Oil Field is located in this area and it is likely a product of the particular geometry in the region. The Palos Verdes fault also forms the edge of the larger Los Angeles Basin. Our basic interpretation is that the Palos Verdes and Cabrillo faults are primarily strike slip faults. However, a horst-like block between the two faults has been uplifted and horizontally shortened. Our main interpretation is that Catalina Schist basement uplift and subsequent basin fill to the north is responsible for the large negative gravity anomalies associated with the Palos Verdes fault.

  8. Control of fault geometry and permeability contrast on fault-related hydrothermal fluid flow

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    Andersen, Christine; Rpke, Lars; Hasenclever, Jrg; Grevemeyer, Ingo; Petersen, Sven

    2015-04-01

    High-temperature black smoker systems along slow-spreading ridges such as the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR) are frequently related to tectonic fault zones and therefore are commonly found off axis. While preferential flow of hot fluids along highly permeable, fractured rocks seems intuitive, such efficient flow leads to the entrainment of cold ambient seawater resulting in a drastic decrease in vent temperatures. This temperature drop is difficult to reconcile with high-temperature black smoker activity observed at outcropping fault zones. In our recent study we aim to resolve this apparent contradiction by combining newly acquired seismological data (Grevemeyer et al., 2013) from the high-temperature, off-axis Logatchev 1 hydrothermal field (LHF1) along the MAR with 2D hydrothermal flow modeling. The seismic data shows intense off-axis seismicity with focal mechanisms suggesting a fault zone dipping from LHF1 toward the ridge axis. In order to explain fault-related high-temperature hydrothermal discharge as observed at LHF1, our simulations predict that fault zones need to be just permeable and wide enough to capture and redirect hydrothermal plumes rising from depth but, because they are not isolated conduits, must not be too wide or permeable in order to prevent cooling through mixing with ambient colder fluids. The two controlling parameters fault width and permeability contrast between fault and surrounding rock can be expressed as a single term, the relative transmissibility of the fault zone, which is defined by the product of the two. Low relative fault transmissibility leads to plumes that cross the fault and vent above the heat source rather than at the fault termination at the seafloor. High relative fault transmissibility leads to significantly lower vent exit temperatures than those observed at black smoker systems. Our findings further illustrate the intrinsic relationship between permeability, mass flux and upflow temperature: the higher the permeability, the higher the mass flux and the lower the vent temperature. The common occurrence of fault-linked high-temperature vent fields strongly points at a not-yet-quantified self-adjusting permeability that depends on pore space-clogging reactions between hydrothermal and ambient cold fluids. Furthermore, the temperature drop associated with any high permeability zone in heterogeneous crust may well explain the sparse high-temperature vent fields along the MAR and why the heterogeneous crust of the Atlantic, with its strong permeability contrasts, is predominantly cooled by lower-temperature fluid flow.

  9. Mitigation of Bias in Inversion of Complex Earthquake without Prior Information of Detailed Fault Geometry

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    Kasahara, A.; Yagi, Y.

    2014-12-01

    Rupture process of earthquake derived from geophysical observations is important information to understand nature of earthquake and assess seismic hazard. Finite fault inversion is a commonly applied method to construct seismic source model. In conventional inversion, fault is approximated by a simple fault surface even if rupture of real earthquake should propagate along non-planar complex fault. In the conventional inversion, complex rupture kinematics is approximated by limited model parameters that only represent slip on a simple fault surface. This over simplification may cause biased and hence misleading solution. MW 7.7 left-lateral strike-slip earthquake occurred in southwestern Pakistan on 2013-09-24 might be one of exemplar event to demonstrate the bias. For this earthquake, northeastward rupture propagation was suggested by a finite fault inversion of teleseismic body and long period surface waves with a single planer fault (USGS). However, surface displacement field measured from cross-correlation of optical satellite images and back-projection imaging revealed that rupture was unilaterally propagated toward southwest on a non-planer fault (Avouac et.al., 2014). To mitigate the bias, more flexible source parameterization should be employed. We extended multi-time window finite fault method to represent rupture kinematics on a complex fault. Each spatio-temporal knot has five degrees of freedom and is able to represent arbitrary strike, dip, rake, moment release rate and CLVD component. Detailed fault geometry for a source fault is not required in our method. The method considers data covariance matrix with uncertainty of Green's function (Yagi and Fukahata, 2011) to obtain stable solution. Preliminary results show southwestward rupture propagation and focal mechanism change that is consistent with fault trace. The result suggests usefulness of the flexible source parameterization for inversion of complex events.

  10. 3D modeling of architectural objects from video data obtained with the fixed focal length lens geometry

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    Deli?, Paulina; K?dzierski, Micha?; Fry?kowska, Anna; Wili?ska, Michalina

    2013-12-01

    The article describes the process of creating 3D models of architectural objects on the basis of video images, which had been acquired by a Sony NEX-VG10E fixed focal length video camera. It was assumed, that based on video and Terrestrial Laser Scanning data it is possible to develop 3D models of architectural objects. The acquisition of video data was preceded by the calibration of video camera. The process of creating 3D models from video data involves the following steps: video frames selection for the orientation process, orientation of video frames using points with known coordinates from Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS), generating a TIN model using automatic matching methods. The above objects have been measured with an impulse laser scanner, Leica ScanStation 2. Created 3D models of architectural objects were compared with 3D models of the same objects for which the self-calibration bundle adjustment process was performed. In this order a PhotoModeler Software was used. In order to assess the accuracy of the developed 3D models of architectural objects, points with known coordinates from Terrestrial Laser Scanning were used. To assess the accuracy a shortest distance method was used. Analysis of the accuracy showed that 3D models generated from video images differ by about 0.06 0.13 m compared to TLS data. Artyku? zawiera opis procesu opracowania modeli 3D obiektw architektonicznych na podstawie obrazw wideo pozyskanych kamer? wideo Sony NEX-VG10E ze sta?oogniskowym obiektywem. Przyj?to za?o?enie, ?e na podstawie danych wideo i danych z naziemnego skaningu laserowego (NSL) mo?liwe jest opracowanie modeli 3D obiektw architektonicznych. Pozyskanie danych wideo zosta?o poprzedzone kalibracj? kamery wideo. Model matematyczny kamery by? oparty na rzucie perspektywicznym. Proces opracowania modeli 3D na podstawie danych wideo sk?ada? si? z nast?puj?cych etapw: wybr klatek wideo do procesu orientacji, orientacja klatek wideo na podstawie wsp?rz?dnych odczytanych z chmury punktw NSL, wygenerowanie modelu 3D w strukturze TIN z wykorzystaniem metod automatycznej korelacji obrazw. Opracowane modele 3D zosta?y porwnane z modelami 3D tych samych obiektw, dla ktrych zosta?a przeprowadzona samokalibracja metod? wi?zek. W celu oceny dok?adno?ci opracowanych modeli 3D obiektw architektonicznych wykorzystano punkty naziemnego skaningu laserowego. Do oceny dok?adno?ci wykorzystano metod? najkrtszej odleg?o?ci. Analiza dok?adno?ci wykaza?a, ?e dok?adno?? modeli 3D generowanych na podstawie danych wideo wynosi oko?o 0.06 0.13m wzgl?dem danych NSL.

  11. Distribution and geometry of magma bodies within Hawaiian volcanic edifices inferred from 3-D seismic velocity and density models

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    Park, J.; Zelt, C. A.; Morgan, J. K.; Okubo, P. G.; Kauahikaua, J. P.

    2007-12-01

    Magmatic intrusions within active Hawaiian volcanoes, e.g., Kilauea and Mauna Loa, often result in measurable surface deformation. However, constraining the source of such deformation is often difficult, and dependent upon assumptions regarding source mechanism, geometry and depth. Estimates for these parameters can be improved by independent constraints on the distribution and geometry of magma bodies within the volcanic edifices. Here, we present seismic P-wave velocity and density models of the onshore and offshore regions around the Island of Hawaii, including parts of Hualalai, Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, and Kilauea volcanoes, and Loihi seamount. The velocity and density models suggest that the distribution and geometry of magma bodies within the volcanic edifices, indicated by high-velocity and high-density anomalies, might be deeply related to the surface deformation. The velocity model was determined by tomographic inversion of ~200,000 first-arrival traveltime picks of earthquakes and airgun shots recorded by the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO). The summits of Mauna Loa and Kilauea are underlain by localized high-velocity anomalies of 4.0-4.3 km/s just a few km below the surface, probably indicating shallow summit magma reservoirs responsible for localized inflation and deflation cycles. More extensive high-velocity anomalies of 6.5-7.0 km/s occur beneath the active rift zones of Kilauea, Mauna Loa, and Loihi, and are attributed to intrusive complexes comprising both dense dikes and olivine cumulates precipitated from long-lived deep magma chambers. These deeper bodies are responsible for the outward creep of the volcanic edifices, and probably also upper flank subsidence. Interestingly, the high-velocity bodies are not continuous, but commonly occur as discrete features, which may account for deformation partitioning along the volcano flanks. Kilauea's east rift zone (ERZ) shows two zones of high velocities, one near the summit and upper ERZ and one beneath the lower ERZ, with a region of low velocities beneath the central ERZ. Mauna Loa's lower southwest rift zone (SWRZ) is marked by a prominent high-velocity zone, lacking along the central and upper SWRZ. Mauna Loa's northeast rift zone shows high-velocity materials offset to the south of the current vent trend. High-velocity regions also occur without obvious surface expression, for example, beneath the south flanks of Hualalai, Mauna Kea, and Mauna Loa. These point to buried rift zones, unrelated to the current trends of surface vents on these volcanoes. The density structure of the island and its surroundings is obtained by converting the seismic velocity model to a density model using an empirical relationship. This relationship defines an initial/reference model for the 3-D inversion of onshore and offshore gravity data. The final inversion yields density anomalies that provide additional constraints on material properties. The largest positive density anomalies are observed beneath the summits and upper rift zones of Mauna Loa, Kilauea and Loihi, possibly due to the molten condition of the underlying magma cumulates. In contrast, the high-velocity features beneath the south flank of Mauna Loa yield densities consistent with their velocities, and are thus interpreted to reflect solidified magma cumulates and dike swarms along the old rift zone, resisting flank deformation.

  12. 3D Dynamic Rupture Simulation Across a Complex Fault System: the Mw7.0, 2010, Haiti Earthquake

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    Douilly, R.; Aochi, H.; Calais, E.; Freed, A. M.

    2013-12-01

    Earthquakes ruptures sometimes take place on a secondary fault and surprisingly do not activate an adjacent major one. The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake is a classic case where rupture occurred on a blind thrust while the adjacent San Andreas Fault was not triggered during the process. Similar to Loma Prieta, the Mw7.0, January 12 2010, Haiti earthquake also ruptured a secondary blind thrust, the Logne fault, adjacent to the main plate boundary, the Enriquillo Plantain Garden Fault, which did not rupture during this event. Aftershock relocalizations delineate the Logne rupture with two north dipping segments with slightly different dip, where the easternmost segment had mostly dip-slip motion and the westernmost one had mostly strike-slip motion. In addition, an offshore south dipping structure inferred from the aftershocks to the west of the rupture zone coincides with the offshore Trois Baies reverse fault, a region of increase in Coulomb stress increase. In this study, we investigate the rupture dynamics of the Haiti earthquake in a complex fault system of multiple segments identified by the aftershock relocations. We suppose a background stress regime that is consistent with the type of motion of each fault and with the regional tectonic regime. We initiate a nucleation on the east segment of the Logne fault by defining a circular region with a 2 km radius where shear stress is slightly greater than the yield stress. By varying friction on faults and background stress, we find a range of plausible scenarios. In the absence of near-field seismic records of the event, we score the different models against the static deformation field derived from GPS and InSAR at the surface. All the plausible simulations show that the rupture propagates from the eastern to the western segment along the Logne fault, but not on the Enriquillo fault nor on the Trois Baies fault. The best-fit simulation shows a significant increase of shear stresses on the Trois Baies fault, which might explain observed triggered aftershocks on this fault and small increase of shear stresses on the Enriquillo fault. We also find that a shift to north of about 3 km of the western segment of the Logne fault from recent studies provides a better fit to the coseismic InSAR and GPS displacements.

  13. Fault geometries on Uranus' satellite Miranda: Implications for internal structure and heat flow

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    Beddingfield, C. B.; Burr, D. M.; Emery, J. P.

    2015-02-01

    Miranda, a ∼470-km-diameter uranian icy satellite, has a surface that exhibits evidence of a complex tectonic history. Tectonic structures are mostly localized in three regions termed coronae, but also form a rift system inferred to be global in extent. Ridges within the boundary of Arden Corona, and those that make up the 340° Chasma, part of the global rift system, have been interpreted as normal fault blocks. Using Voyager data, we test the hypothesis that these Arden Corona faults, as well as those at the northern edge of the 340° Chasma, are listric in geometry. For this testing, we use four geometric criteria for listric faults: (1) progressive down-dip decrease in fault scarp dip, (2) progressive down-dip increase in back-tilted face slope, (3) concavity of the exposed scarp surface, and (4) presence of a rollover structure. Results of this analysis support the hypothesis that the faults within the Arden Corona boundary are listric in geometry, but do not strongly support the hypothesis for the faults within the 340° Chasma. By analogy with terrestrial structures, the listric character of faults within the Arden Corona boundary suggests the presence of a subsurface detachment. This detachment likely occurred at Miranda's brittle-ductile transition zone at the time of faulting. Measurements of the Arden Corona fault system geometry are used to estimate depths to the proposed brittle-ductile transition zone at the time of faulting, resulting in values of 6.7-9.0 km. Those depths in turn are used to estimate a thermal gradient of 6-25 K km-1 and a surface heat flux of 31-112 mW m-2. The weaker evidence of a listric geometry for the faults of the 340° Chasma suggests that those faults did not interact with a brittle-ductile transition at the time of their formation. Our estimated thermal gradient of the Arden Corona region is consistent with a previous heating event on Miranda that was as significant as Europa's current resonance-induced tidal heating. This heating event may be associated with a hypothesized previous tidal resonance of Miranda with Umbriel and/or Ariel.

  14. Comparative geometry of the San Andreas Fault, California, and laboratory fault zones

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    Moore, Diane E.; Byerlee, J.D.

    1991-01-01

    Textural examination of fault gouge deformed in triaxial friction experiments has revealed differences in the orientations of secondary shear sets between the stably sliding and stick-slip samples. In order to determine whether such differences can be identified in natural faults, maps of recently active breaks along the San Andreas fault were examined to compare the types and orientations of secondary structures mapped in the creeping and locked sections. The fault zone was divided into 52 geometrically defined segments of uniform strike, which were then grouped into 7 sections: 4 straight and two curved sections, and Cholame Valley. Many of the gross geometric characteristics of the individual segments, such as length, width, and stepover size, reflect their position in either a straight or a curved section. In contrast, with respect to the orientations of the recent breaks within the segments, the single creeping section differs from all of the locked sections, both straight and curved. -from Authors

  15. The Development of WARP - A Framework for Continuous Energy Monte Carlo Neutron Transport in General 3D Geometries on GPUs

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    Bergmann, Ryan

    Graphics processing units, or GPUs, have gradually increased in computational power from the small, job-specific boards of the early 1990s to the programmable powerhouses of today. Compared to more common central processing units, or CPUs, GPUs have a higher aggregate memory bandwidth, much higher floating-point operations per second (FLOPS), and lower energy consumption per FLOP. Because one of the main obstacles in exascale computing is power consumption, many new supercomputing platforms are gaining much of their computational capacity by incorporating GPUs into their compute nodes. Since CPU-optimized parallel algorithms are not directly portable to GPU architectures (or at least not without losing substantial performance), transport codes need to be rewritten to execute efficiently on GPUs. Unless this is done, reactor simulations cannot take full advantage of these new supercomputers. WARP, which can stand for ``Weaving All the Random Particles,'' is a three-dimensional (3D) continuous energy Monte Carlo neutron transport code developed in this work as to efficiently implement a continuous energy Monte Carlo neutron transport algorithm on a GPU. WARP accelerates Monte Carlo simulations while preserving the benefits of using the Monte Carlo Method, namely, very few physical and geometrical simplifications. WARP is able to calculate multiplication factors, flux tallies, and fission source distributions for time-independent problems, and can run in both criticality or fixed source modes. WARP can transport neutrons in unrestricted arrangements of parallelepipeds, hexagonal prisms, cylinders, and spheres. WARP uses an event-based algorithm, but with some important differences. Moving data is expensive, so WARP uses a remapping vector of pointer/index pairs to direct GPU threads to the data they need to access. The remapping vector is sorted by reaction type after every transport iteration using a high-efficiency parallel radix sort, which serves to keep the reaction types as contiguous as possible and removes completed histories from the transport cycle. The sort reduces the amount of divergence in GPU ``thread blocks,'' keeps the SIMD units as full as possible, and eliminates using memory bandwidth to check if a neutron in the batch has been terminated or not. Using a remapping vector means the data access pattern is irregular, but this is mitigated by using large batch sizes where the GPU can effectively eliminate the high cost of irregular global memory access. WARP modifies the standard unionized energy grid implementation to reduce memory traffic. Instead of storing a matrix of pointers indexed by reaction type and energy, WARP stores three matrices. The first contains cross section values, the second contains pointers to angular distributions, and a third contains pointers to energy distributions. This linked list type of layout increases memory usage, but lowers the number of data loads that are needed to determine a reaction by eliminating a pointer load to find a cross section value. Optimized, high-performance GPU code libraries are also used by WARP wherever possible. The CUDA performance primitives (CUDPP) library is used to perform the parallel reductions, sorts and sums, the CURAND library is used to seed the linear congruential random number generators, and the OptiX ray tracing framework is used for geometry representation. OptiX is a highly-optimized library developed by NVIDIA that automatically builds hierarchical acceleration structures around user-input geometry so only surfaces along a ray line need to be queried in ray tracing. WARP also performs material and cell number queries with OptiX by using a point-in-polygon like algorithm. WARP has shown that GPUs are an effective platform for performing Monte Carlo neutron transport with continuous energy cross sections. Currently, WARP is the most detailed and feature-rich program in existence for performing continuous energy Monte Carlo neutron transport in general 3D geometries on GPUs, but compared to production codes like Serpent and MCNP, WARP has limited capabilities. Despite WARP's lack of features, its novel algorithm implementations show that high performance can be achieved on a GPU despite the inherently divergent program flow and sparse data access patterns. WARP is not ready for everyday nuclear reactor calculations, but is a good platform for further development of GPU-accelerated Monte Carlo neutron transport. In it's current state, it may be a useful tool for multiplication factor searches, i.e. determining reactivity coefficients by perturbing material densities or temperatures, since these types of calculations typically do not require many flux tallies. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

  16. Thrust geometries in unconsolidated Quaternary sediments around the Eupchon fault, SE Korea

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    Park, J. Y.; Kim, Y.-S.; Kim, J. H.; Shin, H. C.

    2003-04-01

    It had been considered that Korean Peninsula is located in a relatively stable continental platform. Over ten Quaternary faults have recently been discovered, however, in the south-eastern part of the Korean Peninsula. The Eupchon Fault was discovered at the construction site of a primary school, close to a nuclear power plant. In order to understand the characteristics of the Eupchon fault, we carried out two trench surveys near the first finding site. The orientations of trench sites are 150o and 170o, the widths are 1.3 m and 1.5 m, and the maximum depths are 2.8 m and 5.5 m, respectively. The trenches are in Quaternary unconsolidated marine terrace sediments, which have horizontal bedding planes, are well sorted, and range from pebbles to muds The fault system includes one main reverse fault (N20o E/40o SE) with about 4m displacement and a series of branches. Structures in the fault system include synthetic and antithetic faults, hanging wall anticlines, drag folds, back thrusts, pop-up structures, flat-ramp geometries and duplexes, i.e. very similar to thrust systems in consolidated rocks. In the upper part of the fault system, several tip damage zone patterns are observed, indicating that the fault system terminates in the upper part of the section. Pebbles along the main fault plane show preferred orientation of long axes indicating the fault trace. The orientation of the slickenside striea is E-W, indicating the movement direction. The unconformity between the Quaternary deposits and the underlying Tertiary andesites and Cretaceous sedimentary rocks is displaced in a reverse sense. A normal displacement was reported lower in the section, indicating the fault had a normal displacement and was reverse reactivated during the Quaternary.

  17. The value of inclined coreholes for characterizing the geometry of 3-D fracture networks in bedrock aquifers

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    Munn, Jonathan; Parker, Beth

    2013-04-01

    In bedrock aquifers where matrix permeability is low, the nature and distribution of the fracture network has a strong impact on the transport and fate of contaminants. Accurate fracture characterization is therefore essential to fully understand the flow system and to predict contaminant migration. Powerful DFN models exist, yet the limitation is often on obtaining field data of sufficient quality to use as input parameters. One major contributing factor is the common practice of using only vertical coreholes to characterize bedrock aquifers. This can lead to datasets that are significantly biased toward fractures perpendicular to the corehole and are therefore not well suited for three-dimensional (3-D) fracture geometry characterization. This bias is particularly pronounced in flat-lying sedimentary strata where fracture networks are typically comprised of flat-lying bedding parallel fractures and vertical, or near vertical joints. An examination of such bias was conducted at a contaminated site in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, in a Silurian dolostone aquifer. Three inclined coreholes plunging 60 degrees with varying azimuths were drilled between 2010 and 2012 to supplement existing data from eleven vertical coreholes from previous investigations. Depth discrete datasets were collected in the coreholes including lithological and fracture logs from rock core, downhole geophysical surveys (e.g, acoustic televiewer, formation conductivity, temperature, natural gamma), and hydraulic testing including the first use of flexible liner profiling in inclined coreholes. These datasets were integrated to provide estimates of fracture frequency, orientation and aperture distributions and to estimate values of bulk effective fracture porosity. Orientation analysis revealed three dominant fracture sets on site that vary in intensity through mechanical layers. These sets consist of a horizontal, bedding-plane set with an average spacing of 0.3m, and two high-angle sets, NE-SW and WNW-ESE striking, with average spacings of 1.5m and 2.1m, respectively. When data from only the vertical coreholes are used for the analysis, only two fracture sets are identifiable: a bedding plane set and a high-angle E-W set, confirming the necessity of inclined coreholes for complete fracture orientation analysis. Hydraulic fracture apertures were estimated using the cubic law and range from 15 to 407 μm with a geometric mean of 125 μm. The fracture network properties will ultimately be used as input parameters for static and dynamic discrete fracture network models to assess current and future risks to nearby municipal supply wells. The study shows that inclined coreholes of varying orientation can help minimize sampling bias, and thereby provide a more representative sample of the fracture network.

  18. X-Ray and Optical Videography for 3D Measurement of Capillary and Melt Pool Geometry in Laser Welding

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    Boley, M.; Abt, F.; Weber, R.; Graf, T.

    This paper describes a method to reconstruct the 3D shape of the melt pool and the capillary of a laser keyhole welding process. Three different diagnostic methods, including X-Ray and optical videography as well as metallographic cross sections are combined to gain the three dimensional data of the solidus-liquidus-surface. A detailed description of the experimental setup and a discussion of different methods to combine the 2D data sets of the three different diagnostic methods to a 3D-model will be given. The result will be a static 3D description of the welding process.

  19. Interaction of weak faults and non-newtonian rheology produces plate tectonics in a 3D model of mantle flow

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    Zhong, Shijie; Gurnis, Michael

    1996-09-01

    ACCORDING to the theory of plate tectonics, relatively rigid plates are bounded by large faults; plate motion has negligible internal strain1,2,with significant toroidal component to the velocity3. By contrast, models of mantle flow with viscous rheology in an intact medium predict little toroidal component and substantial internal strain in surface motion4. It has been suggested5 that the observed characteristics of plate motion are related to faulted plate margins, which are observed to be weak6. Here we confirm this suggestion, using three-dimensional models of mantle flow that incorporate faults and the forces exerted on plates by subducting slabs ("slab pull') and mid-ocean ridges ('ridge push'). Our models show that plate-like motion results from the interaction between weak faults and a strain-weakening power-law rheology. Weak transform faults tend to guide plate motion. This guiding effect and the decoupling that occurs at thrust faults may result in oblique subduction. Convergent margins are associated with realistic trench and fore-bulge topography. By simultaneously predicting surface kinematics, topography and gravity, the models achieve a useful degree of tectonic realism.

  20. Near-Surface Seismic Images and Geometry of the San Andreas Fault, Santa Cruz Mountains, California

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    Saldana, S. C.; Catchings, R. D.; Rymer, M. J.; Goldman, M. R.; Snelson, C. M.

    2005-12-01

    In July 2005, the US Geological Survey and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas acquired a 305-m-long, high-resolution, combined seismic reflection and refraction profile across the San Andreas fault within the Los Trancos Open Space Preserve in Palo Alto, California. The objective of the seismic investigation was to determine the geometry and seismic velocities of the San Andreas fault along a part of the surface rupture area of the 1906 M 7.9 San Francisco earthquake. Seismic sources (sledge hammer blows) and geophones (40-Hz single-element verticals) were co-located (1-m lateral offsets) and were spaced at 5-m increments along the profile. The data were recorded with two 60-channel seismographs without acquisition filters. From the resulting seismic data, we developed tomographic P-wave velocity models of the upper 80 m and stacked and migrated reflection images of the upper few hundred meters along the profile. Seismic P-wave velocities range from about 800 m/s to 4500 m/s in the upper 80 m. For rocks with velocities greater than 2500 m/s, the San Andreas fault is expressed as a well-defined low-velocity zone that is about 60 to 80 m wide. In stacked reflection images, the near-surface (upper 100 m) San Andreas fault zone includes multiple vertically offset reflectors with varying dips. On the basis of offset reflectors and lateral variations in the velocity structure, we suggest that the active fault zone is wider than previously indicated by some geologic maps. Surface ruptures from earthquakes prior to the 1906 rupture have likely involved some or all of the imaged near-surface splays. Other more populated areas along the San Andreas fault probably have similar near-surface geometries, and land-use planning in those areas should assume similar complex geometries for the San Andreas fault.

  1. The role of fault surface geometry in the evolution of the fault deformation zone: comparing modeling with field example from the Vignanotica normal fault (Gargano, Southern Italy).

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    Maggi, Matteo; Cianfarra, Paola; Salvini, Francesco

    2013-04-01

    Faults have a (brittle) deformation zone that can be described as the presence of two distintive zones: an internal Fault core (FC) and an external Fault Damage Zone (FDZ). The FC is characterized by grinding processes that comminute the rock grains to a final grain-size distribution characterized by the prevalence of smaller grains over larger, represented by high fractal dimensions (up to 3.4). On the other hand, the FDZ is characterized by a network of fracture sets with characteristic attitudes (i.e. Riedel cleavages). This deformation pattern has important consequences on rock permeability. FC often represents hydraulic barriers, while FDZ, with its fracture connection, represents zones of higher permability. The observation of faults revealed that dimension and characteristics of FC and FDZ varies both in intensity and dimensions along them. One of the controlling factor in FC and FDZ development is the fault plane geometry. By changing its attitude, fault plane geometry locally alter the stress component produced by the fault kinematics and its combination with the bulk boundary conditions (regional stress field, fluid pressure, rocks rheology) is responsible for the development of zones of higher and lower fracture intensity with variable extension along the fault planes. Furthermore, the displacement along faults provides a cumulative deformation pattern that varies through time. The modeling of the fault evolution through time (4D modeling) is therefore required to fully describe the fracturing and therefore permeability. In this presentation we show a methodology developed to predict distribution of fracture intensity integrating seismic data and numerical modeling. Fault geometry is carefully reconstructed by interpolating stick lines from interpreted seismic sections converted to depth. The modeling is based on a mixed numerical/analytical method. Fault surface is discretized into cells with their geometric and rheological characteristics. For each cell, the acting stress and strength are computed by analytical laws (Coulomb failure). Total brittle deformation for each cell is then computed by cumulating the brittle failure values along the path of each cell belonging to one side onto the facing one. The brittle failure value is provided by the DF function, that is the difference between the computed shear and the strength of the cell at each step along its path by using the Frap in-house developed software. The width of the FC and the FDZ are computed as a function of the DF distribution and displacement around the fault. This methodology has been successfully applied to model the brittle deformation pattern of the Vignanotica normal fault (Gargano, Southern Italy) where fracture intensity is expressed by the dimensionless H/S ratio representing the ratio between the dimension and the spacing of homologous fracture sets (i.e., group of parallel fractures that can be ascribed to the same event/stage/stress field).

  2. Crustal structure and fault geometry of the 2010 Haiti earthquake from temporary seismometer deployments

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    Douilly, Roby; Haase, Jennifer S.; Ellsworth, William L.; Bouin, Marie‐Paule; Calais, Eric; Symithe, Steeve J.; Armbruster, John G.; Mercier de Lépinay, Bernard; Deschamps, Anne; Mildor, Saint‐Louis; Meremonte, Mark E.; Hough, Susan E.

    2013-01-01

    Haiti has been the locus of a number of large and damaging historical earthquakes. The recent 12 January 2010 Mw 7.0 earthquake affected cities that were largely unprepared, which resulted in tremendous losses. It was initially assumed that the earthquake ruptured the Enriquillo Plantain Garden fault (EPGF), a major active structure in southern Haiti, known from geodetic measurements and its geomorphic expression to be capable of producing M 7 or larger earthquakes. Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) data, however, showed that the event ruptured a previously unmapped fault, the Léogâne fault, a north‐dipping oblique transpressional fault located immediately north of the EPGF. Following the earthquake, several groups installed temporary seismic stations to record aftershocks, including ocean‐bottom seismometers on either side of the EPGF. We use data from the complete set of stations deployed after the event, on land and offshore, to relocate all aftershocks from 10 February to 24 June 2010, determine a 1D regional crustal velocity model, and calculate focal mechanisms. The aftershock locations from the combined dataset clearly delineate the Léogâne fault, with a geometry close to that inferred from geodetic data. Its strike and dip closely agree with the global centroid moment tensor solution of the mainshock but with a steeper dip than inferred from previous finite fault inversions. The aftershocks also delineate a structure with shallower southward dip offshore and to the west of the rupture zone, which could indicate triggered seismicity on the offshore Trois Baies reverse fault. We use first‐motion focal mechanisms to clarify the relationship of the fault geometry to the triggered aftershocks.

  3. Improving the resolution of the 2010 Haiti earthquake fault geometry using temporary seismometer deployments

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    Douilly, R.; Haase, J. S.; Ellsworth, W. L.; Bouin, M.; Calais, E.; Symithe, S. J.; Armbruster, J. G.; Mercier De Lepinay, B. F.; Deschamps, A.; Meremonte, M. E.; Hough, S. E.; Saint Louis, M.

    2012-12-01

    Haiti has been the locus of a number of large and damaging historical earthquakes. The recent January 12, 2010, Mw 7.0 earthquake affected cities that were largely unprepared, which resulted in tremendous losses. It was initially assumed that the earthquake ruptured the Enriquillo Plantain Garden Fault (EPGF), a major active structure in southern Haiti, known from geodetic measurements and its geomorphic expression to be capable of producing M7 or larger earthquakes. However, GPS and InSAR data showed that the event ruptured a previously unmapped fault, the Logne fault, a north dipping oblique blind thrust located immediately north of the Enriquillo Fault. Following the earthquake several groups installed temporary seismic stations to record aftershocks, including ocean bottom seismometers on either side of the EPGF. We use data from the complete set of stations deployed after the event, on land and offshore, to relocate all aftershocks from 10 February to 24 June 2010, to determine a one-dimensional regional crustal velocity model, and calculate focal mechanisms. The aftershock locations from the combined data set clearly delineate the Logne fault, with a geometry close to that inferred from geodetic data. Its strike and dip closely agrees with that of the global centroid moment tensor solution of the mainshock, but it is more steeply dipping than the plane inferred from previously determined finite fault inversions. The aftershocks also delineate a structure with shallower southward dip offshore and to the west of the rupture zone, which could indicate triggered seismicity on the offshore Trois Baies reverse fault. We use first-motion focal mechanisms to clarify the relationship of the fault geometry to the triggered aftershocks.

  4. How Students Solve Problems in Spatial Geometry while Using a Software Application for Visualizing 3D Geometric Objects

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    Widder, Mirela; Gorsky, Paul

    2013-01-01

    In schools, learning spatial geometry is usually dependent upon a student's ability to visualize three dimensional geometric configurations from two dimensional drawings. Such a process, however, often creates visual obstacles which are unique to spatial geometry. Useful software programs which realistically depict three dimensional geometric

  5. A 3-D velocity model for earthquake location from combined geological and geophysical data: a case study from the TABOO near fault observatory (Northern Apennines, Italy)

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    Latorre, Diana; Lupattelli, Andrea; Mirabella, Francesco; Trippetta, Fabio; Valoroso, Luisa; Lomax, Anthony; Di Stefano, Raffaele; Collettini, Cristiano; Chiaraluce, Lauro

    2014-05-01

    Accurate hypocenter location at the crustal scale strongly depends on our knowledge of the 3D velocity structure. The integration of geological and geophysical data, when available, should contribute to a reliable seismic velocity model in order to guarantee high quality earthquake locations as well as their consistency with the geological structure. Here we present a 3D, P- and S-wave velocity model of the Upper Tiber valley region (Northern Apennines) retrieved by combining an extremely robust dataset of surface and sub-surface geological data (seismic reflection profiles and boreholes), in situ and laboratory velocity measurements, and earthquake data. The study area is a portion of the Apennine belt undergoing active extension where a set of high-angle normal faults is detached on the Altotiberina low-angle normal fault (ATF). From 2010, this area hosts a scientific infrastructure (the Alto Tiberina Near Fault Observatory, TABOO; http://taboo.rm.ingv.it/), consisting of a dense array of multi-sensor stations, devoted to studying the earthquakes preparatory phase and the deformation processes along the ATF fault system. The proposed 3D velocity model is a layered model in which irregular shaped surfaces limit the boundaries between main lithological units. The model has been constructed by interpolating depth converted seismic horizons interpreted along 40 seismic reflection profiles (down to 4s two way travel times) that have been calibrated with 6 deep boreholes (down to 5 km depth) and constrained by detailed geological maps and structural surveys data. The layers of the model are characterized by similar rock types and seismic velocity properties. The P- and S-waves velocities for each layer have been derived from velocity measurements coming from both boreholes (sonic logs) and laboratory, where measurements have been performed on analogue natural samples increasing confining pressure in order to simulate crustal conditions. In order to test the 3D velocity model, we located a selected dataset of the 2010-2013 TABOO catalogue, which is composed of about 30,000 micro-earthquakes (see Valoroso et al., same session). Earthquake location was performed by applying the global-search earthquake location method NonLinLoc, which is able to manage strong velocity contrasts as that observed in the study area. The model volume is 65km x 55km x 20km and is parameterized by constant velocity, cubic cells of side 100 m. For comparison, we applied the same inversion code by using the best 1D model of the area obtained with earthquake data. The results show a significant quality improvement with the 3D model both in terms of location parameters and correlation between seismicity distribution and known geological structures.

  6. Specific features of Richtmyer-Meshkov instability growth with 2D and 3D initial perturbation geometry

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    Igonin, V. V.; Krasovsky, G. B.; Kuratov, S. E.; Lebedev, A. I.; Lebedeva, M. O.; Meshkov, E. E.; Myshkina, I. Yu; Ol'khov, O. V.; Polovnikov, A. A.; Polovnikov, E. A.

    2010-12-01

    This paper addresses features of hydrodynamic instability growth on shock arrival at a free surface of condensed matter with deterministic initial perturbations. Richtmyer-Meshkov instability growth processes with initial two-dimensional (2D) and 3D perturbations are considered. Experimental diagnostics included pulsed radiography and a two-piston shock-tube technique. It is shown experimentally that the growth of perturbations strongly depends on material compression in the shock tube. In the hydrodynamic approximation, when the shock Mach number is M>1, the growth rate of initial 2D and 3D perturbations is the same. Under weak shock compression conditions (M~1), it may happen that initial 3D perturbations will not grow at all. Our results conflict with theoretical concepts of perturbation growth associated with Richtmyer-Meshkov instability, according to which the growth rate of initial 3D perturbations at the nonlinear stage should always be higher than the growth rate of 2D perturbations for the same a/? ratios. A computational physics model of the process of interest was developed based on LEGAK simulations.

  7. Effect of faulting on fluid flow in porous sandstones: Geometry and spatial distribution

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    Antonellini, M.; Aydin, A.

    1995-05-01

    We present a methodology to describe fault geometry at different scales and to characterize the distribution of these scales on the flanks of a salt intrusion in the Colorado Plateau (Arches National Park, United States). This methodology is based on the recognition of the physical processes of faulting and on the quantitative characterization of the structural and petrophysical properties of faults in porous sandstones. The methods used include a variety of mapping techniques (photography, aerial photography, string mapping, theodolite surveys, etc.), as well as techniques for determining fluid flow properties. The resulting study is a prototype for understanding seismic and subseismic scales of heterogeneity related to faulting and fracturing in subsurface reservoirs. Slip planes, which are not interconnected, may have poor geometric sealing characteristics. In the hanging wall of a major normal fault, the quantitative spatial distribution of the faults can be correlated with bending of the strata, probably associated with the salt intrusion. The number of deformation bands, the most ubiquitous element, is proportional to the amount of slip on a single major fault. Deformation bands also have a very high density (>100 m{sup -1}) in stepovers between slip planes. In these areas we find the largest anomalies in permeability. In zones of high strata curvature, the average orders of magnitude with respect to the host rock; if complex fault zones are present, the average permeability can drop more than four orders of magnitude in the direction normal to the faults. Finally, by using outcrop and laboratory data that describe the effect of distinctive structural units on fluid flow, we quantify the three-dimensional distribution of permeability in a reservoir analog at any scale, and we show that such permeability distribution could be implemented in a geology-based reservoir simulator.

  8. The role of salt layers in the hangingwall deformation of kinked-planar extensional faults: Insights from 3D analogue models and comparison with the Parentis Basin

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    Ferrer, O.; Roca, E.; Vendeville, B. C.

    2014-12-01

    Using an analogue modelling approach, this work investigates the role played by salt in the hangingwall deformation of an extensional fault. Models' set-up included a wooden block simulating the footwall of different kinked-planar fault geometries flattening at depth. Above these faults, the hangingwall was modelled using only sand or sand overlain by pre- or syn-kinematic silicone putty. Regardless of the stage at which was deposited, the silicone appears as an efficient decoupling level that changes the deformation mode of the overlying sand layers. Above the silicone layers, the rollover panels only continue to develop up to the welding of the underlying silicone. Afterwards, they do not grow anymore and all shearing induced by the underlying fault bends is accommodated along the tilted silicone layer that acts as an extensional shear band. Further fault slip produces near-horizontal growth stratal geometries that can be easily misinterpreted as a syn-rift/post-rift boundary. In addition, the differential sedimentary loading of syn-kinematic layers triggers the upslope silicone flow from the hangingwall depocenters towards the rollover shoulders. This migration results in the formation of silicone welds at the rollover limbs and the growth of gentle silicone-cored anticlines above or near the rollover shoulder that are locally pierced by diapirs and walls. These experimental results fit with the Parentis Basin structure that, formed from the motion of lithosphere-scale kinked-planar extensional faults, includes salt inflated anticlines above their rollover shoulders and an intra-Albian unconformity interpreted now as syn-kinematic.

  9. Testing the influence of vertical, pre-existing joints on normal faulting using analogue and 3D discrete element models (DEM)

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    Kettermann, Michael; von Hagke, Christoph; Virgo, Simon; Urai, Janos L.

    2015-04-01

    Brittle rocks are often affected by different generations of fractures that influence each other. We study pre-existing vertical joints followed by a faulting event. Understanding the effect of these interactions on fracture/fault geometries as well as the development of dilatancy and the formation of cavities as potential fluid pathways is crucial for reservoir quality prediction and production. Our approach combines scaled analogue and numerical modeling. Using cohesive hemihydrate powder allows us to create open fractures prior to faulting. The physical models are reproduced using the ESyS-Particle discrete element Modeling Software (DEM), and different parameters are investigated. Analogue models were carried out in a manually driven deformation box (30x28x20 cm) with a 60° dipping pre-defined basement fault and 4.5 cm of displacement. To produce open joints prior to faulting, sheets of paper were mounted in the box to a depth of 5 cm at a spacing of 2.5 cm. Powder was then sieved into the box, embedding the paper almost entirely (column height of 19 cm), and the paper was removed. We tested the influence of different angles between the strike of the basement fault and the joint set (0°, 4°, 8°, 12°, 16°, 20°, and 25°). During deformation we captured structural information by time-lapse photography that allows particle imaging velocimetry analyses (PIV) to detect localized deformation at every increment of displacement. Post-mortem photogrammetry preserves the final 3-dimensional structure of the fault zone. We observe that no faults or fractures occur parallel to basement-fault strike. Secondary fractures are mostly oriented normal to primary joints. At the final stage of the experiments we analyzed semi-quantitatively the number of connected joints, number of secondary fractures, degree of segmentation (i.e. number of joints accommodating strain), damage zone width, and the map-view area fraction of open gaps. Whereas the area fraction does not change distinctly, the number of secondary fractures and connected joints increases strongly with increasing angles between basement fault and joint strike. Integrating these models with a 3-dimensional DEM code using the ESyS-Particle software allows for retrieving 4D information from the models, as well as for testing other parameters such as joint spacing or joint depth. Our DEM models are capable of robustly reproducing all characteristic features observed in the analogue models, and will provide a quantitative measure of the influence of joint-fault angle on permeability of cohesive rocks that have experienced more than one brittle deformation phase.

  10. 3-D InSAR Phase Unwrapping with Extended Kalman Filter: Applications to interseismic deformation detection across the North Anatolian and San Andreas Fault zones

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    Havazli, E.; Wdowinski, S.; Osmanoglu, B.

    2014-12-01

    Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) is a method that allows researchers to map elevations, analyze surface deformation and even detect ground water level changes. The InSAR phase measurements are wrapped between 0 and 2? and therefore have to be unwrapped to reveal the full scale of the observations. Even though there are algorithms for finding discrete irrotational fields among neighboring pixels in two-dimensions, a three dimensional unwrapping approach is important as it can constrain the solution of our data to a more robust and accurate state. We developed a 3-D unwrapping algorithm based on an Extended Kalman Filter (EKF) that is capable of simultaneously filtering, unwrapping and inverting multiple interferograms to obtain a DEM or deformation map. The method is based on a path-following algorithm that unwraps the dataset starting from a reference point and moves to the next-highest quality neighboring point. The EKF algorithm allows us to better resolve unwrapping problems, especially in vegetated areas, which tend to be decorrelated, and hence obtain more accurate results. In this study we apply our 3-D EKF unwrapping algorithm to North Anatolian and San Andreas fault zones in order to detect interseismic crustal movement across these two major fault systems. For the North Anatolian Fault we processed 37 Envisat scenes that covers the Ismetpasa segment of the fault, and generated 237 interferograms. The generated interferograms are used with both EKF and SBAS algorithms to estimate the deformation in the area. Our previous study of this segment based on the SBAS technique revealed that the Ismetpasa segment creeps at a rate of 8 mm/yr. For the San Andreas Fault (SAF) we processed 37 descending Envisat ASAR scenes acquired between November 2005 and October 2010. Our area of interest includes the central SAF near its intersection with the Garlock Fault. Initial results show deformation across the fault but the results have low fit to the data and further work is needed. In this presentation, we will also present the results from the SAF using SBAS and EKF.

  11. User's manual. SPIN, a program for 3-D axisymmetric geometry generation. [In FORTRAN for CDC 7600 and CRAY-1

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    Brown, B.E.

    1980-08-01

    SPIN is designed to take two-dimensional quadrilateral input, rotate the data about an axis, and produce three-dimensional bricks. The two-dimensional database is discussed in this manual (it is the same as the output of the ZONE program (UCID-17139)). The output of SPIN is in the format for the DYNA3D/NIKE3D programs (UCID-17268). Both the input and output files are card images, not binary, so the files may be easily edited with a text editor for any other program. Additionally, the slide-planes between various layers may also be generated. The program is available on both CDC7600 and CRAY-1 computers.

  12. Influence of pre-existing basement faults on the structural evolution of the Zagros Simply Folded belt: 3D numerical modelling

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    Ruh, Jonas B.; Gerya, Taras

    2015-04-01

    The Simply Folded Belt of the Zagros orogen is characterized by elongated fold trains symptomatically defining the geomorphology along this mountain range. The Zagros orogen results from the collision of the Arabian and the Eurasian plates. The Simply Folded Belt is located southwest of the Zagros suture zone. An up to 2 km thick salt horizon below the sedimentary sequence enables mechanical and structural detachment from the underlying Arabian basement. Nevertheless, deformation within the basement influences the structural evolution of the Simply Folded Belt. It has been shown that thrusts in form of reactivated normal faults can trigger out-of-sequence deformation within the sedimentary stratigraphy. Furthermore, deeply rooted strike-slip faults, such as the Kazerun faults between the Fars zone in the southeast and the Dezful embayment and the Izeh zone, are largely dispersing into the overlying stratigraphy, strongly influencing the tectonic evolution and mechanical behaviour. The aim of this study is to reveal the influence of basement thrusts and strike-slip faults on the structural evolution of the Simply Folded Belt depending on the occurrence of intercrustal weak horizons (Hormuz salt) and the rheology and thermal structure of the basement. Therefore, we present high-resolution 3D thermo-mechnical models with pre-existing, inversively reactivated normal faults or strike-slip faults within the basement. Numerical models are based on finite difference, marker-in-cell technique with (power-law) visco-plastic rheology accounting for brittle deformation. Preliminary results show that deep tectonic structures present in the basement may have crucial effects on the morphology and evolution of a fold-and-thrust belt above a major detachment horizon.

  13. The 3D fault and vein architecture of strike-slip releasing- and restraining bends: Evidence from volcanic-centre-relatedmineral deposits

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    Berger, B.R.

    2007-01-01

    High-temperature, volcanic-centre-related hydrothermal systems involve large fluid-flow volumes and are observed to have high discharge rates in the order of 100-400 kg/s. The flows and discharge occur predominantly on networks of critically stressed fractures. The coupling of hydrothermal fluid flow with deformation produces the volumes of veins found in epithermal mineral deposits. Owing to this coupling, veins provide information on the fault-fracture architecture in existence at the time of mineralization. They therefore provide information on the nature of deformation within fault zones, and the relations between different fault sets. The Virginia City and Goldfield mining districts, Nevada, were localized in zones of strike-slip transtension in an Early to Mid-Miocene volcanic belt along the western margin of North America. The Camp Douglas mining area occurs within the same belt, but is localized in a zone of strike-slip transpression. The vein systems in these districts record the spatial evolution of strike-slip extensional and contractional stepovers, as well as geometry of faulting in and adjacent to points along strike-slip faults where displacement has been interrupted and transferred into releasing and restraining stepovers. ?? The Geological Society of London 2007.

  14. Geometry of the San Andreas Fault and Sedimentary Basin in the Northern Salton Trough

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    Fuis, G. S.; Bauer, K.; Catchings, R.; Goldman, M.; Ryberg, T.; Scheirer, D. S.; Langenheim, V. E.; Rymer, M. J.; Persaud, P.; Stock, J. M.; Hole, J. A.

    2014-12-01

    The Salton Seismic Imaging Project (SSIP) was undertaken, in part, to provide more accurate information on the plate-boundary faults and basin geometry in the Salton Trough region. One of these faults, the southernmost San Andreas Fault (SAF) zone in the northern Salton Trough (Coachella Valley), is considered by many to be likely to produce a large-magnitude earthquake in the near future. We report here on the geometry of the SAF and the adjacent sedimentary basin beneath the Coachella Valley. We interpret two seismic profiles in the northern Salton Trough that are orthogonal to the axis of the Coachella Valley. Seismic imaging, potential-field studies, and (or) earthquake hypocentral relocations along these profiles indicate that the active strand of the SAF dips NE. On a southern profile, through the Mecca Hills, we obtain a reflection image of the SAF zone in the depth range of 6-12 km that coincides with the microearthquake pattern reported by Hauksson et al. (2012), dipping ~ 60 NE. Steeply dipping reflectors above 6 km emerge at the surface at mapped secondary fault traces in the Mecca Hills, clearly defining a "flower structure" for the upper SAF. On the second profile, from Palm Springs to Landers, two alternative interpretations of SAF structure are possible. By one interpretation, which is based on earthquakes alone, the Banning and Garnet Hill Faults are two closely spaced faults, dipping ~ 60 NNE that pass through two aftershock clusters of the 1986 M 5.9 North Palm Springs earthquake. By the second interpretation, which is based on our reflection imaging on this line, the Banning and Garnet Hills faults converge at 10-km depth; below that depth, a single SAF dips ~ 60 NNE. In the second interpretation, the faults above 10 km resemble the flower structure interpreted beneath the Mecca Hills on our southern profile. The deeper fault in the second interpretation is subparallel to the closely spaced faults of the first interpretation but a few km deeper. Sedimentary basin depth (Vp < 5.5 km/s, estimated) ranges from 3-4 km in the northern Coachella Valley to a maximum of 5 km in the southern Coachella Valley. Because of the generally flat magnetic field, basement beneath the Coachella Valley southwest of the SAF is interpreted to be similar to that in the Peninsular Ranges.

  15. Lithological 3D grid model of the Vuonos area built by using geostatistical simulation honoring the 3D fault model and structural trends of the Outokumpu association rocks in Eastern Finland

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    Laine, Eevaliisa

    2015-04-01

    The Outokumpu mining district - a metallogenic province about 100 km long x 60 km wide - hosts a Palaeoproterozoic sulfide deposit characterized by an unusual lithological association. It is located in the North Karelia Schist Belt , which was thrust on the late Archaean gneissic-granitoid basement of the Karelian craton during the early stages of the Svecofennian Orogeny between 1.92 and 1.87 Ga (Koistinen 1981). Two major tectono-stratigraphic units can be distinguished, a lower, parautochthonous 'Lower Kaleva' unit and an upper, allochthonous 'upper Kaleva' unit or 'Outokumpu allochthon'. The latter consists of tightly-folded deep marine turbiditic mica schists and metagraywackes containing intercalations of black schist, and the Outo¬kumpu assemblage, which comprises ca. 1950 Ma old, serpentinized peridotites surrounded by carbonate-calc-silicate ('skarn')-quartz rocks. The ore body is enclosed in the Outokumpu assemblage, which is thought to be part of a disrupted and incomplete ophiolite complex (Vuollo & Piirainen 1989) that can be traced to the Kainuu schist belt further north where the well-preserved Jormua ophiolite is ex¬posed (Kontinen 1987, Peltonen & Kontinen 2004). Outokumpu can be divided into blocks divided by faults and shear zones (Saalmann and Laine, 2014). The aim of this study was to make a 3D lithological model of a small part of the Outokumpu association rocks in the Vuonos area honoring the 3D fault model built by Saalmann and Laine (2014). The Vuonos study area is also a part of the Outokumpu mining camp area (Aatos et al. 2013, 2014). Fault and shear structures was used in geostatistical gridding and simulation of the lithologies. Several possible realizations of the structural grids, conforming the main lithological trends were built. Accordingly, it was possible to build a 3D structural grid containing information of the distribution of the possible lithologies and an estimation the associated uncertainties. References: Aatos, S., Jokinen, J., Koistinen, E., Kontinen, A., Korhonen, J., Korpisalo, J., Kurimo, M.,Lahti, I., Laine, E., Levaniemi, H., Sorjonen-Ward, P. & Torppa, J. 2014. Developing deep exploration methods in the Outokumpu Mining Camp area. In: Lauri, L. S., Heilimo, E., Levaniemi, H., Tuusjarvi, M., Lahtinen, R. & Holtta, P. (eds) Current Research: 2nd GTK Mineral Potential Workshop, Kuopio, Finland, May 2014. Geological Survey of Finland,Report of Investigation 207. Koistinen, T. J., 1981. Structural evolution of an early Proterozoic strata-bound Cu-Co-Zn deposit, Outokumpu, Finland. Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh: Earth Sciences, 72, pp. 115-158. Kontinen,A., 1987.An early Proterozoic ophiolite -- the Jormuamafic-ultramafic complex, northern Finland. Precambrian Research 35, 313-341. Peltonen, P. & Kontinen, A. 2004. The Jormua Ophiolite: a mafic-ultramafic complex from an ancient ocean-continent transition zone. In: Precambrian ophiolites and related rocks. Developments in Precambrian geology 13. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 35-71. Saalmann, K.; Laine, E.L, 2014. Structure of the Outokumpu ore district and ophiolite-hosted Cu-Co-Zn-Ni-Ag-Au sulfide deposits revealed from 3D modeling and 2D high-resolution seismic reflection data. Ore Geology Reviews, Volume 62, October 2014, Pages 156-180. Vuollo, J., and Piirainen, T., 1989. Mineralogical evidence for an ophiolite from the Outokumpu serpentinites in North Karelia, Finland. Bulletin of the Geological Society of Finland 61, 95-112.

  16. Development and application of a 3-D geometry/mass model for LDEF satellite ionizing radiation assessments

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    Colborn, B. L.; Armstong, T. W.

    1993-01-01

    A three-dimensional geometry and mass model of the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) spacecraft and experiment trays was developed for use in predictions and data interpretation related to ionizing radiation measurements. The modeling approach, level of detail incorporated, example models for specific experiments and radiation dosimeters, and example applications of the model are described.

  17. Reconnection Scaling Experiment (RSX) 3D movies of magnetic reconnection in linear geometry at Los Alamos National Laboratory

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    Intrator, T.; Sovinec, C.; Begay, D.; Calloway, S.; Werley, C.; Lasley, B.

    2000-10-01

    The physics of magnetic reconnection is a major unsolved issue in MagnetoHydroDynamics (MHD) and plays a fundamental role in changing the magnetic field topology for many astrophysical and laboratory plasmas. Magnetic flux annihilates and transforms into plasma kinetic energy beyond the scope of ideal MHD. We are presently building the linear Reconnection Scaling Experiment (RSX) at LANL to access the scaling between collisional and collisionless reconnection regimes. Plasma gun technology developed at the Univ. of Wisconsin generates high density (>10^14cm-3) high current (J ~300A/cm^2) ohmically heated (T_e>15eV) channels. As the reconnection region sweeps down a 4 meter plasma column we create 3D movies of magnetic reconnection from many repetitive shots. We will attack problem with the experiment, modeling using 3D fluid (NIMROD) and particle simulations of the reconnection region. This approach represents synergistic collaborations across divisions within the LANL community and has a substantial student participation.

  18. R2OBBIE-3D, a Fast Robotic High-Resolution System for Quantitative Phenotyping of Surface Geometry and Colour-Texture

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    Manukyan, Liana; Milinkovitch, Michel C.

    2015-01-01

    While recent imaging techniques provide insights into biological processes from the molecular to the cellular scale, phenotypes at larger scales remain poorly amenable to quantitative analyses. For example, investigations of the biophysical mechanisms generating skin morphological complexity and diversity would greatly benefit from 3D geometry and colour-texture reconstructions. Here, we report on R2OBBIE-3D, an integrated system that combines a robotic arm, a high-resolution digital colour camera, an illumination basket of high-intensity light-emitting diodes and state-of-the-art 3D-reconstruction approaches. We demonstrate that R2OBBIE generates accurate 3D models of biological objects between 1 and 100 cm, makes multiview photometric stereo scanning possible in practical processing times, and enables the capture of colour-texture and geometric resolutions better than 15 μm without the use of magnifying lenses. R2OBBIE has the potential to greatly improve quantitative analyses of phenotypes in addition to providing multiple new applications in, e.g., biomedical science. PMID:26039509

  19. FACET: a radiation view factor computer code for axisymmetric, 2D planar, and 3D geometries with shadowing

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    Shapiro, A.B.

    1983-08-01

    The computer code FACET calculates the radiation geometric view factor (alternatively called shape factor, angle factor, or configuration factor) between surfaces for axisymmetric, two-dimensional planar and three-dimensional geometries with interposed third surface obstructions. FACET was developed to calculate view factors for input to finite-element heat-transfer analysis codes. The first section of this report is a brief review of previous radiation-view-factor computer codes. The second section presents the defining integral equation for the geometric view factor between two surfaces and the assumptions made in its derivation. Also in this section are the numerical algorithms used to integrate this equation for the various geometries. The third section presents the algorithms used to detect self-shadowing and third-surface shadowing between the two surfaces for which a view factor is being calculated. The fourth section provides a user's input guide followed by several example problems.

  20. 3D Simultaneous Traveltime Inversion for Velocity Structure, Hypocenter Locations, and Reflector Geometry Using Multiple Classes of Arrivals

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    Bai, Chao-ying; Huang, Guo-jiao; Li, Xing-wang; Greenhalgh, Stewart

    2015-10-01

    Traditionally, traveltime tomography entails inversion of either the velocity field and the reflector geometry sequentially, or the velocity field and the hypocenter locations simultaneously or in a cascaded fashion, but seldom are all three types (velocities, geometry of reflectors, and source locations) updated simultaneously because of the compromise between the different classes of model variable and the lack of different seismic phases to constrain these variables. By using a state-of-the-art ray-tracing algorithm for the first and later arrivals combined with a popular linearized inversion solver, it is possible to simultaneously recover the three classes of model variables. In the work discussed in this paper we combined the multistage irregular shortest-path ray-tracing algorithm with a subspace inversion solver to achieve simultaneous inversion of multi-class variables, using arrival times for different phases to concurrently obtain the velocity field, the reflector shapes, and the hypocenter locations. Simulation and comparison tests for two sets of source-receiver arrangements (one the ideal case and the other an approximated real case) indicate that the combined triple-class inversion algorithm is capable of obtaining nearly the same results as the double-class affect inversion scheme (velocity and reflector geometry, or velocity and source locations) even if a lower ray density and irregular source-receiver geometry are used to simulate the real situation. In addition, the new simultaneous inversion method is not sensitive to a modest amount of picking error in the traveltime data and reasonable uncertainty in earthquake hypocenter locations, which shows it to be a feasible and promising approach in real applications.

  1. A head-neck-eye system that learns fault-tolerant saccades to 3-D targets using a self-organizing neural model.

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    Srinivasa, Narayan; Grossberg, Stephen

    2008-11-01

    This paper describes a head-neck-eye camera system that is capable of learning to saccade to 3-D targets in a self-organized fashion. The self-organized learning process is based on action perception cycles where the camera system performs micro saccades about a given head-neck-eye camera position and learns to map these micro saccades to changes in position of a 3-D target currently in view of the stereo camera. This motor babbling phase provides self-generated movement commands that activate correlated visual, spatial and motor information that are used to learn an internal coordinate transformation between vision and motor systems. The learned transform is used by resulting head-neck-eye camera system to accurately saccade to 3-D targets using many different combinations of head, neck, and eye positions. The interesting aspect of the learned transform is that it is robust to a wide variety of disturbances including reduced degrees of freedom of movement for the head, neck, one eye, or any combination of two of the three, movement of head and neck as a function of eye movements, changes in the stereo camera separation distance and changes in focal lengths of the cameras. These disturbances were not encountered during motor babbling phase. This feature points to general nature of the learned transform in its ability to control autonomous systems with redundant degrees of freedom in a very robust and fault-tolerant fashion. PMID:18775642

  2. Density structure and geometry of the Costa Rican subduction zone from 3-D gravity modeling and local earthquake data

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    Lücke, O. H.; Arroyo, I. G.

    2015-07-01

    The eastern part of the oceanic Cocos Plate presents a heterogeneous crustal structure due to diverse origins and ages as well as plate-hot spot interactions which originated the Cocos Ridge, a structure that converges with the Caribbean Plate in southeastern Costa Rica. The complex structure of the oceanic plate directly influences the dynamics and geometry of the subduction zone along the Middle American Trench. In this paper an integrated interpretation of the slab geometry is presented based on three-dimensional density modeling of combined satellite and surface gravity data, constrained by available geophysical and geological data and seismological information obtained from local networks. The results show the continuation of steep subduction geometry from the Nicaraguan margin into Northwestern Costa Rica, followed by a moderate dipping slab under the Central Cordillera toward the end of the Central American Volcanic Arc. To the southeast end of the volcanic arc, our preferred model shows a steep, coherent slab that extends up to the landward projection of the Panama Fracture Zone. Overall, a gradual change in the depth of the intraplate seismicity is observed, reaching 220 km in the northwestern part, and becoming progressively shallower toward the southeast, where it reaches a terminal depth of 75 km. The changes in the terminal depth of the observed seismicity correlate with the increased density in the modeled slab. The absence of intermediate depth intraplate seismicity in the southeastern section and the higher densities for the subducted slab in this area, support a model in which dehydration reactions in the subducted slab cease at a shallower depth, originating an anhydrous and thus aseismic slab.

  3. The effects of mass redistribution due to erosion and sedimentation on the distribution of fault activity within extensional fault arrays: An investigation by using fully coupled 3D finite-element models with a landscape evolution tool.

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    Maniatis, Georgios; Turpeinen, Heidi; Hampel, Andrea

    2014-05-01

    Mass redistribution on the Earth's surface creates loads that may influence the rate of crustal deformation. Using three-dimensional finite-element models solved with the commercial finite-element software ABAQUS and implementing the landscape evolution with the CASQUS tool (Kurfeß and Heidbach 2009) we investigate how surface processes may affect the spatiotemporal distribution of fault slip within horst and graben structures in extensional tectonic settings. The finite-element models comprised of normal faults arranged in en echelon arrays that form graben or horst structures within a 200 km x 200-km-wide and 15-km-thick upper crust. Previous studies have shown that surface processes may affect fault slip rates on normal faults during extension phases and prolong fault activity after the onset of tectonic quiescence (Maniatis et al., 2009, Turpeinen et al., in press). In the present study we show that not only the parameters controlling the surface processes (e.g. diffusion constant) have an effect on the slip rate of individual faults but also the spatial distribution of erosion and deposition affects fault slip rates to different degrees depending on the fault's position within an array. By adding a subsequent phase of tectonic quiescence to the models, we investigate how ongoing erosion and sedimentation might prolong fault slip accumulation for up to millions of years after the cessation of extension across the fault arrays. Our models show that the amount and duration of additional fault slip are controlled by parameters such as the diffusion constant, fault length and fault dip. The results of the present study therefore imply that the feedbacks of erosion and deposition on tectonics should be additionally considered when evaluating the spatial distribution of fault activity within graben and horst systems. Furthermore, the potential of erosion and sedimentation to prolong fault activity in extensional settings should be taken into account when constraining the timing of the cessation of regional extension phases. References Kurfeß, D., Heidbach, O., 2009. CASQUS: a new simulation tool for coupled 3d finite element modeling of tectonic and surface processes based on ABAQUS™ and CASCADE. Comput. Geosci. 35, 1959-1967. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cageo.2008.10.019. Maniatis, G., Kurfeß, D., Hampel, A., Heidbach, O., 2009. Slip acceleration on normal faults due to erosion and sedimentation—results from a new three-dimensional numerical model coupling tectonics and landscape evolution. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 284, 570-582. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2009.05.024. Turpeinen, H., Maniatis, G., Hampel, A., Slip on normal faults induced by surface processes after the cessation of regional extension—Insights from three-dimensional numerical modelling, Geomorphology (in press), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2013.12.008

  4. A fractal approach to the dark silicon problem: A comparison of 3D computer architectures - Standard slices versus fractal Menger sponge geometry

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    Herrmann, Richard

    2015-01-01

    The dark silicon problem, which limits the power-growth of future computer generations, is interpreted as a heat energy transport problem when increasing the energy emitting surface area within a given volume. A comparison of two 3D-configuration models, namely a standard slicing and a fractal surface generation within the Menger sponge geometry is presented. It is shown, that for iteration orders $n>3$ the fractal model shows increasingly better thermal behavior. As a consequence cooling problems may be minimized by using a fractal architecture. Therefore the Menger sponge geometry is a good example for fractal architectures applicable not only in computer science, but also e.g. in chemistry when building chemical reactors, optimizing catalytic processes or in sensor construction technology building highly effective sensors for toxic gases or water analysis.

  5. Application of an inverse method for calculating three-dimensional fault geometries and clip vectors, Nun River Field, Nigeria

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    Kerr, H.G.; White, N.

    1996-03-01

    A general, automatic method for determining the three-dimensional geometry of a normal fault of any shape and size is applied to a three-dimensional seismic reflection data set from the Nun River field, Nigeria. In addition to calculating fault geometry, the method also automatically retrieves the extension direction without requiring any previous information about either the fault shape or the extension direction. Solutions are found by minimizing the misfit between sets of faults that are calculated from the observed geometries of two or more hanging-wall beds. In the example discussed here, the predicted fault surface is in excellent agreement with the shape of the seismically imaged fault. Although the calculated extension direction is oblique to the average strike of the fault, the value of this parameter is not well resolved. Our approach differs markedly from standard section-balancing models in two important ways. First, we do not assume that the extension direction is known, and second, the use of inverse theory ensures that formal confidence bounds can be determined for calculated fault geometries. This ability has important implications for a range of geological problems encountered at both exploration and production scales. In particular, once the three-dimensional displacement field has been constrained, the difficult but important problem of three-dimensional palinspastic restoration of hanging-wall structures becomes tractable.

  6. Geometry and Kinematics of Wrinkle Ridges on Lunae and Solis Plana, Mars: Implications for Fault/Fold Growth History

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    Tate, A.; Mueller, K. J.; Golombek, M. P.

    2002-01-01

    The three dimensional geometry of wrinkle ridges on Lunae and Solis Plana suggest they form by rapid lateral propagation and linkage of fault-propagation fold segments above reactivated blind thrust faults. Additional information is contained in the original extended abstract.

  7. 1-D closure models for slender 3-D viscoelastic free jets: von Karman flow geometry and elliptical cross section

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    Bechtel, S.E.; Forest, M.G.; Holm, D.D.; Lin, K.J.

    1988-01-01

    In this paper we derive one space dimensional, reduced systems of equations (1-D closure models) for viscoelastic free jets. We begin with the three-dimensional system of conservation laws and a Maxwell-Jeffreys constitutive law for an incompressible viscoelastic fluid. First, we exhibit exact truncations to a finite, closed system of 1-D equations based on classical velocity assumptions of von Karman. Next, we demonstrate that the 3-D free surface boundary conditions overconstrain these truncated systems, so that only a very limited class of solutions exist. We then proceed to derive approximate 1-D closure theories through a slender jet asymptotic scaling, combined with appropriate definitions of velocity, pressure and stress unknowns. Our nonaxisymmetric 1-D slender jet models incorporate the physical effects of inertia, viscoelasticity (viscosity, relaxation and retardation), gravity, surface tension, and properties of the ambient fluid, and include shear stresses and time dependence. Previous special 1-D slender jet models correspond to the lowest order equations in the present asymptotic theory by an a posteriori suppression to leading order of some of these effects, and a reduction to axisymmetry. Solutions of the lowest order system of equations in this asymptotic analysis are presented: For the special cases of elliptical inviscid and Newtonian free jets, subject to the effects of surface tension and gravity, our model predicts oscillation of the major axis of the free surface elliptical cross section between perpendicular directions with distance down the jet, and drawdown of the cross section, in agreement with observed behavior. 15 refs.

  8. TU-F-BRF-04: Registration of 3D Transesophageal Echocardiography and X-Ray Fluoroscopy Using An Inverse Geometry X-Ray System

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    Speidel, M; Hatt, C; Tomkowiak, M; Raval, A; Funk, T

    2014-06-15

    Purpose: To develop a method for the fusion of 3D echocardiography and Scanning-Beam Digital X-ray (SBDX) fluoroscopy to assist with catheter device and soft tissue visualization during interventional procedures. Methods: SBDX is a technology for low-dose inverse geometry x-ray fluoroscopy that performs digital tomosynthesis at multiple planes in real time. In this study, transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) images were fused with SBDX images by estimating the 3D position and orientation (the “pose”) of the TEE probe within the x-ray coordinate system and then spatially transforming the TEE image data to match this pose. An initial pose estimate was obtained through tomosynthesis-based 3D localization of points along the probe perimeter. Position and angle estimates were then iteratively refined by comparing simulated projections of a 3D probe model against SBDX x-ray images. Algorithm performance was quantified by imaging a TEE probe in different known orientations and locations within the x-ray field (0-30 degree tilt angle, up to 50 mm translation). Fused 3D TEE/SBDX imaging was demonstrated by imaging a tissue-mimicking polyvinyl alcohol cylindrical cavity as a catheter was navigated along the cavity axis. Results: Detected changes in probe tilt angle agreed with the known changes to within 1.2 degrees. For a 50 mm translation along the source-detector axis, the detected translation was 50.3 mm. Errors for in-plane translations ranged from 0.1 to 0.9 mm. In a fused 3D TEE/SBDX display, the catheter device was well visualized and coincident with the device shadow in the TEE images. The TEE images portrayed phantom boundaries that were not evident under x-ray. Conclusion: Registration of soft tissue anatomy derived from TEE imaging and device imaging from SBDX x-ray fluoroscopy is feasible. The simultaneous 3D visualization of these two modalities may be useful in interventional procedures involving the navigation of devices to soft tissue anatomy.

  9. Pushing the Limits of Geological Mapping Outside the Earth: 3D Modeling of Strike-Slip and Extensional Fault Systems in Meridiani Planum Region, Mars.

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    Vidal Royo, O.

    2014-12-01

    GIS and geological modeling software have radically changed the means by which geological mapping is produced, published and visualized. This type of software environment normally requires a spatially aware reference system to position data and interpretation, often referred as georeferenced data (i.e. geographic data referenced on the Earth). However, for this study we coin the term areoreferenced data (i.e. Mars-referenced "geographic" data). Thanks to the wealth of areoreferenced data made available by the NASA and the HiRise at University of Arizona it is now possible to carry out 3D areographic and areologic (i.e. related to the topography and geology of Mars, respectively) reconstructions in great detail. The present work benefits from the availability of software and areographic data, and presents the results of an areologic map and 3D model of the fault systems in the Meridiani Planum of Mars. The work has been carried out in Move (developed by Midland Valley Exploration), a geological modeling toolkit that allows for easy data loading in a wide range of formats as well as straightforward 2D/3D model building tools of geological bodies. Initial data consisted of Digital Terrain Model and orthoimages (NASA/JPL/University of Arizona/USGS). From these we have interpreted several structural domains: right-lateral strike-slip systems with associated releasing bends, which gave room to an extensional event causing a horizontal-axis rotation of the bedding. Bedding ranges from subhorizontal in the southern domain where strike-slip prevails to nearly 40 in the central and northern domains, where a more complex interaction between strike-slip and extensional faults is described. The stratigraphic sequence is mainly composed by moderately rounded well laminated basaltic sandstones (Squyres et al., 2004) in which a high component of sulfurs (e.g. sulfate anhydrate, hexahydrite, epsomite, gypsum) and salts (e.g. halite) has been described (Squyres et al., 2004; Christensen et al., 2004). This presence of sulfurs and salts do not only evidence the presence of water in Mars in the past, but also makes us consider the presence of deeper layers that may constitute potential dcollement levels on which the faults detach, as it has been described in extensional and compressional cordilleras elsewhere in the Earth.

  10. The 2009 L'Aquila seismic sequence (Central Italy): fault system geometry and kinematics

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    Valoroso, L.; Amato, A.; Cattaneo, M.; Cecere, G.; Chiarabba, C.; Chiaraluce, L.; de Gori, P.; Delladio, A.; de Luca, G.; di Bona, M.; di Stefano, R.; Govoni, A.; Lucente, F. P.; Margheriti, L.; Mazza, S.; Monachesi, G.; Moretti, M.; Olivieri, M.; Piana Agostinetti, N.; Selvaggi, G.; Improta, L.; Piccinini, D.; Mariscal, A.; Pequegnat, C.; Schlagenhauf, A.; Salaun, G.; Traversa, P.; Voisin, C.; Zuccarello, L.; Azzaro, R.

    2009-12-01

    On April 6 (01:32 UTC) 2009 a destructive MW 6.3 earthquake struck the Abruzzi region in Central Italy, causing nearly 300 deaths, 40.000 homeless, and strong damage to the cultural heritage of the L'Aquila city and its province. Two strong earthquakes hit the area in historical times (e.g. the 1461 and 1703 events), but the main fault that drives the extension in this portion of the Apennines was unknown. The ground surveys carried out after the earthquake find ambiguous evidence of surface faulting. We use aftershocks distribution to investigate the geometry of the activated fault system and to report on spatio-temporal seismicity pattern and kinematics of the whole seismic sequence. Seismic data were recorded at both permanent stations of the Centralized Italian National Seismic Network managed by the INGV and 45 temporary stations installed in the epicentral area. To manage such a large amount of earthquakes, we implemented a semi-automatic procedure able to identify local earthquakes and to provide consistently weighted P- and S-wave arrival times. We show that this procedure yields consistent earthquake detection and high-quality arrival times data for hundreds of events per day. The accurate location for thousands of aftershocks defines a complex, 40 km long, NW-trending normal fault system, with seismicity nucleating within the upper 12 km of the crust. We show the geometry of two major SW-dipping normal faults that form a right lateral en-echelon system. The main fault activated by the 6th of April earthquake is 20 km-long, NW-trending and about 50° SW-dipping and is located below the city of L'Aquila. To the north, we find a second fault, activated on the 9th of April by a MW 5.4 earthquake, that is about 12-km-long and shows a dip angle of about 40° with hypocenters mainly located in the 6 to 10 km depth range.

  11. 3D model of fault and fissures structure of the Kovdor Baddeleyite-Apatite-Magnetite Deposit (NE of the Fennoscandian Shield)

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    Zhirov, Dmitry; Klimov, Sergey

    2015-04-01

    The Kovdor baddeleyite-apatite-magnetite deposit (KBAMD) is represented by a large vertical ore body and is located in the southwestern part of the Kovdor ultramafic-alkaline central-type intrusion. The intrusion represents a concentrically zoned complex of rocks with an oval shape in plan, and straight zoning, which complies with the injection and displacement of each of further magma phases from the center towards the periphery. The operation of the deposit in open pits started in 1962, and nowadays, it has produced over 500,000,000 tons of ore. This is one of the largest open pits in the Kola region, which is ca. 2 km long, 1.8 km wide, and over 400 m deep. Regular structural studies has been carried out since late 1970. A unique massif of spatial data has been accumulated so far to include over 25,000 measurements of fissures and faults from the surface, ca. 20,000 measurements of fissures in the oriented drill core (over 18 km) etc. Using this data base the 3D model of fault and fissures structure was designed. The analysis of one has resulted in the identification of a series of laws and features, which are necessary to be taken into account when designing a deep open pit and mining is carried out. These are mainly aspects concerning the origin, kinematics, mechanics and ratio of spatial extension of various fault systems, variation of their parameters at deep horizons, features of a modern stress field in the country rocks, etc. The 3D model has allowed to divide the whole fracture / fissure systems of the massif rocks into 2 large groups: prototectonic system of joints, including cracks of 'liquid magmatic (carbonatite stage) contraction genesis', and newly formed faults due to the superimposed tectonic stages. With regard to the deposit scale, these are characterized as intraformational and transformational, respectively. Each group shows a set (an assemblage) of fault systems with unique features and signs, as well as regular interconnections. The prototectonic assemblage of fissures includes the following main systems: 2-3 subsystems Rd of radial with angle of dip within 65-90° (median at 78°), two subsystems S of a circular subvertical (tangential, crossing Rd) with angle of dip within 60-90° (74°), and two diagonal-conic ones: a centriclinal C dipping towards the center of the intrusion at angles of 25-55° (43°), and a periclinal P dipping from the center of the intrusion at angles of 5-35° (18°). The system of subhorizontal joints L (angle of dip within 0-12°) at deep horizons is insignificantly manifested. All the prototectonic systems are regularly interrelated, and vary asymuthal features according to the law of axial symmetry (when moving around the vertical axis of symmetry passed through the geometric center of the carbonatite intrusion). The superimposed tectonics of post-ore stages forms a few large faults and systems of rupture discontinuities. A few (up to 3) variously oriented displacements are documented in the field on kinematic features (slide furrows, oriented cleavages). They were used for reconstruction of stresses and tectonic evolution. The superimposed tectonic faulting has heterogeneous (local) distribution in the rocks of the deposit, and slight predictability of main parameters. This study was supported by the Russian Scientific Fund (project nos. 14-17-00751).

  12. A method to characterize the 3D geometry of complex landslides in clayey soils: the Valoria, Super-Sauze and La Valette case studies

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    Daehne, A.; Travelletti, J.; Malet, J.-P.; Corsini, A.; Ronchetti, F.

    2009-04-01

    Bedrock geometry drastically influences the kinematic deformation pattern of slow-moving landslides exhibiting some flow characteristics. The development of extension and compression zones within the landslide body is largely controlled by the geometry (crests, bumps, hollows) and roughness of the topography covered by the moving mass. A challenge to progress in the forecast of such type of landslides is to precisely define 3D geometrical and geomechanical models. The objective of this work is to present a methodology for 3D geometrical modelling of the landslide structure, and to discuss the main possible errors in integrating multi-source and multi-resolution data in the modelling. The methodology is presented through the analysis of three landslides with similar geomorphological features (e.g. flow-like geomorphology) and development patterns (retrogression of the crown, roto-translational failures of the upper part, and translational movements in the lower part), and for which an extensive dataset of geophysical, geotechnical and geomorphological information is available. The three cases studies are the complex Valoria earth-slide-flow located in the Northern Apennines, the Super-Sauze and La Valette mudslides in the French South Alps. All three landslides are predominantly developed in a clay-shale soil formation. First, interpretation of the multi-data information, their resolution and accuracy is presented for the landslides. Second, a procedure to construct 3D geometrical models of the landslides is proposed (by using the Rockware's Rockworks geological modeller) and the influence of the interpolation algorithms is discussed. It is demonstrated that the model uncertainty is strongly depending on the density and distribution of the input data which vary for the three landslides. The quality of several geometrical models is then compared; a best-fit is achieved by using available geological and geomorphological site interpretation.

  13. Improving and validating 3D models for the leaf energy balance in canopy-scale problems with complex geometry

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    Bailey, B.; Stoll, R., II; Miller, N. E.; Pardyjak, E.; Mahaffee, W.

    2014-12-01

    Plants cover the majority of Earth's land surface, and thus play a critical role in the surface energy balance. Within individual plant communities, the leaf energy balance is a fundamental component of most biophysical processes. Absorbed radiation drives the energy balance and provides the means by which plants produce food. Available energy is partitioned into sensible and latent heat fluxes to determine surface temperature, which strongly influences rates of metabolic activity and growth. The energy balance of an individual leaf is coupled with other leaves in the community through longwave radiation emission and advection through the air. This complex coupling can make scaling models from leaves to whole-canopies difficult, specifically in canopies with complex, heterogeneous geometries. We present a new three-dimensional canopy model that simultaneously resolves sub-tree to whole-canopy scales. The model provides spatially explicit predictions of net radiation exchange, boundary-layer and stomatal conductances, evapotranspiration rates, and ultimately leaf surface temperature. The radiation model includes complex physics such as anisotropic emission and scattering. Radiation calculations are accelerated by leveraging graphics processing unit (GPU) technology, which allows canopy-scale problems to be performed on a standard desktop workstation. Since validating the three-dimensional distribution of leaf temperature can be extremely challenging, we used several independent measurement techniques to quantify errors in measured and modeled values. When compared with measured leaf temperatures, the model gave a mean error of about 2C, which was close to the estimated measurement uncertainty.

  14. Size Dependent Fracture Energy; A Derivation from Hierarchical Fault Zone Geometry

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    Otsuki, K.

    2006-12-01

    The observations that the ratio of seismic radiation energy to seismic moment is nearly constant with about four orders deviations over the very wide range of seismic moment suggests that fracture energy G is nearly constant if stress drop also is constant. The values of fracture energy estimated from observations of earthquakes are the averaged one over the rupture surface concerned. However, fault zones are very heterogeneous and as well known, fault zones are composed of fault segments and fault jogs. Smaller segment-jog structures are nested in larger segment-jog structures, forming a hierarchical self-similar geometry (e.g. Otsuki and Dilov, 2005). We assume heare that a seismic rupture breaks a fault segment of a hierarchical rank in which segment-jog structures of lower ranks are nested, and that the fracture energy at jogs is much larger than the segments at a given hierarchical rank. Based on the geometrical relationships among the length, width and number of segments, and the length, width, thickness (step over distance) and number of jogs of a given hierarchical rank, we can formulate the fracture energy Gjog of a jog of a given hierarchical rank, as well as a mean fracture energy Gmean averaged over the rupture surface, as a function of these geometrical parameters and surface energy of rocks. A key point for estimation of G is the information on the microfracture distribution inside of jogs. I measured it for fault jogs formed during a rockburst in a South Africa gold mine (Gay and Ortlepp, 1979) and for small faults developed in the Jurassic Navajo Sandstone (Ahlgren, 2001; Katz et al., 2004). Microfractures of these fault jogs show a clear nature of fractal with fractal dimension D close to 1.56 (2-D measurements). It is likely to be a universal constant for shock wave fracturing under the constrained boundary conditions. As a result, we obtained some conclusions that both Gmean and Gjog are proportional to the rupture length to the power of D-1, and that Gjog of a lower hierarchical rank by one and two is nearly twice of Gmean and nearly equal to Gmean, respectively. Moreover, we can calculate Gmean appropriate for earthquake observations, if smallest size of microfracture is known.

  15. Imaging the Fault Geometry From the Multi-Channel Seismic Reflection Data in the Marmara Sea, Tekirdag Basin, Turkey

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    Kanbur, Z.; Alptekin, O.

    2002-05-01

    Determination of the fault geometry in the Marmara Sea has been a major problem for the researchers after the occurence of 17 August 1999 ?zmit (M=7.4) and 12 Novenber 1999 D\\x81zce (M=7.2) earthquakes. We used Pre-Stack Kirchhoff Depth Migration Technique to ivestigate the fault geometry in the Tekirda? Basin in western Marmara Sea by using the multi-channel seismic reflection data collected by Mineral Research Institute of Turkey ( MTA). Our results show that using the Kirchhoff technique the geometry of the fault plane can be imaged better comparing to the convensional technique. Our image of the Ganos fault indicates transpressive character in the west and transtensional character in the south margin of the Tekirda? basin. Imaging technique make the trust component visible in the migration section and show that the Ganos fault has multiple fault plane. These fault planes are imaged through the depth of 2750 m in the west of Tekirda? Basin. The major plane of Ganos fault dips 33 degrees toward south at 1750 m depth. The dip of the fault gradually decreases to 18 degrees till 2750 m. Another image cutting the basin in NS direction shows that the character of the Ganos fault is changed to transtensional and the whole section is like a flower structure. The fault plane dips 70 degrees toward north . The images obtained in this study not only confirm the preliminary results determined from conventional processing techniques but also provides significant additional information on the faults in the Marmara Sea.

  16. The influence of normal fault geometry on porous sandstone deformation: Insights from mechanical models into conditions leading to Coulomb failure and shear-enhanced compaction

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    Allison, K.; Reinen, L. A.

    2011-12-01

    Slip on non-planar faults produces stress perturbations in the surrounding host rock that can yield secondary faults at a scale too small to be resolved on seismic surveys. Porosity changes during failure may affect the ability of the rock to transmit fluids through dilatant cracking or, in porous rocks, shear-enhanced compaction (i.e., cataclastic flow). Modeling the mechanical behavior of the host rock in response to slip on non-planar faults can yield insights into the role of fault geometry on regions of enhanced or inhibited fluid flow. To evaluate the effect of normal fault geometry on deformation in porous sandstones, we model the system as a linear elastic, homogeneous, whole or half space using the boundary-element modeling program Poly3D. We consider conditions leading to secondary deformation using the maximum Coulomb shear stress (MCSS) as an index of brittle deformation and proximity to an elliptical yield envelope (Y), determined experimentally for porous sandstone (Baud et al., JGR, 2006), for cataclastic flow. We model rectangular faults consisting of two segments: an upper leg with a constant dip of 60° and a lower leg with dips ranging 15-85°. We explore far-field stress models of constant and gradient uniaxial strain. We investigate the potential damage in the host rock in two ways: [1] the size of the damage zone, and [2] regions of enhanced deformation indicated by elevated MCSS or Y. Preliminary results indicate that, along a vertical transect passing through the fault kink, [1] the size of the damage zone increases in the footwall with increasing lower leg dip and remains constant in the hanging wall. [2] In the footwall, the amount of deformation does not change as a function of lower leg dip in constant stress models; in gradient stress models, both MCSS and Y increase with dip. In the hanging wall, Y decreases with increasing lower leg dip for both constant and gradient stress models. In contrast, MCSS increases: as lower leg dip increases for constant stress models, and as the difference between lower leg dip and 60° increases for gradient stress models. These preliminary results indicate that the dip of the lower fault segment significantly affects the amount and style of deformation in the host rock.

  17. Structure Segmentation and Transfer Faults in the Marcellus Shale, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania: Implications for Gas Recovery Efficiency and Risk Assessment Using 3D Seismic Attribute Analysis

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    Roberts, Emily D.

    The Marcellus Shale has become an important unconventional gas reservoir in the oil and gas industry. Fractures within this organic-rich black shale serve as an important component of porosity and permeability useful in enhancing production. Horizontal drilling is the primary approach for extracting hydrocarbons in the Marcellus Shale. Typically, wells are drilled perpendicular to natural fractures in an attempt to intersect fractures for effective hydraulic stimulation. If the fractures are contained within the shale, then hydraulic fracturing can enhance permeability by further breaking the already weakened rock. However, natural fractures can affect hydraulic stimulations by absorbing and/or redirecting the energy away from the wellbore, causing a decreased efficiency in gas recovery, as has been the case for the Clearfield County, Pennsylvania study area. Estimating appropriate distances away from faults and fractures, which may limit hydrocarbon recovery, is essential to reducing the risk of injection fluid migration along these faults. In an attempt to mitigate the negative influences of natural fractures on hydrocarbon extraction within the Marcellus Shale, fractures were analyzed through the aid of both traditional and advanced seismic attributes including variance, curvature, ant tracking, and waveform model regression. Through the integration of well log interpretations and seismic data, a detailed assessment of structural discontinuities that may decrease the recovery efficiency of hydrocarbons was conducted. High-quality 3D seismic data in Central Pennsylvania show regional folds and thrusts above the major detachment interval of the Salina Salt. In addition to the regional detachment folds and thrusts, cross-regional, northwest-trending lineaments were mapped. These lineaments may pose a threat to hydrocarbon productivity and recovery efficiency due to faults and fractures acting as paths of least resistance for induced hydraulic stimulation fluids. These lineaments may represent major transfer faults that serve as pathways for hydraulic fluid migration. Detection and evaluation of fracture orientation and intensity and emphasis on the relationship between fracture intensity and production potential is of high interest in the study area as it entails significant time and cost implications for both conventional and unconventional hydrocarbon exploration and production.

  18. Experimental study on the 3D image reconstruction in a truncated Archimedean-like spiral geometry with a long-rectangular detector and its image characteristics

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    Hong, Daeki; Cho, Heemoon; Cho, Hyosung; Choi, Sungil; Je, Uikyu; Park, Yeonok; Park, Chulkyu; Lim, Hyunwoo; Park, Soyoung; Woo, Taeho

    2015-11-01

    In this work, we performed a feasibility study on the three-dimensional (3D) image reconstruction in a truncated Archimedean-like spiral geometry with a long-rectangular detector for application to high-accurate, cost-effective dental x-ray imaging. Here an x-ray tube and a detector rotate together around the rotational axis several times and, concurrently, the detector moves horizontally in the detector coordinate at a constant speed to cover the whole imaging volume during the projection data acquisition. We established a table-top setup which mainly consists of an x-ray tube (60 kVp, 5 mA), a narrow CMOS-type detector (198-μm pixel resolution, 184 (W)×1176 (H) pixel dimension), and a rotational stage for sample mounting and performed a systematic experiment to demonstrate the viability of the proposed approach to volumetric dental imaging. For the image reconstruction, we employed a compressed-sensing (CS)-based algorithm, rather than a common filtered-backprojection (FBP) one, for more accurate reconstruction. We successfully reconstructed 3D images of considerably high quality and investigated the image characteristics in terms of the image value profile, the contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR), and the spatial resolution.

  19. 3D Geomodeling of the Venezuelan Andes

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    Monod, B.; Dhont, D.; Hervouet, Y.; Back, G.; Klarica, S.; Choy, J. E.

    2010-12-01

    The crustal structure of the Venezuelan Andes is investigated thanks to a geomodel. The method integrates surface structural data, remote sensing imagery, crustal scale balanced cross-sections, earthquake locations and focal mechanism solutions to reconstruct fault surfaces at the scale of the mountain belt into a 3D environment. The model proves to be essential for understanding the basic processes of both the orogenic float and the tectonic escape involved in the Plio-Quaternary evolution of the orogen. The reconstruction of the Bocono and Valera faults reveals the 3D shape of the Trujillo block whose geometry can be compared to a boat bow floating over a mid-crustal detachment horizon emerging at the Bocono-Valera triple junction. Motion of the Trujillo block is accompanied by a generalized extension in the upper crust accommodated by normal faults with listric geometries such as for the Motatan, Momboy and Tuame faults. Extension may be related to the lateral spreading of the upper crust, suggesting that gravity forces play an important role in the escape process.

  20. Real-time inversions for finite fault slip models and rupture geometry based on high-rate GPS data

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    Minson, Sarah E.; Murray, Jessica R.; Langbein, John O.; Gomberg, Joan S.

    2015-01-01

    We present an inversion strategy capable of using real-time high-rate GPS data to simultaneously solve for a distributed slip model and fault geometry in real time as a rupture unfolds. We employ Bayesian inference to find the optimal fault geometry and the distribution of possible slip models for that geometry using a simple analytical solution. By adopting an analytical Bayesian approach, we can solve this complex inversion problem (including calculating the uncertainties on our results) in real time. Furthermore, since the joint inversion for distributed slip and fault geometry can be computed in real time, the time required to obtain a source model of the earthquake does not depend on the computational cost. Instead, the time required is controlled by the duration of the rupture and the time required for information to propagate from the source to the receivers. We apply our modeling approach, called Bayesian Evidence-based Fault Orientation and Real-time Earthquake Slip, to the 2011 Tohoku-oki earthquake, 2003 Tokachi-oki earthquake, and a simulated Hayward fault earthquake. In all three cases, the inversion recovers the magnitude, spatial distribution of slip, and fault geometry in real time. Since our inversion relies on static offsets estimated from real-time high-rate GPS data, we also present performance tests of various approaches to estimating quasi-static offsets in real time. We find that the raw high-rate time series are the best data to use for determining the moment magnitude of the event, but slightly smoothing the raw time series helps stabilize the inversion for fault geometry.

  1. Constraints on recent earthquake source parameters, fault geometry and aftershock characteristics in Oklahoma

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    McNamara, D. E.; Benz, H.; Herrmann, R. B.; Bergman, E. A.; McMahon, N. D.; Aster, R. C.

    2014-12-01

    In late 2009, the seismicity of Oklahoma increased dramatically. The largest of these earthquakes was a series of three damaging events (Mw 4.8, 5.6, 4.8) that occurred over a span of four days in November 2011 near the town of Prague in central Oklahoma. Studies suggest that these earthquakes were induced by reactivation of the Wilzetta fault due to the disposal of waste water from hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") and other oil and gas activities. The Wilzetta fault is a northeast trending vertical strike-slip fault that is a well known structural trap for oil and gas. Since the November 2011 Prague sequence, thousands of small to moderate (M2-M4) earthquakes have occurred throughout central Oklahoma. The most active regions are located near the towns of Stillwater and Medford in north-central Oklahoma, and Guthrie, Langston and Jones near Oklahoma City. The USGS, in collaboration with the Oklahoma Geological Survey and the University of Oklahoma, has responded by deploying numerous temporary seismic stations in the region in order to record the vigorous aftershock sequences. In this study we use data from the temporary seismic stations to re-locate all Oklahoma earthquakes in the USGS National Earthquake Information Center catalog using a multiple-event approach known as hypo-centroidal decomposition that locates earthquakes with decreased uncertainty relative to one another. Modeling from this study allows us to constrain the detailed geometry of the reactivated faults, as well as source parameters (focal mechanisms, stress drop, rupture length) for the larger earthquakes. Preliminary results from the November 2011 Prague sequence suggest that subsurface rupture lengths of the largest earthquakes are anomalously long with very low stress drop. We also observe very high Q (~1000 at 1 Hz) that explains the large felt areas and we find relatively low b-value and a rapid decay of aftershocks.

  2. The influence of fault geometry and frictional contact properties on slip surface behavior and off-fault damage: insights from quasi-static modeling of small strike-slip faults from the Sierra Nevada, CA

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    Ritz, E.; Pollard, D. D.

    2011-12-01

    Geological and geophysical investigations demonstrate that faults are geometrically complex structures, and that the nature and intensity of off-fault damage is spatially correlated with geometric irregularities of the slip surfaces. Geologic observations of exhumed meter-scale strike-slip faults in the Bear Creek drainage, central Sierra Nevada, CA, provide insight into the relationship between non-planar fault geometry and frictional slip at depth. We investigate natural fault geometries in an otherwise homogeneous and isotropic elastic material with a two-dimensional displacement discontinuity method (DDM). Although the DDM is a powerful tool, frictional contact problems are beyond the scope of the elementary implementation because it allows interpenetration of the crack surfaces. By incorporating a complementarity algorithm, we are able to enforce appropriate contact boundary conditions along the model faults and include variable friction and frictional strength. This tool allows us to model quasi-static slip on non-planar faults and the resulting deformation of the surrounding rock. Both field observations and numerical investigations indicate that sliding along geometrically discontinuous or irregular faults may lead to opening of the fault and the formation of new fractures, affecting permeability in the nearby rock mass and consequently impacting pore fluid pressure. Numerical simulations of natural fault geometries provide local stress fields that are correlated to the style and spatial distribution of off-fault damage. We also show how varying the friction and frictional strength along the model faults affects slip surface behavior and consequently influences the stress distributions in the adjacent material.

  3. Numerical investigation of the interplay between wall geometry and friction in granular fault gouge

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    Rathbun, Andrew P.; Renard, FranOis; Abe, Steffen

    2013-03-01

    influence of surface roughness is central in understanding the behavior of various types of shear zones including faults, landslides, and deformation in glacial till. All of these systems contain a non-planar rough wall, which interacts with either a gouge zone or another wall. We use the 3-D discrete element method (DEM) to investigate both the effect of boundary roughness and friction. Granular non-cohesive gouge is sandwiched between rough walls with large grooves, or smooth walls composed of spherical particles that can be adjusted to control roughness. Roughness and gouge properties are scaled to laboratory friction experiments. We vary friction between the particles and the wall and monitor shear strength, height, coordination number, distribution, and orientation of particle forces, localization, and porosity distribution in the shear zone. We find that, on the first-order, strength is controlled by particle-particle friction and mechanical coupling of the fault zone wall to the gouge. Rough boundaries (RMS roughness > grain radius) force more shear within the gouge zone, dilating the layer and sliding more grains, which leads to large stress necessary to shear the layer. When large amplitude roughness is removed, and roughness is at the grain-scale, the coupling, and thus the strength, is controlled by both wall and particle friction as well as fine-scale boundary roughness. These differences are reflected in profiles of shear within the gouge zone and offset at the boundary in smooth models. From our simulations, we quantify how and why rough natural faults will have a higher overall strength.

  4. Relationships between sliding behavior and internal geometry of laboratory fault zones and some creeping and locked strike-slip faults of California

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    Moore, Diane E.; Byerlee, J.

    1992-01-01

    Moore, D.E. and Byerlee, J., 1992. Relationships between sliding behavior and internal geometry of laboratory fault zones and some creeping and locked strike-slip faults of California. In: T. Mikumo, K. Aki, M. Ohnaka, L.J. Ruff and P.K.P. Spudich (Editors), Earthquake Source Physics and Earthquake Precursors. Tectonophysics, 211: 305-316. In order to relate fault geometries to sliding behavior, maps of recently active breaks within the Hayward fault of central California, which is characterized by fault creep, have been examined and compared to maps of the San Andreas fault. The patterns of recent breaks of the Hayward fault are consistent with those found within the creeping section of the San Andreas, and they appear to have plausible physical explanations in the findings of laboratory experiments. The distinguishing geometric features of the examined locked and creeping faults are: (1) P-type second-order traces predominate over R(Riedel)-type traces in creeping sections; and (2) R-type second-order traces make smaller angles to the local fault strike in creeping sections than they do in locked sections. Two different maps of the Hayward fault gave similar results, supporting the inference that the patterns identified are basic characteristics of the fault rather than artifacts of a particular mapping procedure. P shears predominate over R shears under laboratory conditions that allow dilation within the fault zone. In our own experiments, P-shear development was favored by the generation of excess pore-fluid pressures. We propose that creep in California faults also is the result of fluid overpressures that are maintained in a low-permeability gouge zone and that significantly lower effective stresses, thus helping to stabilize slip and producing high values of the ratio P/R. Small R-trace angles may also be an indicator of low effective stresses, but the evidence for this is not conclusive because other factors can also affect the size of the angles. ?? 1992.

  5. Delineation of faulting and basin geometry along a seismic reflection transect in urbanized San Bernardino Valley, California

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    Stephenson, W.J.; Odum, J.K.; Williams, R.A.; Anderson, M.L.

    2002-01-01

    Fourteen kilometers of continuous, shallow seismic reflection data acquired through the urbanized San Bernardino Valley, California, have revealed numerous faults between the San Jacinto and San Andreas faults as well as a complex pattern of downdropped and uplifted blocks. These data also indicate that the Loma Linda fault continues northeastward at least 4.5 km beyond its last mapped location on the southern edge of the valley and to within at least 2 km of downtown San Bernardino. Previously undetected faults within the valley northeast of the San Jacinto fault are also imaged, including the inferred western extension of the Banning fault and several unnamed faults. The Rialto-Colton fault is interpreted southwest of the San Jacinto fault. The seismic data image the top of the crystalline basement complex across 70% of the profile length and show that the basement has an overall dip of roughly 10?? southwest between Perris Hill and the San Jacinto fault. Gravity and aeromagnetic data corroborate the interpreted location of the San Jacinto fault and better constrain the basin depth along the seismic profile to be as deep as 1.7 km. These data also corroborate other fault locations and the general dip of the basement surface. At least 1.2 km of apparent vertical displacement on the basement is observed across the San Jacinto fault at the profile location. The basin geometry delineated by these data was used to generate modeled ground motions that show peak horizontal amplifications of 2-3.5 above bedrock response in the 0.05- to 1.0-Hz frequency band, which is consistent with recorded earthquake data in the valley.

  6. Fault geometry of Vesuvius earthquakes from revised tomographic models and accurate earthquake relocations

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    Scarpa, R.; del Pezzo, E.; Bianco, F.; Saccorotti, G.; Tronca, F.

    2003-04-01

    A high resolution P-wave image of Mt. Vesuvius edifice has been derived from simultaneous inversion of travel times and hypocentral parameters of local earthquakes, land based shots and small aperture array data. The resulting image is resolved to 300-500 m block size. The relocated local seismicity appears to extend down to 5 km below the central crater, distributed in a major cluster, centered at 3 km below the central crater and in a minor group, with diffuse hypocenters inside the volcanic edifice. The two clusters are separated by an anomalously high Vp region at around 1 km depth. A zone with high Vp/Vs in the upper layers is interpreted as produced by the presence of intense fluid circulation. The highest energy quakes (up to M=3.6) are located in the deeper cluster, in a high P-wave velocity zone. Our results favor an interpretation in terms of absence of shallow magma reservoirs. Fault plane solutions, obtained in the hypothesis of double couple mechanism, show unstable solutions with no preferential trend. This is possibly due to the unfavourable signal to noise ratio affecting the first motion pulse direction estimates. The occurrence of similar earthquakes (multiplets) greatly helps in evidencing the trend of the main faults of the investigated area. We grouped similar earthquakes into several different families using the Equivalence Class approach. For each family, we use interpolated correlation analyses to estimate the time shifts among the different members of the family with respect to a principal event selected as the master one. Least-squares adjustment of arrival times provide consistency of these estimates throughout the different members of the cluster. This refined set of arrival times is then used to relocate events belonging to individual clusters using a non-linear, probabilistic technique acting on the 3-D heterogeneous earth structure. The high similarity of waveforms for events belonging to different families is associated to similar source location and mechanism, in turn suggesting repeated slip on the same fault. However, there is no regular relationship among the time of occurrence of individual earthquakes and their position on the fault. Moreover, the time interval between successive events of the same cluster can vary between minutes and several days. This erratic space-time distribution is an expression of a heterogeneous fault structure and a complex pattern of stress regime. A possible explanation of this complexity is related to short-term variation of the local frictional resistance over the fault surface, which could be caused by fluctuations of the pore fluid pressure. Relocated events from different clusters identify well defined sub-vertical fault planes mainly striking NNE-SSW and dipping WNW, in agreement with the main geological structures present in the area. Spatial clustering of earthquakes preferentially occurs during periods of increased seismicity.

  7. Geophysical Investigation of the Offshore Section of the Northern San Andreas Fault: Fault Zone Geometries, Shallow Deformation Patterns, and Holocene Sediment Distribution

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    Beeson, J. W.; Goldfinger, C.; Johnson, S. Y.

    2014-12-01

    We mapped a ~120 km offshore section of the northern San Andreas Fault (NSAF) between Pt. Arena and Pt. Delgada using closely spaced seismic-reflection profiles, high-resolution multibeam bathymetry and marine magnetics data. This new dataset documents NSAF location and continuity, associated tectonic geomorphology, shallow stratigraphy and deformation. Variable deformation patterns in the generally narrow (~1-km-wide) fault zone are largely associated with fault trend and fault bends. We have described four regions (Pt. Arena, Basin, Shelter Cove, and Mendocino) along and adjacent to the NSAF based on fault trend, deformation styles, seismic stratigraphy, and seafloor bathymetry. The NSAF in the southern region (Pt. Arena) of the survey area is imaged as an arcuate fault trace that changes ~15° (327° to 342°) from south to north over a distance of about 50 km. The NSAF in the middle two regions (Basin and Shelter Cove) passes through two acute fault bends (~9° and ~8°), resulting in both an asymmetric "lazy z" sedimentary basin and an uplifted rocky shoal ("Tolo Bank"). The northwestern region of the survey area (Mendocino) lies west of the NSAF and Shelter Cove, and includes an east-trending fault zone related to the Mendocino transform fault that extends onshore near Punta Gorda. Using the densely spaced seismic-reflection profiles we have created an isopach map of Holocene sediment throughout the survey area. This isopach map has revealed thick sediment piles adjacent to coastal watersheds with high uplift rates. We infer from fault geometries, local bathymetry/topography and aero/marine magnetics that the NSAF zone transitions from a broadly distributed fault zone to a narrow fault zone over a short distance near Shelter Cove, Ca. At Shelter Cove the NSAF is characterized as a narrow, continuous fault. North of Shelter Cove the San Andreas likely terminates into a series of "horse tail" splay thrust faults known as the Kings Range Thrust. These observations allows for the NSAF near Shelter Cove, CA to accommodate significant slip, in agreement with paleoseismic studies and historical records.

  8. A free software for pore-scale modelling: solving Stokes equation for velocity fields and permeability values in 3D pore geometries

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    Gerke, Kirill; Vasilyev, Roman; Khirevich, Siarhei; Karsanina, Marina; Collins, Daniel; Korost, Dmitry; Mallants, Dirk

    2015-04-01

    In this contribution we introduce a novel free software which solves the Stokes equation to obtain velocity fields for low Reynolds-number flows within externally generated 3D pore geometries. Provided with velocity fields, one can calculate permeability for known pressure gradient boundary conditions via Darcy's equation. Finite-difference schemes of 2nd and 4th order of accuracy are used together with an artificial compressibility method to iteratively converge to a steady-state solution of Stokes' equation. This numerical approach is much faster and less computationally demanding than the majority of open-source or commercial softwares employing other algorithms (finite elements/volumes, lattice Boltzmann, etc.) The software consists of two parts: 1) a pre and post-processing graphical interface, and 2) a solver. The latter is efficiently parallelized to use any number of available cores (the speedup on 16 threads was up to 10-12 depending on hardware). Due to parallelization and memory optimization our software can be used to obtain solutions for 300x300x300 voxels geometries on modern desktop PCs. The software was successfully verified by testing it against lattice Boltzmann simulations and analytical solutions. To illustrate the software's applicability for numerous problems in Earth Sciences, a number of case studies have been developed: 1) identifying the representative elementary volume for permeability determination within a sandstone sample, 2) derivation of permeability/hydraulic conductivity values for rock and soil samples and comparing those with experimentally obtained values, 3) revealing the influence of the amount of fine-textured material such as clay on filtration properties of sandy soil. This work was partially supported by RSF grant 14-17-00658 (pore-scale modelling) and RFBR grants 13-04-00409-a and 13-05-01176-a.

  9. MICADO: Parallel implementation of a 2D-1D iterative algorithm for the 3D neutron transport problem in prismatic geometries

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    Fevotte, F.; Lathuiliere, B.

    2013-07-01

    The large increase in computing power over the past few years now makes it possible to consider developing 3D full-core heterogeneous deterministic neutron transport solvers for reference calculations. Among all approaches presented in the literature, the method first introduced in [1] seems very promising. It consists in iterating over resolutions of 2D and ID MOC problems by taking advantage of prismatic geometries without introducing approximations of a low order operator such as diffusion. However, before developing a solver with all industrial options at EDF, several points needed to be clarified. In this work, we first prove the convergence of this iterative process, under some assumptions. We then present our high-performance, parallel implementation of this algorithm in the MICADO solver. Benchmarking the solver against the Takeda case shows that the 2D-1D coupling algorithm does not seem to affect the spatial convergence order of the MOC solver. As for performance issues, our study shows that even though the data distribution is suited to the 2D solver part, the efficiency of the ID part is sufficient to ensure a good parallel efficiency of the global algorithm. After this study, the main remaining difficulty implementation-wise is about the memory requirement of a vector used for initialization. An efficient acceleration operator will also need to be developed. (authors)

  10. 3D Reconstruction of Chick Embryo Vascular Geometries Using Non-invasive High-Frequency Ultrasound for Computational Fluid Dynamics Studies.

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    Tan, Germaine Xin Yi; Jamil, Muhammad; Tee, Nicole Gui Zhen; Zhong, Liang; Yap, Choon Hwai

    2015-11-01

    Recent animal studies have provided evidence that prenatal blood flow fluid mechanics may play a role in the pathogenesis of congenital cardiovascular malformations. To further these researches, it is important to have an imaging technique for small animal embryos with sufficient resolution to support computational fluid dynamics studies, and that is also non-invasive and non-destructive to allow for subject-specific, longitudinal studies. In the current study, we developed such a technique, based on ultrasound biomicroscopy scans on chick embryos. Our technique included a motion cancelation algorithm to negate embryonic body motion, a temporal averaging algorithm to differentiate blood spaces from tissue spaces, and 3D reconstruction of blood volumes in the embryo. The accuracy of the reconstructed models was validated with direct stereoscopic measurements. A computational fluid dynamics simulation was performed to model fluid flow in the generated construct of a Hamburger-Hamilton (HH) stage 27 embryo. Simulation results showed that there were divergent streamlines and a low shear region at the carotid duct, which may be linked to the carotid duct's eventual regression and disappearance by HH stage 34. We show that our technique has sufficient resolution to produce accurate geometries for computational fluid dynamics simulations to quantify embryonic cardiovascular fluid mechanics. PMID:26014359

  11. Geometry of crustal faults: Identification from seismicity and implications for slip and stress transfer models

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    Kaven, J. Ole; Pollard, David D.

    2013-09-01

    Geometric complexities of faults and fault systems are first-order effects that complicate the mechanics of faulting and physics of earthquakes. We investigate the importance of this complexity using relocated seismicity from a catalog of events for the Joshua Tree-Landers earthquake sequence and present a new method to locate faults or fault systems in clouds of seismicity. The abundance and ever improved accuracy of earthquake and microseismic location of such events permits a better understanding of the geometric intricacies of fault systems. The proposed method assumes that seismicity is most abundant in the central fault zone and the spatial density of seismicity is used to locate finite width fault zones and construct fault surfaces from the seismicity. The method is different from statistical fits (e.g., L1- and L2-norm fits) in that it does not suppose a decay of seismicity from the central fault zone and that it identifies the tiplines of faults from the fault zone seismicity directly. In the Joshua Tree-Landers earthquake catalog, the method identifies 10 separate fault segments ranging in average strike from north-south to east-west that compare well with surface trace fault maps. These faults exhibit significant nonplanarity with the Joshua Tree fault departing from a planar approximation by more than 2000 m. The mechanical effects of the geometrically complex fault surfaces are illustrated by inverting for coseismic slip using surface displacements and when compared to slip inversions on planar faults reveal a more complicated pattern of slip on the fault. The low RMS error in surface displacement, the good match to geodetic moment, and robust estimates of maximum slip compare well to the results for planar faults. The inverted slip distributions are used to solve the quasi-static fault stress transfer problem and estimate the tractions changes by slip on the Joshua Tree fault on the fault segments involved in the Landers earthquake. We find that the propensity for slip on the Landers faults increased in regions of initiation and largest slip during the subsequent event. The geometrically complex models predict greater likelihood for slip along the northern faults involved in the Landers earthquake than the commonly used planar and vertical four-fault models.

  12. The 2011, Mw 6.2, Christchurch earthquakes (New Zealand): faults geometry and source kinematics

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    Toraldo Serra, E.; Delouis, B.; Emolo, A.; Zollo, A.

    2012-12-01

    The geometrical characteristics and the space-time distribution of the kinematic source parameters of the 21 February 2011, Mw 6.2, Christchurch earthquake, New Zealand, have been inferred through a joint inversion of geodetic and strong-motion data. The geodetic data consist of both Global Position System (GPS), from campaign and continuous stations, and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) interferograms from two ascending satellite tracks. The strong-motion data have been recorded at 10 stations located in the Canterbury Plane, offering a quite good azimuthal coverage of the event. Before performing the data inversion, several preliminary analyses on individual data-sets have been carried out, in order to find the optimal lay-out for the inversion. In particular, the consistency between GPS and InSAR data was checked and some GPS measurements, characterized by large errors, were excluded from the data-set. The strong-motion analyses were instead primarily addressed, to identify the reliable frequency range to be used, through the analysis of stability of S-wave polarization. The kinematic rupture model was obtained using the nonlinear joint inversion scheme proposed by Delouis et al. (2000), which is based on the simulated annealing algorithm. In particular, for any sub-source in which the fault plane is discretized, we explore for the direction, duration and amplitude of the slip vector, and for the rupture offset time. The geometry and orientation of the fault plane to be used in the inversion procedure is preliminarily inferred from the analysis of the geodetic data. In order to account for the complex pattern of the superficial deformation data (especially of the InSAR data), we adopted a source model consisting of two partially overlapping fault segments, whose dimensions are 15x11 and 7x7 km2, and striking at 60o and 10o, respectively. From the data inversion we found a slip distribution for the largest plane characterized by a high slip area, with a maximum amplitude of 4.2 m, localized at NE of the hypocenter. The second fault plane activated with a delay of about 4s, and a maximum slip of 2 m. Moreover, the total Source Time Function considering the two events has a total duration of about 7 s. The global seismic moment resulting from the joint inversion is about 3.0x1025 dyne cm (Mw 6.2), with an average rupture velocity of 2.0 km/s, and most of the energy release occurring on the main fault plane. The source parameters resolution is studied using both the single and joint data-sets, and applying the errors analysis for the retrieved kinematic rupture model.

  13. 3D Modeling By Consolidation Of Independent Geometries Extracted From Point Clouds - The Case Of The Modeling Of The Turckheim's Chapel (Alsace, France)

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    Koehl, M.; Fabre, Ph.; Schlussel, B.

    2014-06-01

    Turckheim is a small town located in Alsace, north-east of France. In the heart of the Alsatian vineyard, this city has many historical monuments including its old church. To understand the effectiveness of the project described in this paper, it is important to have a look at the history of this church. Indeed there are many historical events that explain its renovation and even its partial reconstruction. The first mention of a christian sanctuary in Turckheim dates back to 898. It will be replaced in the 12th century by a roman church (chapel), which subsists today as the bell tower. Touched by a lightning in 1661, the tower then was enhanced. In 1736, it was repaired following damage sustained in a tornado. In 1791, the town installs an organ to the church. Last milestone, the church is destroyed by fire in 1978. The organ, like the heart of the church will then have to be again restored (1983) with a simplified architecture. From this heavy and rich past, it unfortunately and as it is often the case, remains only very few documents and information available apart from facts stated in some sporadic writings. And with regard to the geometry, the positioning, the physical characteristics of the initial building, there are very little indication. Some assumptions of positions and right-of-way were well issued by different historians or archaeologists. The acquisition and 3D modeling project must therefore provide the current state of the edifice to serve as the basis of new investigations and for the generation of new hypotheses on the locations and historical shapes of this church and its original chapel (Fig. 1)

  14. Adhesion and growth of human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells on precise-geometry 3D organic-inorganic composite scaffolds for bone repair.

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    Chatzinikolaidou, Maria; Rekstyte, Sima; Danilevicius, Paulius; Pontikoglou, Charalampos; Papadaki, Helen; Farsari, Maria; Vamvakaki, Maria

    2015-03-01

    Engineering biomaterial scaffolds that promote attachment and growth of mesenchymal stem cells in three dimensions is a crucial parameter for successful bone tissue engineering. Towards this direction, a lot of research effort has focused recently into the development of three-dimensional porous scaffolds, aiming to elicit positive cellular behavior. However, the fabrication of three-dimensional tissue scaffolds with a precise geometry and complex micro- and nano-features, supporting cell in-growth remains a challenge. In this study we report on a positive cellular response of human bone marrow-derived (BM) mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) onto hybrid material scaffolds consisting of methacryloxypropyl trimethoxysilane, zirconium propoxide, and 2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA). First, we use Direct fs Laser Writing, a 3D scaffolding technology to fabricate the complex structures. Subsequently, we investigate the morphology, viability and proliferation of BM-MSCs onto the hybrid scaffolds and examine the cellular response from different donors. Finally, we explore the effect of the materials' chemical composition on cell proliferation, employing three different material surfaces: (i) a hybrid consisting of methacryloxypropyl trimethoxysilane, zirconium propoxide and 50mol% DMAEMA, (ii) a hybrid material comprising methacryloxypropyl trimethoxysilane and zirconium propoxide, and (iii) a purely organic polyDMAEMA. Our results show a strong adhesion of BM-MSCs onto the hybrid material containing 50% DMAEMA from the first 2h after seeding, and up to several days, and a proliferation increase after 14 and 21days, similar to the polystyrene control, independent of cell donor. These findings support the potential use of our proposed cell-material combination in bone tissue engineering. PMID:25579927

  15. Skewed orientation groups in scatter plots of earthquake fault plane solutions: Implications for extensional geometry at oceanic spreading centers

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    Lister, G. S.; Tkal?i?, H.; McClusky, S.; Forster, M. A.

    2014-03-01

    Systematic analysis of earthquake focal solutions derived from centroid moment tensors shows well-defined orientation groups in scatterplots of fault plane normals and associated slip line vectors. Consideration of the geometry implied by these orientation groups can allow resolution of the ambiguity inherent in the choice as to which of the two conjugate fault plane solutions should apply, and in many cases, the same classification can be applied to the entire orientation group. Examining scatter plots of data from normal fault earthquakes on spreading ridges typically shows orthogonal relations but there are also many cases where there is a skew with respect to the great circles defined by faults on adjacent transform faults. This can be explained by finite rock strength in the adjacent transforms, requiring resolved shear stress to allow movement, thus requiring rotation of the trajectories of the deviatoric stress axes: anticlockwise for right-lateral transforms and clockwise for left-lateral transforms. This asymmetry also requires formation of tilt block geometries reminiscent of Basin and Range style continental extension.

  16. The inverted Triassic rift of the Marrakech High Atlas: A reappraisal of basin geometries and faulting histories

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    Domènech, Mireia; Teixell, Antonio; Babault, Julien; Arboleya, Maria-Luisa

    2015-11-01

    The High Atlas of Morocco is an aborted rift developed during the Triassic-Jurassic and moderately inverted during the Cenozoic. The Marrakech High Atlas, with large exposures of basement and Triassic early syn-rift deposits, is ideal to investigate the geometries of the deepest parts of a rift, constituting a good analogue for pre-salt domains. It allows unraveling geometries and kinematics of the extensional and compressional structures and the influence that they exert over one another. A detailed structural study of the main Triassic basins and basin-margin faults of the Marrakech High Atlas shows that only a few rift faults were reactivated during the Cenozoic compressional stage in contrast to previous interpretations, and emphasizes that fault reactivation cannot be taken for granted in inverted rift systems. Preserved extensional features demonstrate a dominant dip-slip opening kinematics with strike-slip playing a minor role, at variance to models proposing a major strike-slip component along the main basin-bounding faults, including faults belonging to the Tizi n'Test fault zone. A new Middle Triassic paleogeographic reconstruction shows that the Marrakech High Atlas was a narrow and segmented orthogonal rift (sub-perpendicular to the main regional extension direction which was ~ NW-SE), in contrast to the central and eastern segments of the Atlas rift which developed obliquely. This difference in orientation is attributed to the indented Ouzellarh Precambrian salient, part of the West African Craton, which deflected the general rift trend in the area evidencing the major role of inherited lithospheric anisotropies in rift direction and evolution. As for the Cenozoic inversion, total orogenic shortening is moderate (~ 16%) and appears accommodated by basement-involved large-scale folding, and by newly formed shortcut and by-pass thrusting, with rare left-lateral strike-slip indicators. Triassic faults commonly acted as buttresses.

  17. New constraints on the geometry and evolution of the Southern San Andreas Fault and Salton Pull-apart basin

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    Sahakian, V. J.; Holmes, J. J.; Kell, A. M.; Harding, A. J.; Driscoll, N. W.; Kent, G.

    2013-12-01

    In the recent geologic past, the Salton pull-apart basin, northern Imperial Fault (IF) and Southern San Andreas Fault (SSAF) have been part of an evolving tectonic regime, subject to strain partitioning. This part of the North American/Pacific plate boundary has the potential for generating a large earthquake. Several lines of active-source seismic reflection and refraction data in the Salton Sea were analyzed to better understand the fault interactions and evolution in this region by investigating the SSAF geometry, stratigraphy, and velocity structure. These data, collected in conjunction with the Salton Seismic Imaging Project (SSIP) include two fault-perpendicular lines: one adjacent to the southern terminus of the SSAF (Line 7), and one just south of the terminus (Line 8). We present results from Multi Channel Seismic (MCS) data along Line 7, and refraction data along Lines 7 and 8. Velocity models along these lines were constructed from the refraction data. Included in the Line 7 model is an interface representing a strong reflector observed in the MCS data, which helps to constrain the raypaths and velocities in the model. Line 7 MCS data image stratigraphic layers thickening to and dipping down to the east towards the SSAF, indicative of a westward-dipping, oblique strike-slip fault. The refraction data along this line are consistent with a westward dipping SSAF and a down the west normal component. We present velocity models for Line 7 and 8, as well as resolution tests supporting the fault's geometry. The results from these two lines and a fault parallel line suggest that the SSAF is dipping to the west and is in transtension. We propose that the SSAF has migrated northward through time, partitioning its strain onto the IF. As the IF migrates northwards it forms the Salton pull-apart basin.

  18. Focal mechanisms of earthquake multiplets in the western part of the Corinth Rift (Greece): influence of the velocity model and constraints on the geometry of the active faults

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    Godano, Maxime; Deschamps, Anne; Lambotte, Sophie; Lyon-Caen, Hlne; Bernard, Pascal; Pacchiani, Francesco

    2014-06-01

    The composite fault plane solutions for 24 large multiplets recorded in the western part of the Corinth Rift between 2000 and 2007 are computed by jointly inverting P polarities and Sv/P, Sh/P, Sv/Sh amplitude ratios of the direct waves. The fault plane solutions are determined using 1-D and 3-D velocity models. Solutions computed with the 3-D velocity model are preferred to the ones computed with the 1-D model because overall, 3-D solutions have a better score function. They correspond essentially to E-NE/W-SW and W-NW/E-SE striking normal faults, which is consistent with the N-S extensional/vertical shortening tectonic regime of the area. For 15 multiplets, one of the nodal planes is similar to the plane delineated by the earthquakes. It is then possible to determine which nodal plane is the fault plane. The analysis of the fault plane solutions highlights a clear decrease of their dip with depth and towards the north. Several multiplets with steeply dipping fault planes (50-60) located at depths of 7-8 km are clearly located at the base of onshore and offshore faults that crop out close to the south border of the Corinth Gulf, indicating that these faults are steep down to 7-8 km depth. To the north, multiplets underline a low angle north-dipping structure (20-30) on which steep north-dipping faults could take root.

  19. Geometry of basement faults around the Soultz geothermal wells from reflected and converted seismic waves recorded during the 2007 multisource VSP survey

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    Lubrano Lavadera, P.; Marthelot, J.; Zillmer, M.; Cornet, F. H.; Genter, A.

    2012-12-01

    Three wells (GPK 2 to 4) drilled at the Soultz geothermal site (France) penetrate the granitic basement of the Rhine graben between 1.5 and 5 km depth where the temperature at TD is 200C. They are located at a distance of 5 km from the western southeast-dipping border fault of the graben in an area where the sedimentary cover is affected by a network of antithetic normal faults having local strikes in a fan of +/-30 relative to the North. The wells are deviated beneath 2.5 km with a maximum lateral offset of 0.6 km between wells. A VSP (Vertical Seismic Profiling) survey has been conducted in 2007 with 3 component geophones placed at 20 m interval between depths of 3 to 5 km in the GPK 3 and 4 wells and a vertical vibrator located at 26 surface positions spread at distances between 500m and 5km from the well head in different azimuths. After correlation with the 8 to 88 Hz vibrator sweep, the different seismic waves are separated according to their apparent velocities across the geophone lines for each shot position and each well. The downgoing waves include P and S wave trains having the slopes of the direct P and S waves in the granite. After f-k filtering of these large amplitude waves, coherent downgoing arrivals with apparent velocities larger than the direct P waves appear on vertical and horizontal geophone components. In contrast to VSP in stratified sediments, upgoing waves are absent or restricted to a small depth interval in the vicinity of P wave first arrivals. The traveltimes of direct P waves correspond to a model with P wave velocities increasing from 2 to 4.6 km/s in the 1.5 km thick sedimentary cover and 6 km/s in the granite. A previous 3D model of fracture zone indicators at different scales within the reservoir (cores, image and flow logs, induced microseismicity patterns) has led to the tentative identification of a major NNW trending 70 dipping basement fault intersecting the GPK3 well at 4775 m measured depth. 3D ray tracing of P waves reflected on this fault and recorded in the two wells provides traveltimes that fit the high apparent velocity downgoing waves for the shots located in positions allowing reflections. Depending on the incidence angles of the reflected waves at the geophones, these waves are observed in a complementary way on vertical or horizontal geophones. The geometry of the VSP survey allows illuminating vertically and horizontally the GPK3 fault in the depth range 3 to 4.7 km and in a 1000m lateral interval respectively. In contrast, the 2D surface seismic lines shot around the wells show no reliable reflections within the basement. In addition to the major fault, the Soultz VSP data include several evidences of basement faults where reflected waves and converted waves coincide at the well. VSP is one of the few geophysical techniques able to image fault zones within a deep seated granite.

  20. Initiation of deformation of the Eastern California Shear Zone: Constraints from Garlock fault geometry and GPS observations

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    Gan, Weijun; Zhang, P.; Shen, Z.-K.; Prescott, W.H.; Svarc, J.L.

    2003-01-01

    We suggest a 2-stage deformation model for the Eastern California Shear Zone (ECSZ) to explain the geometry of the Garlock fault trace. We assume the Garlock fault was originally straight and then was gradually curved by right-lateral shear deformation across the ECSZ. In our 2-stage deformation model, the first stage involves uniform shear deformation across the eastern part of the shear zone, and the second stage involves uniform shear deformation across the entire shear zone. In addition to the current shape of the Garlock fault, our model incorporates constraints on contemporary deformation rates provided by GPS observations. We find that the best fitting age for initiation of shear in eastern part of the ECSZ is about 5.0 ?? 0.4 Ma, and that deformation of the western part started about 1.6 Myr later.

  1. Modelling of 3D fractured geological systems - technique and application

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    Cacace, M.; Scheck-Wenderoth, M.; Cherubini, Y.; Kaiser, B. O.; Bloecher, G.

    2011-12-01

    All rocks in the earth's crust are fractured to some extent. Faults and fractures are important in different scientific and industry fields comprising engineering, geotechnical and hydrogeological applications. Many petroleum, gas and geothermal and water supply reservoirs form in faulted and fractured geological systems. Additionally, faults and fractures may control the transport of chemical contaminants into and through the subsurface. Depending on their origin and orientation with respect to the recent and palaeo stress field as well as on the overall kinematics of chemical processes occurring within them, faults and fractures can act either as hydraulic conductors providing preferential pathways for fluid to flow or as barriers preventing flow across them. The main challenge in modelling processes occurring in fractured rocks is related to the way of describing the heterogeneities of such geological systems. Flow paths are controlled by the geometry of faults and their open void space. To correctly simulate these processes an adequate 3D mesh is a basic requirement. Unfortunately, the representation of realistic 3D geological environments is limited by the complexity of embedded fracture networks often resulting in oversimplified models of the natural system. A technical description of an improved method to integrate generic dipping structures (representing faults and fractures) into a 3D porous medium is out forward. The automated mesh generation algorithm is composed of various existing routines from computational geometry (e.g. 2D-3D projection, interpolation, intersection, convex hull calculation) and meshing (e.g. triangulation in 2D and tetrahedralization in 3D). All routines have been combined in an automated software framework and the robustness of the approach has been tested and verified. These techniques and methods can be applied for fractured porous media including fault systems and therefore found wide applications in different geo-energy related topics including CO2 storage in deep saline aquifers, shale gas extraction and geothermal heat recovery. The main advantage is that dipping structures can be integrated into a 3D body representing the porous media and the interaction between the discrete flow paths through and across faults and fractures and within the rock matrix can be correctly simulated. In addition the complete workflow is captured by open-source software.

  2. Near-surface location, geometry, and velocities of the Santa Monica Fault Zone, Los Angeles, California

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    Catchings, R.D.; Gandhok, G.; Goldman, M.R.; Okaya, D.; Rymer, M.J.; Bawden, G.W.

    2008-01-01

    High-resolution seismic-reflection and seismic-refraction imaging, combined with existing borehole, earthquake, and paleoseismic trenching data, suggest that the Santa Monica fault zone in Los Angeles consists of multiple strands from several kilometers depth to the near surface. We interpret our seismic data as showing two shallow-depth low-angle fault strands and multiple near-vertical (???85??) faults in the upper 100 m. One of the low-angle faults dips northward at about 28?? and approaches the surface at the base of a topographic scarp on the grounds of the Wadsworth VA Hospital (WVAH). The other principal low-angle fault dips northward at about 20?? and projects toward the surface about 200 m south of the topographic scarp, near the northernmost areas of the Los Angeles Basin that experienced strong shaking during the 1994 Northridge earthquake. The 20?? north-dipping low-angle fault is also apparent on a previously published seismic-reflection image by Pratt et al. (1998) and appears to extend northward to at least Wilshire Boulevard, where the fault may be about 450 m below the surface. Slip rates determined at the WVAH site could be significantly underestimated if it is assumed that slip occurs only on a single strand of the Santa Monica fault or if it is assumed that the near-surface faults dip at angles greater than 20-28??. At the WVAH, tomographic velocity modeling shows a significant decrease in velocity across near-surface strands of the Santa Monica fault. P-wave velocities range from about 500 m/sec at the surface to about 4500 m/sec within the upper 50 m on the north side of the fault zone at WVAH, but maximum measured velocities on the south side of the low-angle fault zone at WVAH are about 3500 m/sec. These refraction velocities compare favorably with velocities measured in nearby boreholes by Gibbs et al. (2000). This study illustrates the utility of com- bined seismic-reflection and seismic-refraction methods, which allow more accurate reflection imaging and compositional estimations across areas with highly variable velocities, a property that is characteristic of most fault zones.

  3. Finite-element-method (FEM) model generation of time-resolved 3D echocardiographic geometry data for mitral-valve volumetry

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    Verhey, Janko F; Nathan, Nadia S; Rienhoff, Otto; Kikinis, Ron; Rakebrandt, Fabian; D'Ambra, Michael N

    2006-01-01

    Introduction Mitral Valve (MV) 3D structural data can be easily obtained using standard transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) devices but quantitative pre- and intraoperative volume analysis of the MV is presently not feasible in the cardiac operation room (OR). Finite element method (FEM) modelling is necessary to carry out precise and individual volume analysis and in the future will form the basis for simulation of cardiac interventions. Method With the present retrospective pilot study we describe a method to transfer MV geometric data to 3D Slicer 2 software, an open-source medical visualization and analysis software package. A newly developed software program (ROIExtract) allowed selection of a region-of-interest (ROI) from the TEE data and data transformation for use in 3D Slicer. FEM models for quantitative volumetric studies were generated. Results ROI selection permitted the visualization and calculations required to create a sequence of volume rendered models of the MV allowing time-based visualization of regional deformation. Quantitation of tissue volume, especially important in myxomatous degeneration can be carried out. Rendered volumes are shown in 3D as well as in time-resolved 4D animations. Conclusion The visualization of the segmented MV may significantly enhance clinical interpretation. This method provides an infrastructure for the study of image guided assessment of clinical findings and surgical planning. For complete pre- and intraoperative 3D MV FEM analysis, three input elements are necessary: 1. time-gated, reality-based structural information, 2. continuous MV pressure and 3. instantaneous tissue elastance. The present process makes the first of these elements available. Volume defect analysis is essential to fully understand functional and geometrical dysfunction of but not limited to the valve. 3D Slicer was used for semi-automatic valve border detection and volume-rendering of clinical 3D echocardiographic data. FEM based models were also calculated. Method A Philips/HP Sonos 5500 ultrasound device stores volume data as time-resolved 4D volume data sets. Data sets for three subjects were used. Since 3D Slicer does not process time-resolved data sets, we employed a standard movie maker to animate the individual time-based models and visualizations. Calculation time and model size were minimized. Pressures were also easily available. We speculate that calculation of instantaneous elastance may be possible using instantaneous pressure values and tissue deformation data derived from the animated FEM. PMID:16512925

  4. Self-Calibration of Cone-Beam CT Geometry Using 3D-2D Image Registration: Development and Application to Task-Based Imaging with a Robotic C-Arm

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    Ouadah, S.; Stayman, J. W.; Gang, G.; Uneri, A.; Ehtiati, T.; Siewerdsen, J. H.

    2015-01-01

    Purpose Robotic C-arm systems are capable of general noncircular orbits whose trajectories can be driven by the particular imaging task. However obtaining accurate calibrations for reconstruction in such geometries can be a challenging problem. This work proposes a method to perform a unique geometric calibration of an arbitrary C-arm orbit by registering 2D projections to a previously acquired 3D image to determine the transformation parameters representing the system geometry. Methods Experiments involved a cone-beam CT (CBCT) bench system, a robotic C-arm, and three phantoms. A robust 3D-2D registration process was used to compute the 9 degree of freedom (DOF) transformation between each projection and an existing 3D image by maximizing normalized gradient information with a digitally reconstructed radiograph (DRR) of the 3D volume. The quality of the resulting self-calibration was evaluated in terms of the agreement with an established calibration method using a BB phantom as well as image quality in the resulting CBCT reconstruction. Results The self-calibration yielded CBCT images without significant difference in spatial resolution from the standard (true) calibration methods (p-value >0.05 for all three phantoms), and the differences between CBCT images reconstructed using the self and true calibration methods were on the order of 10?3 mm?1. Maximum error in magnification was 3.2%, and back-projection ray placement was within 0.5 mm. Conclusion The proposed geometric self calibration provides a means for 3D imaging on general non-circular orbits in CBCT systems for which a geometric calibration is either not available or not reproducible. The method forms the basis of advanced task-based 3D imaging methods now in development for robotic C-arms. PMID:26388661

  5. Self-calibration of cone-beam CT geometry using 3D-2D image registration: development and application to tasked-based imaging with a robotic C-arm

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    Ouadah, S.; Stayman, J. W.; Gang, G.; Uneri, A.; Ehtiati, T.; Siewerdsen, J. H.

    2015-03-01

    Purpose: Robotic C-arm systems are capable of general noncircular orbits whose trajectories can be driven by the particular imaging task. However obtaining accurate calibrations for reconstruction in such geometries can be a challenging problem. This work proposes a method to perform a unique geometric calibration of an arbitrary C-arm orbit by registering 2D projections to a previously acquired 3D image to determine the transformation parameters representing the system geometry. Methods: Experiments involved a cone-beam CT (CBCT) bench system, a robotic C-arm, and three phantoms. A robust 3D-2D registration process was used to compute the 9 degree of freedom (DOF) transformation between each projection and an existing 3D image by maximizing normalized gradient information with a digitally reconstructed radiograph (DRR) of the 3D volume. The quality of the resulting "self-calibration" was evaluated in terms of the agreement with an established calibration method using a BB phantom as well as image quality in the resulting CBCT reconstruction. Results: The self-calibration yielded CBCT images without significant difference in spatial resolution from the standard ("true") calibration methods (p-value >0.05 for all three phantoms), and the differences between CBCT images reconstructed using the "self" and "true" calibration methods were on the order of 10-3 mm-1. Maximum error in magnification was 3.2%, and back-projection ray placement was within 0.5 mm. Conclusion: The proposed geometric "self" calibration provides a means for 3D imaging on general noncircular orbits in CBCT systems for which a geometric calibration is either not available or not reproducible. The method forms the basis of advanced "task-based" 3D imaging methods now in development for robotic C-arms.

  6. Active forearc shortening in Tohoku, Japan: Constraints on fault geometry from erosion rates and fluvial longitudinal profiles

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    Regalla, Christine; Kirby, Eric; Fisher, Donald; Bierman, Paul

    2013-08-01

    Convexities in the longitudinal profiles of actively incising rivers are typically considered to represent the morphologic signal of a transient response to external perturbations in tectonic or climatic forcing. Distinguishing such knickzones from those that may be anchored to the channel network by spatial variations in rock uplift, however, can be challenging. Here, we combine stream profile analysis, 10Be watershed-averaged erosion rates, and numerical modeling of stream profile evolution to evaluate whether knickzones in the Abukuma massif of northeast Japan represent a temporal or spatial change in rock uplift rate in relation to forearc shortening. Knickzones in channels that drain the eastern flank of the Abukuma massif are characterized by breaks in slope-area scaling and separate low-gradient, alluvial upper-channel segments from high-gradient, deeply-incised lower channel segments. Average erosion rates inferred from 10Be concentrations in modern sediment below knickzones exceed erosion rates above knickzones by 20-50%. Although profile convexities could be interpreted as a transient response to an increase in rock uplift rate associated with slip on the range-bounding fault, geologic constraints on the initiation of fault slip and the magnitude of displacement cannot be reconciled with a recent, spatially uniform increase in slip rate. Rather, we find that knickzone position, stream profile gradients, and basin averaged erosion rates are best explained by a relatively abrupt spatial increase in uplift rate localized above a flat-ramp transition in the fault system. These analyses highlight the importance of considering spatially non-uniform uplift in the interpretation of stream profile evolution and demonstrate that the adjustment of river profiles to fault displacement can provide constraints on fault geometry in actively eroding landscapes.

  7. The first systematic analysis of 3D rapid prototyped poly(?-caprolactone) scaffolds manufactured through BioCell printing: the effect of pore size and geometry on compressive mechanical behaviour and invitro hMSC viability.

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    Domingos, M; Intranuovo, F; Russo, T; De Santis, R; Gloria, A; Ambrosio, L; Ciurana, J; Bartolo, P

    2013-12-01

    Novel additive manufacturing processes are increasingly recognized as ideal techniques to produce 3D biodegradable structures with optimal pore size and spatial distribution, providing an adequate mechanical support for tissue regeneration while shaping in-growing tissues. With regard to the mechanical and biological performances of 3D scaffolds, pore size and geometry play a crucial role. In this study, a novel integrated automated system for the production and invitro culture of 3D constructs, known as BioCell Printing, was used only to manufacture poly(?-caprolactone) scaffolds for tissue engineering; the influence of pore size and shape on their mechanical and biological performances was investigated. Imposing a single lay-down pattern of 0/90 and varying the filament distance, it was possible to produce scaffolds with square interconnected pores with channel sizes falling in the range of 245-433m, porosity 49-57% and a constant road width. Three different lay-down patterns were also adopted (0/90, 0/60/120 and 0/45/90/135), thus resulting in scaffolds with quadrangular, triangular and complex internal geometries, respectively. Mechanical compression tests revealed a decrease of scaffold stiffness with the increasing porosity and number of deposition angles (from 0/90 to 0/45/90/135). Results from biological analysis, carried out using human mesenchymal stem cells, suggest a strong influence of pore size and geometry on cell viability. On the other hand, after 21days of invitro static culture, it was not possible to detect any significant variation in terms of cell morphology promoted by scaffold topology. As a first systematic analysis, the obtained results clearly demonstrate the potential of the BioCell Printing process to produce 3D scaffolds with reproducible well organized architectures and tailored mechanical properties. PMID:24192056

  8. 3D fluid-structure modelling and vibration analysis for fault diagnosis of Francis turbine using multiple ANN and multiple ANFIS

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    Saeed, R. A.; Galybin, A. N.; Popov, V.

    2013-01-01

    This paper discusses condition monitoring and fault diagnosis in Francis turbine based on integration of numerical modelling with several different artificial intelligence (AI) techniques. In this study, a numerical approach for fluid-structure (turbine runner) analysis is presented. The results of numerical analysis provide frequency response functions (FRFs) data sets along x-, y- and z-directions under different operating load and different position and size of faults in the structure. To extract features and reduce the dimensionality of the obtained FRF data, the principal component analysis (PCA) has been applied. Subsequently, the extracted features are formulated and fed into multiple artificial neural networks (ANN) and multiple adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference systems (ANFIS) in order to identify the size and position of the damage in the runner and estimate the turbine operating conditions. The results demonstrated the effectiveness of this approach and provide satisfactory accuracy even when the input data are corrupted with certain level of noise.

  9. Subsurface Geometry of the Sani-Chelungpu Faults and Fold Scarp Formation in the 1999 Chi-Chi Taiwan Earthquake

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    Hung, J.; Suppe, J.

    2002-12-01

    A set of detailed cross sections reveal three-dimensional ramp-flat geometry of the Sani and Chelungpu faults in central Taiwan, where the Chi-Chi earthquake occurred. Along the Choshui River, the Chelungpu fault dips toward the east at 30o-40 o and detached at a depth of 10 km. Along with decreasing ramp-dip to 20o-25 o, the decollement changes from 10 km northward to 6 km deep in the Chungliao section, an average 32o dip toward south in 6 km distance. The decollement lies at a roughly constant depth of 6-7 km from Chungliao northward to the WufengVKuoshing section, where it steps from 6 km to 3 km deep in the Fengyuan-Tamaopu section (average 8 o dip toward south). About 10 km north of Fengyuan, drilling wells show that the Chelungpu fault lies less than 1 km along the Taan River (average 10 o dip). South of Wufeng, the Chelungpu-Sani fault emplaced the Pliocene Chinshu Shale ontop the Pleistocene Toukoushan Formation; whereas in the north, the Sani thrust imbrcates from the Chelungpu fault and cuts down-section northward. North from the Taan River, the late Quaternary Tungshih anticline in the hanging-wall of the Sani thrust localizes the surface ruptures and grows during the Chi-Chi earthquake. Fold scarps of the Chi-Chi earthquake appear in the Ailiao village (east of Tsaotun), Hsintse folded terrace, and western limb of the Tungshih antcilne. They are developed associated with coseismic fault-bend folding. Applying a schematic relationship between fault slip, folding vector and height, width and dip of fold scarp as well as terrace dating and geodetic data to the Shuichin (ele. 600m) and Dana (ele. 500m) terraces in the Hsintse area, a geologic slip rate of 5 mm/yr, or a minimum of 38 Chi-Chi equivalent earthquakes is needed to form the 100m-high fold scarp. Results of comparing coseismic and finite excess area in the Tungshih anticline show that Quaternary structures in the north of the Taan River are relatively younger than terraces in the Hsintse area.

  10. 3-D Characterization and Analysis of Fold-Fracture Relationships Using Airborne Laser Swath Mapping (ALSM) and Differential Geometry With Application to Raplee Monocline, Utah

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    Mynatt, I.; Hilley, G.; Pollard, D. D.

    2005-12-01

    Folding and fracturing can be intimately related processes in which the overburden stress, the remote tectonic stress, local folding related stresses and stress perturbations due to pre-existing fractures all influence new fracture formation. As a case study, we examine the relationship between the current fold geometry and fractures of Raplee Monocline, a Laramide aged, N-S oriented, 14-km long fold exposed in the Monument Upwarp of south-eastern Utah. The study involves three distinct parts: 1) Field based characterization of the fractures on and around the fold; 2) development of accurate models of the fold's geometry using high resolution data collected by ALSM; and 3) analysis of the fold's shape using the concepts of differential geometry. Field observations of fracture characteristics in different stratigraphic units are summarized in conceptual models of five stages of fracture evolution: 1) the formation of pre-folding E-W Set I fractures by regional stress; 2) the formation of pre-folding N-S Set II fractures probably by regional stress; 3) the shearing of Set II fractures with formation of tail-cracks and the flow of fluids through these fractures; 4) right lateral shearing induced by folding creating NW-SE Set III fractures as tail-cracks of Set I fractures and as independent fractures; and 5) the formation of new Set II oriented fractures as tail-cracks from slip along bedding planes. We develop an algorithm to extract the geometry of exhumed folded surfaces using ALSM high-resolution topographic data. The fold geometry extraction and interpolation algorithm identifies areas of the landscape that are likely to be bedding surfaces, extracts elevation points from these bedding surfaces, and interpolates fold geometry between topographic exposures of bedding planes in the landscape. Using algorithms based on differential geometry, the shape characteristics of fold models of Raplee Monocline can be precisely quantified. Specific geometric characteristics of the fold model, such as magnitude and direction of maximum curvature, are compared to the observed fracture characteristics.

  11. 3D non-Planar Finite Difference Dynamic Rupture: Application to the Landers Earthquake

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    Cruz-Atienza, V. M.; Virieux, J.; Aochi, H.; Peyrat, S.

    2004-12-01

    Many aspects of seismic complexity have been explained in the last thirty years thanks to the development of numerical approaches allowing seismologists to simulate the dynamic rupture of earthquakes. Heterogeneities in both the initial stress field and the surrounding medium are extremely important elements. The constitutive law describing the physics of the breakdown process which relates the fault friction to fault kinematics is also determinant. However, given the increasing amount of high quality seismological data, more sophisticated approaches are needed to explain observations so that others important physical factors, such as the real fault geometry, could be integrated into simulations. Bearing in mind these new high quality observations along with the current computational power, a great interest has arisen in the last five years to develop 3D numerical codes to simulate earthquakes with real fault geometries. Recently, Cruz-Atienza and Virieux (2004) have introduced a 2D finite difference (FD) approach for modeling the dynamic rupture of non-planar faults. In this work we analyze the 3D extension of such an approach. On that account, the new 3D code may consider arbitrary heterogeneous media, composite friction laws and non-planar fault geometries. The numerical criteria for rupture boundary conditions to model rupture processes accurately were determined experimentally finding consistency with those determined for the 2D case: the source is discretized by a set of numerical cells. Given a spatial grid step for wave propagation, the number of grid nodes contained in each cell should be adapted accordingly. The smaller the spatial step the greater the number of nodes. We have performed dynamic rupture simulations for different curved 3D faults and compared results with those given by a BIE method (Aochi et al., 2000). Consistency between solutions yielded by different numerical approaches is essential since it is the only way to have confidence in these kinds of complex simulations for which no theoretical solutions are available. This benchmarking exercise has also allowed us to better understand and quantify the effect of fault curvature on near-source seismograms and fault solutions. Finally, we applied our numerical approach to model the 1992 Landers earthquake (Mw=7.3). Several simulations were carried out including a heterogeneous initial stress field, layered elastic medium and the non-planar fault trace geometry. Complexity in near-field seismograms enhances the importance of both a heterogeneous surrounding medium and non-planar fault geometry due to their intimate interaction during rupture process. Aochi, H., E. Fukuyama and M. Matsu'ura, 2000, Pure. Appl. Geophys., 157, 2003-2027. Cruz-Atienza, V.M. and J. Virieux, 2004, Geophys. J. Int., 158, 939-954.

  12. Virtual California: Earthquake Statistics, Surface Deformation Patterns, Surface Gravity Changes and InSAR Interferograms for Arbitrary Fault Geometries

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    Schultz, K.; Sachs, M. K.; Heien, E. M.; Rundle, J. B.; Fernandez, J.; Turcotte, D.; Donnellan, A.

    2014-12-01

    With the ever increasing number of geodetic monitoring satellites, it is vital to have a variety of geophysical numerical simulators to produce sample/model datasets. Just as hurricane forecasts are derived from the consensus among multiple atmospheric models, earthquake forecasts cannot be derived from a single comprehensive model. Here we present the functionality of Virtual California, a numerical simulator that can generate sample surface deformations, surface gravity changes, and InSAR interferograms in addition to producing earthquake statistics and forecasts.Virtual California is a boundary element code designed to explore the seismicity of today's fault systems. For arbitrary input fault geometry, Virtual California can output simulated seismic histories of 50,000 years or more. Using co-seismic slips from the output data, we generate surface deformation maps, surface gravity change maps, and InSAR interferograms as viewed by an orbiting satellite. Furthermore, using the times between successive earthquakes we generate probability distributions and earthquake forecasts.Virtual California is now supported by the Computational Infrastructure for Geodynamics. The source code is available for download and it comes with a users' manual. The manual includes instructions on how to generate fault models from scratch, how to deploy the simulator across a parallel computing environment, etc.http://geodynamics.org/cig/software/vc/

  13. Characterizing the Geometry and History of Deformation of the Meeman-Shelby Fault near Memphis, TN

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    Hao, Y.; Magnani, M.; Guo, L.

    2011-12-01

    The New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ), located in the heart of the North American plate, is characterized by anomalously high seismicity but low surface deformation rates (0.2-1.4 mm/yr). One of the hypotheses proposed to reconcile this conflicting evidence is that fault activity and deformation may occur in different areas at different times. This hypothesis is in agreement with worldwide evidence that continental intraplate seismicity appears to be clustered, episodic and migrates throughout vast regions. One of the implications of this hypothesis is that the area of current seismicity might not represent the long-term seismogenic zone in Central U.S., and that faults, additional to the ones presently active, may have been seismogenic during the Quaternary. In order to image and characterize the network of faults buried beneath the Mississippi valley sediments, a series of high-resolution seismic surveys on or near Mississippi River have been carried out from 2008 to present. In the summer of 2008 one of these surveys, a high-resolution marine seismic reflection profile acquired along the Mississippi River, imaged a 45 km-long fault located about 10 km west of Memphis, Tennessee, at three different river crossings. The fault, named the Meeman-Shelby Fault (MSF), strikes N25E and offsets/folds the unconsolidated sediments from the top of the Paleozoic to the base of the Quaternary alluvium, suggesting recent tectonic activity. In the fall of 2010, in order to image the onshore continuation of the MSF, an additional 10 km-long high-resolution seismic reflection profile was acquired on land near West Memphis, Arkansas, across the segment of the fault between two river crossings. Here we present the newly acquired 2010 land seismic reflection profile and newly processed 2008 marine seismic reflection profiles crossing the MSF. The 2010 land survey acquired high quality data and imaged the MSF dipping WNW at a high angle, at the projected location, about 8 km west of downtown Memphis. Clear reflections at ~600 m and ~800 m corresponding to the top of the Cretaceous and the top of the Paleozoic sequences are visible throughout the profile. The seismic data clearly show that the fault displaces the top of the Paleozoic units for ~40 ms and the top of the Cretaceous sediments for ~30 ms, folding the top of the Paleocene, at a depth of ~380 ms. Similar conclusions can be drawn from the 2008 marine profiles. The consistent increase of offset with depth observed along the fault suggests a prolonged activity throughout the Tertiary and the Quaternary. In order to analyze in detail the displacement within the different units and to restore the deformation history of the MSF, we present a post-stack depth migrated version of the profiles. Depth migration was performed with a Kirchhoff algorithm, using a velocity field derived from iterative modification of an initial velocity model from nearby deep borehole sonic logs.

  14. 3-D Numerical Simulation and Analysis of Complex Fiber Geometry RaFC Materials with High Volume Fraction and High Aspect Ratio based on ABAQUS PYTHON

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    Jin, BoCheng

    2011-12-01

    Organic and inorganic fiber reinforced composites with innumerable fiber orientation distributions and fiber geometries are abundantly available in several natural and synthetic structures. Inorganic glass fiber composites have been introduced to numerous applications due to their economical fabrication and tailored structural properties. Numerical characterization of such composite material systems is necessitated due to their intrinsic statistical nature, which renders extensive experimentation prohibitively time consuming and costly. To predict various mechanical behavior and characterizations of Uni-Directional Fiber Composites (UDFC) and Random Fiber Composites (RaFC), we numerically developed Representative Volume Elements (RVE) with high accuracy and efficiency and with complex fiber geometric representations encountered in uni-directional and random fiber networks. In this thesis, the numerical simulations of unidirectional RaFC fiber strand RVE models (VF>70%) are first presented by programming in ABAQUS PYTHON. Secondly, when the cross sectional aspect ratios (AR) of the second phase fiber inclusions are not necessarily one, various types of RVE models with different cross sectional shape fibers are simulated and discussed. A modified random sequential absorption algorithm is applied to enhance the volume fraction number (VF) of the RVE, which the mechanical properties represents the composite material. Thirdly, based on a Spatial Segment Shortest Distance (SSSD) algorithm, a 3-Dimentional RaFC material RVE model is simulated in ABAQUS PYTHON with randomly oriented and distributed straight fibers of high fiber aspect ratio (AR=100:1) and volume fraction (VF=31.8%). Fourthly, the piecewise multi-segments fiber geometry is obtained in MATLAB environment by a modified SSSD algorithm. Finally, numerical methods including the polynomial curve fitting and piecewise quadratic and cubic B-spline interpolation are applied to optimize the RaFC fiber geometries. Based on the multi-segments fiber geometries and aforementioned techniques, smooth curved fiber geometries depicted by cubic B-spline polynomial interpolation are obtained and different types of RaFC RVEs with high fiber filament aspect ratio (AR>3000:1) and high RVE volume fraction (VF>40.29%) are simulated by ABAQUS scripting language PYTHON programming.

  15. The geometry of the active strike-slip El Tigre Fault, Precordillera of San Juan, Central-Western Argentina: integrating resistivity surveys with structural and geomorphological data

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    Fazzito, Sabrina Y.; Cortés, José M.; Rapalini, Augusto E.; Terrizzano, Carla M.

    2013-07-01

    The geometry and related geomorphological features of the right-lateral strike-slip El Tigre Fault, one of the main morphostructural discontinuities in the Central-Western Precordillera of Argentina, were investigated. Achievements of this survey include: recognition of structural and geometrical discontinuities along the fault trace, identification and classification of landforms associated with local transpressional and transtensional sectors, observation of significant changes in the fault strike and detection of right and left bends of different wavelength. In the Central Segment of the El Tigre Fault, 2D electrical resistivity tomography surveys were carried out across the fault zone. The resistivity imaging permitted to infer the orientation of the main fault surface, the presence of blind fault branches along the fault zone, tectonic tilting of the Quaternary sedimentary cover, subsurface structure of pressure ridges and depth to the water table. Based on this information, it is possible to characterize the El Tigre Fault also as an important hydro-geological barrier. Our survey shows that the main fault surface changes along different segments from a high-angle to a subvertical setting whilst the vertical-slip component is either reverse or normal, depending on the local transpressive or transtensive regime induced by major bends along the trace. These local variations are expressed as sections of a few kilometres in length with relatively homogeneous behaviour and frequently separated by oblique or transversal structures.

  16. Inversion of the 3D exponential x-ray transform for a half equatorial band and other semi-circular geometries

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    Noo, Frdric; Clackdoyle, Rolf; Wagner, Jean-Marc

    2002-08-01

    This work presents new mathematical results on the inversion of the exponential x-ray transform. It is shown that a reconstruction formula can be obtained for any dataset whose projection directions consist of a union of half great circles on the unit sphere. A basic example of such a dataset is the semi-equatorial band. The discussion in the paper is mostly focused on this example. The reconstruction formula takes the form of a Neumann (geometric) series and is both exact and stable. The exponential x-ray transform has been mainly studied in SPECT imaging. In this context, our results demonstrate mathematically that fully 3D image reconstruction in SPECT with non-zero attenuation does not always require symmetric datasets (opposing views).

  17. 3D photoacoustic imaging

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    Carson, Jeffrey J. L.; Roumeliotis, Michael; Chaudhary, Govind; Stodilka, Robert Z.; Anastasio, Mark A.

    2010-06-01

    Our group has concentrated on development of a 3D photoacoustic imaging system for biomedical imaging research. The technology employs a sparse parallel detection scheme and specialized reconstruction software to obtain 3D optical images using a single laser pulse. With the technology we have been able to capture 3D movies of translating point targets and rotating line targets. The current limitation of our 3D photoacoustic imaging approach is its inability ability to reconstruct complex objects in the field of view. This is primarily due to the relatively small number of projections used to reconstruct objects. However, in many photoacoustic imaging situations, only a few objects may be present in the field of view and these objects may have very high contrast compared to background. That is, the objects have sparse properties. Therefore, our work had two objectives: (i) to utilize mathematical tools to evaluate 3D photoacoustic imaging performance, and (ii) to test image reconstruction algorithms that prefer sparseness in the reconstructed images. Our approach was to utilize singular value decomposition techniques to study the imaging operator of the system and evaluate the complexity of objects that could potentially be reconstructed. We also compared the performance of two image reconstruction algorithms (algebraic reconstruction and l1-norm techniques) at reconstructing objects of increasing sparseness. We observed that for a 15-element detection scheme, the number of measureable singular vectors representative of the imaging operator was consistent with the demonstrated ability to reconstruct point and line targets in the field of view. We also observed that the l1-norm reconstruction technique, which is known to prefer sparseness in reconstructed images, was superior to the algebraic reconstruction technique. Based on these findings, we concluded (i) that singular value decomposition of the imaging operator provides valuable insight into the capabilities of a 3D photoacoustic imaging system, and (ii) that reconstruction algorithms which favor sparseness can significantly improve imaging performance. These methodologies should provide a means to optimize detector count and geometry for a multitude of 3D photoacoustic imaging applications.

  18. Exact geometry solid-shell element based on a sampling surfaces technique for 3D stress analysis of doubly-curved composite shells

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    Kulikov, G. M.; Mamontov, A. A.; Plotnikova, S. V.; Mamontov, S. A.

    2015-11-01

    A hybrid-mixed ANS four-node shell element by using the sampling surfaces (SaS) technique is developed. The SaS formulation is based on choosing inside the nth layer In not equally spaced SaS parallel to the middle surface of the shell in order to introduce the displacements of these surfaces as basic shell variables. Such choice of unknowns with the consequent use of Lagrange polynomials of degree In - 1 in the thickness direction for each layer permits the presentation of the layered shell formulation in a very compact form. The SaS are located inside each layer at Chebyshev polynomial nodes that allows one to minimize uniformly the error due to the Lagrange interpolation. To implement the efficient analytical integration throughout the element, the enhanced ANS method is employed. The proposed hybrid-mixed four-node shell element is based on the Hu-Washizu variational equation and exhibits a superior performance in the case of coarse meshes. It could be useful for the 3D stress analysis of thick and thin doubly-curved shells since the SaS formulation gives the possibility to obtain numerical solutions with a prescribed accuracy, which asymptotically approach the exact solutions of elasticity as the number of SaS tends to infinity.

  19. SU-E-T-342: Use of Patient Geometry Measurements to Predict Dosimetric Gain with VMAT Over 3D for Chestwall and Regional Nodal Radiation

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    Dumane, V; Knoll, M; Green, S; Bakst, R; Hunt, M; Steinberger, E

    2014-06-01

    Purpose: To predict the dosimetric gain of VMAT over 3D for the treatment ofchestwall/IMN/supraclavicular nodes using geometric parameters acquired during simulation Methods: CT scans for 20 left and 20 right sided patients were retrospectively analyzed toobtain percent ipsilateral lung volume included in the PWT and supraclavicular fields, central lung depth (CLD), maximum lung depth (MLD), separation, chestwall concavity (defined here as the product of CLD and separation) and the maximum heart depth (MHD). VMAT, PWT and P/E plans were done for each case. The ipsilateral lung V20 Gy and mean, total lung V20 Gy and mean, heart V25 Gy and mean were noted for each plan. Correlation coefficients were obtained and linear regression models were built using data from the above training set of patients and then tested on 4 new patients. Results: The decrease in ipsilateral lung V20 Gy, total lung V20 Gy, ipsilateral lung mean and total lung mean with VMAT over PWT significantly (p<0.05) correlated with the percent volume of ipsilateral lung included in the PWT and supraclavicular fields with correlation coefficient values of r = 0.83, r = 0.77, r = 0.78 and r = 0.75 respectively. Significant correlations were also found between MHD and the decrease in heart V25 Gy and mean of r = 0.77 and r = 0.67 respectively. Dosimetric improvement with VMAT over P/E plans showed no correlation to any of the geometric parameters investigated in this study. The dosimetric gain predicted for the 4 test cases by the linear regression models given their respective percent ipsilateral lung volumes fell within the 95% confidence intervals around the best regression fit. Conclusion: The percent ipsilateral lung volume appears to be a strong predictor of the dosimetric gain on using VMAT over PWT apriori.

  20. Enigmatic structures within salt walls of the Santos Basin-Part 1: Geometry and kinematics from 3D seismic reflection and well data

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    Jackson, Christopher A.-L.; Jackson, Martin P. A.; Hudec, Michael R.; Rodriguez, Clara R.

    2015-06-01

    Understanding intrasalt structure may elucidate the fundamental kinematics and, ultimately, the mechanics of diapir growth. However, there have been relatively few studies of the internal structure of salt diapirs outside the mining industry because their cores are only partly exposed in the field and poorly imaged on seismic reflection data. This study uses 3D seismic reflection and borehole data from the So Paulo Plateau, Santos Basin, offshore Brazil to document the variability in intrasalt structural style in natural salt diapirs. We document a range of intrasalt structures that record: (i) initial diapir rise; (ii) rise of lower mobile halite through an arched and thinned roof of denser, layered evaporites, and emplacement of an intrasalt sheet or canopy; (iii) formation of synclinal flaps kinematically linked to emplacement of the intrasalt allochthonous bodies; and (iv) diapir squeezing. Most salt walls contain simple internal anticlines. Only a few salt walls contain allochthonous bodies and breakout-related flaps. The latter occur in an area having a density inversion within the autochthonous salt layer, such that upper, anhydrite-rich, layered evaporites are denser than lower, more halite-rich evaporites. We thus interpret that most diapirs rose through simple fold amplification of internal salt stratigraphy but that locally, where a density inversion existed in the autochthonous salt, Rayleigh-Taylor overturn within the growing diapir resulted in the ascent of less dense evaporites into the diapir crest by breaching of the internal anticline. This resulted in the formation of steep salt-ascension zones or feeders and the emplacement of high-level intrasalt allocthonous sheets underlain by breakout-related flaps. Although regional shortening undoubtedly occurred on the So Paulo Plateau during the Late Cretaceous, we suggest this was only partly responsible for the complex intrasalt deformation. We suggest that, although based on the Santos Basin, our kinematic model may be more generally applicable to other salt-bearing sedimentary basins.

  1. Direct measurements of dust attenuation in z ∼ 1.5 star-forming galaxies from 3D-HST: Implications for dust geometry and star formation rates

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    Price, Sedona H.; Kriek, Mariska; Brammer, Gabriel B.; Conroy, Charlie; Schreiber, Natascha M. Förster; Wuyts, Stijn; Franx, Marijn; Fumagalli, Mattia; Lundgren, Britt; Momcheva, Ivelina; Nelson, Erica J.; Van Dokkum, Pieter G.; Skelton, Rosalind E.; Whitaker, Katherine E.

    2014-06-10

    The nature of dust in distant galaxies is not well understood, and until recently few direct dust measurements have been possible. We investigate dust in distant star-forming galaxies using near-infrared grism spectra of the 3D-HST survey combined with archival multi-wavelength photometry. These data allow us to make a direct comparison between dust around star-forming regions (A {sub V,} {sub H} {sub II}) and the integrated dust content (A {sub V,} {sub star}). We select a sample of 163 galaxies between 1.36 ≤ z ≤ 1.5 with Hα signal-to-noise ratio ≥5 and measure Balmer decrements from stacked spectra to calculate A {sub V,} {sub H} {sub II}. First, we stack spectra in bins of A {sub V,} {sub star}, and find that A {sub V,} {sub H} {sub II} = 1.86 A {sub V,} {sub star}, with a significance of σ = 1.7. Our result is consistent with the two-component dust model, in which galaxies contain both diffuse and stellar birth cloud dust. Next, we stack spectra in bins of specific star formation rate (log SSFR), star formation rate (log SFR), and stellar mass (log M {sub *}). We find that on average A {sub V,} {sub H} {sub II} increases with SFR and mass, but decreases with increasing SSFR. Interestingly, the data hint that the amount of extra attenuation decreases with increasing SSFR. This trend is expected from the two-component model, as the extra attenuation will increase once older stars outside the star-forming regions become more dominant in the galaxy spectrum. Finally, using Balmer decrements we derive dust-corrected Hα SFRs, and find that stellar population modeling produces incorrect SFRs if rapidly declining star formation histories are included in the explored parameter space.

  2. Direct Measurement of Dust Attenuation in z approx. 1.5 Star-Forming Galaxies from 3D-HST: Implications for Dust Geometry and Star Formation Rates

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    Price, Sedona H.; Kriek, Mariska; Brammer, Gabriel B; Conroy, Charlie; Schreiber, Natascha M. Foerster; Franx, Marijn; Fumagalli, Mattia; Lundren, Britt; Momcheva, Ivelina; Nelson, Erica J.; Rix, Hans-Walter; Skelton, Rosalind E.; VanDokkum, Pieter G.; Tease, Katherine Whitaker; Wuyts, Stijn

    2013-01-01

    The nature of dust in distant galaxies is not well understood, and until recently few direct dust measurements have been possible. We investigate dust in distant star-forming galaxies using near-infrared grism spectra of the 3D-HST survey combined with archival multi-wavelength photometry. These data allow us to make a direct comparison between dust towards star-forming regions (measured using Balmer decrements) and the integrated dust properties (derived by comparing spectral energy distributions [SEDs] with stellar population and dust models) for a statistically significant sample of distant galaxies. We select a sample of 163 galaxies between 1.36< or = z< or = 1.5 with H(alpha) SNR > or = 5 and measure Balmer decrements from stacked spectra. First, we stack spectra in bins of integrated stellar dust attenuation, and find that there is extra dust extinction towards star-forming regions (AV,HII is 1.81 times the integrated AV, star), though slightly lower than found for low-redshift starburst galaxies. Next, we stack spectra in bins of specific star formation rate (log sSFR), star formation rate (log SFR), and stellar mass (logM*). We find that on average AV,HII increases with SFR and mass, but decreases with increasing sSFR. The amount of extra extinction also decreases with increasing sSFR and decreasing stellar mass. Our results are consistent with the two-phase dust model - in which galaxies contain both a diffuse and a stellar birth cloud dust component - as the extra extinction will increase once older stars outside the star-forming regions become more dominant. Finally, using our Balmer decrements we derive dust-corrected H(alpha) SFRs, and find evidence that SED fitting produces incorrect SFRs if very rapidly declining SFHs are included in the explored parameter space. Subject headings: dust, extinction- galaxies: evolution- galaxies: high-redshift

  3. Neotectonic reactivation of shear zones and implications for faulting style and geometry in the continental margin of NE Brazil

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    Bezerra, F. H. R.; Rossetti, D. F.; Oliveira, R. G.; Medeiros, W. E.; Neves, B. B. Brito; Balsamo, F.; Nogueira, F. C. C.; Dantas, E. L.; Andrades Filho, C.; Góes, A. M.

    2014-02-01

    The eastern continental margin of South America comprises a series of rift basins developed during the breakup of Pangea in the Jurassic-Cretaceous. We integrated high resolution aeromagnetic, structural and stratigraphic data in order to evaluate the role of reactivation of ductile, Neoproterozoic shear zones in the deposition and deformation of post-rift sedimentary deposits in one of these basins, the Paraíba Basin in northeastern Brazil. This basin corresponds to the last part of the South American continent to be separated from Africa during the Pangea breakup. Sediment deposition in this basin occurred in the Albian-Maastrichtian, Eocene-Miocene, and in the late Quaternary. However, our investigation concentrates on the Miocene-Quaternary, which we consider the neotectonic period because it encompasses the last stress field. This consisted of an E-W-oriented compression and a N-S-oriented extension. The basement of the basin forms a slightly seaward-tilted ramp capped by a late Cretaceous to Quaternary sedimentary cover ~ 100-400 m thick. Aeromagnetic lineaments mark the major steeply-dipping, ductile E-W- to NE-striking shear zones in this basement. The ductile shear zones mainly reactivated as strike-slip, normal and oblique-slip faults, resulting in a series of Miocene-Quaternary depocenters controlled by NE-, E-W-, and a few NW-striking faults. Faulting produced subsidence and uplift that are largely responsible for the present-day morphology of the valleys and tablelands in this margin. We conclude that Precambrian shear zone reactivation controlled geometry and orientation, as well as deformation of sedimentary deposits, until the Neogene-Quaternary.

  4. 3D Reconstruction of the 22 May 2007 Magnetic Cloud: How Much Can We Trust the Flux- Rope Geometry of CMEs?

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    Liu, Y.; Luhmann, J.; Wang, L.; Lynch, B.; Huttunen, E.; Lin, R.; Bale, S.; Russell, C.; Galvin, T.

    2008-05-01

    Coronal mass ejections (CMEs) are often assumed to be magnetic flux ropes, but direct proof has been lacking. A key feature, resulting from the translational symmetry of a flux rope, is that the total transverse pressure as well as the axial magnetic field has the same functional form over the vector potential along any crossing of the flux rope. We test this feature (and hence the flux-rope structure) by reconstructing the 22 May 2007 magnetic cloud (MC) observed at STEREO B, Wind/ACE and possibly STEREO A with the Grad-Shafranov (GS) method. The model output from reconstruction at STEREO B agrees fairly well with the magnetic field and thermal pressure observed at ACE/Wind; the separation between STEREO B and ACE/Wind is about 0.06 AU, almost half of the MC radial width. For the first time, we reproduce observations at one spacecraft with data from another well- separated spacecraft, which provides compelling evidence for the flux-rope geometry and is of importance for understanding CME initiation and propagation. The magnetic field line length, calculated from the velocity dispersion of energetic electrons within the MC, is substantially longer than the nominal Parker spiral field, which is consistent with a flux-rope structure. The reconstruction gives a global configuration of the MC at different spacecraft with a flattened cross section owing to the solar wind radial expansion. A similar approach is also performed with a force-free flux-rope fitting model in an effort to compare with the GS reconstruction results.

  5. Exploring the 3D geometry of the diffusion kurtosis tensor--impact on the development of robust tractography procedures and novel biomarkers.

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    Neto Henriques, Rafael; Correia, Marta Morgado; Nunes, Rita Gouveia; Ferreira, Hugo Alexandre

    2015-05-01

    Diffusion kurtosis imaging (DKI) is a diffusion-weighted technique which overcomes limitations of the commonly used diffusion tensor imaging approach. This technique models non-Gaussian behaviour of water diffusion by the diffusion kurtosis tensor (KT), which can be used to provide indices of tissue heterogeneity and a better characterisation of the spatial architecture of tissue microstructure. In this study, the geometry of the KT is elucidated using synthetic data generated from multi-compartmental models, where diffusion heterogeneity between intra- and extra-cellular media is taken into account, as well as the sensitivity of the results to each model parameter and to synthetic noise. Furthermore, based on the assumption that the maxima of the KT are distributed perpendicularly to the direction of well-aligned fibres, a novel algorithm for estimating fibre direction directly from the KT is proposed and compared to the fibre directions extracted from DKI-based orientation distribution function (ODF) estimates previously proposed in the literature. Synthetic data results showed that, for fibres crossing at high intersection angles, direction estimates extracted directly from the KT have smaller errors than the DKI-based ODF estimation approaches (DKI-ODF). Nevertheless, the proposed method showed smaller angular resolution and lower stability to changes of the simulation parameters. On real data, tractography performed on these KT fibre estimates suggests a higher sensitivity than the DKI-based ODF in resolving lateral corpus callosum fibres reaching the pre-central cortex when diffusion acquisition is performed with five b-values. Using faster acquisition schemes, KT-based tractography did not show improved performance over the DKI-ODF procedures. Nevertheless, it is shown that direct KT fibre estimates are more adequate for computing a generalised version of radial kurtosis maps. PMID:25676915

  6. Fault growth and interactions in a multiphase rift fault network: Horda Platform, Norwegian North Sea

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    Duffy, Oliver B.; Bell, Rebecca E.; Jackson, Christopher A.-L.; Gawthorpe, Rob L.; Whipp, Paul S.

    2015-11-01

    Physical models predict that multiphase rifts that experience a change in extension direction between stretching phases will typically develop non-colinear normal fault sets. Furthermore, multiphase rifts will display a greater frequency and range of styles of fault interactions than single-phase rifts. Although these physical models have yielded useful information on the evolution of fault networks in map view, the true 3D geometry of the faults and associated interactions are poorly understood. Here, we use an integrated 3D seismic reflection and borehole dataset to examine a range of fault interactions that occur in a natural multiphase fault network in the northern Horda Platform, northern North Sea. In particular we aim to: i) determine the range of styles of fault interaction that occur between non-colinear faults; ii) examine the typical geometries and throw patterns associated with each of these different styles; and iii) highlight the differences between single-phase and multiphase rift fault networks. Our study focuses on a ca. 350km2 region around the >60km long, N-S-striking Tusse Fault, a normal fault system that was active in the Permian-Triassic and again in the Late Jurassic-to-Early Cretaceous. The Tusse Fault is one of a series of large (>1500m throw) N-S-striking faults forming part of the northern Horda Platform fault network, which includes numerous smaller (2-10km long), lower throw (<100m), predominantly NW-SE-striking faults that were only active during the Late Jurassic to Early Cretaceous. We examine how the 2nd-stage NW-SE-striking faults grew, interacted and linked with the N-S-striking Tusse Fault, documenting a range of interaction styles including mechanical and kinematic isolation, abutment, retardation and reactivated relays. Our results demonstrate that: i) isolated, and abutting interactions are the most common fault interaction styles in the northern Horda Platform; ii) pre-existing faults can act as sites of nucleation for 2nd-stage faults or may form mechanical barriers to propagation; iii) the throw distribution on reactivated 1st-stage faults will be modified in a predictable manner if they are intersected or influenced by 2nd-stage faults; iv) sites of fault linkage and relay-breaching associated with the first phase of extension can act as preferential nucleation sites for 2nd-stage faults; and v) the development of fault intersections is a dynamic process, involving the gradual transition from one style to another.

  7. Fault geometry and cumulative offsets in the central Coast Ranges, California: Evidence for northward increasing slip along the San Gregorio-San Simeon-Hosgri fault

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    Langenheim, V.E.; Jachens, R.C.; Graymer, R.W.; Colgan, J.P.; Wentworth, C.M.; Stanley, R.G.

    2012-01-01

    Estimates of the dip, depth extent, and amount of cumulative displacement along the major faults in the central California Coast Ranges are controversial. We use detailed aeromagnetic data to estimate these parameters for the San GregorioSan SimeonHosgri and other faults. The recently acquired aeromagnetic data provide an areally consistent data set that crosses the onshore-offshore transition without disruption, which is particularly important for the mostly offshore San GregorioSan SimeonHosgri fault. Our modeling, constrained by exposed geology and in some cases, drill-hole and seismic-reflection data, indicates that the San GregorioSan SimeonHosgri and Reliz-Rinconada faults dip steeply throughout the seismogenic crust. Deviations from steep dips may result from local fault interactions, transfer of slip between faults, or overprinting by transpression since the late Miocene. Given that such faults are consistent with predominantly strike-slip displacement, we correlate geophysical anomalies offset by these faults to estimate cumulative displacements. We find a northward increase in right-lateral displacement along the San GregorioSan SimeonHosgri fault that is mimicked by Quaternary slip rates. Although overall slip rates have decreased over the lifetime of the fault, the pattern of slip has not changed. Northward increase in right-lateral displacement is balanced in part by slip added by faults, such as the Reliz-Rinconada, OceanicWest Huasna, and (speculatively) Santa Ynez River faults to the east.

  8. Future earthquake source faults on deep sea-floor around the Boso triple plate junction revealed by tectonic geomorphology using 3D images produced from 150 meter grid DEM

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    Goto, H.; Nakata, T.; Watanabe, M.; Suzuki, Y.; Izumi, N.; Nishizawa, A.; Horiuchi, D.; Kido, Y. N.

    2013-12-01

    Boso triple junction, which is the only example of a triple trench junction on earth, is located off the southeast of Boso peninsula, where the Izu-Bonin trench meets with the Japan trench and the Sagami trench. Boso submarine canyon, which is extended to Katsuuma basin about 7000m deep, forms an incised meander along the north side of Sagami trough. Taito spur separate Katsuuma basin from Bando abyssal basin about 9000m deep, where Japan trench meet with Isu-Bonin trench. In this paper, we present detailed stereo-paired topographic images produced from 0.002 degree (about 150m) DBEM (Digital Bathymetry Model), which processed from the depth sounding data obtained by Japan Coast Guard and JAMSTEC around Boso triple junction. It enables us to observe submarine geomorphology easily and precisely. We identified submarine active faults and other tectonic features related to subduction by using the similar standard for air-photo interpretation of inland active faults. We made more precise submarine active tectonic geomorphological map around Boso triple junction than that by previous workers. Numerous distinct faults on the so-called outer rise associated with subduction of Pacific plate are regarded as normal faulting as widely accepted. While the normal faults on the outer rise are parallel to the trench in the southern part of the Japan trench and the northern part of the Izu-Bonin trench, these normal faults around the east of the triple junction with NNW-SSE extend slightly oblique to the trench. The western margin of Bando abyssal basin is bounded by the thrust faults, which form east-facing 200-500m-high convex scarps associated with raised basin floor to the west of the scarp. These faults also deform Mogi submarine fan surface and uplift to the west along the extension of the scarp. The antecedent valley is extended for about 10km across Taito spur that is an active anticlinal ridge about 1000m high. Katsuura basin is surrounded by terraced former basin floor that is tilted to the west, indicating up-growing of Taito spur. Northeastern part of Izu bar on Philippine Sea plate is characterized by rather smooth extensive convex slope between 1500m-7500m for over 200km long along the trench. On the lower part of the slope below 6000m, several gullies such as Mikura canyon and Kita-Hachijo canyon dissecting the slope forms rapids, probably due to continuous up-warping by subsurface thrusting dipping to the west under the slope. It is noteworthy that we can identify prominent active tectonic features on even very deep sea-floor along the plate boundaries, by using 3D images produced from 150 meter grid DEM.

  9. Quantitative Process of CAOB Orogeny: Insights into the Geometry and Kinematic Evolution of the Central Segment of Wu'erhe-Xiazijie Fault at the Northwestern Margin of Junggar Basin, China

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    He, Dengfa; Wu, Xiaozhi; ma, Delong

    2014-05-01

    How do the Central Asia Orogenic Belts (CAOB) accrete or propagate since the Carboniferous Period is a key issue to understand its orogenic style and evolution processes. To make use of the new acquired seismic data, 2-D and 3-D, drilled cores and logging data, and surface geology at the Wu'erhe-Xiazijie thrust zone (WXTZ) at the northwestern margin of Junggar Basin, the paper studies the geometry and kinematics of the central segment of WXTZ. At the end of Carboniferous, it formed a fault-bend fold in the Carboniferous with the thrust fault (F1) soled into the intra-Carboniferous detachment zone and stepped-up to the surface and subjected to erosion, and thus with the very lowest Permian Jiamuhe Formation (P1j) unconformablly overlain it. The slip and horizontal shortening of F1 are 2.69km and 2.66km respectively. The second phase of thrusting was in the depositional stage of Early Permian Fengcheng Formation (P1f). By utilizing the old lower flat (F1) and a new upper detachment (F2) in the top Carboniferous it formed a tectonic wedge with a back-thrust fault developed in the overlying strata. The slip and horizontal shortening of the wedge are 9.93km and 9.43km respectively. Then it subsided and filled with thick-sediments till the earliest Triassic Period. The third phase of thrusting formed a meso-scale fault-bend fold in the Permian with the F2 as the lower detachment and the upper flat (F3) located at the base of Fengcheng Formation (P1f). The slip and horizontal shortening of the fault (F2 or F3) are the same as 4.48km. The fourth phase of thrusting took place at the latest Triassic, the fault (F4) cutoff F2 downwards and propagated upward into the upper Permian and formed a fault-propagation fold in the Triassic strata, with the fault-slip and horizontal shortening of 4.67km and 4.07km respectively. The fault-propagation fold is so-called Fengcheng anticline and a giant oil field nowadays. Besides thrusting of F4, the thrust faults, Wulanlinge( F5) and Da'erbut (F6) thrust also into the basin in a backward sequence at this time of period. Since Jurassic, it evolved into a quiescent period with the Jurassic, Cretaceous, and Paleogene strata upwardly onlapping the thrust zone. However, the Da'erbut Fault (F6) reactivated during the Late Neogene to the Quaternary. It showed a composite character of sinistral strike-slipping and reverse-faulting, which modified the structure of WXTZ. WXTZ shows episodic thrusting during Carboniferous to Triassic and exhibits a breaking-backward style with the fault-slip and horizontal shortening more than 21.74km and 20.64km respectively.

  10. Morphotectonic, Quaternary and Structural Geology Analyses of the Shallow Geometry of the Mw 6.1, 2009 L'Aquila Earthquake Fault (central Italy): A Missed Opportunity for Surface Faulting Prevention.

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    Pucci, S.; Villani, F.; Civico, R.; Pantosti, D.; Smedile, A.; De Martini, P. M.; Di Naccio, D.; Gueli, A.

    2014-12-01

    The surface-rupturing 2009 L'Aquila earthquake evidenced the limited knowledge of active faults in the Middle Aterno Valley area. Gaps in detailed mapping of Quaternary deposits and tectonic landforms did not trigger researches on active faults, but after the tragic event. We present a morphotectonic study of geometry and evolution of the activated fault system (Paganica-San Demetrio, PSDFS). The LIDAR analysis and field survey yield to a new geological and structural map of the area with an unprecedented detail for the Quaternary deposits. It shows an alluvial depositional system prograding and migrating due to fault system evolution. The normal faults offset both the Quaternary deposits and the bedrock. The structural analysis allows us to recognize two fault systems: (A) NNE- and WNW-trending conjugate extensional system overprinting a strike-slip kinematics and (B) dip-slip NW-trending system. Crosscut relationship suggests that the activity of system B prevails, since Early Pleistocene, on system A, which earlier may have controlled a differently shaped basin. System B is the main responsible for the present-day compound outline of the Middle Aterno Valley, while system A major splays now act as segment boundaries. The long-term expression of B results in prominent fault scarps offsetting Quaternary deposits, dissecting erosional and depositional flat landforms. We retrieved detailed morphologic throws along fault scarps and we dated landforms by 14C, OSL (Optically Stimulated Luminescence), CRN (Cosmogenic Radionuclide) and tephra chronology. We show the persistent role of extensional faulting in dominating Quaternary landform evolution and we estimate slip-rate of the PSDFS at different time-scales. The results support repeated activity of PSDFS for ~20 km total length, thus implying M6.6 maximum expected earthquake. Such an approach should have been applied beforehand for the actual hazard estimation, to trigger, early enough, the adoption of precautionary measures against surface faulting events.

  11. San Andreas fault geometry at Desert Hot Springs, California, and its effects on earthquake hazards and groundwater

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    Catchings, R.D.; Rymer, M.J.; Goldman, M.R.; Gandhok, G.

    2009-01-01

    The Mission Creek and Banning faults are two of the principal strands of the San Andreas fault zone in the northern Coachella Valley of southern California. Structural characteristics of the faults affect both regional earthquake hazards and local groundwater resources. We use seismic, gravity, and geological data to characterize the San Andreas fault zone in the vicinity of Desert Hot Springs. Seismic images of the upper 500 m of the Mission Creek fault at Desert Hot Springs show multiple fault strands distributed over a 500 m wide zone, with concentrated faulting within a central 200 m wide area of the fault zone. High-velocity (up to 5000 m=sec) rocks on the northeast side of the fault are juxtaposed against a low-velocity (6.0) earthquakes in the area (in 1948 and 1986) occurred at or near the depths (~10 to 12 km) of the merged (San Andreas) fault. Large-magnitude earthquakes that nucleate at or below the merged fault will likely generate strong shaking from guided waves along both fault zones and from amplified seismic waves in the low-velocity basin between the two fault zones. The Mission Creek fault zone is a groundwater barrier with the top of the water table varying by 60 m in depth and the aquifer varying by about 50 m in thickness across a 200 m wide zone of concentrated faulting.

  12. Unassisted 3D camera calibration

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    Atanassov, Kalin; Ramachandra, Vikas; Nash, James; Goma, Sergio R.

    2012-03-01

    With the rapid growth of 3D technology, 3D image capture has become a critical part of the 3D feature set on mobile phones. 3D image quality is affected by the scene geometry as well as on-the-device processing. An automatic 3D system usually assumes known camera poses accomplished by factory calibration using a special chart. In real life settings, pose parameters estimated by factory calibration can be negatively impacted by movements of the lens barrel due to shaking, focusing, or camera drop. If any of these factors displaces the optical axes of either or both cameras, vertical disparity might exceed the maximum tolerable margin and the 3D user may experience eye strain or headaches. To make 3D capture more practical, one needs to consider unassisted (on arbitrary scenes) calibration. In this paper, we propose an algorithm that relies on detection and matching of keypoints between left and right images. Frames containing erroneous matches, along with frames with insufficiently rich keypoint constellations, are detected and discarded. Roll, pitch yaw , and scale differences between left and right frames are then estimated. The algorithm performance is evaluated in terms of the remaining vertical disparity as compared to the maximum tolerable vertical disparity.

  13. Geometry Of The San Andreas Fault In The Salton Trough And Its Effect On Simulated Shaking For A Rupture Similar To That Of The Great California Shakeout Of 2008

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    Fuis, G. S.; Bauer, K.; Graves, R. W.; Aagaard, B.; Catchings, R.; Goldman, M.; Hole, J. A.; Langenheim, V. E.; Ryberg, T.; Rymer, M. J.; Scheirer, D. S.; Stock, J. M.

    2013-12-01

    The southernmost San Andreas fault (SAF) zone, in the northern Salton Trough, is considered likely to produce a large-magnitude, damaging earthquake in the near future (Jones et al., 2008, USGS OFR). The geometry of the SAF and adjacent sedimentary basins will strongly influence energy radiation and strong ground motion during a future rupture. The Salton Seismic Imaging Project (SSIP) was undertaken, in part, to provide more accurate information on SAF and basin geometry in this region. We report interpretations of seismic profiles in the Salton Trough (Lines 4-7). Lines 4 through 6 are SW-NE fault-perpendicular profiles that cross the Coachella Valley and extend into the mountain ranges on either side. Line 7 crosses the Salton Sea and sedimentary basin deposits similar to those of the Coachella Valley to the north. On three lines (4, 6, 7), seismic imaging, potential-field studies, and (or) earthquake hypocentral relocations provide evidence that active strands of the SAF dip moderately NE. Importantly, on Line 4, we have obtained a reflection image of the SAF zone, in the depth range of 5-10 km, that coincides with the microearthquake pattern here (Hauksson et al., 2012, BSSA). We interpret a moderate northeast dip (~60 deg.) for the SAF, as previously reported by Fuis et al. (2012, BSSA). We used a 3D finite-difference wave propagation method to model shaking in southern California expected from rupture on the SAF with the propeller-shaped geometry reported by Fuis et al. (2012), and we have compared this shaking to that modeled from the generally vertical geometry used in the Great California ShakeOut (Jones et al., 2008). Our results were obtained by projecting the kinematic 2008 ShakeOut rupture onto the newly characterized, dipping SAF geometry. We estimate higher levels of shaking on the hanging wall of the SAF (to the NE) and lower levels on the footwall (to the SW), as compared to the 2008 estimates. The change in ground motion level for most shaking quantities (PGA, PGV, 0.3 to 3 sec SA [spectral acceleration]) averages about +/- 20%. Southeast of Cajon Pass, where the change in fault dip between the propeller and 2008 ShakeOut geometries ranges from 10 to 50 deg., new modeled ground motions are systematically increased on the NE side by as much as a factor of 2 and decreased on the SW side by a similar amount compared to the shaking estimated in the 2008 ShakeOut rupture scenario. For the region northwest of Cajon Pass, this pattern is reversed despite the fact that the fault geometry is basically the same for the two models (vertical dip). We interpret this pattern to result from radiation pattern and directivity effects being carried northward from the southern portions of the fault.

  14. Transfer zones in listric normal fault systems

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    Bose, Shamik

    Listric normal faults are common in passive margin settings where sedimentary units are detached above weaker lithological units, such as evaporites or are driven by basal structural and stratigraphic discontinuities. The geometries and styles of faulting vary with the types of detachment and form landward and basinward dipping fault systems. Complex transfer zones therefore develop along the terminations of adjacent faults where deformation is accommodated by secondary faults, often below seismic resolution. The rollover geometry and secondary faults within the hanging wall of the major faults also vary with the styles of faulting and contribute to the complexity of the transfer zones. This study tries to understand the controlling factors for the formation of the different styles of listric normal faults and the different transfer zones formed within them, by using analog clay experimental models. Detailed analyses with respect to fault orientation, density and connectivity have been performed on the experiments in order to gather insights on the structural controls and the resulting geometries. A new high resolution 3D laser scanning technology has been introduced to scan the surfaces of the clay experiments for accurate measurements and 3D visualizations. Numerous examples from the Gulf of Mexico have been included to demonstrate and geometrically compare the observations in experiments and real structures. A salt cored convergent transfer zone from the South Timbalier Block 54, offshore Louisiana has been analyzed in detail to understand the evolutionary history of the region, which helps in deciphering the kinematic growth of similar structures in the Gulf of Mexico. The dissertation is divided into three chapters, written in a journal article format, that deal with three different aspects in understanding the listric normal fault systems and the transfer zones so formed. The first chapter involves clay experimental models to understand the fault patterns in divergent and convergent transfer zones. Flat base plate setups have been used to build different configurations that would lead to approaching, normal offset and overlapping faults geometries. The results have been analyzed with respect to fault orientation, density, connectivity and 3D geometry from photographs taken from the three free surfaces and laser scans of the top surface of the clay cake respectively. The second chapter looks into the 3D structural analysis of the South Timbalier Block 54, offshore Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico with the help of a 3D seismic dataset and associated well tops and velocity data donated by ExxonMobil Corporation. This study involves seismic interpretation techniques, velocity modeling, cross section restoration of a series of seismic lines and 3D subsurface modeling using depth converted seismic horizons, well tops and balanced cross sections. The third chapter deals with the clay experiments of listric normal fault systems and tries to understand the controls on geometries of fault systems with and without a ductile substrate. Sloping flat base plate setups have been used and silicone fluid underlain below the clay cake has been considered as an analog for salt. The experimental configurations have been varied with respect to three factors viz. the direction of slope with respect to extension, the termination of silicone polymer with respect to the basal discontinuities and overlap of the base plates. The analyses for the experiments have again been performed from photographs and 3D laser scans of the clay surface.

  15. Integrated analysis of seismological, gravimetric and structural data for identification of active faults geometries in Abruzzo and Molise areas (Italy)

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    Gaudiosi, Germana; Nappi, Rosa; Alessio, Giuliana; Porfido, Sabina; Cella, Federico; Fedi, Maurizio; Florio, Giovanni

    2015-04-01

    This paper deals with an interdisciplinary research that has been carried out for more constraining the active faults and their geometry of Abruzzo - Molise areas (Central-Southern Apennines), two of the most active areas from a geodynamic point of view of the Italian Apennines, characterized by the occurrence of intense and widely spread seismic activity. An integrated analysis of structural, seismic and gravimetric (Gaudiosi et al., 2012) data of the area has been carried out through the Geographic Information System (GIS) which has provided the capability for storing and managing large amount of spatial data from different sources. In particular, the analysis has consisted of these main steps: (a) collection and acquisition of aerial photos, numeric cartography, Digital Terrain Model (DTM) data, geophysical data; (b) generation of the vector cartographic database and alpha-numerical data; c) image processing and features classification; d) cartographic restitution and multi-layers representation. In detail three thematic data sets have been generated "fault", "earthquake" and "gravimetric" data sets. The fault Dataset has been compiled by examining and merging the available structural maps, and many recent geological and geophysical papers of literature. The earthquake Dataset has been implemented collecting seismic data by the available historical and instrumental Catalogues and new precise earthquake locations for better constraining existence and activity of some outcropping and buried tectonic structures. Seismic data have been standardized in the same format into the GIS and merged in a final catalogue. For the gravimetric Dataset, the Multiscale Derivative Analysis (MDA) of the gravity field of the area has been performed, relying on the good resolution properties of the Enhanced Horizontal Derivative (EHD) (Fedi et al., 2005). MDA of gravity data has allowed localization of several trends identifying anomaly sources whose presence was not previously detected. The main results of our integrated analysis show a strong correlation among faults, hypocentral location of earthquakes and MDA lineaments from gravity data. Furthermore 2D seismic hypocentral locations together with high-resolution analysis of gravity anomalies have been correlated to estimate the fault systems parameters (strike, dip direction and dip angle) of some structures of the areas, through the application of the DEXP method (Fedi M. and M. Pilkington, 2012). References Fedi M., Cella F., Florio G., Rapolla A.; 2005: Multiscale Derivative Analysis of the gravity and magnetic fields of the Southern Apennines (Italy). In: Finetti I.R. (ed), CROP PROJECT: Deep Seismic Exploration of the Central Mediterranean and Italy, pp. 281-318. Fedi M., Pilkington M.; 2012: Understanding imaging methods for potential field data. Geophysics, 77: G13-G24. Gaudiosi G., Alessio G., Cella F., Fedi M., Florio G., Nappi, R.; 2012: Multiparametric data analysis for seismic sources identification in the Campanian area: merging of seismological, structural and gravimetric data. BGTA,. Vol. 53, n. 3, pp. 283-298.

  16. 3-D discrete analytical ridgelet transform.

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    Helbert, David; Carr, Philippe; Andres, Eric

    2006-12-01

    In this paper, we propose an implementation of the 3-D Ridgelet transform: the 3-D discrete analytical Ridgelet transform (3-D DART). This transform uses the Fourier strategy for the computation of the associated 3-D discrete Radon transform. The innovative step is the definition of a discrete 3-D transform with the discrete analytical geometry theory by the construction of 3-D discrete analytical lines in the Fourier domain. We propose two types of 3-D discrete lines: 3-D discrete radial lines going through the origin defined from their orthogonal projections and 3-D planes covered with 2-D discrete line segments. These discrete analytical lines have a parameter called arithmetical thickness, allowing us to define a 3-D DART adapted to a specific application. Indeed, the 3-D DART representation is not orthogonal, It is associated with a flexible redundancy factor. The 3-D DART has a very simple forward/inverse algorithm that provides an exact reconstruction without any iterative method. In order to illustrate the potentiality of this new discrete transform, we apply the 3-D DART and its extension to the Local-DART (with smooth windowing) to the denoising of 3-D image and color video. These experimental results show that the simple thresholding of the 3-D DART coefficients is efficient. PMID:17153944

  17. Toward DRM for 3D geometry data

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    Gschwandtner, Michael; Uhl, Andreas

    2008-02-01

    Computationally efficient encryption techniques for polygonal mesh data are proposed which exploit the prioritization of data in progressive meshes. Significant reduction of computational demand can be achieved as compared to full encryption, but it turns out that different techniques are required to support both privacy-focussed applications and try-and-buy scenarios.

  18. Europeana and 3D

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    Pletinckx, D.

    2011-09-01

    The current 3D hype creates a lot of interest in 3D. People go to 3D movies, but are we ready to use 3D in our homes, in our offices, in our communication? Are we ready to deliver real 3D to a general public and use interactive 3D in a meaningful way to enjoy, learn, communicate? The CARARE project is realising this for the moment in the domain of monuments and archaeology, so that real 3D of archaeological sites and European monuments will be available to the general public by 2012. There are several aspects to this endeavour. First of all is the technical aspect of flawlessly delivering 3D content over all platforms and operating systems, without installing software. We have currently a working solution in PDF, but HTML5 will probably be the future. Secondly, there is still little knowledge on how to create 3D learning objects, 3D tourist information or 3D scholarly communication. We are still in a prototype phase when it comes to integrate 3D objects in physical or virtual museums. Nevertheless, Europeana has a tremendous potential as a multi-facetted virtual museum. Finally, 3D has a large potential to act as a hub of information, linking to related 2D imagery, texts, video, sound. We describe how to create such rich, explorable 3D objects that can be used intuitively by the generic Europeana user and what metadata is needed to support the semantic linking.

  19. 3D analysis of deformation bands in unconsolidated Pleistocene sediments

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    Tanner, David C.; Brandes, Christian

    2010-05-01

    Deformation bands are planar structural elements that occur in porous sandstones, even in the unconsolidated state (e.g. Aydin, 1978, Fossen et al., 2007). Whereas faults are discrete surfaces, deformation bands are much thicker, tabular zones of continuous displacement (Draganits et al. 2005). They have attracted much attention in the past because of their low permeabilities and their potential impact on fluid flow in sedimentary basins (e.g. Fossen & Bale, 2007). We present an outcrop-based study on the 3D geometry and strain of deformation band faults, which developed in Pleistocene unconsolidated sands in northern Germany. We digitally photographed a 150 150 cm square, near-vertical outcrop wall in a quarry, against an orthogonal scale. Then 15 cm of sand was scraped away and the procedure repeated. A total of ten sections were procured. The photographs were interpreted for upper and lower boundaries of the deformation band faults and distinctive stratigraphic horizons. The sections were then imported into Move2009.1 (Midland Valley Exploration Ltd, 2009) with the correct orientation and scale. Using the Move2009.1 software, we analysed the thickness of the deformation band faults, along-strike displacement of beds along the faults, and the total extension caused by faulting. The three-dimensional model is cut by a set of nine major deformation band faults, all with a normal sense of displacement; one set of six faults strike SE-NW, dipping NE by ca. 50o, the other set of three faults strike NNE-SSW, dipping WSW by ca. 45o. The former cross-cut the latter, thus their age relationship is shown. In the dip direction the faults are straight, but slightly arcuate in their strike direction. We identified seven distinct stratigraphic horizons, from which we were able to analyse along-strike displacement and total extension due to faulting. The three dimensional model shows that thickness of the deformation band faults varies elliptically and ranges from zero to 4.5 cm. Analysis of along-strike fault displacement proves that fault thickness is inversely proportional to fault displacement. We calculated horizontal extension along three sections, perpendicular to the strike of the faults. Because fault displacement varies so much along-strike, extension ranges from 30 to 60%. Clearly the deformation is unevenly distributed on this scale. Nevertheless, these are very high amounts of deformation and this has wide implications when upscaled to the whole outcrop or locality. Aydin, A., 1978, Small faults formed a deformation bands in sandstone: Pure and Applied Geophysics 116, 913-930. Draganits, E., Grasemann, B. & Hager, C., 2005, Conjugate deformation band faults in the Lower Devonian Muth Formation (Tethyan Zone, NW India): evidence for pre-Himalayan deformation structures. Geological Magazine 142, 765-781. Fossen, H. & Bale, A., 2007, Deformation bands and their influence on fluid flow: Association of American Petroleum Geologists Bulletin 91, 1685-1700. Fossen, H., Schultz, R.A., Shipton, Z.K. & Mair, K., 2007, Deformation bands in sandstone: a review: Journal of the Geological Society, 164, 755-769. Midland Valley Exploration Ltd, 2009, Move2009.1 suite: Glasgow.

  20. Facies composition and scaling relationships of extensional faults in carbonates

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    Bastesen, Eivind; Braathen, Alvar

    2010-05-01

    Fault seal evaluations in carbonates are challenged by limited input data. Our analysis of 100 extensional faults in shallow-buried layered carbonate rocks aims to improve forecasting of fault core characteristics in these rocks. We have analyzed the spatial distribution of fault core elements described using a Fault Facies classification scheme; a method specifically developed for 3D fault description and quantification, with application in reservoir modelling. In modelling, the fault envelope is populated with fault facies originating from the host rock, the properties of which (e.g. dimensions, geometry, internal structure, petrophysical properties, and spatial distribution of structural elements) are defined by outcrop data. Empirical data sets were collected from outcrops of extensional faults in fine grained, micro-porosity carbonates from western Sinai (Egypt), Central Spitsbergen (Arctic Norway), and Central Oman (Adam Foothills) which all have experienced maximum burial of 2-3 kilometres and exhibit displacements ranging from 4 centimetres to 400 meters. Key observations include fault core thickness, intrinsic composition and geometry. The studied fault cores display several distinct fault facies and facies associations. Based on geometry, fault cores can be categorised as distributed or localized. Each can be further sub-divided according to the presence of shale smear, carbonate fault rocks and cement/secondary calcite layers. Fault core thickness in carbonate rocks may be controlled by several mechanisms: (1) Mechanical breakdown: Irregularities such as breached relays and asperities are broken down by progressive faulting and fracturing to eventually form a thicker fault rock layer. (2) Layer shearing: Accumulations of shale smear along the fault core. (3) Diagenesis; pressure solution, karstification and precipitation of secondary calcite in the core. Observed fault core thicknesses scatter over three orders of magnitude, with a D/T range of 1:1 to 1:1000. In general the complete dataset shows a positive correlation between thickness (T) of fault cores and the displacement (D) on faults. For increasing displacement relationships, the D/T relationship is not constant. The D/T relationship is generally higher for small faults than for larger faults, which implies that comparisons between small and large fault with respect to this parameter should be handled with care. Fault envelope composition, as reflected by the relative proportions of different fault facies in the core, varies with displacement. In small scale faults (0-1 m displacement), secondary calcite layers and fault gouge dominate, whereas shale dominated fault rocks (shale smear) and carbonate dominated fault rocks (breccias) constitute minor components. Shale dominated fault rocks are restricted to shale-rich protoliths, and fault breccias to break-down of lenses formed near fault jogs. In medium scale faults (1-10m), fault rocks form the dominating facies, whereas the amount of secondary calcite layers decreases due to transformation into breccias. Further, in shale rich carbonates the fault cores consist of composite facies associations. In major faults (10-300 m displacement) fault rock layers and lenses dominate the fault cores. A common observation in large scale faults is a distinct layering of different fault rocks, shale smearing of major shale layers and massive secondary calcite layers along slip surfaces. Fault core heterogeneity in carbonates is ascribed to the distribution of fault facies, such as fault rocks, secondary calcite layers and shale smear. In a broader sense, facies distribution and thickness are controlled by displacement, protolith and tectonic environment. The heterogeneous properties and the varied distribution observed in this study may be valuable in forecasting fault seal characteristics of carbonate reservoirs.

  1. Geometry, slip distribution, and kinematics of surface rupture on the Sakarya fault segment during the 17 August 1999 İzmit, Turkey, earthquake

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    Langridge, R.M.; Stenner, H.D.; Fumal, T.E.; Christofferson, S.A.; Rockwell, T.K.; Hartleb, R.D.; Bachhuber, J.; Barka, A.A.

    2002-01-01

    The Mw 7.4 17 August 1999 İzmit earthquake ruptured five major fault segments of the dextral North Anatolian Fault Zone. The 26-km-long, N86°W-trending Sakarya fault segment (SFS) extends from the Sapanca releasing step-over in the west to near the town of Akyazi in the east. The SFS emerges from Lake Sapanca as two distinct fault traces that rejoin to traverse the Adapazari Plain to Akyazi. Offsets were measured across 88 cultural and natural features that cross the fault, such as roads, cornfield rows, rows of trees, walls, rails, field margins, ditches, vehicle ruts, a dike, and ground cracks. The maximum displacement observed for the İzmit earthquake (∼5.1 m) was encountered on this segment. Dextral displacement for the SFS rises from less than 1 m at Lake Sapanca to greater than 5 m near Arifiye, only 3 km away. Average slip decreases uniformly to the east from Arifiye until the fault steps left from Sagir to Kazanci to the N75°W, 6-km-long Akyazi strand, where slip drops to less than 1 m. The Akyazi strand passes eastward into the Akyazi Bend, which consists of a high-angle bend (18°-29°) between the Sakarya and Karadere fault segments, a 6-km gap in surface rupture, and high aftershock energy release. Complex structural geometries exist between the İzmit, Düzce, and 1967 Mudurnu fault segments that have arrested surface ruptures on timescales ranging from 30 sec to 88 days to 32 yr. The largest of these step-overs may have acted as a rupture segmentation boundary in previous earthquake cycles.

  2. Co-seismic fault geometry and slip distribution of the 26 December 2004, giant Sumatra-Andaman earthquake constrained by GPS, coral reef, and remote sensing data

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    Wan, Yongge; Shen, Zheng-kang; Wang, Min; Zeng, Yuehua; Huang, Jichao; Li, Xiang; Cui, Huawei; Gao, Xiwei

    2015-06-01

    We analyze co-seismic displacement field of the 26 December 2004, giant Sumatra-Andaman earthquake derived from Global Position System observations, geological vertical measurement of coral head, and pivot line observed through remote sensing. Using the co-seismic displacement field and AK135 spherical layered Earth model, we invert co-seismic slip distribution along the seismic fault. We also search the best fault geometry model to fit the observed data. Assuming that the dip angle linearly increases in downward direction, the postfit residual variation of the inversed geometry model with dip angles linearly changing along fault strike are plotted. The geometry model with local minimum misfits is the one with dip angle linearly increasing along strike from 4.3o in top southernmost patch to 4.5o in top northernmost path and dip angle linearly increased. By using the fault shape and geodetic co-seismic data, we estimate the slip distribution on the curved fault. Our result shows that the earthquake ruptured ~200-km width down to a depth of about 60 km. 0.5-12.5 m of thrust slip is resolved with the largest slip centered around the central section of the rupture zone 7N-10N in latitude. The estimated seismic moment is 8.2 1022 N m, which is larger than estimation from the centroid moment magnitude (4.0 1022 N m), and smaller than estimation from normal-mode oscillation data modeling (1.0 1023 N m).

  3. Intraoral 3D scanner

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    Kühmstedt, Peter; Bräuer-Burchardt, Christian; Munkelt, Christoph; Heinze, Matthias; Palme, Martin; Schmidt, Ingo; Hintersehr, Josef; Notni, Gunther

    2007-09-01

    Here a new set-up of a 3D-scanning system for CAD/CAM in dental industry is proposed. The system is designed for direct scanning of the dental preparations within the mouth. The measuring process is based on phase correlation technique in combination with fast fringe projection in a stereo arrangement. The novelty in the approach is characterized by the following features: A phase correlation between the phase values of the images of two cameras is used for the co-ordinate calculation. This works contrary to the usage of only phase values (phasogrammetry) or classical triangulation (phase values and camera image co-ordinate values) for the determination of the co-ordinates. The main advantage of the method is that the absolute value of the phase at each point does not directly determine the coordinate. Thus errors in the determination of the co-ordinates are prevented. Furthermore, using the epipolar geometry of the stereo-like arrangement the phase unwrapping problem of fringe analysis can be solved. The endoscope like measurement system contains one projection and two camera channels for illumination and observation of the object, respectively. The new system has a measurement field of nearly 25mm × 15mm. The user can measure two or three teeth at one time. So the system can by used for scanning of single tooth up to bridges preparations. In the paper the first realization of the intraoral scanner is described.

  4. Testing long-period ground-motion simulations of scenario earthquakes using the Mw 7.2 El Mayor-Cucapah mainshock: Evaluation of finite-fault rupture characterization and 3D seismic velocity models

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    Graves, Robert W.; Aagaard, Brad T.

    2011-01-01

    Using a suite of five hypothetical finite-fault rupture models, we test the ability of long-period (T>2.0 s) ground-motion simulations of scenario earthquakes to produce waveforms throughout southern California consistent with those recorded during the 4 April 2010 Mw 7.2 El Mayor-Cucapah earthquake. The hypothetical ruptures are generated using the methodology proposed by Graves and Pitarka (2010) and require, as inputs, only a general description of the fault location and geometry, event magnitude, and hypocenter, as would be done for a scenario event. For each rupture model, two Southern California Earthquake Center three-dimensional community seismic velocity models (CVM-4m and CVM-H62) are used, resulting in a total of 10 ground-motion simulations, which we compare with recorded ground motions. While the details of the motions vary across the simulations, the median levels match the observed peak ground velocities reasonably well, with the standard deviation of the residuals generally within 50% of the median. Simulations with the CVM-4m model yield somewhat lower variance than those with the CVM-H62 model. Both models tend to overpredict motions in the San Diego region and underpredict motions in the Mojave desert. Within the greater Los Angeles basin, the CVM-4m model generally matches the level of observed motions, whereas the CVM-H62 model tends to overpredict the motions, particularly in the southern portion of the basin. The variance in the peak velocity residuals is lowest for a rupture that has significant shallow slip (<5 km depth), whereas the variance in the residuals is greatest for ruptures with large asperities below 10 km depth. Overall, these results are encouraging and provide confidence in the predictive capabilities of the simulation methodology, while also suggesting some regions in which the seismic velocity models may need improvement.

  5. "Intelligent design" of a 3D reflection survey for the SAFOD drill-hole site

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    Alvarez, G.; Hole, J. A.; Klemperer, S. L.; Biondi, B.; Imhof, M.

    2003-12-01

    SAFOD seeks to better understand the earthquake process by drilling though the San Andreas fault (SAF) to sample an earthquake in situ. To capitalize fully on the opportunities presented by the 1D drill-hole into a complex fault zone we must characterize the surrounding 3D geology at a scale commensurate with the drilling observations, to provide the structural context to extrapolate 1D drilling results along the fault plane and into the surrounding 3D volume. Excellent active-2D and passive-3D seismic observations completed and underway lack the detailed 3D resolution required. Only an industry-quality 3D reflection survey can provide c. 25 m subsurface sample-spacing horizontally and vertically. A 3D reflection survey will provide subsurface structural and stratigraphic control at the 100-m level, mapping major geologic units, structural boundaries, and subsurface relationships between the many faults that make up the SAF fault system. A principal objective should be a reflection-image (horizon-slice through the 3D volume) of the near-vertical fault plane(s) to show variations in physical properties around the drill-hole. Without a 3D reflection image of the fault zone, we risk interpreting drilled anomalies as ubiquitous properties of the fault, or risk missing important anomalies altogether. Such a survey cannot be properly costed or technically designed without major planning. "Intelligent survey design" can minimize source and receiver effort without compromising data-quality at the fault target. Such optimization can in principal reduce the cost of a 3D seismic survey by a factor of two or three, utilizing the known surface logistic constraints, partially-known sub-surface velocity field, and the suite of scientific targets at SAFOD. Our methodology poses the selection of the survey parameters as an optimization process that allows the parameters to vary spatially in response to changes in the subsurface. The acquisition geometry is locally optimized for uniformity of subsurface illumination by a micro-genetic algorithm. We start by accurately establishing the correspondence between the subsurface area of the target reflector (in this case, the steeply-dipping SAF) and the part of the surface area whose sources and receivers contribute to its image using 3D ray-tracing. We then use dense acquisition parameters in that part of the survey area and use standard parameters in the rest of the survey area. This is the key idea that allows us to get optimum image quality with the least acquisition effort. The optimization also requires constraints from structural geologists and from the community who will interpret the results. The most critical parameters to our optimization process are the structural model of the target(s) (depth and geological dips) and the velocity model in the subsurface. We seek community input, and have formed a scientific advisory committee of academic and industry leaders, to help evaluate trade-offs for the community between cost, resolution and volume of the resultant data-set, and to ensure that an appropriate range of piggy-back experiments is developed to utilize the seismic sources available during the 3D experiment. The scientific output of our project will be a community-vetted design for a 3D reflection survey over SAFOD that is technically feasible, cost-effective, and most likely to yield the image and seismic parameter measurements that will best constrain the physical properties of the fault zone and their spatial variation.

  6. 3-D seismology in the Arabian Gulf

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    Al-Husseini, M.; Chimblo, R.

    1995-08-01

    Since 1977 when Aramco and GSI (Geophysical Services International) pioneered the first 3-D seismic survey in the Arabian Gulf, under the guidance of Aramco`s Chief Geophysicist John Hoke, 3-D seismology has been effectively used to map many complex subsurface geological phenomena. By the mid-1990s extensive 3-D surveys were acquired in Abu Dhabi, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Also in the mid-1990`s Bahrain, Kuwait and Dubai were preparing to record surveys over their fields. On the structural side 3-D has refined seismic maps, focused faults and fractures systems, as well as outlined the distribution of facies, porosity and fluid saturation. In field development, 3D has not only reduced drilling costs significantly, but has also improved the understanding of fluid behavior in the reservoir. In Oman, Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) has now acquired the first Gulf 4-D seismic survey (time-lapse 3D survey) over the Yibal Field. The 4-D survey will allow PDO to directly monitor water encroachment in the highly-faulted Cretaceous Shu`aiba reservoir. In exploration, 3-D seismology has resolved complex prospects with structural and stratigraphic complications and reduced the risk in the selection of drilling locations. The many case studies from Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, which are reviewed in this paper, attest to the effectiveness of 3D seismology in exploration and producing, in clastics and carbonates reservoirs, and in the Mesozoic and Paleozoic.

  7. 3D and Education

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Meulien Ohlmann, Odile

    2013-02-01

    Today the industry offers a chain of 3D products. Learning to "read" and to "create in 3D" becomes an issue of education of primary importance. 25 years professional experience in France, the United States and Germany, Odile Meulien set up a personal method of initiation to 3D creation that entails the spatial/temporal experience of the holographic visual. She will present some different tools and techniques used for this learning, their advantages and disadvantages, programs and issues of educational policies, constraints and expectations related to the development of new techniques for 3D imaging. Although the creation of display holograms is very much reduced compared to the creation of the 90ies, the holographic concept is spreading in all scientific, social, and artistic activities of our present time. She will also raise many questions: What means 3D? Is it communication? Is it perception? How the seeing and none seeing is interferes? What else has to be taken in consideration to communicate in 3D? How to handle the non visible relations of moving objects with subjects? Does this transform our model of exchange with others? What kind of interaction this has with our everyday life? Then come more practical questions: How to learn creating 3D visualization, to learn 3D grammar, 3D language, 3D thinking? What for? At what level? In which matter? for whom?

  8. Geometry and Pore Pressure Shape the Pattern of the Tectonic Tremors Activity on the Deep San Andreas Fault with Periodic, Period-Multiplying Recurrence Intervals

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    Mele Veedu, D.; Barbot, S.

    2014-12-01

    A never before recorded pattern of periodic, chaotic, and doubled, earthquake recurrence intervals was detected in the sequence of deep tectonic tremors of the Parkfield segment of the San Andreas Fault (Shelly, 2010). These observations may be the most puzzling seismological observations of the last decade: The pattern was regularly oscillating with a period doubling of 3 and 6 days from mid-2003 until it was disrupted by the 2004 Mw 6.0 Parkfield earthquake. But by the end of 2007, the previous pattern resumed. Here, we assume that the complex dynamics of the tremors is caused by slip on a single asperity on the San Andreas Fault with homogeneous friction properties. We developed a three-dimensional model based on the rate-and-state friction law with a single patch and simulated fault slip during all stages of the earthquake cycle using the boundary integral method of Lapusta & Liu (2009). We find that homogeneous penny-shaped asperities cannot induce the observed period doubling, and that the geometry itself of the velocity-weakening asperity is critical in enabling the characteristic behavior of the Parkfield tremors. We also find that the system is sensitive to perturbations in pore pressure, such that the ones induced by the 2004 Parkfield earthquake are sufficient to dramatically alter the dynamics of the tremors for two years, as observed by Shelly (2010). An important finding is that tremor magnitude is amplified more by macroscopic slip duration on the source asperity than by slip amplitude, indicative of a time-dependent process for the breakage of micro-asperities that leads to seismic emissions. Our simulated event duration is in the range of 25 to 150 seconds, closely comparable to the event duration of a typical Parkfield tectonic tremor. Our simulations reproduce the unique observations of the Parkfield tremor activity. This study vividly illustrates the critical role of geometry in shaping the dynamics of fault slip evolution on a seismogenic fault.

  9. Geometry of the Nojima fault at Nojima-Hirabayashi, Japan - I. A simple damage structure inferred from borehole core permeability

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    Lockner, D.A.; Tanaka, H.; Ito, H.; Ikeda, R.; Omura, K.; Naka, H.

    2009-01-01

    The 1995 Kobe (Hyogo-ken Nanbu) earthquake, M = 7.2, ruptured the Nojima fault in southwest Japan. We have studied core samples taken from two scientific drillholes that crossed the fault zone SW of the epicentral region on Awaji Island. The shallower hole, drilled by the Geological Survey of Japan (GSJ), was started 75 m to the SE of the surface trace of the Nojima fault and crossed the fault at a depth of 624 m. A deeper hole, drilled by the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention (NIED) was started 302 m to the SE of the fault and crossed fault strands below a depth of 1140 m. We have measured strength and matrix permeability of core samples taken from these two drillholes. We find a strong correlation between permeability and proximity to the fault zone shear axes. The half-width of the high permeability zone (approximately 15 to 25 m) is in good agreement with the fault zone width inferred from trapped seismic wave analysis and other evidence. The fault zone core or shear axis contains clays with permeabilities of approximately 0.1 to 1 microdarcy at 50 MPa effective confining pressure (10 to 30 microdarcy at in situ pressures). Within a few meters of the fault zone core, the rock is highly fractured but has sustained little net shear. Matrix permeability of this zone is approximately 30 to 60 microdarcy at 50 MPa effective confining pressure (300 to 1000 microdarcy at in situ pressures). Outside this damage zone, matrix permeability drops below 0.01 microdarcy. The clay-rich core material has the lowest strength with a coefficient of friction of approximately 0.55. Shear strength increases with distance from the shear axis. These permeability and strength observations reveal a simple fault zone structure with a relatively weak fine-grained core surrounded by a damage zone of fractured rock. In this case, the damage zone will act as a high-permeability conduit for vertical and horizontal flow in the plane of the fault. The fine-grained core region, however, will impede fluid flow across the fault. ?? Birkh??user Verlag, Basel 2009.

  10. TAURUS. 3-d Finite Element Code Postprocessor

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    Whirley, R.G.

    1992-03-03

    TAURUS reads the binary plot files generated by the LLNL three-dimensional finite element analysis codes, NIKE3D (ESTSC 139), DYNA3D (ESTSC 138), TACO3D (ESTSC 287), TOPAZ3D (ESTSC 231), and GEMINI (ESTSC 455) and plots contours, time histories,and deformed shapes. Contours of a large number of quantities may be plotted on meshes consisting of plate, shell, and solid type elements. TAURUS can compute a variety of strain measures, reaction forces along constrained boundaries, and momentum. TAURUS has three phases: initialization, geometry display with contouring, and time history processing.

  11. TAURUS. 3-D Finite Element Code Postprocessor

    SciTech Connect

    Whirley, R.G.

    1992-03-03

    TAURUS reads the binary plot files generated by the LLNL three-dimensional finite element analysis codes, NIKE3D, DYNA3D, TACO3D, TOPAZ3D, and GEMINI and plots contours, time histories,and deformed shapes. Contours of a large number of quantities may be plotted on meshes consisting of plate, shell, and solid type elements. TAURUS can compute a variety of strain measures, reaction forces along constrained boundaries, and momentum. TAURUS has three phases: initialization, geometry display with contouring, and time history processing.

  12. TAURUS. 3-D Finite Element Code Postprocessor

    SciTech Connect

    Whirley, R.G.

    1993-11-30

    TAURUS reads the binary plot files generated by the LLNL three-dimensional finite element analysis codes, NIKE3D, DYNA3D, TACO3D, TOPAZ3D, and GEMINI and plots contours, time histories,and deformed shapes. Contours of a large number of quantities may be plotted on meshes consisting of plate, shell, and solid type elements. TAURUS can compute a variety of strain measures, reaction forces along constrained boundaries, and momentum. TAURUS has three phases: initialization, geometry display with contouring, and time history processing.

  13. TAURUS. 3-D Finite Element Code Postprocessor

    SciTech Connect

    Kennedy, T.

    1992-03-03

    TAURUS reads the binary plot files generated by the LLNL three-dimensional finite element analysis codes, NIKE3D, DYNA3D, TACO3D, TOPAZ3D, and GEMINI and plots contours, time histories, and deformed shapes. Contours of a large number of quantities may be plotted on meshes consisting of plate, shell, and solid type elements. TAURUS can compute a variety of strain measures, reaction forces along constrained boundaries, and momentum. TAURUS has three phases: initialization, geometry display with contouring, and time history processing.

  14. TAURUS. 3-d Finite Element Code Postprocessor

    SciTech Connect

    Whirley, R.G.

    1991-05-01

    TAURUS reads the binary plot files generated by the LLNL three-dimensional finite element analysis codes, NIKE3D (ESTSC 139), DYNA3D (ESTSC 138), TACO3D (ESTSC 287), TOPAZ3D (ESTSC 231), and GEMINI (ESTSC 455) and plots contours, time histories,and deformed shapes. Contours of a large number of quantities may be plotted on meshes consisting of plate, shell, and solid type elements. TAURUS can compute a variety of strain measures, reaction forces along constrained boundaries, and momentum. TAURUS has three phases: initialization, geometry display with contouring, and time history processing.

  15. TAURUS. 3-D Finite Element Code Postprocessor

    SciTech Connect

    Whirley, R.G.

    1984-05-01

    TAURUS reads the binary plot files generated by the LLNL three-dimensional finite element analysis codes, NIKE3D, DYNA3D, TACO3D, TOPAZ3D, and GEMINI and plots contours, time histories,and deformed shapes. Contours of a large number of quantities may be plotted on meshes consisting of plate, shell, and solid type elements. TAURUS can compute a variety of strain measures, reaction forces along constrained boundaries, and momentum. TAURUS has three phases: initialization, geometry display with contouring, and time history processing.

  16. Constraining the slip distribution and fault geometry of the Mw 7.9, 3 November 2002, Denali fault earthquake with Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar and Global Positioning System data

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    Wright, Tim J.; Lu, Zhiming; Wicks, C.

    2004-01-01

    The Mw 7.9, Denali fault earthquake (DFE) is the largest continental strike-slip earthquake to occur since the development of Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR). We use five interferograms, constructed using radar images from the Canadian Radarsat-1 satellite, to map the surface deformation at the western end of the fault rupture. Additional geodetic data are provided by displacements observed at 40 campaign and continuous Global Positioning System (GPS) sites. We use the data to determine the geometry of the Susitna Glacier fault, thrusting on which initiated the DFE, and to determine a slip model for the entire event that is consistent with both the InSAR and GPS data. We find there was an average of 7.3 ± 0.4 m slip on the Susitna Glacier fault, between 1 and 9.5 km depth on a 29 km long fault that dips north at 41 ± 0.7° and has a surface projection close to the mapped rupture. On the Denali fault, a simple model with large slip patches finds a maximum of 8.7 ± 0.7 m of slip between the surface and 14.3 ± 0.2 km depth. A more complex distributed slip model finds a peak of 12.5 ± 0.8 m in the upper 4 km, significantly higher than the observed surface slip. We estimate a geodetic moment of 670 ± 10 × 1018 N m (Mw 7.9), consistent with seismic estimates. Lack of preseismic data resulted in an absence of InSAR coverage for the eastern half of the DFE rupture. A dedicated geodetic InSAR mission could obviate coverage problems in the future.

  17. Low-angle extensional faulting, reactivated mylonites, and seismic reflection geometry of the Newark basin margin in eastern Pennsylvania

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    Ratcliffe, N.M.; Burton, W.C.; D'Angelo, R.M.; Costain, J.K.

    1986-09-01

    Low-angle 25/sup 0/ to 35/sup 0/ dips have been determined for the border fault of the Newark basin near Riegelsville, Pennsylvania, on the basis of a Vibroseis profile and two continuously cored drill holes across faults at the basin margin. A group of moderately strong planar reflections in a zone 0.5 km thick in gneiss and carbonate rocks of the footwall block coincides with the updip projection of imbricate fault slices and mylonites associated with the Musconetcong thrust system of Drake et al. (1967). Contrasts in acoustic impedance among mylonitic dolostone and mylonitic gneiss and their protoliths, determined from measurements on samples from a third cored hole, are sufficiently large to account for reflections seen in the footwall block. Analysis of drill core and surface outcrops supports the conclusion that low-angle extensional faulting in the early Mesozoic was localized by reactivation of Paleozoic imbricate thrust faults in the basement rocks. Extension in the northwest-southeast quadrant was approximately perpendicular to the strike of the ancient thrust faults in eastern Pennsylvania. The data presented here are the most explicit three-dimensional information obtained thus far in the eastern US in support of the concept of fault reactivation in controlling formation of early Mesozoic extensional basins.

  18. Seismic reflection geometry of the Newark basin margin in Eastern Pennsylvania. Evidence for extensional reactivation of Paleozoic thrust faults

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    Ratcliffe, N.M.; Burton, W.C.; D'Angelo, R.M.; Costain, J.K.

    1986-07-01

    Low-angle 25/sup 0/ to 35/sup 0/ dips have been determined for the border fault of the Newark basin near Riegelsville, Pennsylvania, based on a VIBROSEIS profile and two continuously-cored drill holes across faults at the basin margin. A group of moderately strong planar reflections in a zone 0.5 km thick in gneiss and carbonate rocks of the footwall block coincide with the updip projection of imbricate fault slices and mylonites associated with the Musconetcong thrust system of Drake and others (1967). Contrasts in acoustic impedance among mylonitic dolostone and mylonitic gneiss and their protoliths, determined from measurements on core samples, are sufficiently large to account for reflections seen in the footwall block. Analysis of drill core and surface outcrops supports the conclusion that low-angle extensional faulting in the Early Mesozoic was localized by reactivation of Paleozoic imbricate thrust faults in the basement rocks. Extension in the NW-SE quadrant was approximately perpendicular to the strike of the ancient thrust faults in Eastern Pennsylvania and a passive origin of the Newark basin here is suggested. The data presented here represent some of the most explicit three-dimensional information obtained thus far, in the Eastern United States, in support of the concept of fault reactivation in controlling formation of Early Mesozoic extensional basins.

  19. DIAN3D

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    Burge, S.W.; Oberjohn, W.J. )

    1993-09-30

    DIAN3D describes the momentum, energy and mass transfer occurring in duct injection and spray drying processes. DIAN3D calculates the effect of atomizer spacing and wall clearance on droplet evaporation and SO2 absorption. DIAN3D has the ability to model: Multi-dimensional (2D or 3d) gas flow, Cartesian or cylindrical polar coordinate systems, Laminar or turbulent flow, Droplet dynamics using a Lagrangian approach, Heat and mass transfer between the gas phase and slurry, Droplets or inert particles, SO2 removal.

  20. Surface flow patterns and their correlation with faults geometry using SRTM and reflection seismic data in the S. Sepolcro basin - Central Italy

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    Taramelli, A.; Mirabella, F.

    2006-12-01

    Ongoing extensional tectonics in the axial zone of the northern Apennines is evidenced by a large amount of data including geolgical and geomorphological surveys, geodetic measurements and the earthquakes record. However, low deformation rates make the localization and characterization of deformation difficult when using geodetic and seismologic data alone. The S. Sepolcro basin is a ~21 km long, 6 km wide depression located within the Northern Apennines and belongs to a set of continental basins borderded by active normal faults. The basin is bounded to the west by the AltoTiberina low-angle normal fault, an ENE-dipping, normal fault dissecting Miocene compressional structures. The area is presently characterised by diffuse seismic activity. Recent microseismic surveys have shown that the AltoTiberina fault moves by microseismicity whereas the instrumental moderate magnitude events are possibly associated to the antithetic SW-dipping fault segments. We present a preliminary geomorphologic analysis based on the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) Digital elevation Model (DEM) from the S. Sepolcro basin - Central Italy in order to find evidence for surface expression of recent tectonic activity. Our method of analysis is based on an algorithm that is designed to map, on a regional scale, surface drainage patterns that may include diffuse flow (e.g., alluvial fans) and braided channels. The algorithm is a significant improvement over off-the-shelf schemes that impose single pixel outflow and everywhere-dendritic drainage, and over specialist multipixel outflow schemes that cannot handle >10^7 pixel DEMs. The study first analyzed the relationship between mean slope and mean elevation for the elaborated watersheds and then compared values of the derivatives for each river networks profiles. The final overall results will help to translate further constraints from river, ridge profiles and slope distribution using the SRTM 90m-DEM analysis. Surface geomorphological (SRTM derived) data are finally integrated with subsurface data (seismic reflection profiles) which provide faults location and geometry.

  1. A 3-D Geodynamic Model of Strain Partitioning in Southern California

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    Ye, J.; Liu, M.; Lin, F.

    2012-12-01

    In southern California, strain resulting from the relative motion between the Pacific and the North American plates is partitioned in a complex system of transcurrent, transcompressional, and transtensional faults. High-precision GPS measurements in this region have enabled kinematic modeling of the present-day strain partitioning between major faults in southern California. However, geodynamic models are needed to understand the cause of strain partitioning and to determine strain in regions where faults are blind or diffuse. We have developed a regional-scale geodynamic model of strain partitioning in southern California. This 3-D viscoelasto-plastic finite element model incorporates first-order fault geometry of the major active faults in the region. The model domain includes an elastoplastic upper crust on top of a viscoelastic lower lithospheric layer. Deformation is driven by the relative motion between the Pacific and the North American plates, imposed as a displacement boundary condition. Plastic deformation both within the fault zones and in the unfaulted surrounding crust is calculated. Our results show that the Big Bend of the San Andreas Fault, and other geometric complexity of faults in southern California, plays a major role in strain partitioning. The observed variations of strain portioning in southern California can be explained by the geometric configuration of fault systems relative to the relative plate motion, without appealing to basal traction of a flowing lower lithosphere. The model predicts concentrated plastic strain under the reverse fault systems in the Transverse Ranges and the young and diffuse faults in the Eastern California Shear Zone across the Mojave Desert, where a number damaging earthquakes occurred in the past decades.

  2. On the robustness and resolving power of stress inversions based on focal mechanisms or slickenside data in the presence of complex fault geometry

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    Plenkers, K.; Becker, T. W.

    2006-12-01

    We use synthetic seismicity catalogs to test the resolving power of stress inversion methods that are based on focal mechanisms or slickenside data. It is analyzed whether and under which conditions stress inversions are able to find the true, tectonic stress field. The latter is here assumed to be homogeneous for simplicity. Catalogs are generated using boundary element models of fault systems with randomly generated geometries of varying degree of complexity. Slip on faults is obtained by applying a stress tensor representing background loading and then resolving the stress on the fault planes. Rupture occurs following a simple static-dynamic, Coulomb failure criterion, while stress interactions among faults are taken into account. Two approaches are tested: The methods of Gephart and Forsyth (1984) and of Michael (1984, 1987). The inversion results for best- fit stress from the realized earthquake slips are compared with the true, applied stress tensor. Both methods find solutions that coincide with the true tensor, as well as solutions with large misfits. We show how differences in the fault model geometry and in the choice of seismicity "data" affect the misfit distribution. Two parameters can be identified which may affect the misfit significantly due to the inherent lack of information in the inversion process. First, the mean misfit may increase significantly for Gephart and Forsyth's method when going from inversions performed with input data from heterogeneously oriented fault systems to those with homogeneous orientations, as measured by the distribution of the fault strikes. This measure is related to the well known heterogeneity requirement of stress inversions. Second, results with misfits consistently smaller than 15 for major compressive stress axes are only found for inversions with an "effective input data number" higher than a critical number. This effective number can be defined such that it reflects the true amount of information in the input data, taking into account geometrical redundancies. Furthermore, we show that the formal misfit as determined by the inversions does not always coincide with the true misfit, as assumed in some other studies. This is because of ambiguities where solutions for wrong stress tensors fit as well as the true stress tensor in the case of poor data quality.

  3. 3D Imaging.

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    Hastings, S. K.

    2002-01-01

    Discusses 3 D imaging as it relates to digital representations in virtual library collections. Highlights include X-ray computed tomography (X-ray CT); the National Science Foundation (NSF) Digital Library Initiatives; output peripherals; image retrieval systems, including metadata; and applications of 3 D imaging for libraries and museums. (LRW)

  4. Cadomian tectonics in northern Brittany: a contribution of 3-D crustal-scale modelling

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    Brun, J.-P.; Guennoc, P.; Truffert, C.; Vairon, J.; Armor Working Group Of The Geofrance 3-D Program

    2001-02-01

    Both available and newly acquired geological and geophysical data processed in the framework of the ARMOR project have been used to construct a 3-D geometric and geological model of the Cadomian domain of northern Brittany. The major results of the data processing are presented and discussed relative to a composite profile transecting the studied domain and constructed from the surface geology, reflection seismics, magnetotelluric soundings and gravimetric data. They are then extrapolated at regional scale through a series of cross-sections compiled from the surface geology and gravimetric data and calibrated onto the composite profile. The 3-D crustal-scale models were computed according to two procedures. The first, using a STRIM Matra Datavision modeler, defines various interfaces through correlation between adjacent cross-sections and is well adapted to the 3-D representation of geological structures. The second, based on Vorono?? diagrams, leads to a volumetric model of the geological units and is a powerful tool for calculating 3-D geophysical responses of the model when the physical properties of the rock units are known. The tectonic implications of the computed 3-D crustal-scale geometry of the Cadomian domain are then discussed in terms of volcanic-arc thrusting, with special emphasis being placed on the obliquity of the shortening direction by reference to the thrust fault trend. Finally, the data are used to demonstrate the reactivation of some Cadomian faults during the deposition of Ordovician sandstones and following the emplacement of the Paleozoic dolerite dyke swarm of northern Brittany.

  5. Investigation Of North Anatolian Fault In The Sea Of Marmara: Fault Geometry, The Cumulative Extension, Age Modeling In inarcik Basin Using Multi Channel Seismic Reflection Data

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    Atg?n, Orhan; ifi, Gnay; Soelien, Christopher; Seeber, Leonardo; Steckler, Michael; Shillington, Donna; Kurt, Hlya; Dondurur, Derman; Okay, Seda; Gray, Sava?; Sar?ta?, Hakan; Mert Kk, H.; Bar?n, Burcu

    2013-04-01

    Marmara Sea is a limelight area for investigations due to its tectonic structure and remarkable seismic activity of North Anatolian Fault Zone (NAFZ). As NAFZ separates into 3 branches in the Marmara Sea, it has a complicated tectonic structure which gives rise to debates among researchers. ?narc?k Basin, which is close to Istanbul and very important for its tectonic activity is studied in this thesis. Two different multichannel seismic reflection data were used in this thesis. First data were acquired in 2008 in the frame of TAMAM (Turkish American Multichannel Project) and second data were in 2010 in the frame of TAMAM-2 (PirMarmara) onboard R/V K.Piri Reis. Also high resolution multibeam data were used which is provided by French Marine Institute IFREMER. In the scope of TAMAM project total 3000 km high resolution multi channel data were collected. 3000 km of multichannel seismic reflection profiles were collected in 2008 and 2010 using 72, 111, and 240 channels of streamer with a 6.25 m group interval. The generator-injector airgun was fired every 12.5 or 18.75 m and the resulting MCS data has 10-230 Hz frequency band. In this study, a detailed fault map of the basin is created and the fault on the southern slope of the basin which is interpreted by many researchers in many publications was investigated. And there is no evidence that such a fault exists on the southern part of the basin. With the multichannel seismic reflection data seismic stratigrafic interpretations of the basin deposits were done. The yearly cumulative north-south extension of the basin was calculated by making some calculations on the most active part of the faulting in the basin. In addition, the tilt angles of parallel tilted sediments were calculated and correlated with global sea level changes to calculate ages of the deposits in the basin. Keywords: NAFZ, multi channel seismic reflection, ?narc?k Basin

  6. 3D whiteboard: collaborative sketching with 3D-tracked smart phones

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    Lue, James; Schulze, Jrgen P.

    2014-02-01

    We present the results of our investigation of the feasibility of a new approach for collaborative drawing in 3D, based on Android smart phones. Our approach utilizes a number of fiduciary markers, placed in the working area where they can be seen by the smart phones' cameras, in order to estimate the pose of each phone in the room. Our prototype allows two users to draw 3D objects with their smart phones by moving their phones around in 3D space. For example, 3D lines are drawn by recording the path of the phone as it is moved around in 3D space, drawing line segments on the screen along the way. Each user can see the virtual drawing space on their smart phones' displays, as if the display was a window into this space. Besides lines, our prototype application also supports 3D geometry creation, geometry transformation operations, and it shows the location of the other user's phone.

  7. Geometry of the Nojima fault at Nojima-Hirabayashi, Japan - II. Microstructures and their implications for permeability and strength

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    Moore, Diane E.; Lockner, D.A.; Ito, H.; Ikeda, R.; Tanaka, H.; Omura, K.

    2009-01-01

    Samples of damage-zone granodiorite and fault core from two drillholes into the active, strike-slip Nojima fault zone display microstructures and alteration features that explain their measured present-day strengths and permeabilities and provide insight on the evolution of these properties in the fault zone. The least deformed damage-zone rocks contain two sets of nearly perpendicular (60-90?? angles), roughly vertical fractures that are concentrated in quartz-rich areas, with one set typically dominating over the other. With increasing intensity of deformation, which corresponds generally to increasing proximity to the core, zones of heavily fragmented rock, termed microbreccia zones, develop between prominent fractures of both sets. Granodiorite adjoining intersecting microbreccia zones in the active fault strands has been repeatedly fractured and locally brecciated, accompanied by the generation of millimeter-scale voids that are partly filled with secondary minerals. Minor shear bands overprint some of the heavily deformed areas, and small-scale shear zones form from the pairing of closely spaced shear bands. Strength and permeability measurements were made on core collected from the fault within a year after a major (Kobe) earthquake. Measured strengths of the samples decrease regularly with increasing fracturing and fragmentation, such that the gouge of the fault core and completely brecciated samples from the damage zone are the weakest. Permeability increases with increasing disruption, generally reaching a peak in heavily fractured but still more or less cohesive rock at the scale of the laboratory samples. Complete loss of cohesion, as in the gouge or the interiors of large microbreccia zones, is accompanied by a reduction of permeability by 1-2 orders of magnitude below the peak values. The core samples show abundant evidence of hydrothermal alteration and mineral precipitation. Permeability is thus expected to decrease and strength to increase somewhat in active fault strands between earthquakes, as mineral deposits progressively seal fractures and fill pore spaces. ?? Birkh??user Verlag, Basel 2009.

  8. Optical diffraction from opal-based photonic structures: transition from 2D to 3D regimes

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    Sinev, Ivan S.; Rybin, Mikhail V.; Samusev, Anton K.; Samusev, Kirill B.; Trofimova, Ekaterina Y.; Kurdukov, Dmitry A.; Golubev, Valery G.; Limonov, Mikhail F.

    2012-06-01

    We report on experimental and theoretical investigations of light diffraction from opal films of different thickness. A special attention was paid to the transformation of diffraction patterns upon building up the opal structure from two-dimensional (2D) film structure towards bulk three-dimensional (3D) structure. In our setup the diffraction patterns are displayed on a narrow cylindrical screen with a specimen fixed in its center. The diffraction patterns have been studied visually and recorded in different scattering geometries with the films illuminated with white unpolarized light. With increasing number of layers, certain regions of 2D diffraction patterns fade out and finally form diffraction spots characteristic for 3D diffraction. We also found that stacking faults in bulk opals lead to formation of a 2D-like diffraction pattern, i.e. such structure demonstrate 3D to quasi-2D transition in optical properties.

  9. Regional seismic reflection line, southern Illinois Basin, provides new data on Cambrian rift geometry, Hicks Dome genesis, and the Fluorspar Area Fault Complex

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    Potter, C.J.; Goldhaber, M.B.; Taylor, C.D. ); Heigold, P.C. )

    1992-01-01

    Detailed studies of the subsurface structure of the Cambrian Reelfoot rift (RFR) in the Midwestern US provide important insights into continental rifting processes and into the structural fabric of a zone of modern intracratonic seismicity (New Madrid zone). High-quality oil industry seismic reflection data show that in the area of transition between the RFR and the Rough Creek Graben (RCG) the geometry of the Cambrian rift system is that of a half-graben that thickens to the southeast. This contrasts with the northward-thickening half-graben observed to the east in the RCG and with the more symmetric graben to the south in the RFR. An 82.8-km segment of a northwest-southeast seismic reflection profile in southeastern Illinois and western Kentucky shows that near Hicks Dome, Illinois, Middle and Lower Cambrian syn-rift sedimentary rocks occupy about 0.35 s (two-way travel time) on the seismic reflection section (corresponding to a thickness of about 970 m). This stratigraphic interval occupies about 0.45 s (1,250 m) near the Ohio river and is thickest against the Tabb Fault System (TFS) in Kentucky, where it occupies 0.7 s (1,940 m). The seismic data show that in this part of the Cambrian rift the master fault was part of the TFS and that normal displacement on the TFS continued through middle Paleozoic time. The seismic data also provide new information on the late Paleozoic development of Hicks-Dome and the surrounding Fluorspar Area Fault Complex (FAFC) in southeastern Illinois and western Kentucky. A series of grabens and horsts in the FAFC document a late Paleozoic reactivation of the RFR. Comparison of the reflection data with surface mineralization patterns shows that in most cases mineralized graben-bounding faults clearly cut basement or are splays from faults that cut basement.

  10. Triangular framework mesh generation of 3D geological structure

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    Meng, Xianhai; Zhou, Kun; Li, Jigang; Yang, Qin

    2013-03-01

    The dynamic simulation of oil migration and accumulation is an important issue on the research of petroleum exploration, and it is a numerical simulation process with special requirement on the framework mesh of 3D geological models, which means that the mesh should have same geometry and topology relation near the intersected part of geological surfaces. In this paper, basing on the conforming Delaunay triangulation algorithm to construct mesh of individual geological stratum or fault, a novel link-Delaunay-triangulation method is presented to achieve the geometric and topological consistency in the intersected line between two surfaces, also with the analysis of termination of our algorithm. Finally, some examples of the geological framework mesh are provided and the experimental result proved that the algorithm's effectiveness in engineering practice.

  11. 3D Plasmon Ruler

    SciTech Connect

    2011-01-01

    In this animation of a 3D plasmon ruler, the plasmonic assembly acts as a transducer to deliver optical information about the structural dynamics of an attached protein. (courtesy of Paul Alivisatos group)

  12. Multichannel 3D profilometry

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    Li, Chongxiang; Asundi, Anand K.; Fang, Zhong P.

    2001-10-01

    With the increasing demand for micro-products and bioengineering research, resolutions of profiles with micrometer or even nanometer scale are becoming commonplace. In addition development of large integrated manufacturing systems and the real time life science growth and adaptation need high-speed display and real-time inspection. Single point measurement is time consuming method with large area profile and micrometer resolution. Thus there is a need for a fast 3-D measurement system with high resolution. This paper presents a short overview among optical 3-D shape measurement techniques, and concentrates on the confocal method. Based on the properties analysis, a novel multi-channel 3-D topography measurement system was proposed. The feasibility and the construction of system were described A unique new structure of fiber coupled confocal system is put forth to solve present problems confronted in confocal system. This system can meet the current demand of high resolution and fast 3-D measurement.

  13. Rheological control on the initial geometry of the Raft River detachment fault and shear zone, western United States

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    Wells, Michael L.

    2001-08-01

    The strain, exhumation history, and field orientation of a well-exposed shear zone and detachment fault in the Raft River Mountains of northwestern Utah, a Cordilleran metamorphic core complex, have been studied to determine the kinematics of ductile shearing and initial orientations of the shear zone and detachment fault. Mapping and strain and kinematic analysis indicate that the top-to-the-east Raft River shear zone initially developed parallel to an unconformity separating Archean rocks from overlying Proterozoic quartzite and schist for at least 24 km in the shear direction. Experimental rock deformation data from lithologies similar to the Archean and Proterozoic rocks suggest the unconformity represented a significant rheological boundary at the deformation temperatures; the base of the shear zone was localized along the boundary between relatively weak quartzite above and stronger monzogranite below. An extensive thermochronological database is used to reconstruct the position of the basement unconformity in temperature-lateral distance coordinates. The initial average dip of the shear zone and basement unconformity is estimated between 7 and 30, assuming subhorizontal isotherms and geothermal gradients of 20-40C/km. The east dip of the unconformity at the onset of Miocene extension is interpreted to have resulted from late Eocene unroofing and flexure beneath a top-to-the-WNW extensional shear zone in the western Raft River, Grouse Creek, and Albion Mountains. The observations from the Raft River shear zone suggest that the orientation of some midcrustal shear zones may not reflect the predicted orientation for ductile faults according to ductile failure criteria but, rather, the orientation of rheological boundaries along which deformation is localized. Furthermore, detachment faults that are superimposed on mylonite during progressive displacement and footwall unroofing may use an inherited mechanical anisotropy from the mylonite, and their orientations may not reflect the predicted orientation of shear fractures in isotropic rock. The common parallelism between detachment faults and mylonitic foliation may indicate a mechanical and kinematic preference for localization of throughgoing brittle faults parallel to preexisting mylonitic foliation. Because of this preference, studies restricted to detachment faults which lack footwall mylonite or restricted to structural levels between the breakaway and mylonitic front have more bearing on the question of the initial dip of normal-sense shear fractures (faults) within the seismogenic crust.

  14. Dynamic earthquake rupture modelled with an unstructured 3-D spectral element method applied to the 2011 M9 Tohoku earthquake

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    Galvez, P.; Ampuero, J.-P.; Dalguer, L. A.; Somala, S. N.; Nissen-Meyer, T.

    2014-08-01

    An important goal of computational seismology is to simulate dynamic earthquake rupture and strong ground motion in realistic models that include crustal heterogeneities and complex fault geometries. To accomplish this, we incorporate dynamic rupture modelling capabilities in a spectral element solver on unstructured meshes, the 3-D open source code SPECFEM3D, and employ state-of-the-art software for the generation of unstructured meshes of hexahedral elements. These tools provide high flexibility in representing fault systems with complex geometries, including faults with branches and non-planar faults. The domain size is extended with progressive mesh coarsening to maintain an accurate resolution of the static field. Our implementation of dynamic rupture does not affect the parallel scalability of the code. We verify our implementation by comparing our results to those of two finite element codes on benchmark problems including branched faults. Finally, we present a preliminary dynamic rupture model of the 2011 Mw 9.0 Tohoku earthquake including a non-planar plate interface with heterogeneous frictional properties and initial stresses. Our simulation reproduces qualitatively the depth-dependent frequency content of the source and the large slip close to the trench observed for this earthquake.

  15. TRACE 3-D documentation

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    Crandall, K.R.

    1987-08-01

    TRACE 3-D is an interactive beam-dynamics program that calculates the envelopes of a bunched beam, including linear space-charge forces, through a user-defined transport system. TRACE 3-D provides an immediate graphics display of the envelopes and the phase-space ellipses and allows nine types of beam-matching options. This report describes the beam-dynamics calculations and gives detailed instruction for using the code. Several examples are described in detail.

  16. Gravity and magnetic expression of the San Leandro gabbro with implications for the geometry and evolution of the Hayward Fault zone, northern California

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    Ponce, D.A.; Hildenbrand, T.G.; Jachens, R.C.

    2003-01-01

    The Hayward Fault, one of the most hazardous faults in northern California, trends north-northwest and extends for about 90 km along the eastern San Francisco Bay region. At numerous locations along its length, distinct and elongate gravity and magnetic anomalies correlate with mapped mafic and ultramafic rocks. The most prominent of these anomalies reflects the 16-km-long San Leandro gabbroic block. Inversion of magnetic and gravity data constrained with physical property measurements is used to define the subsurface extent of the San Leandro gabbro body and to speculate on its origin and relationship to the Hayward Fault Zone. Modeling indicates that the San Leandro gabbro body is about 3 km wide, dips about 75??-80?? northeast, and extends to a depth of at least 6 km. One of the most striking results of the modeling, which was performed independently of seismicity data, is that accurately relocated seismicity is concentrated along the western edge or stratigraphically lower bounding surface of the San Leandro gabbro. The western boundary of the San Leandro gabbro block is the base of an incomplete ophiolite sequence and represented at one time, a low-angle roof thrust related to the tectonic wedging of the Franciscan Complex. After repeated episodes of extension and attenuation, the roof thrust of this tectonic wedge was rotated to near vertical, and in places, the strike-slip Hayward Fault probably reactivated or preferentially followed this pre-existing feature. Because earthquakes concentrate near the edge of the San Leandro gabbro but tend to avoid its interior, we qualitatively explore mechanical models to explain how this massive igneous block may influence the distribution of stress. The microseismicity cluster along the western flank of the San Leandro gabbro leads us to suggest that this stressed volume may be the site of future moderate to large earthquakes. Improved understanding of the three-dimensional geometry and physical properties along the Hayward Fault will provide additional constraints on seismic hazard probability, earthquake modeling, and fault interactions that are applicable to other major strike-slip faults around the world.

  17. FEM-based linear inverse modeling using a 3D source array to image magma chambers with free geometry. Application to InSAR data from Rabaul Caldera (PNG).

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    Ronchin, Erika; Masterlark, Timothy; Dawson, John; Saunders, Steve; Martí Molist, Joan

    2015-04-01

    In this study, we present a method to fully integrate a family of finite element models (FEMs) into the regularized linear inversion of InSAR data collected at Rabaul caldera (PNG) between February 2007 and December 2010. During this period the caldera experienced a long-term steady subsidence that characterized surface movement both inside the caldera and outside, on its western side. The inversion is based on an array of FEM sources in the sense that the Green's function matrix is a library of forward numerical displacement solutions generated by the sources of an array common to all FEMs. Each entry of the library is the LOS surface displacement generated by injecting a unity mass of fluid, of known density and bulk modulus, into a different source cavity of the array for each FEM. By using FEMs, we are taking advantage of their capability of including topography and heterogeneous distribution of elastic material properties. All FEMs of the family share the same mesh in which only one source is activated at the time by removing the corresponding elements and applying the unity fluid flux. The domain therefore only needs to be discretized once. This precludes remeshing for each activated source, thus reducing computational requirements, often a downside of FEM-based inversions. Without imposing an a-priori source, the method allows us to identify, from a least-squares standpoint, a complex distribution of fluid flux (or change in pressure) with a 3D free geometry within the source array, as dictated by the data. The results of applying the proposed inversion to Rabaul InSAR data show a shallow magmatic system under the caldera made of two interconnected lobes located at the two opposite sides of the caldera. These lobes could be consistent with feeding reservoirs of the ongoing Tavuvur volcano eruption of andesitic products, on the eastern side, and of the past Vulcan volcano eruptions of more evolved materials, on the western side. The interconnection and spatial distribution of sources find correspondence in the petrography of the volcanic products described in literature and in the dynamics of the single and twin eruptions that characterize the caldera. As many other volcanoes, Rabaul caldera is an active and dangerous volcanic system whose dynamics still need to be understood to effectively predict the behavior of future eruptions. The good results obtained from the application of the method to Rabaul caldera show that the proposed linear inversion based on the FEM array of sources is suitable to generate models of magmatic systems. The method can image in space and time the complex free geometry of the source that generates the deformation, widening our understanding of deformational sources and their dynamics. This takes source modeling a step towards more realistic source models.

  18. An Improved Version of TOPAZ 3D

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    Krasnykh, Anatoly

    2003-07-29

    An improved version of the TOPAZ 3D gun code is presented as a powerful tool for beam optics simulation. In contrast to the previous version of TOPAZ 3D, the geometry of the device under test is introduced into TOPAZ 3D directly from a CAD program, such as Solid Edge or AutoCAD. In order to have this new feature, an interface was developed, using the GiD software package as a meshing code. The article describes this method with two models to illustrate the results.

  19. April 7, 2009, Mw 5.5 aftershock of the L'Aquila earthquake: seismogenic fault geometry and its implication for the central Apennines active extensional tectonics (Italy).

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    Adinolfi, Guido Maria; Lavecchia, Giusy; De Matteis, Raffaella; Nardis Rita, De; Francesco, Brozzetti; Federica, Ferrarini; Zollo, Aldo

    2015-04-01

    On April 6, 2009 (at 01:32 UTC) a Mw 6.3 earthquake hit the town of L'Aquila (central Italy) and surrounding villages causing fatalities and severe damage in the area. After few days, a nearly 40-km-long extensional fault system was activated generating both northward and southward seismicity migration along the NW-SE trending sector of central Apennines. During the intense aftershocks sequence, different sesmogenic sources with a distinct geometry, size and the degree of involvement were reactivated. Among the relevant aftershocks with Mw 5.0 to 5.5, the largest one occurred on April 7 (at 17:47 UTC), 9 km SE-ward of the mainshock involving a source seated at much greater depths (~14 km). Despite the enormous number of studies of the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake, mainly focused on the various geological and seismological aspects of the main Paganica source, the April 7 strongest aftershock (Mw 5.5) has not yet been deeply investigated. Consistent geometric and kinematic correlations between the geological and seismological data about this seismogenic source are missing. There are still open questions concerning its unresolved geometry and the unknown style of the central Apennines structure activated at greater depths during the 2009 L'Aquila seismic sequence. Furthermore, some authors (Lavecchia et al., 2012) have supposed that the April 7, 2009 aftershock (Mw 5.5) occurred onto an high dip segment (~50) of an east-dipping extensional basal detachment with a potential surface expression outcropping in the area of the eastern Sabina-Simbruini Mts. In this work we propose a seismological analysis of the April 7, 2009 aftershock (Mw 5.5) rupture process. In order to define the unresolved source geometry, we computed the focal mechanism through the time domain, moment tensor full waveform inversion (Dreger and Helmberger, 1993). Also, we estimated the apparent source time functions (ASTFs) by deconvolution of the impulse response of the medium from the recorded data, using the empirical Green's function (EGF) method (Valle, 2004). We finally inverted the ASTFs to obtain a kinematic rupture model by the isochrone back-projection technique (Festa and Zollo, 2006) constraining the rupture plane geometry. Afterward, we integrated our results with surface and sub-surface geological data in order to define the seismotectonic role of the April 7 aftershock (Mw 5.5) fault structure in the intra-Apennine Quaternary extensional system. As preliminary results, our analysis constrains an east dipping extensional basal detachment and extends the knowledge of the complex fault pattern activated during the 2009 L'Aquila sequence also at greater depths (> 10 km).

  20. Radiochromic 3D Detectors

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    Oldham, Mark

    2015-01-01

    Radiochromic materials exhibit a colour change when exposed to ionising radiation. Radiochromic film has been used for clinical dosimetry for many years and increasingly so recently, as films of higher sensitivities have become available. The two principle advantages of radiochromic dosimetry include greater tissue equivalence (radiologically) and the lack of requirement for development of the colour change. In a radiochromic material, the colour change arises direct from ionising interactions affecting dye molecules, without requiring any latent chemical, optical or thermal development, with important implications for increased accuracy and convenience. It is only relatively recently however, that 3D radiochromic dosimetry has become possible. In this article we review recent developments and the current state-of-the-art of 3D radiochromic dosimetry, and the potential for a more comprehensive solution for the verification of complex radiation therapy treatments, and 3D dose measurement in general.

  1. Integrating 3D seismic curvature and curvature gradient attributes for fracture characterization: Methodologies and interpretational implications

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    Gao, Dengliang

    2013-03-01

    In 3D seismic interpretation, curvature is a popular attribute that depicts the geometry of seismic reflectors and has been widely used to detect faults in the subsurface; however, it provides only part of the solutions to subsurface structure analysis. This study extends the curvature algorithm to a new curvature gradient algorithm, and integrates both algorithms for fracture detection using a 3D seismic test data set over Teapot Dome (Wyoming). In fractured reservoirs at Teapot Dome known to be formed by tectonic folding and faulting, curvature helps define the crestal portion of the reservoirs that is associated with strong seismic amplitude and high oil productivity. In contrast, curvature gradient helps better define the regional northwest-trending and the cross-regional northeast-trending lineaments that are associated with weak seismic amplitude and low oil productivity. In concert with previous reports from image logs, cores, and outcrops, the current study based on an integrated seismic curvature and curvature gradient analysis suggests that curvature might help define areas of enhanced potential to form tensile fractures, whereas curvature gradient might help define zones of enhanced potential to develop shear fractures. In certain fractured reservoirs such as at Teapot Dome where faulting and fault-related folding contribute dominantly to the formation and evolution of fractures, curvature and curvature gradient attributes can be potentially applied to differentiate fracture mode, to predict fracture intensity and orientation, to detect fracture volume and connectivity, and to model fracture networks.

  2. Kinematic interpretation of the 3D shapes of metamorphic core complexes

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    Le Pourhiet, Laetitia; Huet, Benjamin; May, Dave A.; Labrousse, Loic; Jolivet, Laurent

    2012-09-01

    Metamorphic Core Complexes form dome shaped structures in which the ductile crust is exhumed beneath a detachment fault. The 3D dome geometry, inferred by mapping the schistosity in the exhumed crust, can be either elongated normal to the stretching direction or along it. In the first case, the domes are interpreted as having formed during extension. However, in the second case, they are interpreted either as strike-slip, transpressive or constrictive extensional structures, depending on the geodynamic context. Numerical models of metamorphic core complexes published to date are all two-dimensional and therefore, theoretically only apply to domes which are elongated normal to the stretching direction. Here, we explore by means of 3D thermomechanical modeling, the impact of 3D kinematic extensional boundary conditions on the shape of metamorphic core complexes. We examine the impact of a transtensional step over and of horsetail splay fault kinematics on the dynamics of exhumation, finite strain and P-T paths, and compare them to cylindrical 3D models. We show, for the first time, that domes formed in transtensional step over, or at the tip of propagating strike-slip faults, display a finite strain field which can be interpreted as characteristic of a transpressive domes, although no shortening was applied in the far-field. Applying our models to the Cyclades, we propose that the coeval formation of domes elongated normal and parallel to the stretching during the Miocene can be the result of horsetail splay fault kinematics, which could correspond to the formation of a tear in the Aegean slab.

  3. 3D simulations of device performance for 3D-Trench electrode detector

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    Chen, Jianwei; Ding, Hao; Li, Zheng; Yan, Shaoan

    2015-10-01

    A square 3D-Trench electrode Si detector structure is simulated using a 3D TCAD tool. Electrical characteristics including electrostatic potential, electric field, leakage current, and capacitance have been simulated in detail. It has been found in simulations that both leakage current and the voltage to reach the geometry capacitance (full depletion voltage, Vfd) increase with radiation fluence. The geometry capacitance is 99 fF for the standard structure in our study. Detector geometry capacitance's dependence on the length and area of the collection column has also been simulated.

  4. The Mw 5.8 Mineral, Virginia, earthquake of August 2011 and aftershock sequence: constraints on earthquake source parameters and fault geometry

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    McNamara, Daniel E.; Benz, H.M.; Herrmann, Robert B.; Bergman, Eric A.; Earle, Paul; Meltzer, Anne; Withers, Mitch; Chapman, Martin

    2014-01-01

    The Mw 5.8 earthquake of 23 August 2011 (17:51:04 UTC) (moment, M0?5.71017??Nm) occurred near Mineral, Virginia, within the central Virginia seismic zone and was felt by more people than any other earthquake in United States history. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) received 148,638 felt reports from 31 states and 4 Canadian provinces. The USGS PAGER system estimates as many as 120,000 people were exposed to shaking intensity levels of IV and greater, with approximately 10,000 exposed to shaking as high as intensity VIII. Both regional and teleseismic moment tensor solutions characterize the earthquake as a northeast?striking reverse fault that nucleated at a depth of approximately 72??km. The distribution of reported macroseismic intensities is roughly ten times the area of a similarly sized earthquake in the western United States (Horton and Williams, 2012). Near?source and far?field damage reports, which extend as far away as Washington, D.C., (135 km away) and Baltimore, Maryland, (200 km away) are consistent with an earthquake of this size and depth in the eastern United States (EUS). Within the first few days following the earthquake, several government and academic institutions installed 36 portable seismograph stations in the epicentral region, making this among the best?recorded aftershock sequences in the EUS. Based on modeling of these data, we provide a detailed description of the source parameters of the mainshock and analysis of the subsequent aftershock sequence for defining the fault geometry, area of rupture, and observations of the aftershock sequence magnitudefrequency and temporal distribution. The observed slope of the magnitudefrequency curve or b?value for the aftershock sequence is consistent with previous EUS studies (b=0.75), suggesting that most of the accumulated strain was released by the mainshock. The aftershocks define a rupture that extends between approximately 28 km in depth and 810 km along the strike of the fault plane. Best?fit modeling of the geometry of the aftershock sequence defines a rupture plane that strikes N36E and dips to the east?southeast at 49.5. Moment tensor solutions of the mainshock and larger aftershocks are consistent with the distribution of aftershock locations, both indicating reverse slip along a northeastsouthwest striking southeast?dipping fault plane.

  5. Ricci flow for 3D shape analysis.

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    Zeng, Wei; Samaras, Dimitris; Gu, Xianfeng David

    2010-04-01

    Ricci flow is a powerful curvature flow method, which is invariant to rigid motion, scaling, isometric, and conformal deformations. We present the first application of surface Ricci flow in computer vision. Previous methods based on conformal geometry, which only handle 3D shapes with simple topology, are subsumed by the Ricci flow-based method, which handles surfaces with arbitrary topology. We present a general framework for the computation of Ricci flow, which can design any Riemannian metric by user-defined curvature. The solution to Ricci flow is unique and robust to noise. We provide implementation details for Ricci flow on discrete surfaces of either euclidean or hyperbolic background geometry. Our Ricci flow-based method can convert all 3D problems into 2D domains and offers a general framework for 3D shape analysis. We demonstrate the applicability of this intrinsic shape representation through standard shape analysis problems, such as 3D shape matching and registration, and shape indexing. Surfaces with large nonrigid anisotropic deformations can be registered using Ricci flow with constraints of feature points and curves. We show how conformal equivalence can be used to index shapes in a 3D surface shape space with the use of Teichmller space coordinates. Experimental results are shown on 3D face data sets with large expression deformations and on dynamic heart data. PMID:20224122

  6. 3D Magnetron simulation with CST STUDIO SUITE

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    Balk, Monika C.

    2011-07-01

    The modeling of magnetrons compared to other tubes is more difficult since it requires 3D modeling rather than a 2D investigation. This is not only due to the geometry which can include complicated details to be modeled in 3D but also due to the interaction process itself. The electric field, magnetic field and particle movement span a 3D space. In this paper 3D simulations of a strapped magnetron with CSTSTUDIO SUITE{sup TM} are presented. (author)

  7. 3-D Grab!

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    Connors, M. G.; Schofield, I. S.

    2012-12-01

    Modern technologies in imaging greatly extend the potential to present visual information. With recently developed software tools, the perception of the third dimension can not only dramatically enhance presentation, but also allow spatial data to be better encoded. 3-D images can be taken for many subjects with only one camera, carefully moved to generate a stereo pair. Color anaglyph viewing now can be very effective using computer screens, and active filter technologies can enhance visual effects with ever-decreasing cost. We will present various novel results of 3-D imaging, including those from the auroral observations of the new twinned Athabasca University Geophysical Observatories.; Single camera stereo image for viewing with red/cyan glasses.

  8. Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Maps for Seattle, Washington, Based on 3D Ground-Motion Simulations

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    Frankel, A. D.; Stephenson, W. J.; Carver, D. L.; Williams, R. A.; Odum, J. K.; Rhea, S.

    2007-12-01

    We have produced probabilistic seismic hazard maps for