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DISTINCT ELEMENT METHOD (DEM) MODELLING OF THE GROWTH OF SALT SWELLS: IMPLICATIONS FOR THE MECHANICAL GENESIS OF STRUCTURAL TRAPS CONTROLLED BY THE FLOW OF A MOBILE (VISCOUS) SUBSTRATUM

The two years project SaltTecDEM, funded by Statoil ASA, will explore the growth of salt swells and resulting overburden deformation by means of Distinct Element Method (DEM) modelling.

 

DEFORMATION OF GEOLOGICAL MATERIALS: MECHANICAL-CHEMICAL FEEDBACK AND THE COUPLING ACROSS SCALES

This multidisciplinary doctoral school aims at developing reliable predictive capacity in geological modeling by identifying and parameterizing the feedback mechanisms between chemical reactions and deformation.

 

Active tectonics and recent dynamics of micro-displacements along major fault systems of the Eastern Alps registered in caves (SPELEOTECT)

This study aims on providing the first comprehensive and detailed assessment of the Quaternary tectonic activity and recent dynamics of micro-displacements along major fault systems of the Eastern Alps registered in caves.

 

Development of Mesozoic/Cenozoic basins in the Faroe-Shetland, Møre and Vøring regions

The aims of this research project are (i) to improve the structural interpretation of deeply buried Devonian-Jurassic basins along the passive NW European Atlantic margin and (ii) to interpret the Base Cretaceous unconformity in extensive Cretaceous-Cenozoic basins, particularly in areas where the unconformity is located at depths of 8-9 s TWT.

 

Numerical modelling of restless caldera volcanoes

 

Crevassing, Thrusting and Folding in Alpine Glaciers: Quantitative Field Analysis and Mechanical Modelling

The aim of this project is to bridge the gap between Structural Geology and Glaciology and to gain insights into the geometry and mechanical genesis of common glacier structures by means of detailed field studies on Austria’s largest glacier and state-of-the-art computer simulations.

 

 

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