Rock physics

Description

Measurements of macroscopic physical properties such as strength, permeability or seismic wave speeds and attenuation, are interpreted through microstructural studies centred around light and electron microscopy. The Group's research centres on investigation of the physical behaviour of geological materials under controlled laboratory conditions and application of the resulting insights to the structure and processes of the Earth. Measurements of macroscopic physical properties such as strength, permeability or seismic wave speeds and attenuation, are interpreted through microstructural studies centred around light and electron microscopy. Often it is necessary to prepare, from either natural or synthetic precursors, simpler synthetic materials whose properties are amenable to more detailed interpretation than those of complex natural rocks. Our interest in Earth materials is shared by members of the School's Petrochemistry and Experimental Petrology Group, who focus primarily upon the chemical aspects of their behaviour. Our main areas are:

  • investigation of the physical behaviour of geological materials under controlled laboratory conditions
  • measurements of macroscopic physical properties such as strength, permeability or seismic wave speeds & attenuation, interpreted through microstructural studies centred around light & electron microscopy
  • frequent use of simple synthetic materials whose properties are amenable to more detailed interpretation than those of complex natural rocks
  • applications to structural geology, geodynamics  & seismology

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