SCEC Award Number 10046 View PDF
Proposal Category Individual Proposal (Integration and Theory)
Proposal Title The Effect of Strain-Rate on the Generation of Off-Fault Damage In the Process Zone of an Earthquake
Name Organization
Charles Sammis University of Southern California
Other Participants Harsha Bhat, Post-Doc
SCEC Priorities A7, A9, B2 SCEC Groups FARM, Seismology, GMP
Report Due Date 02/28/2011 Date Report Submitted N/A
Project Abstract
Intellectual Merit It has been established through experiments and theoretical models that an earthquake rupture strongly interacts with fracture damage in the fault zone. We have developed the first model that simulates this interaction at the high loading rates found in the process zone near the tip of a propagating rupture. We have validated our model by accurately simulating the strength of marble over 10 orders of magnitude in loading rate.
Broader Impacts This research has been done in collaboration with Professor Ares Rosakis, chairman of the engineering division at Caltech. It has been part of the post-doctoral training research fellow Dr. Harsha Bhat who will be continuing his career in earthquake mechanics next year on the faculty at IPPG Paris.
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