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Laboratory Sharing to Improve Rock Deformation Research


 Imagine the scientific potential that could be unlocked if researchers with novel ideas could be matched with laboratories with cutting-edge technology. A new program promises to do that for the field of rock deformation research. In fact, such collaborations are already under way.

For example, after years of development, geoscience students at Texas A&M University are making the first direct observations of flash heating on frictional rock surfaces sliding at seismic rates using a prototype instrument in the John W. Handin Laboratory for Experimental Rock Deformation. These data are leading to a better understanding of the microphysics of friction and to an improvement of friction constitutive relations used in numerical modeling of earthquake rupture dynamics and strong ground motion.  More

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