Quantifying deformation and fluid dynamics in a developing model volcanic plumbing system

Janine Kavanagh, lecturer at University of Liverpool, will present her work on "Quantifying deformation and fluid dynamics in a developing model volcanic plumbing system"

Laboratory photograph of experimental apparatus for fluid injection within gelatine.

The mechanics of magma transport are important for understanding magma distribution within the shallow crust and the tendency for intrusion or eruption.  I will present the results from a series of layered gelatine analogue experiments analysed by Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) and Digital Image Correlation (DIC) to document the fluid flow and small-scale deformation processes that occur during dyke and sill emplacement. The analysis provides new insights into the dynamics of sill formation by allowing small-scale stress and strain perturbations within the host to be measured at the time of sill inception.  This work has important implications for interpreting surface and sub-surface signals associated with magma flow beneath active volcanoes.

Published Jan. 20, 2015 2:14 PM - Last modified Jan. 20, 2015 2:14 PM