Tectonic Analogue Modelling Laboratory

The Tectonic Analogue Modelling Laboratory (Est. 2005) is one of very few such facilities in the world. It allows simulation of repeated tectonic events and basin histories using synthetic materials and a sophisticated system for visualization and data capture. The Tectonic Analogue Modelling Laboratory uses deformation of scaled analogue models to study tectonic processes from meter to crustal scale. Runs last for hours to days.

Projects that use the Tectonic Analogue Modelling Laboratory include the development of salt structures and the collapse of continental margins margins as a result of repeated fault events.

Equipment

  • Analogue Model Deformation Rig, custom made at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Particle Imaging Velocimetry, LaVision
  • Data processing system: Davis software, custom made computer
  • Experimental material preparation setup