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Title: Simulating stick-slip failure in a sheared granular layer using a physics-based constitutive model

Abstract

In this paper, we model laboratory earthquakes in a biaxial shear apparatus using the Shear-Transformation-Zone (STZ) theory of dense granular flow. The theory is based on the observation that slip events in a granular layer are attributed to grain rearrangement at soft spots called STZs, which can be characterized according to principles of statistical physics. We model lab data on granular shear using STZ theory and document direct connections between the STZ approach and rate-and-state friction. We discuss the stability transition from stable shear to stick-slip failure and show that stick slip is predicted by STZ when the applied shear load exceeds a threshold value that is modulated by elastic stiffness and frictional rheology. Finally, we also show that STZ theory mimics fault zone dilation during the stick phase, consistent with lab observations.

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [2];  [3]; ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [4]; ORCiD logo [1]
  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  2. Univ. of Memphis, TN (United States). Center for Earthquake Research and Information
  3. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Univ. of Nevada, Reno, NV (United States). Dept. of Physics
  4. Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA (United States). Dept. of Geosciences
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC); LANL Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Program
OSTI Identifier:
1412883
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-16-26676
Journal ID: ISSN 2169-9313; TRN: US1800391
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC52-06NA25396
Resource Type:
Journal Article: Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Geophysical Research. Solid Earth
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 122; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 2169-9313
Publisher:
American Geophysical Union
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
58 GEOSCIENCES; rate-and-state; friction; stick slip; gouge; constitutive law; failure

Citation Formats

Lieou, Charles K. C., Daub, Eric G., Guyer, Robert A., Ecke, Robert E., Marone, Chris, and Johnson, Paul A. Simulating stick-slip failure in a sheared granular layer using a physics-based constitutive model. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1002/2016JB013627.
Lieou, Charles K. C., Daub, Eric G., Guyer, Robert A., Ecke, Robert E., Marone, Chris, & Johnson, Paul A. Simulating stick-slip failure in a sheared granular layer using a physics-based constitutive model. United States. doi:10.1002/2016JB013627.
Lieou, Charles K. C., Daub, Eric G., Guyer, Robert A., Ecke, Robert E., Marone, Chris, and Johnson, Paul A. Sat . "Simulating stick-slip failure in a sheared granular layer using a physics-based constitutive model". United States. doi:10.1002/2016JB013627. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1412883.
@article{osti_1412883,
title = {Simulating stick-slip failure in a sheared granular layer using a physics-based constitutive model},
author = {Lieou, Charles K. C. and Daub, Eric G. and Guyer, Robert A. and Ecke, Robert E. and Marone, Chris and Johnson, Paul A.},
abstractNote = {In this paper, we model laboratory earthquakes in a biaxial shear apparatus using the Shear-Transformation-Zone (STZ) theory of dense granular flow. The theory is based on the observation that slip events in a granular layer are attributed to grain rearrangement at soft spots called STZs, which can be characterized according to principles of statistical physics. We model lab data on granular shear using STZ theory and document direct connections between the STZ approach and rate-and-state friction. We discuss the stability transition from stable shear to stick-slip failure and show that stick slip is predicted by STZ when the applied shear load exceeds a threshold value that is modulated by elastic stiffness and frictional rheology. Finally, we also show that STZ theory mimics fault zone dilation during the stick phase, consistent with lab observations.},
doi = {10.1002/2016JB013627},
journal = {Journal of Geophysical Research. Solid Earth},
number = 1,
volume = 122,
place = {United States},
year = {Sat Jan 14 00:00:00 EST 2017},
month = {Sat Jan 14 00:00:00 EST 2017}
}

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