EGU General Assembly 2020
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On brittle-ductile strain localization

Yury Podladchikov
Yury Podladchikov
  • University of Lausanne, Institute of Earth Sciences, Lausanne, Switzerland (

The classification of the strain localization modes is attempted around brittle-ductile transition. The stresses are high. The are a number of suspects: earthquake-like thermal runaway (Braeck et al. 2009), stable sliding as shear heating zones oriented 45 degrees to the principal stresses (Kiss et al. 2019), brittle faults/shear bands oriented ca. 30 degrees to the maximum compressive principal stress and mode 1 fracture. The coupling to the porous fluid hydrology is accounted for.  High resolution numerical simulations are compared to classical and newly derived composite asymptotic solutions.


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Kiss, D., Podladchikov, Y., Duretz, T., & Schmalholz, S., 2019. Spontaneous generation of ductile

shear zones by thermal softening: Localization criterion, 1D to 3D modelling and application to the

lithosphere, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 519, 284–296, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2019.05.026.

How to cite: Podladchikov, Y.: On brittle-ductile strain localization, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-11843,, 2020