Earthquake dynamics - Understanding Their physics from modeling soft glassy materials
Developing a quantitative connection between the physics of complex soft-glassy materials below yield stress and the dynamics of stick-slip faulting events leading to earthquakes. A novel formulation based on the multicomponent Lattice Boltzmann method is used to investigate fundamental issues related to natural seismicity, to find the interaction between spatially and temporally separated faulting events, as well as to determining the response of faults to external perturbations (i.e. induced seismicity) mimicking natural gas extraction and activities in injection wells. This earthquake model will then be fine tuned using inversion of surface seismic recordings.