Evolution of mylonitic microfabrics (EMM), a computer application for educational purposes

Herwegh, Marco; Handy, Mark R; Heilbronner, Renée (1999). Evolution of mylonitic microfabrics (EMM), a computer application for educational purposes. Tectonophysics, 303(1-4), pp. 141-146. Elsevier 10.1016/S0040-1951(98)00252-2

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`Evolution of mylonitic microfabrics' (EMM) is an interactive Filemaker Pro 3.0 application that documents a series of see-through deformation experiments on polycrystalline norcamphor. The application comprises computer animations, graphics and text explanations designed to give students and researchers insight into the interaction and dynamic nature of small-scale, mylonitic processes like intracrystalline glide, dynamic recrystallization and strain localization (microshearing). EMM shows how mylonitic steady state is achieved at different strain rates and temperatures. First, rotational mechanisms like glide-induced vorticity, subgrain rotation recrystallization and rigid-body rotation bring grains' crystal lattices into orientations that are favorable for intracrystalline glide. In a second stage, selective elimination of grains whose lattices are poorly oriented for glide involves grain boundary migration. This strengthens the texture. Temperature and strain rate affect both the relative activity of different strain accommodation mechanisms and the rate of microfabric change. Steady-state microfabrics are characterized by stable texture, grain size and shape-preferred orientations of grains and domains. This involves the cyclical generation and elimination of dynamically recrystallized grains and microshear zones.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geological Sciences

UniBE Contributor:

Herwegh, Marco

Subjects:

500 Science > 550 Earth sciences & geology

ISSN:

0040-1951

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Marco Herwegh

Date Deposited:

04 Aug 2016 14:42

Last Modified:

04 Aug 2016 14:42

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/S0040-1951(98)00252-2

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.73895

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/73895

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