Rock Mechanics

ROCK MECHANICS
PI(s): 
Heather Savage

Using laboratory experiments, scientists in the rock mechanics lab try to understand the physics of faulting. They explore the properties of rocks and ice from the micro scale of defects and asperities up to the macro scale of fault heating and rupture. Research conducted in this lab will aid in the understanding of earthquake dynamics and will shed light on anamolous heat production found in icy faults on earth and in the outer solar system.