Dr. Steffen Abe

 
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Steffen Abe
Lecturer

Current Address: igem - Institut für
geothermisches Ressourcenmanagement

Berlinstr. 107a
D-55411 Bingen 
Tel. 06721 98 424 19
Fax 06721 98 424 29

new email s.abe@igem-energie.de
old Email: s.abe@ged.rwth-aachen.de

Curriculum Vitae

Steffen Abe

Education:

PhD in Geophysics, 2002, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

  • Thesis “Investigation of the Influence of Different Micro-physics on the Dynamic Behaviour of Faults using the Lattice Solid Model”
  • Supervisor: P. Mora, Co-Supervisor: D. Place
  • Dean's Commendation for outstanding higher research degree thesis

Diplomgeophysiker, 1998, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena, Germany

  • Thesis “Finite Elemente Modellierung der 2D-Bussinesq-Konvektion im Erdmantel mit einem Unregelmässigen Gitter” 
  • Thesis supervisor U. Walzer

Professional Experience:

03/2012- Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute for Geothermal Resources Managment, Mainz, Germany
09/2007-02/2013 Lecturer / Scientific Assistant , Geologie-Endogene Dynamik, RWTH Aachen, Germany
10/2005-08/2007 Postdoctoral Researcher, Seismology and Computational Rock Physics Lab, University College Dublin, Ireland  
 
  • working as part of the EU SPICE (Seismic wave propagation and imaging in complex media) -project
09/2002-09/2005 Research Scientist, Academic Level B, ESSCC (Earth Systems Simulation Computational Centre), The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia  
 
  • Project Leader responsible for the development of a particle based simulation software
05/2002-09/2002 Research Scientist, Academic Level A, QUAKES (Queensland University Advanced Centre for Earthquake Studies), The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
01/2002-05/2002 Research Assistant, QUAKES (Queensland University Advanced Centre for Earthquake Studies), The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Research Interests:

  • Numerical simulation of rock physics, faulting and fracturing
  • Physics of earthquakes
  • Interaction between fault geometry and fault dynamics
  • Fault constitutive laws
  • Mechanics of granular media, in particular in the context of fault gouge
  • Numerical Methods
  • High performance computing

Current Research:

  • Simulation of rupture propagation on rough faults using DEM
  • Simulation of grain fracture in fault gouge
  • Investigation of interactions between model geometry and fracture mechanics in DEM simulation of porous rock
  • Implementation of particle based simulation methods on high performance parallel computers

Research Collaborations:

  • 2005 – ongoing : collaboration with M. Schöpfer, Fault Analysis Group, University College Dublin, Ireland, on DEM simulation of fracture mechanics
  • 2004 – ongoing : joint work with K. Mair, PGP, The University of Oslo, Norway on the simulation of the evolution and dynamic behavior of granular fault gouge using DEM
  • 2002 – 2003 : collaboration with N. Filipidou, University of Delft, Netherlands, on the simulation of seismic wave propagation in unconsolidated granular materials

Professional Activities:

  • Co-organizer and convener of a mini-symposium on simulation of granular fault gouge at the SIAM Conference on Mathematical and Computational Problems in the Geosciences, 2005, Avignon, France
  • Co-convener of a session on Computational Environments and Algorithms at the 4th ACES Workshop, 2004, Beijing, China
  • Co-organizer of a workshop on Computational Earthquake Physics and Solid Earth Systems Simulation at ICCS 2003, Melbourne, Australia
  • Convener of a session on Computational Environments and Algorithms at the 3rd ACES Workgroup Meeting, 2003, Brisbane, Australia


Teaching Experience:

2001: Teaching part of a 3rd year course “GM359 - Geophysical Simulation” at the Department of Earth Sciences, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

2000: Teaching part of a 3rd year course “GM347 - Solid Earth Geophysics” at the Department of Earth Sciences, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia


Technical Expertise:

  • High performance computing, on dedicated supercomputers (SGI Altix, Origin) and on PC/Linux based clusters
  • Software development, i.e. I have written a large part of the simulation software (parallel DEM code) currently used in my own research and by several other researchers
  • About 12 years experience developing scientific software using C/C++
  • Extensive experience using MPI

Additional Information:

Nationality: German
Languages: German (native language)
  English (fluently written and spoken)

   

 

Publications

 

Papers

Karen Mair, Steffen Abe
Breaking up: Comminution mechanisms in sheared simulated fault gouge. Pure and Applied Geophysics Special Issue on Brittle deformation of solid and granular materials with applications to mechanics of earthquakes and faults. DOI: 10.1007/s00024-011-0266-6 (2011)
 
Steffen Abe, Heijn van Gent, Janos Urai
DEM Simulation of Normal Faults in cohesive Materials, Tectonophysics 512, 12-21. (2011)
 
Steffen Abe, Karen Mair
Effects of gouge fragment shape on fault friction: New 3D modelling results. Geophysical Research Letters. 36, L23302, doi:10.1029/2009GL040684. (2009)
 
Martin Schoepfer, Steffen Abe, Conrad Childs, John Walsh
The impact of porosity and crack density on the elasticity, strength and friction of cohesive granular materials: Insights from DEM modelling. International Journal of Rock Mechanics & Mining Sciences 46(2), 250-261. (2009)
 
Karen Mair, Steffen Abe
3D numerical simulations of fault gouge evolution during shear: Grain size reduction and strain localization. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 274(1-2), 72-81. (2008)
 

Conference contributions

 

Abstracts

Steffen Abe, Karen Mair
DEM Modelling of Comminution Processes in Fault Gouge. EGU General Assembly. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 13, pp. EGU2011-1293. Room 28 / Tue, 05 Apr, 10:45-11:00, oral (2011)
 
Stephan Becker, Lars Reuning, J. Morwinski, Peter A. Kukla, Steffen Abe, Shiyuan Li, Suleiman Farqanu, G. Lopes Cardozo, Zuwena Rawahi
Understanding Reservoir Quality in Ara Stringers of the Ediacaran - early Cambrian Petroleum System of the South Oman Salt Basin: Diagenetic relationships in space and time. AAPG ICE, Milano. (2011)
 
Andrea Komoróczi, Steffen Abe, Janos Urai
A new method for modelling of coupled brittle-ductile deformation. Geotag 2011, RWTH Aachen University. (2011)
 
Janos Urai, Werner Kraus, Steffen Abe, Max Arndt, Simon Virgo, Marc Holland, Rainer Telle, T. Tonnesen
How good is the glue? An experimental and numerical investigation of the mechanics of crack seal processes in vein networks. EGU General Assembly. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 13, pp. EGU2011-3603-1. Room 28 / Mon, 04 Apr, Room 28 / Mon, 04 Apr. (2011)
 
Janos Urai, Peter Kukla, Heijn van Gent, Steffen Abe, Shiyuan Li, Guillaume Desbois, Johannes Schoenherr, Zsolt Schléder, Lars Reuning, and several additional authors .
Internal Dynamics of salt structures. Alpine Salt 2011: A workshop on Alpine Evaporites, Salzburg, Austria. 31 March. Invited Talk (2011)
 
Andrea Komoróczi, Steffen Abe, Janos Urai
A new method for modeling of coupled brittle - ductile deformation. EGU General Assembly. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 13, pp. EGU2011-1318. Hall A / Tue, 05 Apr, 08:00-19:30, poster, A30. (2011)
 
Michael Kettermann, Sohrab Noorsalehi-Garakani, Heijn van Gent, Steffen Abe, Janos Urai, Marc Holland
Modeling of dilatant fractures in homogenous, cohesive material and in the presence of preexisting fractures. EGU General Assembly. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 13, pp. EGU2011-13519-1. Room 28 / Mon, 04 Apr, 11:15-11:30, oral. (2011)
 
Stephan Becker, Lars Reuning, J. Morwinski, Peter A. Kukla, Steffen Abe, Shiyuan Li, Janos Urai, Suleiman Farqanu, G. Lopes Cardozo, Zuwena Rawahi
Understanding Reservoir Quality in Ara Stringers of the Ediacaran - early Cambrian Petroleum System of the South Oman Salt Basin: Diagenetic relationships in space and time. 14th Bathurst Meeting of Carbonate Sedimentologists, Bristol. (2011)
 
DK Weatherley, VE Boros, WR Hancocky, Steffen Abe
Scaling Benchmark of ESyS-Particle for ElasticWave Propagation Simulations. In: Sixth IEEE e-Science 2010 Computational Science and Engineering Workshop Brisbane, Australia. (2010)
 
Steffen Abe, Janos Urai, Karen Mair
3D DEM Modelling of Fault Roughness Evolution. EGU General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, 12, EGU2010-9420. (2010)
 
Stephan Becker, Lars Reuning, Peter A. Kukla, Steffen Abe, Shiyuan Li, Janos Urai, Suleiman Farqanu, Zuwena Rawahi
Halite plugging: a major exploration risk in the Ara Stringers of the South Oman Salt Basin. Geological Society - Salt Tectonics, Sediments and Prospectivity, The Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, England, 20-22 January 2010, 93. (2010)
 
Steffen Abe, Karen Mair
DEM Simulations of Fault Gouge Processes - where we stand, where we'll go. EGU General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, 1607-7962, 12, EGU2010-9378. (2010)
 
Steffen Abe, Heijn van Gent, Janos Urai
Discrete Element Modeling of Boudinage. TSK13, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 6-12. 4. 2010, 1. (2010)
 
Heijn van Gent, Steffen Abe, Janos Urai, Marc Holland
The formation of open fractures using cohesive materials, the results of scaled analogue and numerical modelling of porosity development. 14th International Conference on Experimental Mechanics (ICEM 14), Poitiers, France, July 4-9, 2010., EDP sciences, 6 (2010)
 
Janos Urai, Peter A. Kukla, Heijn van Gent, Steffen Abe, Shiyuan Li, Guillaume Desbois, Johannes Schönherr, Zsolt Schléder, Lars Reuning, Stephan Becker
Workshop: The internal dynamics of salt structures TSK13, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 6-12. 4. 2010, 63. (2010)
 
Janos Urai, Peter A. Kukla, Heijn van Gent, Steffen Abe, Shiyuan Li, Guillaume Desbois, Johannes Schoenherr, Zsolt Schléder, Lars Reuning, Stephan Becker
Internal Dynamics of Salt Structures. Geological Society - Salt Tectonics, Sediments and Prospectivity, The Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, England, 20-22 January 2010, 52. (2010)
 
Karen Mair, Espen Jettestuen, Steffen Abe
Contact force structure and force chains in 3D sheared granular systems. EGU General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, 12, EGU2010-9493. (2010)
 
Shiyuan Li, Steffen Abe, Janos Urai
Numerical simulation of the experiment on the measurement of salt creep. EGU General Assembly 2010, Vienna, Austria, 12, EGU2010-10795. (2010)
 
Steffen Abe, Karen Mair, Janos Urai
Roughness Evolution in DEM simulations of fault shear. 28th international conference on Mathematical Geophysics: Modelling Earth Dynamics: Complexity, Uncertainty and Validation, sponsered by Committee on Mathematical Geophysics (CMG) of the International (2010)
 
Karen Mair, Espen Jettestuen, Steffen Abe
Characterising contact force networks in 3D sheared granular fault gouge. 28th international conference on Mathematical Geophysics: Modelling Earth Dynamics: Complexity, Uncertainty and Validation, sponsered by Committee on Mathematical Geophysics (CMG) o (2010)
 
Janos Urai, Peter Kukla, Heijn van Gent, Steffen Abe, Guillaume Desbois, Johannes Schönherr, Zsolt Schléder, Lars Reuning, Stephan Becker
Internal Dynamics of Salt Structures. GeoDarmstadt 2010, Darmstadt, Germany, 10-13 October 2010, Hoppe, Röhling, Schütz (eds) Schriftenreihe der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften, vol. 68, E. Schweizerbart'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, Stuttgart, 5 (2010)
 
Janos Urai, Peter A. Kukla, Heijn van Gent, Steffen Abe, Shiyuan Li, Guillaume Desbois, Johannes Schoenherr, Zsolt Schleder, Lars Reuning, Stephan Becker
The internal dynamics of salt structures. TSK 13 (Workshop), Frankfurt am Main. (2010)
 
Stephan Becker, Lars Reuning, Peter A. Kukla, Steffen Abe, Shiyuan Li, Janos Urai, Suleiman Farqanu, Zuwena Rawahi
Understanding Reservoir Quality in Ara Stringers (South Oman Salt Basin): Diagenetic Relationships in Space and Time. AAPG Geo 2010 Middle East, Bahrain. (2010)
 
Steffen Abe, Janos Urai, Joyce Schmatz
DEM Simulation of Clay Smear along Faults. EGU General Assembly 2009, Vienna, Austria, 19 - 24 April 2009, 11. (2009)
 
Steffen Abe, Karen Mair
Simulating Fault Gouge Dynamics. 22th Kongsberg seminar "Physics of hydrocarbon-bearing systems", Kongsberg, Norway, 6-9 May (2009)
 
Steffen Abe, Karen Mair
Fault Gouge, Grain Shape and Friction - new Results from 3D DEM Simulations. EGU General Assembly 2009, Vienna, Austria, 19 - 24 April 2009, 11. (2009)
 
Janos Urai, Joyce Schmatz, Heijn van Gent, Steffen Abe, Marc Holland
From Fault Seal to Fault Leak: Effect of Mechanical Stratigraphy on the Evolution of Transport Processes in Fault Zones. AGU 90 Fall Meet. (2009)
 
Heijn van Gent, Steffen Abe, Janos Urai, Marc Holland
The formation of open fractures in brittle rocks and the evolution of permeability with fault slip- results from analogue and numerical models. EGU General Assembly 2009, Vienna, Austria, 19 - 24 April 2009, 11. (2009)
 
Karen Mair, Steffen Abe
Effects of gouge fragment shape on fault friction: New 3D modeling results. AGU 90 Fall Meet. (2009)
 
Shiyuan Li, Steffen Abe, Janos Urai, Heijn van Gent
Sinking of carbonate and anhydrite stringers in rock salt: insights from numerical simulations. EGU General Assembly 2009, Vienna, Austria, 19 - 24 April 2009, 11. (2009)
 
Martin P.J. Schöpfer, Conrad Childs, John Walsh, Steffen Abe, Arzu Arslan, Eoghan P. Holohan
Distinct Element Method (DEM) Modelling of Laboratory to Outcrop-Scale Fracturing of Natural Rocks. Joint Annual Meeting : GSA, ASA, CSSA, SSSA, GCACS, George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, USA, 5-9 October, 129-4. (2008)
 
Janos Urai, Joyce Schmatz, Steffen Abe, Heijn van Gent, Marc Holland
From Fault Seal to Fault Leak: Effect of Mechanical Stratigraphy on the Evolution of Transport Processes in Fault Zones. Joint Annual Meeting : GSA, ASA, CSSA, SSSA, GCACS, George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, USA, 5-9 October, 138-7. (2008)
 
Steffen Abe, Heijn van Gent, Janos Urai
DEM Simulation of normal faulting in cohesive materials The 27th IUGG Conference on Mathematical Geophysics, Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Norway, June 15 - 20, 2008, 22. (2008)
 
Steffen Abe, Heijn van Gent, Marc Holland
Discrete Element Simulations of the formation of open fractures during normal faulting of cohesive materials. Third International Geomodelling Conference, Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale, Florence, Italy, September 22, 2008, (2008)
 
Steffen Abe, Joyce Schmatz, Janos Urai
DEM simulation of shear induced mixing in layered sand-clay sequences - initial results. Tectonics Studies Group Annual Meeting, La Roche-en-Ardenne, Belgium, 8th-11th January, 2008, 82-83. (2008)
 
Steffen Abe, Joyce Schmatz, Janos Urai
DEM Simulation of shear induced mixing in layered Sand-Clay Sequences. EGU General Assembly 2008, Vienna, Austria, 10. (2008)
 
Steffen Abe, Karen Mair
How do Things break in Fault Gouge ? Abrasion vs. Grain splitting in Discrete Element Simulations. EGU General Assembly 2008, Vienna, Austria, 10. (2008)
 
Steffen Abe, Marc Holland, Janos Urai
Discrete Element Simulation of the formation of open Fractures during normal faulting of cohesive Materials. EGU General Assembly 2008, Vienna, Austria, 10. (2008)
 
Janos Urai, Joyce Schmatz, Steffen Abe, Heijn van Gent, Marc Holland
The Effect of mechanical stratigraphy on the evolution of transport processes in fault zones. Geo 2008; International Conference and 106th annual meeting of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften e. V. (DGG) and 98th annual meeting of the Geologi (2008)
 
Martin P.J. Schöpfer, Steffen Abe, Conrad Childs, John Walsh
Elasticity, strength, friction and porosity relations in Discrete Element Method (DEM) models of cohesive granular materials. Tectonics Studies Group Annual Meeting, La Roche-en-Ardenne, Belgium, 8th-11th January, 2008, 84-85. (2008)
 
Steffen Abe, Heijn van Gent, Janos Urai
Discrete Element Simulation of Normal Faulting In cohesive Materials. Geo 2008; International Conference and 106th annual meeting of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften e. V. (DGG) and 98th annual meeting of the Geologische Vereinigung e.V. (G (2008)
 
Shiyuan Li, Steffen Abe, Janos Urai
FEM simulation of the sinking of carbonate stringers in salt: method validation and initial results. Third International Geomodelling Conference, Florence, Italy, September 24, 2008, Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale, 49, 396- (2008)
 
Shiyuan Li, Steffen Abe, Janos Urai
Numerical Simulation of the Sinking of Carbonate Stringers in Salt. Geo 2008; International Conference and 106th annual meeting of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften e. V. (DGG) and 98th annual meeting of the Geologische Vereinigung e.V. (GV) (2008)
 
Heijn van Gent, Steffen Abe, Janos Urai, Marc Holland
The formation of open fractures in scaled analogue and numerical experiments. Third International Geomodelling Conference, Florence, Italy, September 23, 2008, Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale, 49, 338-342. (2008)