Fractures and veins news

Max' paper "Changes in fluid pathways in a calcite vein mesh (Natih Formation, Oman Mountains): insights from stable isotopes" is available online. Click here.
Max paper "Changes in fluid pathways in a calcite vein mesh (Natih Formation, Oman Mountains): Insights from stable isotopes" has been accepted for publication in Geofluids. Download a preprint here.
Simon's paper on the modelling of fracture vein interaction, is now available online, as open access in JGR: Solid Earth. Congratulations!
Simon's paper on DEM simulation of fracturing in heterogeneous media is now in press in JGR! Click here for a preprint!
Max's manuscript on fluid flow systems in Omani carbonates is in review by Geofluids. Come back soon for more information.
Steffen's paper 'Fracture patterns in nonplane strain boudinage—insights from 3-D discrete element models' has now been published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth. Congratulations!
Dr. Steffen Abe is leaving our team by end of February. Today during our weekly seminar he gives an overview on the "discrete element modeling" he has been doing the last 6 years in Aachen. Please join us at 12:30 room 408.
The Paper by Steffen and Michael on 3D modelling of boudinage has been accepted for publication in JGR! Download the preprint here!

Simon's, Max's and Zoe's paper on the "Development of fault and vein networks in a carbonate sequence near Hayl al Shaz, Oman Mountains" is in press (GeoArabia). Download a preprint here!


Andrea's paper "Meshless Numerical Modeling of Brittle-Viscous Deformation: First Results on Boudinage and Hydrofracturing Using a Coupling of Discrete Element Method (DEM) and Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH)" has been accepted for publication in Computational Geosciences.

Next Monday (September 17th) at 14:30h Prof. Stephan Matthai (Montan University of Leoben) will give a talk entitled

"What field-data based numerical simulations can teach us about fluid flow in Naturally Fractured Hydrocarbon Reservoirs

at GED Room 4.08 (Lochnerstrasse 4-20, haus A).
Everybody interested is kindly invited.
This week, the 9th of February Sofie Nollet will give a NUGGED seminar. Title of the talk will be: Importance of fault zone geometry in hydrocabon exploration & production. 12 o'clock, room 4.08, 4th floor, Lochnerstrasse 4-20, Haus A, Aachen.
We have updated our section on this year's EGU general assembly in Vienna. Have a look!
EGU 2012: And there is a third session hosted by one of our group members: "TS9.3/GD8.8 - Discrete Element Method (DEM) simulations in geoscience - Methods and Applications". Convener: Steffen Abe (Aachen, Germany), Dion Weatherley (Queensland, Australia) and Einat Aharonov (Jerusalem, Israel). Shortlink:
EGU 2012: We also would like to drag your attention to session "Faults, fractures and fluid flow". Please consider your abstract submission! The session is organized by Nicola De Paola (Durham), Irfan Ghani (Mainz) , Daniel Koehn (Glasgow) , Max Arndt (Aachen) , Fabrizio Balsamo (Parma).
You are kindly asked to re-share this announcement! Shortlink:

Today Alistair McCay from the University of Strathclyde will give a talk about Enhanced fracture connectivity in fault zones. Everybody is kindly invited to join us at 2pm in Room 408

Upcoming 3-day short course "Structure, permeability and fluid flow at depth in the Earth's crust". October 11th - 13th. Lecturer is Professor Stephen Cox (ANU). More information:
MSc-students, PhD-students and PostDocs are welcome to apply!

Upcoming 2 days short course on "geologic trapping of buoyant fluids" at our institute the 13th-14th of October, held by Peter Vrolijk and Franco Corona from ExxonMobil. No tuition fees for Master-students, PhD-students & Post Docs. More information at here.


Next week the 28th of July Koen van Noten (KU Leuven) will give a NUGGED seminar. Title of Koen's talk is - Analysing the Rursee quartz veins: a unique insight into the early Variscan tectonic inversion. 12 o'clock, room 4.08, 4th floor, Lochnerstraße 4-20, Haus A, Aachen.

We are more than happy to announce that Prof. Stephen Cox from the Research School of Earth Sciences (RSES) at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra will spend a six month sabbatical with us. Stephen plans to start in early August. He'll be working on the FRACs-project and veins in general. Welcome Stephen!
We congratulate our students Alexander Raith, Patrick Wüstefeld and Sebastian Thronberens for receiving the 1st poster price of the 2011 Geotag at RWTH-Aachen. They presented a poster on their BSc thesis with the title "How to take an outcrop home?". Have a look at their theses here.
During the annual general assembly of the VAG Alexander and Patrick were honored for their outstanding BSc. graduate during the VAG's annual general assembly last Friday.
What a successful Geotag for our research group this year! Michael Kettermann has won the second poster price at the Geotag 2011 with the title "Interaction between joints and normal faults in a graben setting - a field study at Canyonlands National Park, Utah/USA".
Our Hiwis Jochen Hürtgen and Andy Rudersdorf complete the range of awardees by receiving the third poster price (Neotectonic activity of the Granada Basin – new evidence from the Padul-Nigüelas Fault Zone). Congratulations!
The BSc-theses of Alexander Raith (thesis), Patrick Wüstefeld (thesis) and Sebastian Thronberens (thesis), all dealing with high detail observations of crack-seal networks in Oman, using stereophotography and gigapixel panoramas, are now online at the RWTH Library!
Visit our talks and poster presentations at the EGU this week!
Marc's paper on 4D evolution of dilatant fault networks using cohesive modeling material is now online at Earth and Planetary Science Letters. We have uploaded a number of related videos to our YouTube Channel, including a true 3D representation of a fault zone.
Find an overview of all our contributions to EGU 2011 here.

January 31st, 1Live Radio did a short radio interview with Max Arndt, about life and work in Al Hamra! Listen to it here!

Joyce' paper on fluid inclusions in naturally deformed quartz from the Hunsrück Slate is available online in the Journal of Structural Geology.
The papers of Marc on vein networks in Oman and Heijn on models of dilatant faulting using cohesive powders are now published in JSG

Fractures and veins publications



Simon Virgo, Max Arndt
Evolution of a crack-seal calcite vein network in limestone : a high resolution structural, microstructural and geochemical study from the Jebel Akhdar high pressure cell, Oman Mountains. MSc-thesis, Geologie - Endogene Dynamik, RWTH Aachen University. (2010)


Max Arndt, Simon Virgo, Zoe Soebisch, Marc Holland, Christoph Hilgers, Janos Urai
A World-class Exposure of a Fossil High Pressure Cell on the Southern Flank of Jabal Shams in the Oman Mountains. Al Hajar , FEB2010 (16), 3-7. (2010)


Nadine Hoffmann, Klaus Reicherter, Thomas Fernandez-Steeger, Max Arndt
Tectonic Evolution of the Ohrid Basin (Macedonia/Albania): preliminary results for a future ICDP deep drilling site. EGU General Assembly 2009, Wien, Geophysical Research Abstracts, 11. (2009)
Max Arndt, Simon Virgo, Zoé Sobisch, Marc Holland, Janos Urai
Field observations and Interpretation of remote sensing data from an exhumed a high pressure carbonate reservoir, Jebel Shams, Oman Mountains. Geo 2008; International Conference and 106th annual meeting of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften e (2008)
Simon Virgo, Zoé Sobisch, Max Arndt, Iwan De Lugt, Peter A. Kukla, Janos Urai
Deformation and hydrothermal alteration of radiolarites, Batain Coast, Eastern Oman. Geo 2008; International Conference and 106th annual meeting of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften e. V. (DGG) and 98th annual meeting of the Geologische Vere (2008)