05-BGW-GD3 Geodynamic Modelling

Representative Katrin Huhn-Frehers

Learning Contents:

The Geodynamic Modelling module provides basic knowledge in the field of numerical process simulation techniques. Major aim is an introduction into different numerical approaches: granular modelling techniques, e.g. the Discrete Element Methode, and continuum methods, e.g. the Finite Elements Method. This theoretical knowledge will be applied to investigate the deformation processes and mechanics of forearc regions at active margins particularly subduction zones and rifted margins

Learning Outcomes, Targeted Competencies:

1) know the basic concepts of modelling philosophy and understand how to build a model
2) comprehend and apply granular simulation techniques; e.g. Discrete Element Method using software packages, e.g. PFC©ITASCA
3) understand the fundamentals of finite element modelling (FEM)
4) can develop independently a FEM model using MATLAB

Prior Knowledge:

Grundlagen Angewandte Geophysik / Principles of Applied Geophysics

Course Type 1: Lecture, Exercise (L+E) 2.0 SWS ( 28.0 h)

Course Type 2: Lecture, Exercise (L+E) 2.0 SWS ( 28.0 h)

Tutorial(s): -


56.0 h presence time
60.0 h self-study
64.0 h exam workload

180 h total workload

Exam Type:

combination exam


exam elements: 2
SL: 0

50 % presentation
50 % presentation


1) Turcotte, D. L. & G. Schubert (2002): Geodynamics: Applications of Continuums Physics to Geological Problems. John Wiley and Sons, New York
2) Pöschel, T. (2001) Dynamics of granular systems; Logos, Berlin
3) Zienkiewicz, The finite element method: its basis and fundamentals
4) Gerya: Introduction to numerical geodynamic modelling