Mechanics of dip-slip faulting in an elastic half-space

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The mechanics of dip-slip faulting is examined using a model of a crack in a plane strain elastic half-space loaded by remote stresses: vertical stresses are equal to the overburden and horizontal stresses are the sum of a constant (c) times the overburden and a depth-independent term σtect, which may be compressive or tensile. Opening is allowed in response to local tension, and slip on closed regions is governed by Mohr-Coulomb conditions. Because regions of opening and slip, in general, must be determined as part of the solution, relative displacements and stress intensity factors are calculated by iterative solution of integral equations. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22,173-22,186
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research
Issue numberB11
StatePublished - 1995

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