Physics and Chemistry of Minerals

, Volume 25, Issue 8, pp 566–573

The electrification of flowing gases by mechanical abrasion of mineral surfaces

  • L. Scudiero
  • J. T. Dickinson
  • Y. Enomoto
ORIGINAL PAPER

Abstract 

In the past, a number of workers have shown that both charged and neutral particles are released from inorganic materials during fracture and abrasion. In this work we show that charge can be transported by electrification of flowing gases over a surface undergoing abrasion. These results are relevant to possible mechanisms of a number of observed electrical phenomena associated with fault motion and earthquake activity.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Scudiero
    • 1
  • J. T. Dickinson
    • 1
  • Y. Enomoto
    • 2
  1. 1.Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-2814; Fax: +1 509 335 7816; E-mail: jtd@wsu.edu
  2. 2.Mechanical Engineering Laboratory, Mamiki 1–2, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305, JapanJP

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