Rheological and Seismic Properties of Solid-Melt Systems

A Mechanical Spectroscopy Study

  • Su-Ying Chien

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 151-159

About this book


Our understanding of the rheological and seismic properties of the Earth’s interior relies on interpreting geophysical observations using mineral physics data. The complexity of natural materials complicates these interpretations, but here the key features of such materials in controlling the attenuation of seismic waves are determined by a set of careful experiments.  This thesis clearly explains how dynamic mechanical spectroscopy has been used to determine the visco-elastic properties of igneous and sedimentary rocks containing geological fluids. These experiments highlight, for the first time, the importance of mineral and rock microstructures as controls on geophysical properties of solids, particularly near the melting point. The results have impacts in areas ranging from volcanic processes, through the structure of the deep Earth, to fluid-saturated porous media.


Brittle Failure Dynamic Mechanical Analysis Fluid-rock Interactions Glass Transition Mechanical Spectroscopy Porous Media Rock Mechanics Thermal Relaxation Visco-elastic

Authors and affiliations

  • Su-Ying Chien
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Earth SciencesUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-03097-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-03098-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2190-5053
  • Series Online ISSN 2190-5061
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