Steffen Abe

Geologie-Endogene Dynamik
RWTH Aachen University

Fields of interest:

  • numerical simulation of rock physics, faulting and fracturing; 
  • physics of earthquakes; 
  • interaction between fault geometry and fault dynamics; 
  • fault constitutive laws; 
  • mechanics of granular media, in particular in the context of fault gouge; 
  • numerical methods; 
  • high performance computing.


Recent publications:

M. Schöpfer, S. Abe, C. Childs and J.J. Walsh:
The impact of porosity and crack density on the elasticity, strength and friction of cohesive granular materials: insights from DEM modelling,
International Journal of Rock Mechanics & Mining Science, (2008), in press

K. Mair and S. Abe:
3D numerical simulations of fault gouge evolution during shear: grain size reduction and strain localization, 
Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Vol. 274, (2008), pp. 72–81, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2008.07.010

S. Abe, S. Latham and P. Mora:
Dynamic Rupture in a 3-D Particle-based Simulation of a Rough Planar Fault, 
Pure Appl. Geophys., Vol. 163 (9), (2006), pp. 1881-1892, doi:10.1007/s00024-006-0102-6

S. Abe and K. Mair: 
Grain Fracture in 3D Numerical Simulations of Granular Shear, 
Geophys. Res. Lett., Vol. 32, (2005), L05305, doi:10.1029/2004GL022123