Volcanic Deformation Modelling: Numerical Benchmarking with COMSOL MP

By James Hickey

University of Exeter

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This is a step-by-step guide to benchmarking volcanic deformation numerical simulations on COMSOL with their equivalent analytical solutions.

EDIT (12/06/2014)

This VHub resource "Volcanic Deformation Modelling: Numerical Benchmarking with COMSOL Multiphysics" (https://vhub.org/resources/2777) has now been updated and published by JVGR.

The instructions to set up benchmarked FE models with COMSOL are included in the supplementary materials, as well as further guidelines to incorporate material heterogeneities and temperature dependent material properties. COMSOL .mph files are also included to allow users to work through the model set-up.

The article is available here: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S037702731400153X# (feel free to email me for a copy if you don't have access).

Hickey, J., and J. Gottsmann (2014), Benchmarking and developing numerical Finite Element models of volcanic deformation, J. Volcanol. Geotherm. Res., 280, 126–130, doi:10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2014.05.011.


James (james.hickey@bristol.ac.uk)

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  • James Hickey (2012), "Volcanic Deformation Modelling: Numerical Benchmarking with COMSOL MP," https://vhub.org/resources/1627.

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