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A stress inversion procedure for polyphase calcite twin and fault/slip data sets

Authors
Journal
Journal of Structural Geology
0191-8141
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
21
Issue
6
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0191-8141(99)00053-x
Disciplines
  • Computer Science

Abstract

Abstract In rocks that are polydeformed an approach which separates faults prior to stress inversion is more appropriate. The traditional stress inversion approach involving the concept of the best-fit stress tensor, e.g. a tensor which minimises the misfit between calculated and measured fault-striae data, often risks computing artificial stress tensors that are some form of average of mixed sets of real stress tensors. A new approach is proposed in which fault data are pre-processed to group the faults on the basis of their response to all possible orientations and magnitudes of applied stress. A computer method is described which utilises cluster analysis based on the right-dihedra method to divide dynamically-mixed fault populations to monophase subsets. This division is based on the ranked similarity coefficients of each fault pair from the raw data set. The data clusters form dynamically-homogeneous subsets, which are used for the composite right-dihedra solution. This solution is re-computed for the reduced stress tensor defined by the orientation of principal stress axes and the ratio of their magnitudes.

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