Articles | Volume 10, issue 4
Research article
05 Jul 2019
Research article |  | 05 Jul 2019

A systematic comparison of experimental set-ups for modelling extensional tectonics

Frank Zwaan, Guido Schreurs, and Susanne J. H. Buiter

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Short summary
This work was inspired by an effort to numerically reproduce laboratory models of extension tectonics. We tested various set-ups to find a suitable analogue model and in the process systematically charted the impact of set-ups and boundary conditions on model results, a topic poorly described in existing scientific literature. We hope that our model results and the discussion on which specific tectonic settings they could represent may serve as a guide for future (analogue) modeling studies.