Articles | Volume 11, issue 5
Research article
22 Oct 2020
Research article |  | 22 Oct 2020

Towards the application of Stokes flow equations to structural restoration simulations

Melchior Schuh-Senlis, Cedric Thieulot, Paul Cupillard, and Guillaume Caumon

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This paper presents a numerical method for restoring models of the subsurface to a previous state in their deformation history, acting as a numerical time machine for geological structures. The method relies on the assumption that rock layers can be modeled as highly viscous fluids. It shows promising results on simple setups, including models with faults and non-flat topography. While issues still remain, this could open a way to add more physics to reverse time structural modeling.