Articles | Volume 9, issue 2
Method article
19 Mar 2018
Method article |  | 19 Mar 2018

Nonlinear viscoplasticity in ASPECT: benchmarking and applications to subduction

Anne Glerum, Cedric Thieulot, Menno Fraters, Constantijn Blom, and Wim Spakman

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A nonlinear viscoplastic rheology is implemented and benchmarked in the ASPECT software, allowing for the modeling of lithospheric deformation. We showcase the new functionality with a four-dimensional model of thermomechanically coupled subduction.