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The role of Fluid pressure in EArthquake Triggering

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Project "FEAT" data sheet

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Organization address
address: Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
city: ROMA
postcode: 185

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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Project website
 Total cost 180˙277 €
 EC max contribution 180˙277 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-12-01   to  2017-11-30


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 Project objective

Fluid overpressure has been proposed as one of the primary mechanisms that facilitate earthquake slip along tectonic faults. However, elastic dislocation theory combined with friction laws suggests that fluid overpressure may inhibit the dynamic instabilities that result in earthquakes. This controversy poses a serious problem in our understanding of earthquake physics, with severe implications for both natural and human-induced seismic hazard. Nevertheless, currently, there are only a few systematic studies of the role of fluid pressure under controlled, laboratory conditions for which the evolution of friction parameters and slip stability can be deduced. Here I propose a comprehensive experimental study of The role of Fluid pressure in EArthquake Triggering (FEAT). The proposed work will document the evolution of fault friction parameters as a function of fluid overpressure using a world-class rock deformation apparatus. The laboratory experiments will build on the characterization of fault zone structure, fluid flow, and deformation processes, which I intend to reconstruct from careful field evaluations of ancient faults that represent exhumed analogues of seismically active structures. An important part of my work will be the interaction with the energy industry to investigate the role of fluids in induced seismicity. The experimental work will strengthen my expertise in frictional and fluid flow characterisation of fault rocks. Additionally, I will develop new skills in electronic and mechanical engineering aspects of experiments. Field and microstructural work will widen my background in the field of structural geology, microstructural analysis and model construction using energy-industry software. These training-through-research activities will allow for the creation of unprecedented insight into the role of fluid pressure in earthquake triggering while broadening my competences via interdisciplinary studies and inter-sectorial experience.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2016 C. Giorgetti, C. Collettini, M.M. Scuderi, M.R. Barchi, T. Tesei
Fault geometry and mechanics of marly carbonate multilayers: An integrated field and laboratory study from the Northern Apennines, Italy
published pages: 1-16, ISSN: 0191-8141, DOI: 10.1016/j.jsg.2016.10.001
Journal of Structural Geology 93 2019-06-13
2017 M.M. Scuderi, C. Collettini, C. Viti, E. Tinti, C. Marone
Evolution of shear fabric in granular fault gouge from stable sliding to stick slip and implications for fault slip mode
published pages: G39033.1, ISSN: 0091-7613, DOI: 10.1130/G39033.1
Geology 2019-06-13
2017 M.M. Scuderi, C. Collettini, C. Marone
Frictional stability and earthquake triggering during fluid pressure stimulation of an experimental fault
published pages: 84-96, ISSN: 0012-821X, DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2017.08.009
Earth and Planetary Science Letters 477 2019-06-13
2016 E. Tinti, M. M. Scuderi, L. Scognamiglio, G. Di Stefano, C. Marone, C. Collettini
On the evolution of elastic properties during laboratory stick-slip experiments spanning the transition from slow slip to dynamic rupture
published pages: 8569-8594, ISSN: 2169-9313, DOI: 10.1002/2016JB013545
Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 121/12 2019-06-13
2016 J. R. Leeman, D. M. Saffer, M. M. Scuderi, C. Marone
Laboratory observations of slow earthquakes and the spectrum of tectonic fault slip modes
published pages: 11104, ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms11104
Nature Communications 7 2019-06-13
2016 Marco M. Scuderi, Cristiano Collettini
The role of fluid pressure in induced vs. triggered seismicity: insights from rock deformation experiments on carbonates
published pages: 24852, ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/srep24852
Scientific Reports 6 2019-06-13

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