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Title :FEM simulation to clarify the Himalayan thrusts system
Authors :Howladar, M. Farhad
Hayashi, Daigoro
Authors alternative :林, 大五郎
Issue Date :Oct-2006
Abstract :Finite element method (FEM) is a general method of structural analysis in which a continuum or continuous structure is replaced by a finite number of elements interconnected at a finite number of nodal points. The method can be used to determine the displacements of the nodal points and stresses within the elements developed in two or three dimensional elastic or viscous structures of arbitrary geometrical and material properties. From this point of view, a 2D finite element method has been adopted to characterize the stress field and deformation pattern (mainly faults) in the Himalayan orogenic ranges. The Himalayas represent one of the few places on earth where continental crust is attempting to underthrust continental crust. As the Indian plate underthrusts beneath the Himalaya, it warps down in response to an advancing orogenic load and keeps the entire Himalayan mountain arc seismically active with which continuously influencing the stress field and structures in the regime. A series of elastic finite element models are presented to examine the state of stresses and faults on the models as well as within the incipient zones of major thrusts (MCT, MBT and MFT) after collision. Finally, the tectonic implementation of such simulated structures are drawn with combining the previously published geological, seismological and focal mechanism solution of faults data in the Himalayas. The geologic profiles A, B, C and D of the central Himalayas which are used for the purpose under plane strain condition with elastic rheology. The elasticity of such model's layers considered with regards to the rock layer properties that there is a tendency, i.e. the older profiles might composed of the harder rocks and the older rock layers are the larger properties (e.g. density, Young's modulus and cohesion), whereas friction angle is lesser and Poisson's ratio is constant for all stages of models. The convergent rate of Indian plate has been considered 10 cm/a for profile A (40-20 Ma); 5 cm/a for B, C (20-10 Ma) and 2 cm/a for the present profile A (0 Ma). The results show that the compressive stress and the thrust fault dominant over the whole period after collision. Some interesting findings of the numerical models are: (1) simulated state of stresses is compressive in nature, where σ_1 oriented horizontally, is resulting the thrust faults of the models; (2) state of stresses and intensity of failure elements (faults) are mainly controlled by the model geometry, boundary condition and layers properties; (3) displacement boundary conditions are sensitive for both of the stresses magnitude and faults whereas layer properties are mainly sensitive to the fault development; (4) thrust faults are frequently formed within the low-grade rocks layers than in the high-grade rock layers; (5) thrust faults are localized within the whole area of incipient zones of MCT (40-20 Ma), MBT (20-10 Ma) and MFT (10-0 Ma) as well as along the initial boundaries of these future thrusts; (6) faulting tendency increases in the younger rock sequences of the profiles with their propagation southward; (7) good agreement of simulated stress and thrust faults with the existed geologic records in this compressional regime; (8) numerically developed faults since 40 Ma to present are direct evidences to the transformation of active subduction of Indian continental crust from north to south; (9) localization of thrust faults along the MCT at primary stage of post collision then MBT (20-10 Ma) and finally along the MFT (10-0 Ma) suggesting that the age of initiation of these thrusts becomes from MCT to MFT, with the MCT as the oldest and MFT as the youngest; (10) intense development of fault around the major thrusts (MBT an MFT) and along the frontal part of Himalayas indicating that these areas are tectonically active which support the present neotectonics in the Himalayas.
The distribution of stress trends and faults calculated in the models are compared with the previously published geological data, earthquakes focal mechanism solutions of faults and active faults analysis data in the Himalayas. Comparison shows the close similarities between the simulated results and the aforesaid published data. Finally on the basis of the numerical modeling results and summary of former geological and geophysical researches, a preliminary hypothesis is proposed on the structural and tectonic development of the Himalayan orogeny, where especial attention has been paid for examining the earlier development stage of stress state and fault in the incipient zones of the future thrusts MCT, MBT and MFT as well as the present stage. The compressive stress and thrust faults within the incipient zones might be the responsible for the earlier development stage of MCT (40 Ma), MBT (20 Ma) and MFT (10 Ma) which may paved the way for posing that the MCT is the oldest and MFT is the youngest thrusts in the Himalayas and they are propagating southward from the initiation time. Thus It is very convenient to state that the continuous propagation of such thrusts might have greatly influenced the tectonics and structures in this compressoinal mountain belt. Presently, around the frontal part of the Himalayas might be more active due to development of large numbers simulated faults which is also responsible for the neotectonic activity in the regimes.
Type Local :紀要論文
ISSN :0286-9640
Publisher :琉球大学理学部
URI :http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12000/2589
Citation :琉球大学理学部紀要 = Bulletin of the College of Science. University of the Ryukyus no.82 p.15 -67
Appears in Collections:No.82 (2006/10)

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