Idaho Geodynamics Group Facilities
Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
The Idaho Geodynamics group performs state-of-the-art analogue experiments in Mittelstaedt's fluid dynamics laboratory. The laboratory is outfitted for simulations of long-term tectonic, mantle convection, and hydrothermal experiments.
Diffuse Effluent Measurement System
The DEMS is a deep-sea (up to 6000m) camera system that captures digital imagery and measures temperatures of upwelling, diffuse hydrothermal effluent passing between a camera and a rigid image board with a back illuminated random-dot pattern printed on its camera-facing side. Imagery are post processed using Diffuse Flow Velocimetry (DFV) [Mittelstaedt et al., 2010], a noninvasive method of image analysis to calculate fluid velocities
64-core Server and RAID Backup
Many studies undertaken by the Idaho Geodynamics group use the high-powered computing facilities of the UI IBEST group. Before utilizing these resources, models are tested on the group's HP ProLiant DL58 G7 Server with 4 16-core OpteronT processors (64 total cores), 384 GB of RAM, and ~5 TB of scratch hard drive space. All data is backed up on a separate RAID array with 48 TB of storage.
The Idaho Geodynamics Group has several workstations available for processing field and laboratory data and visualizing 2D and 3D numerical models.
The Idaho Geodynamics group hosts two 3D printers including a Makerbot Z-18 and a Makerbot Replicator 2X. These printers can create objects using a variety of plastics (e.g., ABS and PLA) for use in laboratory experiments, as well as for teaching tools.
2D and 3D Numerical Codes
The Idaho Geodynamics Group has access to several numerical codes for simulating processes such as faulting, continental rifting, mantle melting, hydrothermal flow, and mantle convection. The group uses codes developed in collaboration with colleagues (e.g., SiSTeR- download it here) as well as externally developed codes (e.g., ASPECT and LaMeM).