Tectonic evolution through analogue modelling


Project Description

The Arabian plate geology group is building a state of the art analogue modelling laboratory, which will be functional by year-end 2020. The apparatus consists of two rigid plates which can be displaced in x,y and z directions. This setup brings unlimited variety for future geological models. The analogue modelling apparatus can be used with either CT-scanner or normal laboratory conditions, for which an additional acquisition apparatus is under construction. This equipment will be used primarily for modeling large-scale tectonic processes of the Red Sea and the Dead Sea Transform.
Program - Energy Resources and Petroleum Engineering
Division - Physical Sciences and Engineering
Center Affiliation - Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center
Field of Study - Structural geology

About the

Abdulkader M. Afifi

Professor, Energy Resources and Petroleum Engineering

Abdulkader M. Afifi
Regional geology of the Middle East, particularly the geological evolution of the Red Sea.  Conventional and unconventional hydrocarbon and geothermal resources. Applications of geodynamics and mineral phase equilibria to geological processes. Formation of hydrothermal mineral deposits. 

Desired Project Deliverables

Finalizing of construction of the photogrammetry apparatus, designing the analogue model setup, running experiments, analysis of data, PIV or structural interpretation and comparison to natural cases.