The laboratory is equipped with a three sandbox capable of reproducing compressive, gravitational and mixed type systems.
The reproduction of geodynamic contexts of compressive type (orogenic wedges ) is realized through the use of a movable wall connected to a motor, able to deform the model with variable speeds from a few mm / h as several cm / h
The gravitational systems (extensional margins) are played by the slope of the crystal base of the sand box, up to a maximum of 20 °.
With special construction techniques, we can reproduce mixed systems (compression + extension), systems in which there are faults (normal faults, reverse, slip), flower structure, pull-apart basins etc.
Facilities available on Analogue Modelling lab "Elisabetta Costa":