Settore ERC

PE10_5 - Geology, tectonics, volcanology


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":

Rheometer  Anton - Paar MCR 302 with MRD

Viscosimeter-  Fungilab Smart series

Prodotti della ricerca

  • Schreurs, G., Buiter, S.J.H., Boutelier, J., Burberry, C., Callot, J.-P., Cavozzi, C., Cerca, M., Chen, J.-H., Cristallini, E., Cruden, A.R., Cruz, L., Daniel, J.-M., Da Poian, G., Garcia, V.H., Gomes, C.J.S., Grall, C., Guillot, Y., Guzmán, C., Hidayah, T.N., Hilley, G., Klinkmüller, M., Koyi, H.A., Lu, C.-Y., Maillot, B., Meriaux, C., Nilfouroushan, F., Pan, C.-C., Pillot, D., Portillo, R., Rosenau, M., Schellart, W.P., Schlische, R.W., Take, A., Vendeville, B., Vergnaud, M., Vettori, M., Wang, S.-H., Withjack, M.O., Yagupsky, D., Yamada, Y., Benchmarking Analogue Models of Brittle Thrust Wedges, Journal of Structural Geology (2016), doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2016.03.005.
  • Sadeghi, Shahriar, Storti, Fabrizio, Ali, Yassaghi, Nestola, Yago, Cavozzi, Cristian, Experimental deformation partitioning in obliquely converging orogens with lateral variations of basal d´ecollement rheology: inferences for NW Zagros, Iran, Tectonophysics (2016), doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2016.05.014
  • Y. Nestola, F.Storti and C. Cavozzi Strain rate dependent lithosphere rifting and necking architectures in analogue experiments. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth  DOI: 10.1002/2014JB0113
  • Cavozzi, C., et al., New materials for analogue experiments: Preliminary tests of magnetorheological fluids. Tectonophysics, Volume 630, 3 September 2014, Pages 131-136, ISSN 0040-1951
  • Yago Nestola,Fabrizio Storti,Enrico Bedogni and Cristian Cavozzi. Shape evolution and finite deformation pattern in analogue experiments of lithosphere necking. Geophysical Research Letters DOI: 10.1002/grl.50978  Volume 40, Issue 19, pages 5052–5057, 16 October 2013
  • A. Cappelletti, F.Tsikalas, Y.Nestola, C.Cavozzi, A. Argnani, M.Meda, F.Salvi . Impact of lithospheric heterogeneities on continental rifting evolution: Constraints from analogue modelling on South Atlantic margins. Tectonophysics 608 (2013) 30–50
  • COSTA, E., CAVOZZI, C. AND DOGLIONI, N. (2010) Coupled passive extension and compression on salt-based passive margins analyzed by physical models, in Quaternary carbonate and evaporite sedimentary facies and their ancient analogues: A Tribute to Douglas James Shearman (eds C. G. St.C. Kendall, A. S. Alsharhan, I. Jarvis and T. Stevens), John Wiley & Sons Ltd., Chichester, West Sussex, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444392326.ch17
  • SCHREURS, G.; BUITER, S. J. H.; BOUTELIER, D.; CORTI, G.; COSTA, E.; CRUDEN, A. R.; DANIEL, J.-M.; HOTH, S.; KOYI, H. A.; KUKOWSKI, N.; LOHRMANN, J.; RAVAGLIA, A.; SCHLISCHE, R. W.; WITHJACK, M. O.; YAMADA, Y.; CAVOZZI, C.; DELVENTISETTE, C.; ELDER BRADY, J. A.; HOFFMANN-ROTHE, A.; MENGUS, J.-M.; MONTANARI, D.; NILFOROUSHAN, F. Analogue benchmarks of shortening and extension experiments In: Analogue and Numerical Modelling of Crustal-Scale Processes Ed.: Buiter, S. J. H.; Schreurs, G. London : Geological Society 2006. 1-27 p. Geological Society special publication ; 253
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