[unav_all] UNAVCO Short Course announcement: Finite Element Modeling

Donna Charlevoix donnac at unavco.org
Thu Apr 11 13:24:31 MDT 2013

Short Course on Finite Element Modeling of Deformation at Volcanoes

Instructors: Prof. Kurt Feigl and Prof. Tim Masterlark
Audience: graduate students or advanced undergraduate students
Dates: May 21-23, 2013
Location: UNAVCO, Boulder Colorado
This short course will describe how to design and construct models to describe deformation observed using geodetic methods (Global Positioning System — GPS — and Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar — InSAR) at volcanic systems using the finite element method (FEM) The purpose of this workshop will be to display the powerful capabilities of this approach to the geophysical community via a user-friendly learning environment. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to design, construct, and implement FEM models that simulate changes in magma storage, which can be used in forward and inverse modeling. Students will then understand how to conduct simulations of transient post-eruption processes, including poroelastic, thermoelastic, and viscoelastic rheologies. Students will receive a bound manual of course  materials. In addition, Simulia Incorporated has agreed to provide the latest version of Abaqus SE software to each student at no cost. Students should bring their own laptop computers having Windows OS, if possible.

The intended audience is graduate students or advanced undergraduate students pursuing research in volcanology. The course will be limited to a maximum of 10 students, who will be selected from a pool of applicants. Prerequisites include: (a) one year of undergraduate physics; (b) mathematics through calculus; (c) some experience with a computer programming language. Differential equations and/or linear (matrix) algebra would be helpful.   

For more information visit: http://www.unavco.org/edu_outreach/short-courses/2013/finite-modeling/finite-modeling.html
Interested students should apply no later than April 29, 2013.

Donna Charlevoix, Ph.D.
Director, Education and  Community Engagement
donnac at unavco.org |  www.unavco.org
6350 Nautilus Drive, Boulder, CO 80301

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