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Course, academic year 2022/2023
Rheology and Deformation Microstructures - MG440P26
Title: Rheology and Deformation Microstructures
Czech title: Reologie a deformační mikrostruktury
Guaranteed by: Institute of Petrology and Structural Geology (31-440)
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Actual: from 2019
Semester: winter
E-Credits: 4
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:2/1 C+Ex [hours/week]
Capacity: unlimited
Min. number of students: 4
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: taught
Language: English, Czech
Note: enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: doc. RNDr. Petr Jeřábek, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): doc. RNDr. Petr Jeřábek, Ph.D.
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Annotation -
Last update: doc. RNDr. Petr Jeřábek, Ph.D. (04.11.2019)
The course is taught in English when at least one international student is enrolled. How do deformation structures form? Why, how and under which conditions can rocks flow? What are the micro-scale mechanisms behind the development of rock fabrics? These are the fundamental questions and this is the course to answer them.
The course aims to understand mechanical behavior (rheology) of Earth materials exposed to various environmental conditions (e.g. pressure, temperature, force-stress, deformation rate) as a key to understand the large-scale processes leading to redistribution of large portions of Earth`s crust and mantle. A physical response of Earth materials to deformation will be explored throught the micro-scale study of deformation microstructures and crystal plasticity. Particular examples of various rock microstructures will be demonstrated during the practical part of the course. In addition, the course aims to clarify physical background of intracrystalline and intercrystalline deformation and recrystallization processes occurring in most common Earth materials.
Literature -
Last update: doc. RNDr. Petr Jeřábek, Ph.D. (06.10.2016)
  • Passchier, C.W. and Trouw, R.A.J. (2005) Microtectonics, Springer-Verlag.
  • Vernon, R.H. (2004). A practical guide to Rock Microstructure, Cambridge Univ. Press.
  • Hull, D. and Bacon, D. J. (2011) Introduction to dislocations, Butterworth-Heinemann
  • Putnis, A. (1992) Introduction to mineral sciences, Cambridge University Press
Requirements to the exam -
Last update: doc. RNDr. Petr Jeřábek, Ph.D. (22.09.2020)

Written examination will cover theoretical part of the course. Credit is awarded based on practicals and individual work on final protocol summarizing practical part of the course. 

Syllabus - Czech
Last update: doc. RNDr. Petr Jeřábek, Ph.D. (14.11.2016)

1) Reologie obecně, definice a terminologický nesoulad

2) Deformační mechanismy

3) Defekty krystalové mřížky

4) Deformační zotavení, mechanismy rekrystalizace

5) Dislokační tok a krystalová přednostní orientace

6) Parametry dislokačního toku, příroda versus experimenty

7) Parametry difuzního toku, míchání minerální fází během deformace

8) Mapy deformačních mechanismů

9) Koncept reologických křivek a pevnosti litosféry

Entry requirements -
Last update: doc. RNDr. Petr Jeřábek, Ph.D. (03.10.2016)

To enroll into course, students are required to pass basic course on Mineralogy, Structural geology, Microscopy of rock forming minerals or alternatively Microscopy of rocks.

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