Cracking up under the strain...



On April 1–2, talk at University College London focused on failure and the stresses and strains that cause it. The discussion was aimed at improving our understanding of crack systems in rocks, their effect on the physical properties of the bulk rock, and their response to applied stresses and strains up to rock failure.

“Crack Systems in Rocks: Fundamentalsand Application to Crustal Dynamics and Reservoir Engineering,” a meeting organized by Philip Meredith, Paul Glover, and Peter Sammonds, was initially designed as a gathering of scientists collaborating with the Rock and Ice Physics Laboratory at University College London. However, interest in the meeting grew to an international scope, with participants coming from as far away as Japan, the United States, Sweden, and Italy.