Verification of an ADER-DG method for complex dynamic rupture problems

C. Pelties, Alice-Agnes Gabriel, Jean-Paul Ampuero

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Abstract. We present results of thorough benchmarking of an arbitrary high-order derivative discontinuous Galerkin (ADER-DG) method on unstructured meshes for advanced earthquake dynamic rupture problems. We verify the method by comparison to well-established numerical methods in a series of verification exercises, including dipping and branching fault geometries, heterogeneous initial conditions, bimaterial interfaces and several rate-and-state friction laws. We show that the combination of meshing flexibility and high-order accuracy of the ADER-DG method makes it a competitive tool to study earthquake dynamics in geometrically complicated setups.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)847-866
Number of pages20
JournalGeoscientific Model Development
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2021-09-21
Acknowledgements: We thank the Southern California Earthquake Center, especially Ruth Harris and Michael Barall, for hosting the Spontaneous Rupture Code Verification Project, Yoshihiro Kaneko for helpful discussions on the implementation of rate-and-state friction and Amaryllis Nerger for her preparatory work on the 2-D version of the branching fault benchmark. Christian Pelties was funded through the Emmy Noether Programme (KA 2281/2-1) of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and by the Volkswagen Stiftung (ASCETE project). Alice-Agnes Gabriel was funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (KA 4-1) and Jean-Paul Ampuero by the US NSF (CAREER award EAR-1151926) and
SCEC (based on NSF Cooperative Agreement EAR-0529922 and USGS Cooperative Agreement 07HQAC0026). BaCaTeC supported research visits for Jean-Paul Ampuero and Christian Pelties at LMU and Caltech, respectively. The computations were performed on SuperMUC at LRZ, Garching, Germany, and Shaheen at KAUST, Saudi Arabia.
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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