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Stress field sensitivity analysis in a sedimentary sequence of the Alpine foreland, Northern Switzerland

Hergert, T.; Heidbach, O.; Reiter, K.; Giger, S. B.; Marschall, P.

The stress field at depth is a relevant parameter for the design of subsurface constructions and reservoir management. Yet the distortion of the regional stress field due to local-scale features such as sedimentary and tectonic structures or topography is often poorly constrained. We conduct a stress sensitivity analysis using 3-D numerical geomechanical modelling with an elasto-plastic material law to explore the impact of such site specific features on the stress field in a sedimentary sequence of the Swiss Alpine foreland. The model's dimensions are 14 km × 14 km × 3 km and it contains ten units with different mechanical properties, intersected by two regional fault zones. An initial stress state is established involving a semi-empirical relationship between the ratio of horizontal to vertical stress and the overconsolidation ratio of argillaceous sediments. The model results indicate that local topography can affect the stress field significantly to depths greater than the relief contrasts at the surface, especially in conjunction with horizontal tectonic loading. The complexity and frictional properties of faults are also relevant. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000051431
DOI: 10.5194/se-6-533-2015
Zitationen: 22
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Angewandte Geowissenschaften (AGW)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2015
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1869-9510
KITopen-ID: 1000051431
Erschienen in Solid Earth
Band 6
Heft 2
Seiten 533-552
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