GEOS 692 Fall 2006 Overview


GEOS 692, Transport Processes and Physical Properties of Rocks
(1 CR)

Time & place: Fridays, 10:30-11:30am Natural Science Bldg 235

Instructor: Hajo Eicken, Geophysical Institute, UAF

Phone: 474-7280
Office: WRRB 104E(office hours: ad-hoc/by appointment)

Instructor: Daniel Pringle, ARSC / Geophysical Institute, UAF
Phone: 474-1159
Office: WRRB 106C(office hours: ad-hoc/by appointment)

Instructor: John Eichelberger, Geophysical Institute, UAF
Phone: 474-5530
Office: (office hours: ad-hoc/by appointment)

Grading criteria:
Project presentation: 40 %
Project report: 40 %
Class participation: 20 %

Course Structure:
The first half of the course will be lectures on topics related to heat, fluid and electric transport and properties of rocks, with some emphasis on the role of the material microstructure. Some theoretical and modeling approaches will be also discussed. There is room to tailor these lectures to the specific interests of students. With the precise number depending on class size, the remaining 6 or so classes will involve student presentations and discussions related to individual projects.

Project (Literature Review or Research Project):
A short project will be aimed at applying skills and expertise acquired during the course to the discussion of current literature or a specific scientific or engineering problem. Students are highly encouraged to identify an area of interest or project of their own (e.g., originating from thesis-related research).

The products of the project will be a presentation to the class, and a submitted written report.

Syllabus & Class Schedule:
Sep 8, Introduction: The role of microstructure and fabric in determining transport and rock properties; representing and modeling processes at the `micro-' and `macro-' scales. Download powerpoint presentation of this class.
Sep 15, Thermal properties and heat transfer. Download class presentation , and follow-up response to questions.
Sep 22, Permeability and fluid transport. Download class presentation.
Sep 29, Transport and property modeling. Download class presentation.
Oct 6, Electrical properties and charge transport. Download class presentation and follow up.
Oct 13, Transport and rock properties in magmatic systems Part I. Download class presentation.
Oct 20, Transport and rock properties in magmatic systems Part II. Download class presentation.

Oct 27, Lars Backstrom: Dielectric properties of porous rocks and sea ice. Download presentation.
Nov 3, Jo Malcolm: Applications of percolation theory in volcanology. Download presentation.
           Gry Andrup-Henriksen: Dissolution and precipitation during flow in porous media. Download presentation
Nov 10, Guest presentation by Dr. M. Prodanovic
Nov 17, Erin Hess.
Nov 24, – No class, Thanksgiving Holiday -
Dec 1, Leslie Almberg, Dayton Dove.
Dec 8, Celso Reyes.New Science Paper: Marian Holness, How Melted Rock Migrates, 10.1126/Science.1135922 (Nov. 10 2006)

Selection of textbooks and primary references:

         *Ahrens, T. J. (1995) Rock physics and phase relations: A handbook of physical constants. American Geophysical Union, Washington. (note that this text is accessible online at the AGU Online Reference Shelf)

         *Schoen, J. H. (1996) Physical properties of rocks: Fundamentals and principles of petrophysics. Pergamon, Oxford.

         *Stauffer, D. and A. Aharony (1994) Introduction to percolation theory. Taylor & Francis, London.

* books marked with an asterisk will be put on hold for the duration of the semester in the Keith Mather Library (Geophysical Institute & IARC)

Special Needs:
Students with learning or other disabilities who may need classroom accommodations are encouraged to visit the Disabilities website at and make an appointment with the Office of Disability Services (474-7043). Please meet with the instructor so that the appropriate accommodations and supports to assist in meeting the goals of the course can be made in collaboration with the Office of Disability Services.

UAF Honor Code:
As a UAF student, you are subject to the student Code of Conduct. The university assumes that the integrity of each student and of the student body as a whole will be upheld. It is your responsibility to help maintain the integrity of the student community. For additional information, contact the Dean of Student Services or web The UAF Honor Code (Student Code of Conduct) defines academic standards expected at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Last update: October 13, 2006

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