Post-seismic stress relaxation with a linear transient rheology

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Valentina Cannelli
Daniele Melini
Antonio Piersanti


We performed an analysis of post-seismic stress relaxation, taking into account generalized linear rheologies. We compared the stress field (and its derived functions) obtained with a classical Maxwell rheology with that obtained with a transient Burgers body. From a set of synthetic case studies, we have revealed quantitative and qualitative differences both in relaxation times and in local stress values when a transient rheology is introduced. As a practical application, we modeled the time evolution of the Coulomb failure function following the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake, and we show that a transient rheology can lead to non-monotonic time dependence.

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Cannelli V, Melini D, Piersanti A. Post-seismic stress relaxation with a linear transient rheology. Ann. Geophys. [Internet]. 2010Aug.3 [cited 2022Sep.28];53(2):89-9. Available from:
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