Summary and Conclusions

Animations of dynamic recrystallization with the numerical modelling system Elle are useful to illustrate and understand the effect of dynamic recrystallization on the microstructural development of a rock during progressive deformation.

With such a numerical model it is now possible to simulate the evolution of a microfabric at know conditions and investigate the effect of different conditions on the microstructural development in a systematic manner. For example, in this model, processes can be turned on and off, conditions such as temperature, pressure and strain rates and parameters such as grain boundary mobility varied. Accordingly, the influence of specific processes and a large set of variables can be studied and results compared to rock samples. The existing structure of the model allows the addition of other process algorithms to the currently existing set. By implementing new algorithms for processes of interest, the underlying physical concepts of these algorithms can be tested and if necessary modified. Simulations with a specific set of parameter values and active processes may result in the recognition of indicative microstructural characteristics, which can then be used to interpret natural microstructures.