Dr. Benchun Duan
Associate Professor of Geology & Geophysics

Department of Geology & Geophysics
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-3115

Office: Room 153 Halbouty Building
Phone: (979)845-3297
Fax: (979)845-6162
E-mail: bduan@tamu.edu


Current Research Topics:

Investigation of controls on megathrust earthquakes along subduction zones;

Multiple cycle dynamics of the Aksay bend of the Altyn Tagh fault;

Response of Low-Velocity Fault Zones to Nearby Earthquakes;

Spontaneous Rupture Models of Recent Large Earthquakes;

Physics-based Strong Ground Motion Prediction;

Finite Element Method and Parallel Computing.



Recent Publications:

Refereed Journal Articles (* student author)

Liu*, Z., and B. Duan (2014), Dynamics of parallel strike-slip faults with pore fluid pressure change and off-fault damage, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am. , 104 (2), pp. -, doi:10.1785/0120130112.

Kang*, J., and B. Duan (2014), Inelastic response of compliant fault zones to nearby earthquaks in three dimensions, Tectonophysics , 612-613: 56-62, doi:10.1016/j.tecton.2013.11.033. (PDF)

-Duan, B. (2012), Dynamic rupture of the 2011 Mw 9.0 Tohoku-Oki earthquake: Roles of a possible subducting seamount, J. Geophys. Res., 117, B05311, doi:10.1029/2011JB009124. (PDF)

Wen, Y.-Y., D. O. Oglesby, B. Duan , and K.-F. Ma (2012), Dynamic rupture simulation of the 2008 Mw 7.9 Wenchuan earthquake with heterogeneous initial stress, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., 102 (4), 1892-1898, doi:10.1785/0120110153. (PDF)

-Duan, B. (2011), Reply to comment by Y. Fialko on "Deformation of compliant fault zones induced by nearby earthquakes: Theoretical investigation in two dimensions", J. Geophys. Res., 116, B12302, doi:10.1029/2011JB008567. (PDF)

-Duan, B., J. Kang*, and Y. Li (2011), Deformation of compliant fault zones induced by nearby earthquakes: Theoretical investigation in two dimensions, J. Geophys. Res. , 116, B03307, doi:10.1029/2010JB007826. (PDF)

Wu, X., B. Duan , and V. Taylor (2011), Parallel simulations of dynamic earthquake rupture along geometrically complex faults on CMP systems, J. Algorithm and Computational Technology , 5 (2), 313-340. (PDF)

Lozos*, J. C., D. D. Oglesby, B. Duan, and S. G. Wesnousky (2011), The effects of double fault bends on rupture propagation: A geometrical parameter study, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am. , 101 (1), 385-398, doi:10.1785/0120100029. (PDF)

Harris, R. A., M. Barall, D. J. Andrews, B. Duan , S. Ma, E. M. Dunham, A. -A. Gabriel, Y. Kaneko, Y. Kase, B. T. Aagaard, D. D. Oglesby, J. -P. Ampuero, T. C. Hanks, and N. Abrahamson (2011), Verifying a computational method for predicting extreme ground motion, Seismol. Res. Lett., Vol. 82, No. 5, 638-644, doi:10.1785/gssrl.85.5.638. (PDF)

-Duan, B., and S. M. Day (2010), Sensitivity Study of Physical Limits on Ground Motion at Yucca Mountain, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., 100 (6), 2996-3019, doi:10.1785/0120090372. (PDF)

-Duan, B. (2010b), Inelastic response of compliant fault zones to nearby earthquakes, Geophys. Res. lett., L16303, doi:10.1029/2010GL044150. (PDF)

-Duan, B. (2010a), Role of Initial Stress Rotations in Rupture Dynamics and Ground Motion: A Case Study with Implications for the Wenchuan Earthquake, J. Geophys. Res., 115, B05301, doi:10.1029/2009JB006750. (PDF)

-Wu, X., B. Duan, and V. Taylor (2009), An OpenMP approach to modeling dynamic earthquake rupture along geometrically complex faults on CMP systems, in Proceedings: The 38th International Conference on Parallel Processing Workshops, Edited by L. Barolli and W.-C. Feng, pp. 146-153, IEEE Comput. Soc., Washington, D. C.

-Harris, R. A., M. Barall, R. Archuleta,E. Dunham, B. Aagaard, J. P. Ampuero, H. Bhat, V. Cruz-Atienza, L. Dalguer, P. Dawson, S. Day, B. Duan, G. Ely, Y. Kaneko, Y. Kase, N. Lapusta, Y. Liu, S. Ma, D. Oglesby, K. Olsen, A. Pitarka, S. Song, and E. Templeton (2009), The SCEC/USGS dynamic earthquake-rupture code verification exercise, Seismol. Res. Lett., vol. 80, No. 1, 119-126, doi:10.1785/gssrl.80.1.119. (PDF)


-Duan, B., and S. M. Day (2008), Inelastic strain distribution and seismic radiation from rupture of a fault kink, J. Geophys. Res., 113, B12311, doi:10.1029/2008JB005847. (PDF)

-Duan, B. (2008), Asymmetric off-fault damage generated by bilateral ruptures along a bimaterial interface, Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L14306, doi:10.1029/2008GL034797. (PDF)

-Duan, B. (2008), Effects of low-velocity fault zones on dynamic ruptures with nonelastic off-fault response, Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L04307, doi:10.1029/2008GL033171. (PDF)

-Duan, B.,and D. D. Oglesby (2007), Nonuniform prestress from prior earthquakes and the effect on dynamics of branched fault systems, J. Geophys. Res., 112, B05308, doi:10.1029/2006JB004443. (PDF)

-Duan, B.,and D. D. Oglesby (2006), Heterogeneous fault stresses from previous earthquakes and the effect on dynamics of parallel strike-slip faults, J. Geophys. Res., 111, B05309, doi:10.1029/2005JB004138. (PDF)

-Duan, B.,and D. D. Oglesby (2005), Multicycle dynamics of nonplanar strike-slip faults , J. Geophys. Res., 110, B03304, doi:10.1029/2004JB003298. (PDF)

-Duan, B.,and D. D. Oglesby (2005), The dynamics of thrust and normal faults over multiple earthquake cycles: Effects of dipping fault geometry, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., 95(5), pp.1623-1636, doi:10.1785/0120040234. (PDF)

-Xu, S., B. Duan, and D. Zhang (2000). Selection of the wavenumbers k using an optimization method for the inverse Fourier transform in 2.5D electrical modeling, Geophysical Prospecting, 48(5), 789-796. (PDF)



Articles under Review (* student author)

-Payne*, R. M., and B. Duan (2014), Influence of initial stress and rupture initiation parameters on forbidden zone rupture propagation, Geophys. J. Int. (under review)


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