Coulomb 3

example of Coulomb output

Please note: This legacy software is still available for download, but no support is available. Please refer to the online documentation and examples provided.

Coulomb is designed to investigate Coulomb stress changes on mapped faults and earthquake nodal planes, and is intended both for publication-directed research and for university teaching and instruction.

One can calculate static displacements (on any surface or at GPS stations), strains, and stresses caused by fault slip, magmatic intrusion or dike expansion. Problems such as how an earthquake promotes or inhibits failure on nearby faults, or how fault slip or dike expansion will compress a nearby magma chamber, are germane to Coulomb. Geologic deformation associated with strike-slip faults, normal faults, or fault-bend folds is also a useful application. Calculations are made in an elastic halfspace with uniform isotropic elastic properties following Okada (1992).

We believe that one learns best when one can see the most and can explore alternatives quickly. So the principal feature of Coulomb is ease of input, rapid interactive modification, and intuitive visualization of the results. The program has menus, sub-menus, check-items, and dialogue boxes to ease operation. The internal graphics are suitable for publication, and can be easily imported into illustration or animation programs for further enhancements.