Shallow Lava Theory

  • N. J. Balmforth
  • A. S. Burbidge
  • R. V. Craster
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 582)


In Chap. 2, we mentioned that lava was a non-Newtonian fluid, and discussed a variety of state-of-the-art constitutive laws that crudely model some of the properties of such fluids. In the current chapter, we go further in this direction and describe more developments of a theoretical model for lava flows. Lava flows have recently been the subject of a review by Griffiths [1] (see also Chap. 6). Our aim here is to illustrate the use of viscoplastic rheological models in this problem.


Incline Plane Lava Dome Latent Heat Release Rheological Data Extrusion Rate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. J. Balmforth
    • 1
  • A. S. Burbidge
    • 2
  • R. V. Craster
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, School of EngineeringUniversity of California at Santa CruzUSA
  2. 2.School of Chemical EngineeringUniversity of BirminghamEdgbaston, BirminghamUK
  3. 3.Department of MathematicsImperial College of Science, Technology and MedicineLondonUK

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