Frehner, Marcel, PD Dr.
Marcel Frehner is a senior researcher/lecturer, whose main scientific aim is the mechanical understanding of geological and geophysical phenomena. He developed various numerical modeling codes, but also integrates his theoretical and numerical work with field and laboratory data.
His first main research branch can be summarized as Computational Structural Geology, for which he combines detailed structural field studies with dynamical numerical modeling of geological structures to better understand the mechanical behavior of rocks and the development of the observed structures.
For the second of his two main research fields, Digital Rock Physics, he closely collaborates with the Seismic Attenuation and Rock Deformation Laboratory. The aim is to measure seismic properties in partially fluid-saturated porous or fractured rocks both in real rocks and numerically in digital rock samples.
Marcel Frehner received his PhD degree from ETH Zurich in 2009 before he spent two years at the University of Vienna (Austria) as a research and teaching associate. At the ETH Zurich he is now teaching two numerical modeling graduate courses and is leading several field courses and geological excursions. In 2016, Marcel received his Venia Legendi (Habilitation).
- Frehner M., 2014: 3D fold growth rates, Terra Nova 26, 417–424. Go to article
- Frehner M., 2011: The neutral lines in buckle folds, Journal of Structural Geology 33, 1501–1508. Go to article
- Frehner M., Exner U., Mancktelow N.S. and Grujic D., 2011: The not-so-simple effects of boundary conditions on models of simple shear, Geology 39, 719–722. Go to article
- Frehner M., Reif D. and Grasemann B., 2012: Mechanical versus kinematical shortening reconstructions of the Zagros High Folded Zone (Kurdistan Region of Iraq), Tectonics 31, TC3002. Go to article
- Frehner M. and Schmalholz S.M., 2006: Numerical simulations of parasitic folding in multilayers, Journal of Structural Geology 28, 1647–1657. Go to article
- Frehner M., 2014: Krauklis wave initiation in fluid-filled fractures by seismic body waves, Geophysics 79, T27–T35. Go to article
- Frehner M. and Schmalholz S.M., 2010: Finite-element simulations of Stoneley guided-wave reflection and scattering at the tips of fluid-filled fractures, Geophysics 75, T23–T36. Go to article
- Quintal B., Steeb H., Frehner M. and Schmalholz S.M., 2011: Quasi-static finite element modeling of seismic attenuation and dispersion due to wave-induced fluid flow in poroelastic media, Journal of Geophysical Research 116, B01201. Go to article
- Steeb H., Kurzeja P., Frehner M. and Schmalholz S.M., 2012: Phase velocity dispersion and attenuation of seismic waves due to trapped fluids in residual-saturated porous media, Vadose Zone Journal 11, vzj2011.0121. Go to article
- Zhong X., Frehner M., Kunze K. and Zappone A., 2014: A novel EBSD-based finite-element wave propagation model for investigating seismic anisotropy: Application to Finero Peridotite, Ivrea-Verbano Zone, Northern Italy, Geophysical Research Letters 41, 7105–7114. Go to article
Spring semester 2017
|Introduction to Finite Element Modelling in Geosciences||July 24–28 2017||MSc & PhD|
Fall semester 2016
|Regular semester courses||Who|
|Interpretation of Geological Maps I (Kartenpraktikum I)||BSc|
|Numerical Modelling of Rock Deformation||MSc & PhD|
|Geological excursion||Where & When||Who|
|Glarus Thrust||Flims-Vorab-Segnes Pass-Elm
September 24–25 2016
Spring semester 2016
|Introduction to Finite Element Modelling in Geosciences||July 25–29 2016||MSc & PhD|