Radial Melt Segregation During Extrusion of Partially Molten Rocks

Alejandra Quintanilla-Terminel, Amanda M. Dillman, Matej Pec, Garrett Diedrich, David L. Kohlstedt

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Abstract

We performed a series of extrusion experiments on partially molten samples of forsterite plus 10 vol% of an anorthite-rich melt to investigate melt segregation in a pipe-extrusion geometry and test the predictions of two-phase flow theory with viscous anisotropy. The employed flow geometry has not been experimentally investigated for partially molten rocks; however, numerical solutions for a similar, pipe-Poiseuille geometry are available. Samples were extruded from a 6-mm diameter reservoir into a 2-mm diameter channel under a fixed normal stress at 1350°C and 0.1 MPa. The melt distribution in the channel was subsequently mapped with optical and backscattered electron microscopy and analyzed via quantitative image analysis. Melt segregated from the center toward the outer radius of the channel. The melt fraction at the wall increased with increasing extrusion duration and with increasing shear stress. The melt fraction profiles are parabolic with the melt fraction at the wall reaching 0.17–0.66, values 2 to 16 times higher than at the channel center. Segregation of melt toward the wall of the channel is consistent with base-state melt segregation as predicted by two-phase flow theory with viscous anisotropy. However, melt-rich sheets inclined at a low angle to the wall, which are anticipated from two-phase flow theory, were not observed, indicating that the compaction length is larger than the channel diameter. The results of our experiments are a test of two-phase flow theory that includes viscous anisotropy, an essential theoretical frame work needed for modeling large-scale melt migration and segregation in the upper mantle.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2985-2996
Number of pages12
JournalGeochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems
Volume20
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We would like to thank Anette von der Handt for the help with the electron microprobe maps, Mark Zimmerman for his assistance with the 1-atmosphere rig and the helpful reviews of Laurent Arbaret and Yaoling Niu. Funding by NSF proposals EAR-1520647 to D. L. K. and A. Q. T. and EAR-1753482 to M. P. is gratefully acknowledged. All data are available in the tables and figures.

Funding Information:
We would like to thank Anette von der Handt for the help with the electron microprobe maps, Mark Zimmerman for his assistance with the 1‐atmosphere rig and the helpful reviews of Laurent Arbaret and Yaoling Niu. Funding by NSF proposals EAR‐1520647 to D. L. K. and A. Q. T. and EAR‐1753482 to M. P. is gratefully acknowledged. All data are available in the tables and figures.

Publisher Copyright:
©2019. American Geophysical Union. All Rights Reserved.

Keywords

  • extrusion experiment
  • melt segregation
  • partially molten rock
  • viscous anisotropy

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