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FAME: Software for analysing rock microstructures

Journal article
Authors Daniel M. Hammes
Mark Peternell
Published in Computers and Geosciences
Volume 90
Pages 24-33
ISSN 0098-3004
Publication year 2016
Published at
Pages 24-33
Language en
Links https://www.sciencedirect.com/scien...
Keywords C-axis orientation, Elle, Fabric Analyser, FAME, Grain labelling, Microstructure analysis
Subject categories Geology

Abstract

© 2016 Elsevier Ltd. Determination of rock microstructures leads to a better understanding of the formation and deformation of polycrystalline solids. Here, we present FAME (Fabric Analyser based Microstructure Evaluation), an easy-to-use MATLAB®-based software for processing datasets recorded by an automated fabric analyser microscope. FAME is provided as a MATLAB®-independent Windows® executable with an intuitive graphical user interface. Raw data from the fabric analyser microscope can be automatically loaded, filtered and cropped before analysis. Accurate and efficient rock microstructure analysis is based on an advanced user-controlled grain labelling algorithm. The preview and testing environments simplify the determination of appropriate analysis parameters. Various statistic and plotting tools allow a graphical visualisation of the results such as grain size, shape, c-axis orientation and misorientation. The FAME2elle algorithm exports fabric analyser data to an elle (modelling software)-supported format. FAME supports batch processing for multiple thin section analysis or large datasets that are generated for example during 2D in-situ deformation experiments. The use and versatility of FAME is demonstrated on quartz and deuterium ice samples.

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