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The hinge lines of non-cylindrical folds

Lisle, Richard John, Toimil, Noel, Aller, Jesus, Bobillo-Ares, Nilo and Bastida, Fernando 2010. The hinge lines of non-cylindrical folds. Journal of Structural Geology 32 (2) , pp. 166-171. 10.1016/j.jsg.2009.10.011

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Abstract

Hinge lines are loci of high curvature points on folded surfaces. They are significant geometrical features of geological folds, and the arrangement of hinge lines constructed for the surface serves to characterize important aspects of the fold pattern. Since the current definition of hinge line is only appropriate for cylindrical folds, we propose a new definition for use with folds of general shape. Like the concept of ridge lines used in differential geometry, the new definition uses the lines of curvature (principal curvature trajectories) as a reference frame for comparing curvatures across the surface. A hinge line passes through points of extreme principal curvature magnitude observed along the corresponding principal curvature trajectory. Two types of hinge lines are defined and methods for constructing hinge lines are suggested.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Earth and Ocean Sciences
Subjects: Q Science > QE Geology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fold analysis; Differential geometry; Hinge lines; Ridge lines; Deformation; Curvature
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0191-8141
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 02:05
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/8659

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