A thermodynamic and geophysics toolkit for the Earth and planetary sciences
BurnMan is an open source mineral physics toolbox written in Python to
generate physical properties for the Earth and other planets. At its simplest, BurnMan calculates
the isotropic thermoelastic moduli by solving the equations-of-state for a
mixture of minerals defined by the user. The user may select from a list of
minerals applicable included or easily
define one of their own.
- extensive mineral database (Holland and Powell, 2011; Stixrude and Lithgow-Bertelloni, 2005; 2011 ).
- form composites of arbitrary combination of minerals
- popular solid solution models(ideal, symmetric, asymmetric, subregular), with class constructors designed to make solid solutions easy to read and create
- easy plotting and comparison of seismic profiles from 1D (and soon) 3D seismic models
- many examples highlighting different features of BurnMan
- different thermoelastic models including Vinet, Birch Murnaghan, Mie-Debye-Grüneisen, Modified Tait)
- tools to fit parameters for equations of state with experimental data not only in P-V-T, but in any thermodynamic property, such as seismic velocities and enthalpies
- tools to calculate chemical activities, potentials and fugacities of mineral assemblages
- different averaging schemes (Reuss, Voigt, VRH, Hashin-Shtrikman)
- different geotherms
- a “Planet” class, which self-consistently calculates gravity profiles, mass, moment of inertia of planets given the chemical and temperature structure of a planet
- potential to propagate uncertainty, both when fitting parameters and when forward modeling
- creates output to be input in software for synthetic seismograms: Mineos (Masters et al. 2014) and AxiSEM (Nissen-Meyer et al. 2014)
- generates smoothed property grids to create 1D adiabatic profiles which can be used by the geodynamics code ASPECT
- extensible: all parts can be replaced by user-written modules if desired
- repository of work published using BurnMan (accepting script submissions from the community)
- Cottaar, S., Heister, T., Myhill, R., Rose, I., and Unterborn, C. (2016):
BurnMan v0.9.0 [Software]. Computational Infrastructure for Geodynamics. Zenodo.
- Cottaar, S., Heister, T., Rose, I., and Unterborn, C:
BurnMan - a lower mantle mineral physics toolkit
Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 15.4 (2014): 1164-1179.
- Cottaar, S., Heister, T., Myhill, R., Rose, I., and Unterborn, C.:
BurnMan. Technical Reference, www.burnman.org, 2016.
Acknowledgement and Support:
- This project was initiated at, and follow-up research support was received through, CIDER (NSF FESD grant 1135452).
- The authors are partially supported by the Computational
Infrastructure for Geodynamics initiative (CIG), through the National
Science Foundation under Award No. EAR-0949446 and The University of
- The BurnMan code has been contributed to the Computational Infrastructure for Geodynamics (CIG) and is hosted at geodynamics.org.
Some studies using BurnMan:
- Zhang, S., Cottaar, S., Liu, T., Stackhouse, S. and Militzer, B., 2016. High-pressure, temperature elasticity of Fe-and Al-bearing MgSiO 3: Implications for the Earth's lower mantle. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 434, pp.264-273.
- Unterborn, C.T., Dismukes, E.E. and Panero, W.R., 2016. Scaling the Earth: A Sensitivity Analysis of Terrestrial Exoplanetary Interior Models. E The Astrophysical Journal, 819(1), p.32.
- Cottaar, S. and Deuss, A., 2016. Large‐scale mantle discontinuity topography beneath Europe: Signature of akimotoite in subducting slabs. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 121(1), pp.279-292.
- Unterborn, C.T. and Panero, W.R., 2016. Effects of Mg/Si on Exoplanetary Refractory Oxygen Budget. arXiv preprint arXiv:1604.08309.
- Gu, T., Li, M., McCammon, C. and Lee, K.K., 2016. Redox-induced lower mantle density contrast and effect on mantle structure and primitive oxygen. Nature Geoscience, 9(9), pp.723-727.
- Myhill, R., Frost, D.J. and Novella, D., 2017. Hydrous melting and partitioning in and above the mantle transition zone: Insights from water-rich MgO–SiO 2–H 2 O experiments. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 200, pp.408-421.
- Shim, S.H., Grocholski, B., Ye, Y., Alp, E.E., Xu, S., Morgan, D., Meng, Y. and Prakapenka, V.B., 2017. Stability of ferrous-iron-rich bridgmanite under reducing midmantle conditions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, p.201614036.
- Ballmer, M.D., Houser, C., Hernlund, J.W., Wentzcovitch, R.M. and Hirose, K., 2017. Persistence of strong silica-enriched domains in the Earth/'s lower mantle. Nature Geoscience, 10(3), pp.236-240. Supplementary Information
Contact the BurnMan team at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or suggestions.
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