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BurnMan is an open source mineral physics toolbox written in Python to determine seismic velocities for the lower mantle. 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 to the lower mantle included or easily define one of their own.


  • extensive mineral database
  • form composites of arbitrary combination of minerals
  • easy plotting and comparison of seismic profiles using matplotlib
  • many examples highlighting different features of BurnMan
  • different thermoelastic models, choice between second or third order accuracy
  • different averaging schemes
  • different geotherms
  • extensible: all parts can be replaced by user-written modules if desired

Current Release

Source Packages [2016-04-24]

  • major documentation overhaul
  • new tutorials
  • huge performance improvements by caching property values
  • python 3 compatibility
  • gibbs free energy computation
  • new SolidSolution class
  • added ideal, symmetric, asymmetric and subregular solution model formulations
  • computation of chemical potentials
  • updated ipython notebooks
  • new seismic models
  • added EoS fitting functions
  • using jit compilation if available
  • additional equations of state: Vinet, BM4, ...
  • a large number of new minerals in the databases
  • much better test coverage

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burnman-0.7.tar.gz [2014-06-24]

BurnMan release v0.7.

User Resources

User Manual

The BurnMan user manual is available online.

Community Wiki

Visit the BurnMan Wiki page for additional support with building, using, or modifying BurnMan.

BurnMan Publications List

User-submitted research publications.

Mailing List

Browse the CIG Seismology Mailing List Archive to find known issues or to troubleshoot common problems, or E-mail the CIG Seismology Mailing List with details of your problem or suggestion.

Developer Resources

Development Version

If you are interested in getting the development version of this code from the CIG repository, use the following git command:

git clone --recursive

You can also browse the history of modifications in the Git repository.

Issue/Bug Tracker on Github

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Doxygen Documentation

Auto-generated Doxygen documentation is available for the Development and Release codebases.

BurnMan Users Map

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map showing location of all users who downloaded BurnMan in the last year (image updated daily)
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