A finite element parallel code to simulate problems in thermal convection in both 2D and 3D models.
ASPECT is a code to simulate problems in thermal convection. Its primary focus is on the simulation of processes in the earth's mantle, but its design is more general than that. The primary aims developing ASPECT are:
ASPECT is published under the GNU GPL v2 or newer license.
New: ASPECT now requires deal.II 9.3.0 or newer, and cmake 3.1.0 or newer.
New: The matrix-free GMG Stokes solver now works for problems with free-surface boundaries and elasticity.
(Jiaqi Zhang, Anne Glerum, Timo Heister, John Naliboff)
New: The matrix-free GMG Stokes preconditioner is now implemented for the Newton solver.
(Timo Heister, Menno Fraters, Jiaqi Zhang)
New: Visualization postprocessors now record the physical units of the quantity they compute, and this information is also output into visualization files with a sufficiently new version of deal.II.
New: Where possible, when using large data tables as input (e.g., for initial conditions specified as tables), these data are now stored only once on each node in memory areas that is accessible by all MPI processes on that node.
New: There is now a new material model for melting in the lowermost mantle. It can be used to reproduce the results of Dannberg et al. (2021).
New: The geoid postprocessor can now handle a deforming mesh, in addition to the already existing option from the dynamic topography postprocessor output.
(Maaike Weerdesteijn, Rene Gassmoeller, Jacky Austermann)
New: There is now a 'static' option for the temperature field that is set-up similarly to the 'static' option for compositional fields. This allows the
temperature field to be constant over time so you can still advect and build up elastic stresses.
(Rebecca Fildes, Magali Billen)
Changed: The least squares particle interpolation plugins now provide a bound preserving slope limiter that respects local bounds on each cell.
(Mack Gregory, Gerry Puckett, Rene Gassmoeller)
New: Add an advection field method that advects a compositional field according to Darcy's Law.
New: The material model 'dynamic_friction' has been integrated into a new rheology model friction_models that can be used together with the
visco_plastic material model.
New: ASPECT now has a ThermodynamicTableLookup equation of state plugin, which allows material models to read in one or more Perple_X or HeFESTo table files.
Changed: The initial composition model called 'ascii data' can now read in 3d ascii datasets into a 2d model and slice the dataset in a user controlled
plane. This allows it to make high-resolution 2d models of problems that use observational data (such as seismic tomography models).
(Juliane Dannberg, Rene Gassmoeller)
New: Added a new postprocessor which computes the parameter "Mobility" following Lourenco et al., 2020.
(Elodie Kendall, Rene Gassmoeller, Anne Glerum and Bob Myhill)
Improved: Particle operations have been significantly accelerated, in particular in combination with a recent deal.II version (9.4.0 or newer).
New: Add a benchmark for load induced flexure with options for specifying sediment and rock material infilling the flexural moat.
New: ASPECT now has a cookbook that uses the gravity postprocessor to compute gravity generated by S40RTS-based mantle density variations.
New: ASPECT now has a cookbook that shows how velocities can be prescribed at positions specified by an ASCII input file.
New: There is now a cookbook of kinematically driven oceanic subduction in 2D with isoviscous materials and without temperature effects. The cookbook model setup is based on Quinquis (2014).
New: There is now a cookbook that visualizes the phase diagram from results of a model run. This includes examples from the Visco-Plastic and Steinberger material model.
(Haoyuan Li and Magali Billen)
New: There is now a cookbook that reproduces convection models with a phase function from Christensen and Yuen, 1985.
Fixed: Many bugs, see link below for a complete list.
(Many authors. Thank you!).
A complete list of all changes and their authors can be found at