This is Simon’s blog reporting on the development of a new single-clinopyroxene HPx-eos.
Lots has changed! Calibrating cpxwing turned out to be a quite difficult task, as there are complex interactions with other major phases, in particular with amphiboles at blueschist facies conditions. While fitting the models we discovered strong correlations between the end-member and mixing properties, which once established, helped us to control the interactions between amphiboles and clinopyroxene.
Using Eleanor’s omphacite model as reference we redefined several core W’s in cpxwing, allowing us to solve a recurring problem where clinopyroxene is calculated at conditions where glaucophane should be dominant. Previously this issue actually prevented us from calculating glaucophane-schists!
Currently we are working out some final tweaks of the new model, including some minor changes of the amphiboles. We are aiming to write-up in the coming months to finally unleash cpxwing into the petrological world!