ASPECT Newsletter #67

Hello everyone!

       This is ASPECT newsletter #67.

It automatically reports recently merged features and discussions about the ASPECT mantle convection code.

Below you find a list of recently proposed or merged features:

#2705: fix strain weakening logic (proposed by jdannberg)

#2704: add two merged boxes to initial lithostatic pressure plugin. (proposed by MFraters)

#2703: Add newton paper benchmarks (proposed by MFraters)

#2702: Update initial topography documentation (proposed by naliboff)

#2701: Make installation FAQ more visible. (proposed by gassmoeller; merged)

#2700: move material utility functions to a new file (proposed by jdannberg; merged)

#2699: Check visco-plastic nonlinear solver schemes (proposed by naliboff; merged)

#2698: Update manual with reference to forum (proposed by gassmoeller; merged)

#2697: update parameters (proposed by tjhei; merged)

#2696: move average_value function to material model interface (proposed by jdannberg; merged)

#2695: jenkins: set reference repo (proposed by tjhei; merged)

#2694: Fix benchmark plugin crash and modify test to actually use it (proposed by gassmoeller; merged)

#2693: add diffusion of prescribed fields (proposed by jdannberg; merged)

#2678: Implement maximum first timestep parameter. (proposed by MFraters; merged)

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