Interface propagation in fiber bundles: local, mean-field and intermediate range-dependent statistics

Biswas, S and Goehring, L ORCID: 0000-0002-3858-7295, 2016. Interface propagation in fiber bundles: local, mean-field and intermediate range-dependent statistics. New Journal of Physics, 18 (10), p. 103048. ISSN 1367-2630

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The fiber bundle model is essentially an array of elements that break when sufficient load is applied on them. With a local loading mechanism, this can serve as a model for a one-dimensional interface separating the broken and unbroken parts of a solid in mode-I fracture. The interface can propagate through the system depending on the loading rate and disorder present in the failure thresholds of the fibers. In the presence of a quasi-static drive, the intermittent dynamics of the interface mimic front propagation in disordered media. Such situations appear in diverse physical systems such as mode-I crack propagation, domain wall dynamics in magnets, charge density waves, contact lines in wetting etc. We study the effect of the range of interaction, i.e. the neighborhood of the interface affected following a local perturbation, on the statistics of the intermittent dynamics of the front. There exists a crossover from local to global behavior as the range of interaction grows and a continuously varying 'universality' in the intermediate range. This means that the interaction range is a relevant parameter of any resulting physics. This is particularly relevant in view of the fact that there is a scatter in the experimental observations of the exponents, in even idealized experiments on fracture fronts, and also a possibility in changing the interaction range in real samples.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: New Journal of Physics
Creators: Biswas, S. and Goehring, L.
Publisher: IOP Publishing
Date: October 2016
Volume: 18
Number: 10
ISSN: 1367-2630
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 26 Oct 2016 14:37
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 14:07

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