A model for a description of a shear crack (fault) propagation is proposed on the basis of the unification of continuum damage and fracture mechanics with ideas of fracture models for random media. Energy release linked with local failures of elements as a result of evolution of fracture processes at lower scale levels (stimulated by the stress concentration in the vicinity of the fault) is treated as a seismicity source. 2d simulations are performed for analysis of the effect of the size of pre-existing fault on characteristic features of rupture evolution. Scaling (including multifractal) character of crack propagation and of respective energy release is shown.
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- Dynamics and Scaling Characteristics of Shear Crack Propagation
Vadim V. Silberschmidt
- Birkhäuser Basel
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