3 years ago

Avalanche precursors of failure in hierarchical fuse networks

Bastien Dietemann, Michael Zaiser, Nosaibeh Esfandiary, Paolo Moretti
We study precursors of failure in hierarchical random fuse network models which can be considered as idealizations of hierarchical (bio)materials where fibrous assemblies are held together by multi-level (hierarchical) cross-links. When such structures are loaded towards failure, the patterns of precursory avalanche activity exhibit generic scale invariance: irrespective of load, precursor activity is characterized by power-law avalanche size distributions without apparent cut-off, with power-law exponents that decrease continuously with increasing load. This failure behavior and the ensuing super-rough crack morphology differ significantly from the findings in non-hierarchical structures.

Publisher URL: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-30539-x

DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-30539-x

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