Slow cracklike dynamics at the onset of frictional sliding

Eran Bouchbinder*, Efim A. Brener, Itay Barel, Michael Urbakh

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We propose a friction model which incorporates interfacial elasticity and whose steady state sliding relation is characterized by a generic nonmonotonic behavior, including both velocity weakening and strengthening branches. In 1D and upon the application of sideway loading, we demonstrate the existence of transient cracklike fronts whose velocity is independent of sound speed, which we propose to be analogous to the recently discovered slow interfacial rupture fronts. Most importantly, the properties of these transient inhomogeneously loaded fronts are determined by steady state front solutions at the minimum of the sliding friction law, implying the existence of a new velocity scale and a "forbidden gap" of rupture velocities. We highlight the role played by interfacial elasticity and supplement our analysis with 2D scaling arguments.

Original languageEnglish
Article number235501
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number23
StatePublished - 28 Nov 2011


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