Scaling and universality in rock fracture

Jörn Davidsen, Sergei Stanchits, Georg Dresen

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We present a detailed statistical analysis of acoustic emission time series from laboratory rock fracture obtained from different experiments on different materials including acoustic emission controlled triaxial fracture and punch-through tests. In all considered cases, the waiting time distribution can be described by a unique scaling function indicating its universality. This scaling function is even indistinguishable from that for earthquakes suggesting its general validity for fracture processes independent of time, space, and magnitude scales.

Original languageEnglish
Article number125502
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 22 Mar 2007
Externally publishedYes


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