Sliding Blocks Revisited: A Simulational Study

  title={Sliding Blocks Revisited: A Simulational Study},
  author={A. R. de Lima and Cristian Fernando Moukarzel and Thadeu J. P. Penna},
  journal={International Journal of Modern Physics C},
A computational study of sliding blocks on inclined surfaces is presented. Assuming that the friction coefficient μ is a function of position, the probability P(λ) for the block to slide down over a length λ is numerically calculated. Our results are consistent with recent experimental data suggesting a power-law distribution of events over a wide range of displacements when the chute angle is close to the critical one, and suggest that the variation of μ along the surface is responsible for… 

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