The dynamics of the onset of frictional slip.

  title={The dynamics of the onset of frictional slip.},
  author={Oded Ben-David and Gil Cohen and Jay Fineberg},
  volume={330 6001},
The way in which a frictional interface fails is critical to our fundamental understanding of failure processes in fields ranging from engineering to the study of earthquakes. Frictional motion is initiated by rupture fronts that propagate within the thin interface that separates two sheared bodies. By measuring the shear and normal stresses along the interface, together with the subsequent rapid real-contact-area dynamics, we find that the ratio of shear stress to normal stress can locally far… CONTINUE READING

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