Europhys. Lett.
Volume 66, Number 1, April 2004
Page(s) 62 - 68
Section Electromagnetism, optics, acoustics, heat transfer, classical mechanics, and fluid dynamics
Published online 01 March 2004
Europhys. Lett., 66 (1) , pp. 62-68 (2004)
DOI: 10.1209/epl/i2003-10146-7

Dynamic model of fiber bundles

M. Y. Choi1, 2, J. Choi3 and B.-G. Yoon4

1  Department of Physics, Seoul National University - Seoul 151-747, Korea
2  Korea Institute for Advanced Study - Seoul 130-722, Korea
3  Department of Physics, Keimyung University - Taegu 704-701, Korea
4  Department of Physics, University of Ulsan - Ulsan 680-749, Korea

(Received 22 October 2003; accepted in final form 29 January 2004)

A realistic continuous-time dynamics for fiber bundles is introduced and studied both analytically and numerically. The equation of motion reproduces known stationary-state results in the deterministic limit, while the system under non-vanishing stress always breaks down in the presence of noise. Revealed in particular is the characteristic time evolution that the system tends to resist the stress for considerable time, followed by sudden complete rupture. The critical stress beyond which the complete rupture emerges is also obtained.

46.50.+a - Fracture mechanics, fatigue and cracks.
05.70.Ln - Nonequilibrium and irreversible thermodynamics.
46.65.+g - Random phenomena and media.

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