Oscillating fracture paths in rubber

RD Deegan, PJ Petersan, M Marder, HL Swinney

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We have found an oscillating instability of fast-running cracks in thin rubber sheets. A well defined transition from straight to wavy cracks occurs as the amount of biaxial strain increases. Measurements of the amplitude and wavelength of the oscillation near the onset of this instability indicate that the instability is a Hopf bifurcation.
Translated title of the contributionOscillating fracture paths in rubber
Original languageEnglish
Article numberArt. No. 014304
Pages (from-to)1 - 4
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume88 (1) 014304
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jan 2002

Bibliographical note

Publisher: American Physical Soc
Other identifier: IDS Number: 509BQ


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