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Bursting apart

When a low-viscosity fluid is injected into an elastic material, it forces its way through by making slender cracks, in a random, fractal pattern. The spreading of the cracks can be modelled through a series of 'bursts'.

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Figure 1: Cracking up.


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Kadanoff, L. Bursting apart. Nature 421, 124–125 (2003).

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