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FRICTION

The onset of a slip

Frictional sliding starts with a crack front propagating across an interface — a process that is well described by fracture mechanics. Experiments now show that the onset of crack formation is governed by physics that is yet to be fully understood.

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Fig. 1: Experimental setup for studying rupture fronts.

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Malthe-Sørenssen, A. The onset of a slip. Nat. Phys. 17, 983–985 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41567-021-01312-1

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