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Scaling dynamics of seismic activity fluctuations

We study the dynamics of the seismic activity in Mexico within a framework of dynamic scaling approach to time series fluctuations, recently suggested by Balankin (Phys. Rev. E, 76 (2007) 056120).We found that the relative seismic activity and the long-sampled fluctuations of seismic activity both display a self-affine invariance within a wide range of consecutive seismic evens.

Topological crossovers in the forced folding of self-avoiding matter

We study the scaling properties of forced folding of thin materials of different geometry. The scaling relations implying the topological crossovers from the folding of three dimensional plates to the folding of two-dimensional sheets, and further to the packing of one-dimensional strings, are derived for elastic and plastic manifolds. These topological crossovers in the folding of plastic manifolds were observed in experiments with predominantly plastic aluminum strips of different geometry.

Entropic rigidity of a crumpling network in a randomly folded thin sheet

We have studied experimentally and theoretically the response of randomly folded hyperelastic and elastoplastic sheets on the uniaxial compression loading and the statistical properties of crumpling networks. The results of these studies reveal that the mechanical behavior of randomly folded sheets in the one-dimensional stress state is governed by the shape dependence of the crumpling network entropy.

The concept of multifractal elasticity

A new type of elasticity of random (multifractal) structures is suggested. A closed system of constitutive equations is obtained on the basis of two proposed phenomenological laws of reversible deformations of multifractal structures. The results may be used for predictions of the mechanical behavior of materials with multifractal microstructure, as well as for the estimation of the metric, information, and correlation dimensions using experimental data on the elastic behavior of materials with random microstructure.


The physics associated with self-affine crack formation and propagation is discussed. Some novel concepts are suggested for the mechanics of self-affine cracks. These concepts are employed to model the crack face morphology and, in turn, to solve various problems with self-affine cracks. It is shown that linear elastic fracture mechanics (LEFM) is a special case of self-affine crack mechanics and should be used only in length scales larger than the self-alfine correlation length. The theoretical results are confirmed by available experimental data.

Intrinsically anomalous self-similarity of randomly folded matter

We found that randomly folded thin sheets exhibit unconventional scale invariance, which we termed as an intrinsically anomalous self-similarity, because the self-similarity of the folded configurations and of the set of folded sheets are characterized by different fractal dimensions. Besides, we found that self-avoidance does not affect the scaling properties of folded patterns, because the self-intersections of sheets with finite bending rigidity are restricted by the finite size of crumpling creases, rather than by the condition of self-avoidance.

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