laboratoire de physique statistique
 
 
laboratoire de physique statistique

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Martine BEN AMAR 


PHYSICAL REVIEW E 


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2007
Roughness of moving elastic lines: Crack and wetting fronts - Katzav, E. and Adda-Bedia, M. and Ben Amar, M. and Boudaoud, A.
PHYSICAL REVIEW E 76 (2007) 
LPS


Abstract : We investigate propagating fronts in disordered media that belong to the universality class of wetting contact lines and planar tensile crack fronts. We derive from first principles their nonlinear equations of motion, using the generalized Griffith criterion for crack fronts and three standard mobility laws for contact lines. Then we study their roughness using the self-consistent expansion. When neglecting the irreversibility of fracture and wetting processes, we find a possible dynamic rough phase with a roughness exponent of zeta=1/2 and a dynamic exponent of z=2. When including the irreversibility, we conclude that the front propagation can become history dependent, and thus we consider the value zeta=1/2 as a lower bound for the roughness exponent. Interestingly, for propagating contact line in wetting, where irreversibility is weaker than in fracture, the experimental results are close to 0.5, while for fracture the reported values of 0.55-0.65 are higher.