Nonlinear Dynamics

, Volume 87, Issue 4, pp 2563–2575 | Cite as

Dynamics of fault motion in a stochastic spring-slider model with varying neighboring interactions and time-delayed coupling

  • Srđan Kostić
  • Nebojša Vasović
  • Igor Franović
  • Kristina Todorović
  • Vladimir Klinshov
  • Vladimir Nekorkin
Original Paper


We examine dynamics of a fault motion by analyzing behavior of a spring-slider model composed of 100 blocks where each block is coupled to a varying number of 2K neighboring units (1 \(\le \) 2K \(\le \) N, \(N=100\)). Dynamics of such model is studied under the effect of delayed interaction, variable coupling strength and random seismic noise. The qualitative analysis of stability and bifurcations is carried out by deriving an approximate deterministic mean-field model, which is demonstrated to accurately capture the dynamics of the original stochastic system. The primary effect concerns the direct supercritical Andronov–Hopf bifurcation, which underlies transition from equilibrium state to periodic oscillations under the variation of coupling delay. Nevertheless, the impact of delayed interactions is shown to depend on the coupling strength and the friction force. In particular, for loosely coupled blocks and low values of friction, observed system does not exhibit any bifurcation, regardless of the assumed noise amplitude in the expected range of values. It is also suggested that a group of blocks with the largest displacements, which exhibit nearly regular periodic oscillations analogous to coseismic motion for system parameters just above the bifurcation curve, can be treated as a representative of an earthquake hypocenter. In this case, the distribution of event magnitudes, defined as a natural logarithm of a sum of squared displacements, is found to correspond well to periodic (characteristic) earthquake model.


Mean-field approximation Spring-block model Seismic noise Time delay Coupling strength Periodic earthquake model 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Srđan Kostić
    • 1
  • Nebojša Vasović
    • 2
  • Igor Franović
    • 3
  • Kristina Todorović
    • 4
  • Vladimir Klinshov
    • 5
  • Vladimir Nekorkin
    • 5
  1. 1.Department for Scientific Research and InformaticsInstitute for Development of Water Resources “Jaroslav Černi”BelgradeSerbia
  2. 2.Department of Applied Mathematics and Informatics, Faculty of Mining and GeologyUniversity of BelgradeBelgradeSerbia
  3. 3.Scientific Computing Lab, Institute of Physics BelgradeUniversity of BelgradeBelgradeSerbia
  4. 4.Department of Mathematics and Physics, Faculty of PharmacyUniversity of BelgradeBelgradeSerbia
  5. 5.Institute of Applied PhysicsRussian Academy of SciencesNizhny NovgorodRussia

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