Triggering and Synchronization of Stick-Slip: Experiments on Spring-Slider System

  • T. ChelidzeEmail author
  • T. Matcharashvili
  • O. Lursmanashvili
  • N. Varamashvili
  • N. Zhukova
  • E. Meparidze
Part of the Geoplanet: Earth and Planetary Sciences book series (GEPS)


Triggering and synchronization are the two faces of the same coin; both effects imply that the additional forcing causing triggering and synchronization is much smaller than the main driving force, which means that these phenomena are connected with nonlinear interactions of objects, namely, with initiation of instability in systems that are close to the critical state. In a seismic process, the main driving component is the tectonic stress; earthquakes are considered as dynamic instabilities generated in the process of friction (stick-slip) between faces of geological faults (Brace and Byerlee, 1966; Kanamori and Brodsky, 2004; Ben-Zion, 2008). The additional forcing is exerted by various external impacts: tides, reservoir exploitation, big explosions, magnetic storms, etc.


Acoustic Emission Slip Surface Acoustic Emission Signal Phase Synchronization Slip Event 
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The authors express their gratitude to the Georgian National Science Foundation (Grant No №GNSF/ST06/5-028) and INTAS foundation (Ref. N№ 05-100008-7889) for financial support.


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  • T. Chelidze
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    Email author
  • T. Matcharashvili
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  • O. Lursmanashvili
    • 1
  • N. Varamashvili
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  • N. Zhukova
    • 1
  • E. Meparidze
    • 1
  1. 1.M. Nodia Institute of GeophysicsTbilisiGeorgia

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