Journal article

Spatiotemporal Evolution of a Landslide: A Transition to Explosive Percolation

Kushwant Singh, Antoinette Tordesillas

Entropy | MDPI | Published : 2020


Patterns in motion characterize failure precursors in granular materials. Currently, a broadly accepted method to forecast granular failure from data on motion is still lacking; yet such data are being generated by remote sensing and imaging technologies at unprecedented rates and unsurpassed resolution. Methods that deliver timely and accurate forecasts on failure from such data are urgently needed. Inspired by recent developments in percolation theory, we map motion data to time-evolving graphs and study their evolution through the lens of explosive percolation. We uncover a critical transition to explosive percolation at the time of imminent failure, with the emerging connected components..

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Awarded by US DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP)

Funding Acknowledgements

A.T. acknowledges support from US DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) Contract FA5209-18-C-0002.