One-Dimensional Dynamical Modeling of Earthquakes: A Review

  • Author(s): Jeen-Hwa Wang
  • DOI: 10.3319/TAO.2008.19.3.183(T)
  • Keywords: One-dimensional Burridge-Knopoff’s dynamical lattice model, Scaling laws, Earthquake rupture, Seismicity
  • Citation: Wang, J. H., 2008: One-dimensional dynamical modeling of earthquakes: A review. Terr. Atmos. Ocean. Sci., 19, 183-203, doi: 10.3319/TAO.2008.19.3.183(T)

Studies of the power-law relations of seismicity and earthquake source parameters based on the one-dimensional (1-D) Burridge-Knopoff's (BK) dynamical lattice model, especially those studies conducted by Taiwan¡¦s scientists, are reviewed in this article. In general, velocity- and/or state-dependent friction is considered to control faulting. A uniform distribution of breaking strengths (i.e., the static friction strength) is taken into account in some studies, and inhomogeneous distributions in others. The scaling relations in these studies include: Omori's law, the magnitude-frequency or energy-frequency relation, the relation between source duration time and seismic moment, the relation between rupture length and seismic moment, the frequency-length relation, and the source power spectra. The main parameters of the one-dimensional (1-D) Burridge-Knopoff's (BK) dynamical lattice model include: the decreasing rate (r) of dynamic friction strength with sliding velocity; the type and degree of heterogeneous distribution of the breaking strengths, the stiffness ratio (i.e., the ratio between the stiffness of the coil spring connecting two mass elements and that of the leaf spring linking a mass element and the moving plate); the frictional drop ratio of the minimum dynamic friction strength to the breaking strength; and the maximum breaking strength. For some authors, the distribution of the breaking strengths was considered to be a fractal function. Hence, the fractal dimension of such a distribution is also a significant parameter. Comparison between observed scaling laws and simulation results shows that the 1-D BK dynamical lattice model acceptably approaches fault dynamics.

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