Collapse of loaded fractal trees

D. L. Turcotte*, R. F. Smalley, Sara A. Solla

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Mandelbrot1 has argued that a wide range of natural objects and phenomena are fractals; examples of fractal trees include actual trees, plants such as a cauliflower, river systems and the cardiovascular system. Here we apply the renormalization group approach2 to the collapse of fractal trees, which may be applicable to a variety of problems including cardiac arrest, failure of bronchial systems, failure of electrical distribution systems and the instability resulting in earthquakes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)671-672
Number of pages2
Issue number6004
StatePublished - Dec 1 1985

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