Articles | Volume 21, issue 1
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 21, 251–267, 2014
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 21, 251–267, 2014

Research article 24 Feb 2014

Research article | 24 Feb 2014

Synchronization of coupled stick-slip oscillators

N. Sugiura1, T. Hori2, and Y. Kawamura2 N. Sugiura et al.
  • 1Research Institute for Global Change, JAMSTEC, Yokosuka, Japan
  • 2Institute for Research on Earth Evolution, JAMSTEC, Yokohama, Japan

Abstract. A rationale is provided for the emergence of synchronization in a system of coupled oscillators in a stick-slip motion. The single oscillator has a limit cycle in a region of the state space for each parameter set beyond the supercritical Hopf bifurcation. The two-oscillator system that has similar weakly coupled oscillators exhibits synchronization in a parameter range. The synchronization has an anti-phase nature for an identical pair. However, it tends to be more in-phase for a non-identical pair with a rather weak coupling. A system of three identical oscillators (1, 2, and 3) coupled in a line (with two springs k12=k23) exhibits synchronization with two of them (1 and 2 or 2 and 3) being nearly in-phase. These collective behaviours are systematically estimated using the phase reduction method.