Justification for Power Laws and Fractional Models

  • Sverre HolmEmail author


In previous chapters it has been shown that the standard linear viscoelastic models can be generalized to their fractional counterparts. It has also been demonstrated that the fractional Zener, Kelvin–Voigt, Maxwell, and Newtonian models all satisfy physical criteria such as passivity and causality. These models have temporal responses that are characterized by power laws, either exactly or asymptotically, and this corresponds to observed temporal characteristics in many media. The character of the fractional derivative operator is also such that it describes temporal memory in the media.


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