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Folding energetics in thin-film diaphragms

Gioia, G. and DeSimone, A. and Ortiz, M. and Cuitiño, A. M. (2002) Folding energetics in thin-film diaphragms. Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences, 458 (2021). pp. 1223-1229. ISSN 1364-5021. doi:10.1098/rspa.2001.0921.

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We perform experiments to elucidate how the folding patterns of thin-film diaphragms subject to in-plane isotropic and anisotropic compressive strains depend on the shape, thickness and size of the diaphragms. We then use a constrained von Kaármaán model to relate the experimental results to the energetics of folding. We show that the differences between the isotropic and the anisotropic cases can be traced back to the structure of the membraneous energy density function. In the isotropic case, we find foldings which satisfy the boundary conditions and minimize the membraneous energy. In the anisotropic case, no such foldings exist, but we are able to construct sequences of increasingly fine foldings which satisfy the boundary conditions and whose membraneous energies converge to the infimum. In both cases, we obtain solutions by allowing bending to select a preferred folding. The solutions compare well with the experimental observations.

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Additional Information:© 2002 Royal Society. Received 15 November 2000; revised 16 July 2001; accepted 25 September 2001; published online 28 March 2002. This research was supported by a grant from the Mechanics and Structures of Materials Program, NSF (Dr K. P. Chong, Program Director; A.M.C. and G.G., Principal Investigators).
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Subject Keywords:folding; elastic thin films; von Kármán plate theory; direct method of the calculus of variations
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Official Citation:Folding energetics in thin-film diaphragms G. Gioia, A. DeSimone, M. Ortiz, A. M. Cuitiño Proc. R. Soc. Lond. A 2002 458 1223-1229; DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2001.0921. Published 8 May 2002
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