The smectic order of wrinkles

Aharoni, H., Todorova, D.V., Albarrán, O., Goehring, L. ORCID: 0000-0002-3858-7295, Kamien, R.D. and Katifori, E., 2017. The smectic order of wrinkles. Nature Communications, 8, p. 15809. ISSN 2041-1723

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A thin elastic sheet lying on a soft substrate develops wrinkled patterns when subject to an external forcing or as a result of geometric incompatibility. Thin sheet elasticity and substrate response equip such wrinkles with a global preferred wrinkle spacing length and with resistance to wrinkle curvature. These features are responsible for the liquid crystalline smectic-like behaviour of such systems at intermediate length scales. This insight allows better understanding of the wrinkling patterns seen in such systems, with which we explain pattern breaking into domains, the properties of domain walls and wrinkle undulation. We compare our predictions with numerical simulations and with experimental observations.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Nature Communications
Creators: Aharoni, H., Todorova, D.V., Albarrán, O., Goehring, L., Kamien, R.D. and Katifori, E.
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Date: 18 July 2017
Volume: 8
ISSN: 2041-1723
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Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 20 Jul 2017 08:38
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2017 08:38

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