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Floating carpets and the delamination of elastic sheets

Wagner, T. J. W. and Vella, D. (2011) Floating carpets and the delamination of elastic sheets. Physical Review Letters . (Submitted)



We investigate the deformation of a thin elastic sheet floating on a liquid surface and subject to a uniaxial compression. We show that at a critical compression the sheet delaminates from the liquid over a finite region forming a delamination ‘blister’. This blistering regime adds to the wrinkling and localized folding regimes that have been studied previously. The transition from wrinkled to blistered states occurs when delamination becomes energetically favourable compared to wrinkling. We determine the initial blister size and the evolution of blister size with continuing compression before verifying our theoretical results with experiments at a macroscopic scale.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:D - G > General
Research Groups:Oxford Centre for Collaborative Applied Mathematics
ID Code:1417
Deposited By: Peter Hudston
Deposited On:10 Nov 2011 08:27
Last Modified:29 May 2015 19:06

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