Europhys. Lett.
Volume 65, Number 3, February 2004
Page(s) 323 - 329
Section Electromagnetism, optics, acoustics, heat transfer, classical mechanics, and fluid dynamics
Published online 01 January 2004
Europhys. Lett., 65 (3) , pp. 323-329 (2004)
DOI: 10.1209/epl/i2003-10099-9

Popliteal rippling of layered elastic tubes and scrolls

L. Mahadevan1, J. Bico2 and G. McKinley2

1  Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics University of Cambridge - Wilberforce Road, Cambridge, CB3 0WA, UK
2  Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 77 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

(Received 3 September 2003; accepted in final form 26 November 2003)

Motivated by the periodic ripples observed in bent multi-walled nanotubes, we use macroscopic ideas to derive geometric scaling laws for the wavelength and amplitude of ripples in elastic scrolls and multi-walled tubes. Remarkably, our predictions are essentially independent of material properties, and thus have a range of validity varying from the atomic to the macroscopic even for relatively large deformations. We verify this using experimental data that vary over six orders of magnitude in length, ranging from millimeters to nanometers obtained using materials as disparate as rubber and graphite.

46.32.+x - Static buckling and instability.
81.07.De - Nanotubes.
47.54.+r - Pattern selection; pattern formation.

© EDP Sciences 2004