Volume 64, Number 5, December 2003
|Page(s)||647 - 653|
|Section||Electromagnetism, optics, acoustics, heat transfer, classical mechanics, and fluid dynamics|
|Published online||01 November 2003|
Compression modulus of macroscopic fiber bundles
LDFC, UMR 7506, CNRS-ULP - 3 rue de l'Université 67084 Strasbourg Cedex, France
2 IPCMS, UMR 7504, CNRS-ULP - 23 rue du Loess, 67034 Strasbourg Cedex 2, France
3 ICS, UPR 22, CNRS-ULP - 6 rue Boussingault, 67083 Strasbourg Cedex, France
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 16 September 2003
We study dense, disordered stacks of elastic macroscopic fibers. These stacks often exhibit non-linear elasticity, due to the coupling between the applied stress and the internal distribution of fiber contacts. We propose a theoretical model for the compression modulus of such systems, and illustrate our method by studying the conical shapes frequently observed at the extremities of ropes and other fiber structures.
PACS: 45.80.+r – Control of mechanical systems / 46.65.+g – Random phenomena and media / 62.20.-x – Mechanical properties of solids
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