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|
Popliteal rippling of layered elastic tubes and scrolls
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
Corresponding author: email@example.com
Accepted: 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.
PACS: 46.32.+x – Static buckling and instability / 81.07.De – Nanotubes / 47.54.+r – Pattern selection; pattern formation
© EDP Sciences, 2004
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