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Capillary wrinkling of elastic membranes

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Abstract

We present a physically-based model for the deformation of a floating elastic membrane caused by the presence of a liquid drop. Starting from the equations of membrane theory modified to account for surface energies, we show that the presence of a liquid drop causes an azimuthal compression over a finite region. This explains the origin of the wrinkling of such membranes observed recently (Huang et al., Science, 2007, 317, 650) and suggests a single parameter that determines the extent of the wrinkled region. While experimental data supports the importance of this single parameter, our theory under-predicts the extent of the wrinkled region observed experimentally. We suggest that this discrepancy is likely to be due to the wrinkling observed here being far from the threshold.

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The article was received on 26 May 2010, accepted on 29 Jun 2010 and first published on 29 Aug 2010


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C0SM00432D
Citation: Soft Matter, 2010,6, 5778-5782
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    Capillary wrinkling of elastic membranes

    D. Vella, M. Adda-Bedia and E. Cerda, Soft Matter, 2010, 6, 5778
    DOI: 10.1039/C0SM00432D

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