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Buckling of multicomponent elastic shells with line tension

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Abstract

We explore the effects of line tension on the shape of two component elastic shells. Segregation between components with different elastic properties combined with the subtleties related to the spherical topology leads to a rich variety of shapes. They range from irregular polyhedra at weak segregation to Janus-like morphologies with spherical and buckled regions coexisting on the same shell for large values of the line tension. We use Monte Carlo simulations to map a detailed phase diagram as a function of the relative fraction of the two components, the ratio of their bending rigidities, and the strength of the line tension.

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The article was received on 13 Jul 2011, accepted on 26 Aug 2011 and first published on 06 Oct 2011


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C1SM06325A
Citation: Soft Matter, 2012,8, 636-644
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    Buckling of multicomponent elastic shells with line tension

    R. Sknepnek, G. Vernizzi and M. Olvera de la Cruz, Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 636
    DOI: 10.1039/C1SM06325A

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