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Capillary buckling of a floating annulus

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We describe the out-of-plane buckling of a flexible annulus floating on a bath of water as surfactant molecules are added outside the annulus. The difference in surface tension induces compressive stresses, which result in regular orthoradial wrinkles beyond a critical difference in surface tension. The wrinkles first appear in the vicinity of the inner edge of the annulus and progressively grow as the concentration of surfactant is increased. Conversely, the wavenumber remains constant and relies on a simple balance between gravity and the bending stiffness of the membrane within the range of our experimental parameters. Our experiments fall outside the regimes explored in the literature for similar situations, and we propose an approximate analytical description that completes the existing theoretical grounds.

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The article was received on 04 Jul 2013, accepted on 02 Sep 2013 and first published on 02 Sep 2013

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C3SM51825F
Soft Matter, 2013,9, 10985-10992

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    Capillary buckling of a floating annulus

    M. Piñeirua, N. Tanaka, B. Roman and J. Bico, Soft Matter, 2013, 9, 10985
    DOI: 10.1039/C3SM51825F

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