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Local mechanical description of an elastic fold

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To go beyond the simple model for the fold as two flexible surfaces or faces linked by a crease that behaves as an elastic hinge, we carefully shape and anneal a crease within a polymer sheet and study its mechanical response. First, we carry out an experimental study that involves recording both the shape of the fold in various loading configurations and the associated force needed to deform it. Then, an elastic model of the fold is built upon a continuous description of both the faces and the crease as a thin sheet with a non-flat reference configuration. The comparison between the model and experiments yields the local fold properties and explains the significant differences we observe between tensile and compression regimes. Furthermore, an asymptotic study of the fold deformation enables us to determine the local shape of the crease and identify the origin of its mechanical behaviour.

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The article was received on 31 Aug 2018, accepted on 04 Jan 2019 and first published on 11 Jan 2019

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8SM01791C
Citation: Soft Matter, 2019,15, 1619-1626

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    Local mechanical description of an elastic fold

    T. Jules, F. Lechenault and M. Adda-Bedia, Soft Matter, 2019, 15, 1619
    DOI: 10.1039/C8SM01791C

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