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Curling instability induced by swelling

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We study the spontaneous curving observed when a strip of tracing paper is deposited on a water surface. The differential swelling across the ribbon thickness leads to a curling of the sheet, with the curvature increasing to a maximum and then relaxing as the sheet becomes completely wet. We develop a theoretical model, in good agreement with our experimental observations and relevant to the understanding of curling instabilities induced by asymmetric swelling of natural or synthetic shells.

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The article was received on 31 Mar 2010, accepted on 15 Nov 2010 and first published on 05 Jan 2011

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C0SM00189A
Soft Matter, 2011,7, 1506-1511

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    Curling instability induced by swelling

    S. Douezan, M. Wyart, F. Brochard-Wyart and D. Cuvelier, Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 1506
    DOI: 10.1039/C0SM00189A

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