Asymptotic phenomena in pressurized thin films

Ciprian D. Coman, Miccal T. Matthews, Andrew P. Bassom

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An asymptotic study of the wrinkling of a pressurized circular thin film is performed. The corresponding boundary-value problem is described by two nondimensional parameters; a background tension ì and the applied loading P. Previous numerical studies of the same configuration have shown that P tends to be large, and this fact is exploited here in the derivation of asymptotic descriptions of the elastic bifurcation phenomena. Two limiting cases are considered; in the first, the background tension is modest, while the second deals with the situation when it is large. In both instances, it is shown how the wrinkling is confined to a relatively narrow zone near the rim of the thin film, but the mechanisms driving the bifurcation are different. In the first scenario, the wrinkles are confined to a region which, though close to the rim, is asymptotically separate from it. By contrast, when ì is larger, the wrinkling is within a zone that is attached to the rim. Predictions are made for the value of the applied loading P necessary to generate wrinkling, as well as details of the corresponding wrinkling pattern, and these asymptotic results are compared to some direct numerical simulations of the original boundary-value problem.

Original languageEnglish
Article number20150471
Number of pages19
JournalProceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Issue number2182
Publication statusPublished - 8 Oct 2015
Externally publishedYes


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