Divergence instabilities of nonuniformly prestressed travelling webs

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The phenomenon of edge-buckling in an axially moving stretched thin elastic web is described as a nonstandard singularly perturbed bifurcation problem, which is then explored through the application of matched asymptotic techniques. Previous numerical work recently reported in the literature is re-evaluated in this context by approaching it through the lens of asymptotic simplifications. This allows us to identify two distinct regimes characterised by qualitative differences in the corresponding eigen-deformations; some simple approximate formulae for the critical eigenvalues are also proposed. The obtained analytical results capture the intricate relationship between the critical speeds, the background tension, and other relevant physical and geometric parameters that feature in the mathematical model.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-130
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Mechanics of Materials and Structures
Issue number1
Early online date22 Dec 2023
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jan 2024

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