Edge-buckling in stretched thin films under in-plane bending

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The wrinkling instabilities of a stretched rectangular thin film subjected to in-plane bending are investigated within the framework of the linearised Donnell-von Kármán bifurcation equation for thin plates. One of our principal objectives is to assess the role played by the finite bending stiffness of the film on the linear wrinkling mechanism. To this end, we employ a non-homogeneous linear pre-bifurcation solution and cast the corresponding eigenvalue problem as a singularly-perturbed differential equation with variable coefficients. Numerical simulations of this problem reveal the existence of two different regimes for the behaviour of the lowest eigenvalue. Based on this observation, a WKB analysis is carried out in order to capture the dependence of the critical wrinkling load on the wavelength of the localised oscillatory buckling pattern and the stiffness of the elastic film. The validity of the analytical results is corroborated by independent numerical computations of the eigenvalues using the method of compound matrices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)510-525
Number of pages16
JournalZeitschrift fur Angewandte Mathematik und Physik
Issue number3
Early online date5 Oct 2006
Publication statusPublished - May 2007
Externally publishedYes


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