On the applicability of tension field theory to a wrinkling instability problem

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The wrinkling instability of a pre-stressed annular membrane loaded uniformly along its inner boundary is investigated with the help of a tension field theory. The theoretical solution is shown to capture the essential qualitative features involved in axisymmetric wrinkling, but displays several limitations regarding the quantitative aspects of this issue. The relationship with some related experimental work reported recently in the literature is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-72
Number of pages16
JournalActa Mechanica
Issue number1-4
Early online date21 Sep 2006
Publication statusPublished - May 2007
Externally publishedYes


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