Creasing of Multilayer Polymer Films

Ryan Hayward, Dayong Chen, Ben Xu

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A soft elastic material placed under compressive stress can undergo a surface creasing instability in which the free interface becomes directly unstable to the formation of sharp self-contacting features. The resulting changes in contact between neighboring surface regions, and the non-affine in-plane displacement of material elements, provide unique opportunities for designing shape-programmable materials. This presentation will highlight several recent advances related to the formation of creases on the surfaces of multilayer polymer films. In one example, we study the influence of pre-compression of the substrate in a soft elastic bilayer as a means to tune hysteresis between crease onset and disappearance, yielding well-defined bistability. In another example, we consider the behavior of patterned stiff films on soft substrates, wherein the interplay between wrinkling and creasing modes offers promise for the design of new types of electronic switches with potential applications in flexible electronics.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 23 Apr 2014
EventMRS Spring 2014 - San Francisco, CA, USA
Duration: 23 Apr 2014 → …


ConferenceMRS Spring 2014
Period23/04/14 → …
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