Nested self-similar wrinkling patterns in skins

Kirill Efimenko, Mindaugas Rackaitis, Evangelos Manias, Ashkan Vaziri, L. Mahadevan, Jan Genzer

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The wrinkling of model elastomeric artificial skins in a hierarchical pattern consisting of self-similar buckles extending over five orders of magnitude in length scale, ranging from a few nanometers to a few millimeters was analyzed. A mechanism for the formation of this hierarchical wrinkling pattern was provided and experimental findings were quantified with both computations and a simple scaling theory. It was observed that the buckle morphology depends on the strain removal rate. The use of the multigeneration-wrinkled substrate for separating particles based on their size, while simultaneously forming linear chains of monodisperse particles, was shown.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)293-297
Number of pages5
JournalNature Materials
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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