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Buckling of spherical capsules.
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PMID:  22181297     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
We investigate buckling of soft elastic capsules under negative pressure or for reduced capsule volume. Based on nonlinear shell theory and the assumption of a hyperelastic capsule membrane, shape equations for axisymmetric and initially spherical capsules are derived and solved numerically. A rich bifurcation behavior is found, which is presented in terms of bifurcation diagrams. The energetically preferred stable configuration is deduced from a least-energy principle both for prescribed volume and prescribed pressure. We find that buckled shapes are energetically favorable already at smaller negative pressures and larger critical volumes than predicted by the classical buckling instability. By preventing self-intersection for strongly reduced volume, we obtain a complete picture of the buckling process and can follow the shape from the initial undeformed state through the buckling instability into the fully collapsed state. Interestingly, the sequences of bifurcations and stable capsule shapes differ for prescribed volume and prescribed pressure. In the buckled state, we find a relation between curvatures at the indentation rim and the bending modulus, which can be used to determine elastic moduli from experimental shape analysis.
Sebastian Knoche; Jan Kierfeld
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-10-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics     Volume:  84     ISSN:  1550-2376     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-12-20     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101136452     Medline TA:  Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  046608     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Physics, Technische Universität Dortmund, D-44221 Dortmund, Germany.
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