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Geometry and Anomalous Dynamic Growth of Elastic instabiliTies

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city: OXFORD
postcode: OX1 2JD

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙361˙077 €
 EC max contribution 1˙361˙077 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-04-01   to  2020-03-31


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 Project objective

Elastic instabilities are ubiquitous, from the wrinkles that form on skin to the ‘snap-through’ of an umbrella on a windy day. The complex patterns such instabilities make, and the great speed with which they develop, have led to a host of technological and scientific applications. However, recent experiments have revealed significant gaps in our theoretical understanding of such instabilities, particularly in the roles played by geometry and dynamics. I will establish a group to develop and validate a theoretical framework within which these results can be understood. Central to my approach is an appreciation of the crucial role of geometry in the pattern formation and dynamics of elastic instabilities.

As a starting point, I will consider the model problem of a pressurized elastic shell subject to a geometrically large deformation. This system develops either wrinkles or a stress-focusing instability depending on the internal pressure. As such, this is a natural paradigm with which to understand geometrical features of deformation relevant across length scales from deformed viruses to the subduction zones in Earth’s tectonic plates. My team will combine theoretical and computational approaches with tabletop experiments to determine a new set of shell deformations that are generically observed in contradiction of the classic ‘mirror buckling’. Understanding why these new shapes emerge will transform our perception of shell instabilities and provide new fundamental building blocks with which to model them. These ideas will also be used to transform our understanding of a number of other, previously mysterious, elastic instabilities of practical interest. Turning our focus to the dynamics of instabilities such as the snap-through of shells, we will show that accounting for geometry is again crucial. The new insight gained through this project will increase our ability to control elastic instabilities, benefitting a range of technological and scientific applications.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 M. Taffetani, F. Box, A. Neveu, D. Vella
Limitations of curvature-induced rigidity: How a curved strip buckles under gravity
published pages: 14001, ISSN: 1286-4854, DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/127/14001
EPL (Europhysics Letters) 127/1 2019-11-26
2019 Michael Gomez, Derek E. Moulton, Dominic Vella
Dynamics of viscoelastic snap-through
published pages: 781-813, ISSN: 0022-5096, DOI: 10.1016/j.jmps.2018.11.020
Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids 124 2019-10-08
2018 Matteo Taffetani, Xin Jiang, Douglas P. Holmes, Dominic Vella
Static bistability of spherical caps
published pages: 20170910, ISSN: 1364-5021, DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2017.0910
Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences 474/2213 2019-10-08
2018 Dominic Vella, Benny Davidovitch
Regimes of wrinkling in an indented floating elastic sheet
published pages: , ISSN: 2470-0045, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.98.013003
Physical Review E 98/1 2019-10-08
2019 Alexander T. Bradley, Finn Box, Ian J. Hewitt, Dominic Vella
Wettability-Independent Droplet Transport by Bendotaxis
published pages: , ISSN: 0031-9007, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.074503
Physical Review Letters 122/7 2019-10-08
2018 Michael Gomez, Dominic Vella, Derek E Moulton
Pull-in dynamics of overdamped microbeams
published pages: 115002, ISSN: 0960-1317, DOI: 10.1088/1361-6439/aad72f
Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering 28/11 2019-10-08
2019 Matthew Butler, Finn Box, Thomas Robert, Dominic Vella
Elasto-capillary adhesion: Effect of deformability on adhesion strength and detachment
published pages: , ISSN: 2469-990X, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevFluids.4.033601
Physical Review Fluids 4/3 2019-10-08
2017 Michael Gomez, Derek E. Moulton, Dominic Vella
Passive Control of Viscous Flow via Elastic Snap-Through
published pages: , ISSN: 0031-9007, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.144502
Physical Review Letters 119/14 2019-05-27
2017 Finn Box, Dominic Vella, Robert W. Style, Jerome A. Neufeld
Indentation of a floating elastic sheet: geometry versus applied tension
published pages: 20170335, ISSN: 1364-5021, DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2017.0335
Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Science 473/2206 2019-05-27
2015 Alpha A. Lee, Clément Le Gouellec, Dominic Vella
The role of extensibility in the birth of a ruck in a rug
published pages: 81-87, ISSN: 2352-4316, DOI: 10.1016/j.eml.2015.08.003
Extreme Mechanics Letters 5 2019-05-27
2016 Etienne Jambon-Puillet, Dominic Vella, Suzie Protière
The compression of a heavy floating elastic film
published pages: 9289-9296, ISSN: 1744-683X, DOI: 10.1039/C6SM00945J
Soft Matter 12/46 2019-05-27
2017 Clint Y. H. Wong, Mokhtar Adda-Bedia, Dominic Vella
Non-wetting drops at liquid interfaces: from liquid marbles to Leidenfrost drops
published pages: 5250-5260, ISSN: 1744-683X, DOI: 10.1039/C7SM00990A
Soft Matter 13/31 2019-05-27
2016 Jean-Baptiste Gorce, Ian J. Hewitt, Dominic Vella
Capillary Imbibition into Converging Tubes: Beating Washburn’s Law and the Optimal Imbibition of Liquids
published pages: 1560-1567, ISSN: 0743-7463, DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.5b04495
Langmuir 32/6 2019-05-27
2017 Matteo Taffetani, Dominic Vella
Regimes of wrinkling in pressurized elastic shells
published pages: 20160330, ISSN: 1364-503X, DOI: 10.1098/rsta.2016.0330
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences 375/2093 2019-05-27
2016 Michael Gomez, Derek E. Moulton, Dominic Vella
Critical slowing down in purely elastic ‘snap-through’ instabilities
published pages: 142-145, ISSN: 1745-2473, DOI: 10.1038/nphys3915
Nature Physics 13 2019-05-27
2016 Joseph D. Paulsen, Evan Hohlfeld, Hunter King, Jiangshui Huang, Zhanlong Qiu, Thomas P. Russell, Narayanan Menon, Dominic Vella, Benny Davidovitch
Curvature-induced stiffness and the spatial variation of wavelength in wrinkled sheets
published pages: 1144-1149, ISSN: 0027-8424, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1521520113
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113/5 2019-05-27
2015 D. Vella, H. Ebrahimi, A. Vaziri, B. Davidovitch
Wrinkling reveals a new isometry of pressurized elastic shells
published pages: 24007, ISSN: 0295-5075, DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/112/24007
EPL (Europhysics Letters) 112/2 2019-05-27
2017 Dominic Vella, Benny Davidovitch
Indentation metrology of clamped, ultra-thin elastic sheets
published pages: 2264-2278, ISSN: 1744-683X, DOI: 10.1039/C6SM02451C
Soft Matter 13/11 2019-05-27
2016 Michael Gomez, Derek E. Moulton, Dominic Vella
The shallow shell approach to Pogorelov\'s problem and the breakdown of ‘mirror buckling’
published pages: 20150732, ISSN: 1364-5021, DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2015.0732
Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Science 472/2187 2019-05-27
2017 Alpha A. Lee, Dominic Vella, John S. Wettlaufer
Fluctuation spectra and force generation in nonequilibrium systems
published pages: 9255-9260, ISSN: 0027-8424, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1701739114
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114/35 2019-05-27
2017 Ousmane Kodio, Ian M. Griffiths, Dominic Vella
Lubricated wrinkles: Imposed constraints affect the dynamics of wrinkle coarsening
published pages: 14202, ISSN: 2469-990X, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevFluids.2.014202
Physical Review Fluids 2/1 2019-05-27
2016 P.-T. Brun, Basile Audoly, Alain Goriely, Dominic Vella
The surprising dynamics of a chain on a pulley: lift off and snapping
published pages: 20160187, ISSN: 1364-5021, DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2016.0187
Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Science 472/2190 2019-05-27
2018 Michael Gomez, Derek E Moulton, Dominic Vella
Delayed pull-in transitions in overdamped MEMS devices
published pages: 15006, ISSN: 0960-1317, DOI: 10.1088/1361-6439/aa9a70
Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering 28/1 2019-05-27

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