Edge wrinkling of a soft ridge with gradient thickness

Citation:

Y. Zhao, Z.-C. Shao, G.-Y. Li, Y. Zheng, W.-Y. Zhang, B. Li, Y. Cao, and X.-Q. Feng. 2017. “Edge wrinkling of a soft ridge with gradient thickness.” Applied Physics Letters, 110, 23.

Abstract:

We investigate the edge wrinkling of a soft ridge with gradient thickness under axial compression. Our experiments show that the wrinkling wavelength undergoes a considerable increase with increasing load. Simple scaling laws are derived based on an upper-bound analysis to predict the critical buckling conditions and the evolution of wrinkling wavelength during the post-buckling stage, and the results show good accordance with our finite element simulations and experiments. We also report a pattern transformation triggered by the edge wrinkling of soft ridge arrays. The results and method not only help understand the correlation between the growth and form observed in some natural systems but also inspire a strategy to fabricate advanced functional surfaces.