Mechanical and Thermal Wrinkling of Polymer Membranes

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H. C. Chiu, R. C. Benson, S. J. Burns

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627

M. D. Fiscella

Photographic Research Laboratory, Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, NY 14650

J. Appl. Mech 61(1), 67-70 (Mar 01, 1994) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2901423 History: Received February 07, 1992; Revised March 09, 1993; Online March 31, 2008


A finite element method by Roddeman was modified in order to study wrinkling of polymer membranes due to mechanical loads and thermal shrinkage. Thermal shrinkage was incorporated as a prestrain and the elastic modulus was allowed to be dependent on temperature. The following wrinkling cases were studied: (1) a circular membrane with a heated spot at the center and a uniform radial displacement at the outer edge, (2) a rectangular membrane with wrinkles emanating from an imperfection in the boundary, and (3) a rectangular membrane with wrinkles emanating from a heated spot at the center.

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