An asymptotic analysis of the buckling of a highly shear-resistant vesicle

Sylvain Reboux, Giles Richardson, Oliver E. Jensen

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    Abstract

    The static compression between two smooth plates of an axisymmetric capsule or vesicle is investigated by means of asymptotic analysis. The governing equations of the vesicle are derived from thin-shell theory and involve a bending stiffness B, a shear modulus H, the unstressed vesicle radius a and a constant surface-area constraint. The sixth-order free-boundary problem obtained by a balance-of-forces approach is addressed in the limit when the dimensionless parameter C = Ha2/B is large and the plate displacements are small. When the plate displacement is of order aC -1/2, the vesicle undergoes a sub-critical buckling instability which is captured by leading-order asymptotics. Asymptotic linear and quadratic forcedisplacement relations for the pre- and post-buckled solutions are determined. The leading-order post-buckled solution is described by a simple fourth-order problem, exhibiting stress-focusing with stretching and bending confined to a narrow boundary layer. In contrast, in the pre-buckled state, stretching occurs over a larger length scale than bending. The results are in good qualitative agreement with numerical simulations for finite values of C. pdfS0956792509990015a.pdfdispartPapers © 2009 Copyright Cambridge University Press 2009.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)479-518
    Number of pages39
    JournalEuropean Journal of Applied Mathematics
    Volume20
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009

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