W.L. Shan, Z. Chen, C.P. Broedersz, A.A. Gumaste, W.O. Soboyejo, C.P. Brangwynne, Soft Matter, 9:194-199, 2013.
Bistable structures, exemplified
by the Venus flytrap and slap bracelets, can switch between different
functional shapes upon actuation, and have important applications in
mechanical/electro-mechanical devices ranging from bio-inspired robots to
deployable aeroplane wings. Despite numerous efforts in modeling such large
deformation of shell structures, the roles of mechanical and nonlinear geometric
effects on bistability remains elusive. Closely related, emerging challenges
include modeling the spontaneous curving and buckling of thin objects such as
This symposium is part of the Spring 2008 ACS National Meeting and Exposition , to be held at New Orleans, Louisiana, from Sunday, April 6 to Thursday, April 10, 2008.
Organizers: Christopher M. Stafford (NIST), Adam J. Nolte (NIST), Rui Huang (UT Austin)
Sponsors: ACS Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) and National Science Foundation