Shaping by active deformation of soft elastic sheets

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One shaping method of soft elastic bodies is growth. This method, which is very common in natural systems and much less in man-made structures, is inherently different from shaping by external loading. In the second case the body responses passively to the constraints imposed on its boundaries. It has a reference stress-free configuration and the task is to compute and minimize the elastic energy of configurations that fulfill the boundary conditions. In the case of self-shaping by growth, the body is free in space, but contains a field of active growth, or deformation, which determines the shape of the body.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationMechanical Self-Assembly
Subtitle of host publicationScience and Applications
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781461445623
ISBN (Print)1461445612, 9781461445616
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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