Sébastien Neukirch
Institut Jean le Rond d'Alembert
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Université Pierre et Marie Curie
Paris, France

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Coiling of an elastic beam inside a disk: A model for spider-capture silk

H. Elettro, F. Vollrath, A. Antkowiak, and S. Neukirch

International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics, vol. 75 (2015) 59-66

Abstract : Motivated by recent experimental observations of capillary-induced spooling of fibers inside droplets both in spider capture silk and in synthetic systems, we investigate the behavior of a fiber packed in a drop. Using a simplified 2D model, we provide analytical predictions for the buckling threshold and the deep post-buckling asymptotic behavior. The threshold for spooling is found to be in particularly good agreement with experimental results. We further solve the Elastica equations for a fiber confined in a soft potential, and track the equilibrium paths using numerical continuation techniques. A wealth of different paths corresponding to different symmetries is uncovered, and their stability is finally discussed.

DOI: 10.1016/j.ijnonlinmec.2015.03.008

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