Energy scaling laws for conically constrained thin elastic sheets

Jeremy Brandman, Robert V. Kohn, Hoai Minh Nguyen

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We investigate low-energy deformations of a thin elastic sheet subject to a displacement boundary condition consistent with a conical deformation. Under the assumption that the displacement near the sheet's center is of order h|logh|, where hâ‰1 is the thickness of the sheet, we establish matching upper and lower bounds of order h 2|logh| for the minimum elastic energy per unit thickness, with a prefactor determined by the geometry of the associated conical deformation. These results are established first for a 2D model problem and then extended to 3D elasticity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)251-264
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Elasticity
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 2013


  • Energy scaling laws
  • Thin elastic sheets
  • d-Cone

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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