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Moving out of plane: models for wrinkling and buckling.

Abstract: Thin structures typically buckle out of plane when compressed, giving rise to a myriad of shapes.  These range from classic Euler buckling to honey coiling to microscale wrinkling patterns.  Some of these situations correspond to a ``failure'', but others may be exploited for applications such as flexible electronics.  

In this talk I will introduce some examples of buckling and wrinkling mechanisms in my work on both glass manufacture and elasticity.  I will focus in particular on the dynamic evolution of wrinkles in elastic sheets, and describe both experimental work and mathematical models developed to study this.

Further Information: If you have any questions regarding this seminar, please direct them to Romina Gaburro (061 2131930, email  or Clifford Nolan (061 202766),

Supported by Science Foundation Ireland funding, MACSI - the Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science and Industry (, centred at the University of Limerick, is dedicated to the mathematical modelling and solution of problems which arise in science, engineering and industry in Ireland.

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