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On the mechanics of thin films and growing surfaces

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Many living structured are coated by thin films, which have distinct mechanical properties from the bulk. In particular, these thin layers may grow faster or slower than the inner core. Differential growth creates a balanced interplay between tension and compression and plays a critical role in enhancing structural rigidity. Typical examples with a compressive outer surface and a tensile inner core are the petioles of celery, caladium, or rhubarb. While plant physiologists have studied the im...

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Publication date:
2013-01-01
URN:
uuid:ca44c109-9199-4e62-a8bf-0c20a6308198
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oai:eprints.maths.ox.ac.uk:1677

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