alexa Tearing as a test for mechanical characterization of thin adhesive films.
Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Journal of Chemical Engineering & Process Technology

Author(s): Hamm E, Reis P, LeBlanc M, Roman B, Cerda E, Hamm E, Reis P, LeBlanc M, Roman B, Cerda E, Hamm E, Reis P, LeBlanc M, Roman B, Cerda E, Hamm E, Reis P, LeBlanc M, Roman B, Cerda E

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Abstract Thin adhesive films have become increasingly important in applications involving packaging, coating or for advertising. Once a film is adhered to a substrate, flaps can be detached by tearing and peeling, but they narrow and collapse in pointy shapes. Similar geometries are observed when peeling ultrathin films grown or deposited on a solid substrate, or skinning the natural protective cover of a ripe fruit. Here, we show that the detached flaps have perfect triangular shapes with a well-defined vertex angle; this is a signature of the conversion of bending energy into surface energy of fracture and adhesion. In particular, this triangular shape of the tear encodes the mechanical parameters related to these three forms of energy and could form the basis of a quantitative assay for the mechanical characterization of thin adhesive films, nanofilms deposited on substrates or fruit skin. This article was published in Nat Mater and referenced in Journal of Chemical Engineering & Process Technology

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