Circumferential buckling instability of a growing cylindrical tube

D.E. Moulton, A. Goriely

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Abstract

A cylindrical elastic tube under uniform radial external pressure will buckle circumferentially to a non-circular cross-section at a critical pressure. The buckling represents an instability of the inner or outer edge of the tube. This is a common phenomenon in biological tissues, where it is referred to as mucosal folding. Here, we investigate this buckling instability in a growing elastic tube. A change in thickness due to growth can have a dramatic impact on circumferential buckling, both in the critical pressure and the buckling pattern. We consider both single- and bi-layer tubes and multiple boundary conditions. We highlight the competition between geometric effects, i.e. the change in tube dimensions, and mechanical effects, i.e. the effect of residual stress, due to differential growth. This competition can lead to non-intuitive results, such as a tube growing to be thinner and yet buckle at a higher pressure. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)525-537
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids
Volume59
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2011
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): KUK-C1-013-04
Acknowledgements: This publication is based on work supported by Award no. KUK-C1-013-04, made by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), and based in part upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant DMS-0907773 (A.G.). A.G. is a Wolfson/Royal Society Merit Award Holder.
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.

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