Experimental study of developable cones

Sahraoui Chaïeb*, Francisco Melo, Jean Christophe Geminard

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In this paper we investigate developable cones (d-cones) topology. From profilometer measurements, we found that for a sample of a finite thickness the singularity is never pointlike but has a form of a crescent. Measurements of the sheet local curvature revealed that the d-cone tip is rejected by a distance which characterizes the singularity size. High deformations of the d-cone lead to a plastic regime equivalent to a decrease in the singularity size characterized from curvature and profile analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2354-2357
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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