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Curvature and frustration in cellular systems

Rivier, N; Aste, T; (1996) Curvature and frustration in cellular systems. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences , 354 (1715) 2055 - 2069.

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Abstract

A cellular structure is a compromise between best local packing and filling space without gaps or overlap. The fact that soap bubble froths or the human epidermis are and remain steadily disordered, demonstrates that this compromise is essential. Two alternative methods are presented: decurving progressively and at random a cellular structure initially ordered in curved space, or building up the structure layer by layer from an arbitrary seed cell, like a puzzle without boundary. There is a narrow range of structures sandwiched between the froth with lowest interfacial energy and that with highest orientational entropy.

Type:Article
Title:Curvature and frustration in cellular systems
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Computer Science

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