Buckling of multicomponent elastic shells with line tension

Rastko Sknepnek, Graziano Vernizzi, Monica Olvera de la Cruz

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    We explore the effects of line tension on the shape of two component elastic shells. Segregation between components with different elastic properties combined with the subtleties related to the spherical topology leads to a rich variety of shapes. They range from irregular polyhedra at weak segregation to Janus-like morphologies with spherical and buckled regions coexisting on the same shell for large values of the line tension. We use Monte Carlo simulations to map a detailed phase diagram as a function of the relative fraction of the two components, the ratio of their bending rigidities, and the strength of the line tension.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)636-644
    Number of pages9
    JournalSoft Matter
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


    • membranes
    • curvature
    • phase
    • order
    • defects
    • icosahedra
    • crystalline


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