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Onset of rigidity for stretched string networks

Delaney, Gareth (Gary); Weaire, Denis Lawrence; Hutzler, Stefan


We define and analyse an elementary model for a network of strings with random natural lengths. As this system is expanded, a threshold is reached where some of the strings form a taut string network. Further expansion increases the fraction of taut strings, until eventually all strings are taut and the classical problem of a spring network is recovered. Here we provide an analysis of the properties of the system at and beyond the threshold expansion, relating results to the expectations of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
Source: Europhysics Letters
DOI: 10.1209/epl/i2005-10339-0


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