Effective medium theory of semiflexible filamentous networks

M. Das, F.C. Mac Kintosh, A.M. Levine

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    Abstract

    We develop an effective medium approach to the mechanics of disordered, semiflexible polymer networks and study the response of such networks to uniform and nonuniform strain. We identify distinct elastic regimes in which the contributions of either filament bending or stretching to the macroscopic modulus vanish. We also show that our effective medium theory predicts a crossover between affine and nonaffine strain, consistent with both prior numerical studies and scaling theory. © 2007 The American Physical Society.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalPhysical Review Letters
    Volume99
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2007

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    Effective medium theory of semiflexible filamentous networks

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