Onset of rigidity for stretched string networks
WEAIRE, DENIS LAWRENCE
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Citation:Delaney G W, Weaire D and Hutzler S, Onset of rigidity for stretched string networks, europhysics letters, 72, 2005, 990 - 996
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 constraint theory.
Keywords:Condensed Matter Physics
Publisher:Institute of Physics
Series/Report no:europhysics letters;