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Uniaxial stretch-release of rubber-plastic bilayers: strain dependent transition to stable helices, rolls, saddles, and tubes

Polymeric plastics deform irreversibly (i.e., inelastically) whereas rubbers deform reversibly, i.e., elastically.

Thus, uniaxially stretching a rubber-plastic bilayer composite beyond its yield point can create an elastic strain mismatch between the two layers. Upon release, the bilayer may then bend out-of-plane.

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