Intrinsically anomalous roughness of randomly crumpled thin sheets

Alexander S. Balankin, Orlando Susarrey Huerta, Rolando Cortes Montes de Oca, Didier Samayoa Ochoa, José Martínez Trinidad, Maribel A. Mendoza
2006 Physical Review E  
We study the effect of folding ridges on the scaling properties of randomly crumpled sheets of different kinds of paper in the folded and unfolded states. We found that the mean ridge length scales with the sheet size with the scaling exponent determined by the competition between bending and stretching deformations in the folded sheet. This scaling determines the mass fractal dimension of randomly folded balls D M =2/. We also found that surfaces of crumpled balls, as well as unfolded sheets,
more » ... oth display self-affine invariance with = ph , if ഛ ph , where ph =3/4 is the size exponent for crumpled phantom membrane, or both exhibit an intrinsically anomalous roughness characterized by the universal local roughness exponent = 0.72± 0.04 and the material dependent global roughness exponent ␣ = , when Ͼ ph . The physical implications of these findings are discussed.
doi:10.1103/physreve.74.061602 pmid:17280073 fatcat:jnhlwdiydjft3npcoua2epcxe4