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EPJ E Topical Issue: Physics and Geometry of Flexible Plates and Shells

Submissions are invited for a Topical Issue of EPJ E on Physics and Geometry of Flexible Plates and Shells.

During the last decade there has been a growing activity in studying the physics of slender extended objects, thin plates or shells, as much experimentally as from the theoretical and numerical side. Such slender structures offer a wealth of interesting phenomena as they undergo crumpling, wrinkling, folding or growth.

Many intriguing aspects have been explored, including origami or kirigami, shape control in active structures (triggered by physical or chemical processes such as swelling or temperature…), or unusual coupling with other physics (fluid forces, capillarity, magnetic or electric field). Thin smart materials and architected sheets have opened the door to new evolutions in the field of soft robotics and drug delivery. New singularities are observed and old instabilities are being revisited, with sometimes relevance to animal biology or botany. Very recently, the control of liquid crystal elastomers has also become a hot topic of research. A common and unifying feature encountered in all these seemingly diverse phenomena is the central and subtle role played by geometry.

Original research papers focusing on latest experimental, computational or theoretical advancements on the physics and geometry of flexible films are welcomed. This includes, but is not limited to, films in soft condensed matter, polymer physics, statistical physics, cells and biological tissue, multiphase fluids and foams, mathematics, and material sciences.

The issue is open to everyone working in the field. We invite contributors to communicate their intention to submit manuscripts for this Topical Issue to the Guest Editors as soon as possible. Please provide the tentative title of the paper and a short abstract. The full manuscripts should be submitted before the deadline directly to the EPJE Editorial Office at https://articlestatus.edpsciences.org/is/epje/.

Deadline for submission: December 31, 2020

Submissions should be clearly identified as intended for the Topical Issue "Physics and Geometry of Flexible Plates and Shells". Papers will be published continuously and will appear (as soon as accepted) on the journal website. The electronic version of the Topical Issue will contain all accepted papers in the order of publication. All submitted papers will be refereed according to the usual high standards of the journal. More general information about EPJE including instructions for authors is available at http://epje.epj.org/.

Guest Editors:

Hans Herrmann, PMMH, ESPCI, Paris, France
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Benoit Roman, PMMH, ESPCI, Paris, France
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Roman Vetter, ETH Zürich, Basel, Switzerland
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