Tuesday, July 16, 2013

1307.3868 (Fanlong Meng et al.)

Phase diagrams in inflating balloon    [PDF]

Fanlong Meng, Masao Doi, Zhongcan Ouyang
Volume transition of an inflating cylindrical balloon made of rubber under external force $F$ is studied based on the non-linear elastic theory for rubber. The pressure difference $\Delta P$ between inside and outside of the balloon is calculated as a function of the volume $V$ of the fluid inside the balloon. It is shown that if $F$ is smaller than a critical value $F_c$, the inflation of the balloon takes place with coexistence of strongly inflated region and weakly inflated region, while if $F$ is larger than $F_c$, the inflation takes place uniformly. It is shown that the critical force $F_c$ depends on the material parameter of the rubber, and that the discontinuous transition for finite stretching force can take place only when the rubber has enough stretchability
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1307.3868

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