One shaping method of soft elastic bodies is growth. This method, which is very common in natural systems and much less in man-made structures, is inherently different from shaping by external loading. In the second case the body responses passively to the constraints imposed on its boundaries. It has a reference stress-free configuration and the task is to compute and minimize the elastic energy of configurations that fulfill the boundary conditions. In the case of self-shaping by growth, the body is free in space, but contains a field of active growth, or deformation, which determines the shape of the body.
|Original language||American English|
|Title of host publication||Mechanical Self-Assembly|
|Subtitle of host publication||Science and Applications|
|Publisher||Springer New York|
|Number of pages||22|
|ISBN (Print)||1461445612, 9781461445616|
|State||Published - 1 Jul 2013|
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