Pattern formation and spatiotemporal behavior of adhesive in peeling

Yoshihiro Yamazaki*, Akihiko Toda

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We examined various spatiotemporal patterns evolving in deformed adhesives during peeling. The patterns are regarded as a spatiotemporal distribution of a tunnel structure formed by the deformed adhesive, and are classified into the following four types: (A) uniform pattern with tunnel structure, (B) uniform pattern without tunnel structure, (C) striped pattern alternating between A and B in time, and (D) spatiotemporal pattern made by the coexistence of two regions with and without the tunnel structure. We are able to reproduce these patterns and the mechanical and statistical behaviors by constructing a model with a state variable representing the stability of the tunnel structure. The essential factor of the pattern formation is the competition between a local asymmetric interaction and a global coupling of the state variables.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-131
Number of pages12
JournalPhysica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Feb 15


  • Adhesive
  • Asymmetric propagation
  • Global coupling
  • Morphology-dynamical phase diagram
  • Peeling
  • State variable
  • Tunnel structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Applied Mathematics


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