Acta Mechanica Solida Sinica

, Volume 23, Issue 6, pp 592–599 | Cite as

Mechanics analysis of two-dimensionally prestrained elastomeric thin film for stretchable electronics

  • Ming Li
  • Jianliang Xiao
  • Jian Wu
  • Rak-Hwan Kim
  • Zhan Kang
  • Yonggang Huang
  • John A. Rogers
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Abstract

Various methods have been developed to fabricate highly stretchable electronics. Recent studies show that over 100% two dimensional stretchability can be achieved by mesh structure of brittle functioning devices interconnected with serpentine bridges. Kim et al show that pressing down an inflated elastomeric thin film during transfer printing introduces two dimensional prestrain, and therefore further improves the system stretchability. This paper gives a theoretical study of this process, through both analytical and numerical approaches. Simple analytical solutions are obtained for meridional and circumferential strains in the thin film, as well as the maximum strain in device islands, which all agree reasonably well with finite element analysis.

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stretchable electronics shell soft materials 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ming Li
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jianliang Xiao
    • 3
  • Jian Wu
    • 2
  • Rak-Hwan Kim
    • 3
  • Zhan Kang
    • 1
  • Yonggang Huang
    • 2
  • John A. Rogers
    • 3
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Structural Analysis for Industrial EquipmentDalian University of TechnologyDalianChina
  2. 2.Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Mechanical EngineeringNorthwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA
  3. 3.Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, and Frederick Seitz Materials Research LaboratoryUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbanaUSA

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