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Crumple Theory: We Can Learn a Lot From How Paper Crumples

29/05/2021 04:48 PM | Click to read full article

What does a sheet of paper being crushed into a ball and tossed into a wastebasket, the front end of a car deforming in a crash, and the Earth's crust gradually forming mountains over millions of years all have in common?

They're all undergoing a physical process called crumpling, which occurs when a relatively thin sheet of material, one with a thickness that's much less than its length or width has to fit into a smaller area.