Deformation of crosslinked semiflexible polymer networks

  title={Deformation of crosslinked semiflexible polymer networks},
  author={David A. Head and Alex J. Levine and Fred C. MacKintosh},
Motivated by the cellular cytoskeleton, we investigate the mechanical properties of networks of crosslinked semiflexible polymers in two dimensions and at zero temperature. A novel simulation method is constructed which allows us to probe the linear response of such networks to an imposed macroscopic shear. Above a rigidity percolation transition, we observe two regimes: an affine regime in which the bulk of the elastic energy is due to filament stretching, and a non‐affine regime which is… CONTINUE READING