The European Physical Journal E

, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp 445–449

Helical close packings of ideal ropes

  • S. Przybył
  • P. Pierański

DOI: 10.1007/s101890170099

Cite this article as:
Przybył, S. & Pierański, P. Eur. Phys. J. E (2001) 4: 445. doi:10.1007/s101890170099


Closely packed conformations of helices formed on an ideal rope are considered. The pitch vs. radius relations which define a closely packed helix are determined. The relations stem from the turn-to-turn distance and curvature-limiting conditions. Plots of the relations are shown to cross each other. The physical sense of the crossing point is discussed.

PACS. 87.16.Ac Subcellular structure and processes: Theory and modelling; computer simulation 

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© EDP Sciences, Springer-Verlag, Società Italiana di Fisica 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Przybył
    • 1
  • P. Pierański
    • 1
  1. 1.Poznań University of Technology, Piotrowo 3, 60 965 Poznań, PolandPL
  2. 2.Institute of Molecular Physics, Poznan, 60 965 Poznań, PolandPL

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