## Abstract

In this paper we consider developable surfaces which are isometric to planar domains and which are piecewise differentiable, exhibiting folds along curves. The paper revolves around the longstanding problem of existence of the so-called folded annulus with multiple creases, which we partially settle by building upon a deeper understanding of how a curved fold propagates to additional prescribed foldlines. After recalling some crucial properties of developables, we describe the local behaviour of curved folding employing normal curvature and relative torsion as parameters and then compute the very general relation between such geometric descriptors at consecutive folds, obtaining novel formulae enjoying a nice degree of symmetry. We make use of these formulae to prove that any proper fold can be propagated to an arbitrary finite number of rescaled copies of the first foldline and to give reasons why problems involving infinitely many foldlines are harder to solve.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 19-43 |

Number of pages | 25 |

Journal | Beiträge zur Algebra und Geometrie |

Volume | 63 |

Issue number | 1 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - Mar 2022 |

## Keywords

- Circular pleat
- Curved folding
- Folded annulus
- Origami

## ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Geometry and Topology
- Algebra and Number Theory