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1. US20180356859 - Foldable display neutral axis management with thin, high modulus layers

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Claims

1. A foldable display of a computing device, the foldable display comprising:
a back stiffening layer;
a transparent frontplate layer;
a transparent cover window layer; and
an OLED display layer disposed between the back stiffening layer and the transparent frontplate layer, the OLED display layer characterized by a Young's modulus that is lower than the Young's modulus of the transparent frontplate layer and that is lower than the Young's modulus of the back stiffening layer,
wherein a neutral plane of the foldable display is located within the OLED display layer.
2. The foldable display of claim 1, wherein the transparent frontplate layer includes glass fibers and polymer materials.
3. The foldable display of claim 1, further comprising a touch layer disposed between the back stiffening layer and the transparent frontplate layer.
4. The foldable display of claim 3, wherein the OLED display layer and the touch layer are fabricated as a single layer.
5. The foldable display of claim 4, wherein there are no layers between the back stiffening layer and the single layer.
6. The foldable display of claim 4, wherein there are no layers between the transparent frontplate and the single layer.
7. The foldable display of claim 1, wherein the OLED display layer is configured to be bent repeatedly to a radius of less than 10 mm.
8. The foldable display of claim 1, wherein a neutral plane of the foldable display is located within a middle 50% of the OLED display layer.
9. The foldable display of claim 1, wherein a neutral plane of the foldable display is located within a middle 20% of the OLED display layer.
10. The foldable display or claim 1, further comprising an optically clear adhesive layer between the OLED display layer and the transparent frontplate layer.
11. The foldable display of claim 1, wherein the foldable display is configured to be folded at a first location in a first direction and is configured to be folded at a second location in a second direction that is opposite to the first direction.
12. A computing device comprising:
memory configured for storing executable instructions;
a processor configured for executing the instructions;
a foldable display configured for displaying information in response to the execution of the instructions, the foldable display including:
a back stiffening layer;
a transparent frontplate layer;
a transparent cover window layer; and
an OLED display layer disposed between the back stiffening layer and the transparent frontplate layer, the OLED display layer characterized by a Young's modulus that is lower than the Young's modulus of the transparent frontplate layer and that is lower than the Young's modulus of the back stiffening layer, wherein a neutral plane of the foldable display is located within the OLED display layer; and
a bend limit layer arranged substantially parallel to the OLED display layer, the bend limit layer configured to increase its stiffness non-linearly when a radius of a bend of the bend limit layer is less than a threshold radius of curvature of the foldable display, the threshold radius of curvature being greater than 1 mm and less than 20 mm.
13. The computing device of claim 12, further comprising a coupling layer disposed between the bend limit layer and the OLED display layer, the coupling layer having a Young's modulus lower than the Young's modulus of the OLED display layer.
14. The computing device of claim 12, wherein the bend limit layer includes a material having a coefficient of thermal expansion within 50% of the coefficient of thermal expansion of the OLED display layer.
15. The computing device of claim 12, wherein the bend limit layer includes a material having a coefficient of thermal expansion within 25% of the coefficient of thermal expansion of the OLED display layer.
16. The computing device of claim 12, wherein an overall thickness of the foldable display is less than one millimeter.
17. The computing device of claim 12, further comprising a touch layer disposed between the back stiffening layer and the transparent frontplate layer.
18. The computing device of claim 17, wherein the OLED display layer and the touch layer are fabricated as a single layer.
19. The computing device of claim 12, wherein a neutral plane of the foldable display is located within a middle 50% of the OLED display layer.
20. The computing device of claim 12, wherein a neutral plane of the foldable display is located within a middle 20% of the OLED display layer.
21. The computing device of claim 12, further comprising an optically clear adhesive layer between the OLED display layer and the transparent frontplate layer.
22. The computing device of claim 12, wherein the foldable display is configured to be folded at a first location in a first direction and is configured to be folded at a second location in a second direction that is opposite to the first direction.