A novel boundary condition is introduced to calculate the adhesion of similar and dissimilar thin-walled microstructures. By casting the energy release rate for debonding in terms of a discontinuity in bending curvature at the contact boundary, it is possible to study such systems using conventional plate theory. This result is of particular importance in modeling the aggregation of heterogeneous carbon-nano-tubes or spherical cells, where the contacting microstructures have a different radius and/or bending stiffness.

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