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Title:Disclination in a homogeneously deformed nematic elastomer
Author(s):Fried, Eliot; Roy, Bidhan C.
Subject(s):Mechanics
Engineering
Abstract:We consider a nematic elastomer which has been cross-linked in an isotropic state. As an application, we consider the time-independent, isochoric homogeneous deformation of a right circular cylinder wherein each circular cross-section of the specimen is deformed into an ellipse. We explore the possibility of the existence of disclinations when the molecular conformation is uniaxial. Numerical solution of the governing boundary-value problem indicates the presence of an isotropic core (the disclination core) of material surrounding the cylinder axis in which the polymeric chains are shaped as spherical coils. The isotropic core is bounded by a narrow transition layer across which the molecular conformation changes from spherical to uniaxial. The material thereby becomes a nisotropic away from the disclination. The anisotropic regions show a markedly different distribution for the free energy. This distribution of energy determines the radius of the core to be on the order of 10- 2 μm . T he work is a first step toward gaining an understanding of the existence of defective states in homogenously deformed nematic elastomers.
Issue Date:2006-07
Publisher:Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. College of Engineering. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Series/Report:TAM R 1095
2006-6014
Genre:Technical Report
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/112696
ISSN:0073-5264
Rights Information:Copyright 2006 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-11-04


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