On the nonlinear behaviour of nematic single crystal elastomers under biaxial mechanic and electrical force fields

Autores UPV
Revista The European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter (Online)


A slab of nematic-side-chain-liquid-single-crystal elastomer (NSCLSCE), with the director initially oriented in the z -direction, is subjected to a pair of equal mechanical loads and electrical force fields in the x , y directions. The electric fields tend to make easier the rotation of the director after the application of the mechanical force field. A nonlinear expression for the free energy density is used to obtain the interval of stretching for which the system becomes unstable. However, the elastic energy of the network is assumed to be linear. The stress-strain curves predicted by the model show an unstable zone between two linearly increasing segments. The possibility of bifurcation phenomena has been examined.