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Slow stress relaxation in liquid crystal elastomers and gels


Randomly disordered (polydomain) liquid crystalline elastomers align under stress above the structural glass transition Tg to form a monodomain. We study the dynamics of stress relaxation during the polydomain–monodomain (P–M) transition analysing the results using the spin-glass nematic order concept. The results for different materials show a universal ultra-slow logarithmic behaviour, especially pronounced in the region of the P–M transition. The data are approximated very well by an equation σ(t)∽σeq(ε)+A/(1+α ln t). We propose a theoretical model of self-retardation based on the concept of cooperative mechanical resistance for the re-orientation of each domain, attempting to follow the soft-deformation pathway.

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Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/A808847K
Citation: Faraday Discuss., 1999,112, 325-333
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    Slow stress relaxation in liquid crystal elastomers and gels

    S. M. Clarke and E. M. Terentjev, Faraday Discuss., 1999, 112, 325
    DOI: 10.1039/A808847K

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