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Deformation and rotations of free nematic elastomers in response to electric fields

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Abstract

We describe theoretically highly significant experiments on nematic elastomers that observe 2-D mechanical distortions in response to electric fields applied perpendicular to the initial director. As the director is induced to rotate by the field, the mechanical deformations are not complicated by geometrical constraints since the samples float in oil between the electrodes. We account for the unusual deformations and for the director first departing from its original direction rather sharply at a characteristic voltage and finally approaching the field direction slowly at higher voltages.

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The article was received on 03 Oct 2008, accepted on 05 Dec 2008 and first published on 09 Feb 2009


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B817340K
Citation: Soft Matter, 2009,5, 1433-1439
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    Deformation and rotations of free nematic elastomers in response to electric fields

    D. Corbett and M. Warner, Soft Matter, 2009, 5, 1433
    DOI: 10.1039/B817340K

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