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Liquid Crystal elastomers: microstructures and active shape control

DeSimone, A (SISSA)
Wednesday 26 June 2013, 14:00-14:45

Meeting Room 2, CMS


Liquid crystal elastomers are highly responsive materials thanks to their ability to switch between symmetry-related states of spontaneous distortion. We will review methods to predict their macroscopic response to applied loads and fields using the technique of quasi-convexification. In addition, we will discuss the possibilities of inducing prescribed shape changes through imprinted patterns of director orientations and/or localized actuation.


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