Smectic C elastomers are layered materials exhibiting a solid-like elastic response normal to the layers and a rubbery response in the plane. The set of strains K C minimizing the elastic energy contains a one-parameter family of simple stretches associated with an internal degree of freedom coming from the in-plane component of the director. We investigate soft elasticity and the corresponding microstructure by determining the quasiconvex hull of the set K C and use this to propose experimental tests that should make the predicted soft response observable.

Soft Elasticity and microstructure in smectic c elastomers

De Simone, Antonio
2007

Abstract

Smectic C elastomers are layered materials exhibiting a solid-like elastic response normal to the layers and a rubbery response in the plane. The set of strains K C minimizing the elastic energy contains a one-parameter family of simple stretches associated with an internal degree of freedom coming from the in-plane component of the director. We investigate soft elasticity and the corresponding microstructure by determining the quasiconvex hull of the set K C and use this to propose experimental tests that should make the predicted soft response observable.
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Adams, J; Conti, S; De Simone, Antonio
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