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Liquid Crystal elastomers: microstructures and active shape control

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The Mathematics of Liquid Crystals

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.

This talk is part of the Isaac Newton Institute Seminar Series series.

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