Curvature of large-deflected glassy nematic sheets in response to light and heat
CAS Key Laboratory of Mechanical Behavior and Design of Materials and Collaborative Innovation Center of Suzhou Nano Science and Technology, University of Science and Technology of China Hefei, Anhui 230026, PRC
Received: 7 November 2013
Accepted: 2 February 2014
We derive in the scope of large deflection the curvatures of free-standing, circular glassy splay-bend and twist nematic sheets responding to light and heat. In comparison with the existing results for small deformations, the solution of the splay-bend nematic sheet is of identical form, but the solution of the twist nematic sheet exhibits significantly different features including size dependence and bifurcation.
PACS: 61.30.Vx – Polymer liquid crystals / 42.70.Gi – Light-sensitive materials / 46.70.-p – Application of continuum mechanics to structures
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