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Liquid Crystal elastomers: microstructures and active shape control

Date: 
Wednesday 26th June 2013 - 14:00 to 14:45
Venue: 
Center for Mathematical Sciences
Abstract: 
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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University of Cambridge Research Councils UK
    Clay Mathematics Institute London Mathematical Society NM Rothschild and Sons