Inserted: 16 dec 2010
Journal: Contin. Mech. Thermodyn.
We study two variational models recently proposed in the literature to describe the mechanical behaviour of nematic elastomers either in the fully nonlinear regime or in the framework of a geometrically linear theory. We show that, in the small strain limit, the energy functional of the first one Gamma-converges to the relaxation of the second one, a functional for which an explicit representation formula is available.
Keywords: relaxation, elasticity, variational convergence, nematic elastomers