Inserted: 18 feb 2008
Last Updated: 8 mar 2010
Journal: Networks and Heterogeneous Media
In the framework of linear elasticity, we study the limit of a class of discrete free energies modeling strain-alignment-coupled systems by a rigorous coarse-graining procedure, as the number of molecules diverges. We focus on three paradigmatic examples: magnetostrictive solids, ferroelectric crystals and nematic elastomers, obtaining in the limit three continuum models consistent with those commonly employed in the current literature. We also derive the correspondent macroscopic energies in the presence of displacement boundary conditions and of various kinds of applied external fields.
Keywords: $\Gamma$-convergence, discrete systems, nematic elastomers, magnetostrictive solids, ferroelectric crystals