Inserted: 1 aug 2013
Last Updated: 12 jan 2016
Journal: ESAIM: COCV
Links: published paper
We discuss the well-posedness of a new nonlinear model for nematic elastomers. The main novelty in our work is that the Frank energy penalizes spatial variations of the nematic director in the deformed, rather than in the reference configuration, as it is natural in the case of large deformations.
Keywords: Polyconvexity, nematic elastomers