Programming of shape in narrow strips of liquid crystal elastomers

  • Date September 25, 2018
  • Hour 11 pm
  • Room GSSI Main Lecture Hall
  • Speaker Konstantinos Koumatos (University of Sussex)
  • Area Mathematics


Using the theory of Gamma-convergence, we derive from three-dimensional elasticity new one-dimensional models for ribbons exhibiting spontaneous curvature and twist. We apply the models to shape-selection problems for thin films of nematic elastomers with the twist and splay-bend geometries for the nematic director. For the former, we discuss the possibility of helicoid-like shapes as an alternative to spiral ribbons. This is joint work with V. Agostiniani and A. DeSimone.