Elastic Maier-Saupe-Zwanzig model and some properties of nematic elastomers.

  title={Elastic Maier-Saupe-Zwanzig model and some properties of nematic elastomers.},
  author={Danilo B. Liarte and Silvio R. A. Salinas and Carlos S. O. Yokoi},
  journal={Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics},
  volume={84 1 Pt 1},
  • D. Liarte, S. Salinas, C. Yokoi
  • Published 11 February 2011
  • Physics, Medicine
  • Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics
We introduce a simple mean-field lattice model to describe the behavior of nematic elastomers. This model combines the Maier-Saupe-Zwanzig approach to liquid crystals and an extension to lattice systems of the Warner-Terentjev theory of elasticity, with the addition of quenched random fields. We use standard techniques of statistical mechanics to obtain analytic solutions for the full range of parameters. Among other results, we show the existence of a stress-strain coexistence curve below a… 
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