Electrically driven deformations of nematic gels.

  title={Electrically driven deformations of nematic gels.},
  author={Kenji Urayama and Hidesato Kondo and Yuko O. Arai and Toshikazu Takigawa},
  journal={Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics},
  volume={71 5 Pt 1},
The electrically driven deformations of side chain nematic networks swollen by nematic solvents (nematic gels) have been investigated. The strains of freely suspended gels between electrodes were measured as a function of field strength (E) . The deformation of the gels composed of a network and solvent with identical signs of dielectric anisotropy (Delta epsilon) is dominated by the electrically induced alignment of the nematogens. As a result, the stretching direction is variable according to… CONTINUE READING