Hairpin rubber elasticity
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We model the elastic properties of main chain liquid crystalline elastomers, formed by cross linking chains in a strongly nematic state, when they have hairpin defects. We study the response of the elastomer to imposed uniaxial extension along the nematic direction, and employ a microscopic model of how the deformation is distributed non-affinely amongst the hairpin and straight chain populations. The rubber shows a plateau in the stress as a function of the elongation imposed along the director. It is a consequence of the depletion of the actively stretching population of hairpin chains and should not be confused with soft elasticity effects associated with director rotation.
KeywordsPolymer Physical Chemistry Neural Network Thin Film Rubber
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