Weak Nematic Gels
We give some theoretical predictions concerning the mechanical, optical and electrical properties of weak networks made with nematic polymers. The network may be permanently crosslinked, or may exist only in transient states, and be due only to physical entanglements. We construct an elastic theory involving both the deformations of the gel and the distortions of the director field. We conclude that weak gels may show some interesting mechanooptic properties.
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