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Capturing the helical to spiral transitions in thin ribbons of nematic elastomers. (English) Zbl 1394.74127
Summary: We provide a quantitative description of the helicoid-to-spiral transition in thin ribbons of nematic elastomers using an elementary calculation based on a Koiter-type plate with incompatible reference configuration. Our calculation confirms that such transition is ruled by the competition between stretching energy and bending energy.

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74L15 Biomechanical solid mechanics
74K20 Plates
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