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Nonlinear structural mechanics and dynamics of azobenzene polymer network film
Author(s): Liang Cheng; Yanira Torres; William S. Oates
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Paper Abstract

Azobenzene liquid crystal polymer networks have recently drawn significant attention due to their novel photomechanical material behavior for developing remotely actuated adaptive structures. The photoisomerization of this material leads to large polymer network deformation since the liquid crystals are synthesized within the network. The amount of deformation may also be changed by applying polarized light and rotating the polarization relative to the liquid crystal orientation. A nonlinear photomechanical shell model is developed to understand polarized light induced bending deformation and structural dynamics of these photomechanical films. The large deformation finite element shell model within the Finite Element Analysis Program (FEAP) is extended to accommodate nonlinear liquid crystal photomechanics and structural dynamics. Nonlinear light-induced bending strain is incorporated into the model as a function of angle dependent light reflection and absorption and nonlinear liquid crystal absorption. The results illustrate changes in light induced bending deformation with respect to the incident angle of light with the material surface for moderate to large bending angles. A set of material parameters are identified to compare the static and structural dynamic model predictions with measurements given in the literature.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 April 2011
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7978, Behavior and Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials and Composites 2011, 79780C (27 April 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.880432
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Liang Cheng, The Florida State Univ. (United States)
Yanira Torres, The Florida State Univ. (United States)
William S. Oates, The Florida State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7978:
Behavior and Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials and Composites 2011
Zoubeida Ounaies; Stefan S. Seelecke, Editor(s)

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