Relaxation of nonlinear elastic energies related to Orlicz–Sobolev nematic elastomers
Giovanni ScillaUniversità di Napoli Federico II, Italy
Bianca StroffoliniUniversità degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy
We compute the relaxation of the total energy related to a variational model for nematic elastomers, involving a nonlinear elastic mechanical energy depending on the orientation of the molecules of the nematic elastomer, and a nematic Oseen–Frank energy in the deformed configuration. The main assumptions are that the quasiconvexification of the mechanical term is polyconvex and that the deformation belongs to an Orlicz–Sobolev space with an integrability just above the space dimension minus one, and does not present cavitation. We benefit from the fine properties of orientation-preserving maps satisfying that regularity requirement proven in  and extend the result of  to Orlicz spaces with a suitable growth condition at infinity.
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Giovanni Scilla, Bianca Stroffolini, Relaxation of nonlinear elastic energies related to Orlicz–Sobolev nematic elastomers. Atti Accad. Naz. Lincei Cl. Sci. Fis. Mat. Natur. 31 (2020), no. 2, pp. 349–389DOI 10.4171/RLM/895