Emergence of structure in a model of liquid crystalline polymers with elastic coupling

Raz Kupferman, Mark N. Kawaguchi, Morton M. Denn*

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We have solved the equations of transient shear flow for a model of a liquid crystalline polymer that contains a long-range interaction term in the nematic potential. The model exhibits a rich set of dynamics when the structure and momentum equations are coupled, including a periodic vorticity 'burst' near the shearing surface and very large gradients in velocity at discrete planes. Textures that are independent of the macroscopic scale were not observed. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)255-271
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2000

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
R. Kupferman was supported in part by the LBNL Directed Research and Development Program. M.N. Kawaguchi and M.M. Denn were supported by the Director, Office of Energy Research, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Science Division of the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC073-76SF00098.


  • Elastic coupling
  • Liquid crystalline polymers


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