Sliding friction of nematic elastomers

F. N. Braun, C. Viney

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We discuss steady-state mechanical dissipation at the interface between a nematically ordered elastomer and a substrate of hard asperities. A 'resin-like' approximation is invoked, according to which the nematic director is assumed to be rigidly coupled to the strain tensor in the elastomer. The resulting nematic correction to the friction coefficient scales with the degree of nematic order as Q2. If the elastomer intercedes at a sheared substrate-fluid interface, there is an associated shortening of the effective hydrodynamic slip length seen by the fluid. This scenario is relevant to the biological functioning of slug pedal mucus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6771-6775
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Physics: Condensed Matter
Issue number27
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2002


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