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Viscous forces on nematic point defects

Sonnet, A.M. (2005) Viscous forces on nematic point defects. Continuum Mechanics and Thermodynamics, 17 (3). pp. 287-295.

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Abstract

The effect of backflow in defect dynamics is assessed by computing the viscous force on point and line defects that move due to reorientation. It is found that defects with a positive winding number are accelerated while defects with a negative winding number are slowed down by the backflow. The results are in agreement with experimental and numerical results for defect annihilation.

Item type: Article
ID code: 2249
Keywords: liquid crystals, defect dynamics, backflow, physics, fluid dynamics, Physics, Physics and Astronomy(all), Mechanics of Materials, Materials Science(all)
Subjects: Science > Physics
Department: Faculty of Science > Mathematics and Statistics
Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2006
Last modified: 21 May 2015 09:04
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/2249

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