An energy-minimization finite-element approach for the Frank-Oseen model of nematic liquid crystals.

Adler, James H.
Atherton, Timothy J.
Emerson, David B.
MacLachlan, Scott P.

This paper outlines an energy-minimization finite-element approach to the computational modeling of equilibrium configurations for nematic liquid crystals under free elastic effects. The method targets minimization of the system free energy based on the Frank--Oseen free-energy model. Solutions to the intermediate discretized free elastic linearizations are shown to exist generally and are unique ... read more

Liquid crystals.
Tufts University. Department of Physics and Astronomy.
Tufts University. Department of Mathematics.
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J. H. Adler, T. J. Atherton, D. B. Emerson and S. P. MacLachlan, SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis 53 (5), 2226-2254 (2015).
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