We study two variational models recently proposed in the literature to describe the mechanical behaviour of nematic elastomers either in the fully nonlinear regime or in the framework of a geometrically linear theory. We show that, in the small strain limit, the energy functional of the first one I\\\"-converges to the relaxation of the second one, a functional for which an explicit representation formula is available.

PB - Springer VL - 23 UR - http://hdl.handle.net/1963/4141 U1 - 3882 U2 - Mathematics U3 - Functional Analysis and Applications U4 - -1 ER -