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.

%B Continuum. Mech. Therm. %I Springer %V 23 %G en %U http://hdl.handle.net/1963/4141 %1 3882 %2 Mathematics %3 Functional Analysis and Applications %4 -1 %$ Submitted by Maria Pia Calandra (calapia@sissa.it) on 2011-09-15T13:10:38Z\\nNo. of bitstreams: 1\\nAgost_DeSim07M.pdf: 348761 bytes, checksum: b9b69eb7da7ca6962e4a46e904646a6b (MD5) %& 257 %R 10.1007/s00161-011-0180-2