Q1. What have the authors contributed in "A computational framework for incompressible electromechanics based on convex multi-variable strain energies for geometrically exact shell theory" ?
In this paper, a new computational framework for the analysis of incompressible Electro Active Polymer ( EAP ) shells subjected to large strains and large electric fields is presented. Two novelties are incorporated in this work. First, the variational and constitutive frameworks developed by the authors in recent publications [ 1–4 ] in the context of three-dimensional electromechanics are particularised/degenerated to the case of geometrically exact shell theory. The proposed formulation follows a rotationless description of the kinematics of the shell, enhanced with extra degrees of freedom corresponding to the thickness stretch and the hydrostatic pressure, critical for the consideration of incompressibility. More specifically, convex multi-variable ( three-dimensional ) constitutive models, complying with the ellipticity condition and hence, satisfying material stability for the entire range of deformations and electric fields, Corresponding author: r. ortigosa @ swansea. Different approaches are investigated for the interpolation of these extra fields and that of the electric potential across the thickness of the shell.
Q2. What are the future works mentioned in the paper "A computational framework for incompressible electromechanics based on convex multi-variable strain energies for geometrically exact shell theory" ?
Moreover, the kinematics of the shell allows for the possibility of compression and stretch across the thickness of the shell [ 17 ], crucial for the consideration of incompressible behaviour. Two approaches have been considered for the interpolation of the electric potential across the thickness of the shell.