Advanced elasticity/Motion and displacement

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Motion[edit | edit source]

Let the undeformed (or reference) configuration of the body be and let the undeformed boundary be . Let the deformed (or current) configuration be with boundary . Let be the motion that takes the body from the reference to the current configuration (see Figure 1).

Figure 1. The motion of a body.

We write

where is the position of material point at time .

In index notation,

Displacement[edit | edit source]

The displacement of a material point is given by

In index notation,

Velocity[edit | edit source]

The velocity is the material time derivative of the motion (i.e., the time derivative with held constant). This type of derivative is also called the total derivative.


Therefore, the material time derivative of is

Alternatively, we could have expressed the velocity in terms of the spatial coordinates . Let

Then the material time derivative of is

Acceleration[edit | edit source]

The acceleration is the material time derivative of the velocity of a material point.