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Introduction[edit | edit source]

  • Kinematics
    • Displacements, strains and the relations between displacements and strains.
    • We view the theory of infinitesimal linear deformations as a first-order approximation of the theory of finite deformations.
    • Note that the linear theory can be derived independently of the finite theory and is completely self-consistent on its own.

Concepts and Definitions[edit | edit source]

The following concepts and definitions are based on Gurtin (1972) and Truesdell and Noll (1992). These definitions are useful both for the linear and the nonlinear theory of elasticity.

Body[edit | edit source]

We usually denote a body by the symbol . A body is essentially a set of points in Euclidean space. For mathematical definition see Truesdell and Noll (1992)

Configuration[edit | edit source]

A configuration of a body is denoted by the symbol . A configuration of a body is just what the name suggests. Sometimes a configuration is also referred to as a placement.

Mathematically, we can think of a configuration as a smooth one-to-one mapping of a body into a region of three-dimensional Euclidean space.

Thus, we can have a reference configuration and a current configuration .

A one-to-one mapping is also called a homeomorphism.

Deformation[edit | edit source]

A deformation is the relationship between two configurations and is usually denoted by . Deformations include both volume and shape changes and rigid body motions.

For a continuous body, a deformation can be thought of as a smooth mapping from one configuration () to another (). The inverse mapping should be possible.

This means that

For the inverse mapping to exist, we require that the Jacobian of the deformation is positive, i.e., .

Deformation Gradient[edit | edit source]

The deformation gradient is usually denoted by and is defined as

In index notation

For a deformation to be allowable, we must be able to invert . That is why we require that . Otherwise, the body may undergo deformations that are unphysical.

Displacement[edit | edit source]

The displacement is usually denoted by the symbol .

The displacement is defined as a vector from the location of a material point in one configuration to the location of the same material point in another configuration.

The definition is

In index notation

Displacement Gradient[edit | edit source]

The gradient of the displacement is denoted by .

The displacement gradient is given by

In index notation,

Strains[edit | edit source]

Finite Strain Tensor[edit | edit source]

The finite strain tensor () is also called the Green-St. Venant Strain Tensor or the Lagrangian Strain Tensor.

This strain tensor is defined as

In index notation,

Infinitesimal Strain Tensor[edit | edit source]

In the limit of small strains, the Lagrangian finite strain tensor reduces to the infinitesimal strain tensor ().

This strain tensor is defined as

In index notation,

Therefore we can see that the finite strain tensor and the infinitesimal strain tensor are related by

If , then

For small strains, and


Infinitesimal Rotation Tensor[edit | edit source]

For small deformation problems, in addition to small strains we can also have small rotations (). The infinitesimal rotation tensor is defined as

In index notation,

If is a skew-symmetric tensor, then for any vector we have

The vector is called the axial vector of the skew-symmetric tensor.

In our case, is the skew-symmetric infinitesimal rotation tensor. The corresponding axial vector is the rotation vector defined as


Volume Change Due To Finite Deformation[edit | edit source]

The change in volume () during a finite deformation is given by

Volume Change Due To Infinitesimal Deformation[edit | edit source]

The volume change during an infinitesimal deformation () is given by


The quantity is called the dilatation.

A volume change is isochoric (volume preserving) if


Relation between axial vector and displacement[edit | edit source]

Let be a displacement field. The displacement gradient tensor is given by . Let the skew symmetric part of the displacement gradient tensor (infinitesimal rotation tensor) be

Let be the axial vector associated with the skew symmetric tensor . Show that


The axial vector of a skew-symmetric tensor satisfies the condition

for all vectors . In index notation (with respect to a Cartesian basis), we have

Since , we can write


Therefore, the relation between the components of and is

Multiplying both sides by , we get

Recall the identity


Using the above identity, we get


Now, the components of the tensor with respect to a Cartesian basis are given by

Therefore, we may write

Since the curl of a vector can be written in index notation as

we have

where indicates the -th component of the vector inside the square brackets.



Relation between axial vector and strain[edit | edit source]

Let be a displacement field. Let be the strain field (infinitesimal) corresponding to the displacement field and let be the corresponding infinitesimal rotation vector. Show that


The infinitesimal strain tensor is given by


Recall that


Also recall that


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