Parnell, William J.
(2015)
*The Hill and Eshelby tensors for ellipsoidal inhomogeneities in
the Newtonian potential problem and linear elastostatics.*
[MIMS Preprint]

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## Abstract

One of the most cited papers in Applied Mechanics is the work of Eshelby from 1957 who showed that a homogeneous isotropic ellipsoidal inhomogeneity embedded in a homogeneous isotropic host would feel uniform strains and stresses when uniform strains or stresses are applied in the far-field. Of specific importance is the uniformity of \textit{Eshelby's tensor} $\mathbf{S}$. Following this paper a vast literature has been generated using and developing Eshelby's result and ideas, leading to some beautiful mathematics and extremely useful results in a wide range of application areas. In 1961 Eshelby conjectured that for anisotropic materials only ellipsoidal inhomogeneities would lead to such uniform interior fields. Although much progress has been made since then, the quest to prove this conjecture is still not complete; numerous important problems remain open. Following a different approach to that considered by Eshelby, a closely related tensor $\mathbf{P}=\mathbf{S}\mathbf{D}^0$ arises, where $\mathbf{D}^0$ is the host medium compliance tensor. The tensor $\mathbf{P}$ is associated with \textit{Hill} and is of course also uniform when ellipsoidal inhomogeneities are embedded in a homogeneous host phase. Two of the most fundamental and useful areas of applications of these tensors are in Newtonian potential problems such as heat conduction, electrostatics, etc.\ and in the vector problems of elastostatics. Knowledge of the Hill and Eshelby tensors permit a number of interesting aspects to be studied associated with inhomogeneity problems and more generally for inhomogeneous media. Micromechanical methods established mainly over the last half-century have enabled bounds on and predictions of the effective properties of composite media. In many cases such predictions can be explicitly written down in terms of the Hill, or equivalently the Eshelby tensor and can be shown to provide excellent predictions in many cases. Of specific interest is that a number of important limits of the ellipsoidal inhomogeneity can be taken in order to be employed in predictions of the effective properties of e.g.\ layered media, fibre reinforced composites, voids and cracks to name but a few. In the main, results for the Hill and Eshelby tensors associated with these problems are distributed over a wide range of articles and books, using different notation and terminology and so it is often difficult to extract the necessary information for the tensor that one requires. The case of an anisotropic host phase is also frequently non-trivial due to the requirement of the associated Green's tensor. Here this classical problem is revisited and a large number of results for problems that are felt to be of great utility in a wide range of disciplines are derived or recalled. A scaling argument leads to the derivation of the Eshelby tensor for potential problems where the host phase is at most orthotropic, without the requirement of using the anisotropic Green's function. Concentration tensors are derived for a wide variety of problems that can be used directly in the various micromechanical schemes. Both tensor and matrix formulations are considered and contrasted.

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