A new restriction for initially stressed elastic solids

Gower, A.L. and Shearer, T. and Ciarletta, P. (2017) A new restriction for initially stressed elastic solids. Quarterly Journal of Mechanics and Applied Mathematics, 70. pp. 455-478. (In Press)

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We introduce a fundamental restriction on the strain energy function and stress tensor for initially stressed elastic solids. The restriction applies to strain energy functions W that are explicit functions of the elastic deformation gradient F and initial stress tau, that is W := W (F, tau). The restriction is a consequence of energy conservation and ensures that the predicted stress and strain energy do not depend upon an arbitrary choice of reference configuration. We call this restriction initial stress reference independence (ISRI). It transpires that most strain energy functions found in the literature do not satisfy ISRI, and may therefore lead to unphysical behaviour, which we illustrate through a simple example. To remedy this shortcoming, we derive three strain energy functions that do satisfy the restriction. We also show that using initial strain (often from a virtual configuration) to model initial stress leads to strain energy functions that automatically satisfy ISRI. Finally, we reach the following important result: ISRI reduces the number of unknowns in the linear stress tensor for initially stressed solids. This new way of reducing the linear stress may open new pathways for the non-destructive determination of initial stresses through ultrasonic experiments, among others.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: PACS 2010, the AIP's Physics and Astronomy Classification Scheme > 40 ELECTROMAGNETISM, OPTICS, ACOUSTICS, HEAT TRANSFER, CLASSICAL MECHANICS, AND FLUID MECHANICS > 46 Continuum mechanics of solids
Depositing User: Dr Tom Shearer
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2017 09:42
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2017 09:42
URI: http://eprints.maths.manchester.ac.uk/id/eprint/2601

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