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Chapter1
Introduction
ThiscoursebuildsupontheconceptslearnedinthecourseMechanicsofMaterialsalsoknownasStrengthof
Materials.IntheMechanicsofMaterialscourseonewouldhavelearnttwonewconceptsstressand
firstcourseinmechanics,namelyEngineeringMechanics.Alsoonemighthavebeenexposedtofour
equationsconnectingthesefourconcepts,namelystraindisplacementequation,constitutiveequation,
equilibriumequationandcompatibilityequation.Figure1.1pictoriallydepictstheconceptsthattheseequations
relationgivesthevalueofstressforaknownvalueofthestrainorviceversaequilibriumequation,crudely,
relatesthestressesdevelopedinthebodytotheforcesandmomentappliedonitandfinallycompatibility
equationplacesrestrictionsonhowthestrainscanvaryoverthebodysothatacontinuousdisplacementfield
couldbefoundfortheassumedstrainfield.

Figure1.1:Basicconceptsandequationsinmechanics

Inthiscoursetooweshallbestudyingthesamefourconceptsandfourequations.Whileinthemechanics
ofmaterialscourse,onewasintroducedtothevariouscomponentsofthestressandstrain,namelythenormal
andshear,intheproblemsthatwassolvednotmorethanonecomponentofthestressorstrainoccurred
simultaneously.Hereweshallbestudyingtheseproblemsinwhichmorethanonecomponentofthestressor
facilitatethreedimensionalanalysisofstructures.

Beforeventuringintothegeneralizationoftheseconceptsandequations,afewdrawbacksofthedefinitions
andideasthatonemighthaveacquiredfromthepreviouscourseneedstobehighlightedandclarified.Thiswe
shalldoinsections1.1and1.2.Specifically,insection1.1welookatthefourconceptsinmechanicsandin
section1.2welookattheequationsinmechanics.Thesesectionsalsoserveasamotivationforthe
mathematicaltoolsthatwewouldbedevelopinginchapter2.Then,insection1.3welookintovarious
idealizationsoftheresponseofmaterialsandthemathematicalframeworkusedtostudythem.However,inthis
courseweshallbeonlyfocusingontheelasticresponseormoreprecisely,nondissipativeresponseofthe
materials.Finally,insection1.4weoutlinethreewaysbywhichwecansolveproblemsinmechanics.

1.1BasicConceptsinMechanics

1.1.1Whatisforce?

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Forceisamathematicalideatostudythemotionofbodies.Itisnotrealasmanythinkittobe.However,it
canbeassociatedwiththetwitchingofthemuscle,feelingoftheburdenofmass,lineartranslationofthemotor,
soonandsoforth.Despiteseeingonlydisplacementswerelateittoitscausetheforce,astheconceptofforce
hasnowbeeningrained.

Letusseewhyforceisanideathatarisesfrommathematicalneed.Say,theposition1(xo)andvelocity(vo)of
thebodyisknownatsometime,t=to,thenoneisinterestedinknowingwherethisbodywouldbeatalater
time,t=t1.Itturnsoutthatmathematically,iftheacceleration(a)ofthebodyatanylaterinstantintimeis

(1.1)

(1.2)

whichwhenwrittenintermsofxo,voandareducesto2

(1.3)

Thus,ifthefunctionfaisknownthenthepositionofthebodyatanyotherinstantintimecanbedetermined.
force.Thisshowsthatforceisafunctionthatonedefinesmathematicallysothatthepositionofthebodyatany
laterinstancecanbeobtainedfromknowingitscurrentpositionandvelocity.

Itispertinenttopointoutthatthisfunctionfacouldalsobeprescribedusingtheposition,xandvelocity,vof
thebodywhicharethemselvesfunctionoftime,tandhencefawouldstillbeafunctionoftime.Thus,fa=
g(x(t),v(t),t).However,facouldnotarbitrarilydependont,xandv.Atthispointitsufficestosaythattheother
twolawsofNewtonandcertainobjectivityrequirementshavetobemetbythisfunction.Weshallseewhat
theseobjectivityrequirementsareandhowtoprescribefunctionsthatmeetthisrequirementsubsequentlyin
chapter6.

Next,letusunderstandwhatkindofquantityisforce.Inotherwordsisforceascalarorvectorandwhy?
Since,positionisavectorandaccelerationissecondtimederivativeofposition,itisalsoavector.Then,it
followsfromequation(1.1)thatfaalsohastobeavector.Therefore,forceisavectorquantity.Numerous
distinguishesavectorfromascalarandhenceconfirmsthatforceisavector.

Asasummary,weshowedthatforceisamathematicalconstructwhichisusedtomathematicallydescribe
themotionofbodies.

1.1.2Whatisstress?

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Asisevidentfromfigure1.1,stressisaquantityderivedfromforce.Thecommonlystateddefinitionsinan
introductorycourseinmechanicsforstressare:

Stressistheforceactingperunitarea
Stressistheresistanceofferedbythebodytoaforceactingonit

Whilethefirstdefinitiontellshowtocomputethestressfromtheforce,thisdefinitionholdsonlyforsimple
casesarepresentedjustasanexample.Case1:Acantileverbeamofrectangularcrosssectionwithauniform
pressure,p,appliedonthetopsurface,asshowninfigure1.2a.Accordingtothedefinition1thestressinthe
beamshouldbep,butitisnot.Case2:Anannularcylindersubjectedtoapressure,patitsinnersurface,as
showninfigure1.2b.Thenetforceactingonthecylinderiszerobutthestressesarenotzeroatanylocation.
Also,thestressisnotp,anywhereintheinteriorofthecylinder.Thisbeingthestateofthefirstdefinition,the
seconddefinitionisoflittleuseasitdoesnottellhowtocomputethestress.Thesedefinitionsdoesnottellthat
therearevariouscomponentsofthestressnorwhethertheareaoverwhichtheforceisconsideredtobe
distributedisthedeformedortheundeformed.Theydonotdistinguishbetweentraction(orstressvector),t(n)
andstresstensor,.

(a)Acantileverbeamwithuniformpressureappliedonitstopsurface.

(b)Anannularcylindersubjectedtointernalpressure.

Tractionisthedistributedforceactingperunitareaofacutsurfaceorboundaryofthebody.Thistraction
apartfromvaryingspatiallyandtemporallyalsodependsontheplaneofcutcharacterizedbyitsnormal.This
quantityintegratedoverthecutsurfacegivesthenetforceactingonthatsurface.Consequently,sinceforceisa
vectorquantitythistractionisalsoavectorquantity.Thecomponentofthetractionalongthenormaldirection4,
niscalledasthenormalstress((n)).Themagnitudeofthecomponentofthetraction5actingparalleltotheplane
iscalledastheshearstress((n)).

IftheforceisdistributedoverthedeformedareathenthecorrespondingtractioniscalledastheCauchy
traction(t(n))andiftheforceisdistributedovertheundeformedororiginalareathattractioniscalledasthePiola

Thestresstensor,isalinearfunction(crudely,amatrix)thatrelatesthenormalvector,ntothetraction
actingonthatplanewhosenormalisn.Thestresstensorcouldvaryspatiallyandtemporallybutdoesnot
changewiththeplaneofcut.JustlikethereisCauchyandPiolatraction,dependingonoverwhichareathe
forceisdistributed,therearetwostresstensors.TheCauchy(ortrue)stresstensor,andthePiolaKirchhoff

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stresstensor(P).Whilethesetwotensorsmaynearlybethesamewhenthedeformedareaisnotsignificantly
differentfromtheoriginalarea,qualitativelythesetensorsaredifferent.Tosatisfythemomentequilibriumin
theabsenceofbodycouples,Cauchystresstensorhastobesymmetrictensor(crudely,symmetricmatrix)and
PiolaKirchhoffstresstensorcannotbesymmetric.InfactthetransposeofthePiolaKirchhoffstresstensoris
calledastheengineeringstressornominalstress.Moreover,therearemanyotherstressmeasuresobtainedfrom

1.1.3Whatisdisplacement?

Thedifferencebetweenthepositionvectorsofamaterialparticleattwodifferentinstancesoftimeiscalledas
displacement.Ingeneral,thedisplacementofthematerialparticlewoulddependontimetheinstancesbetween
whichthedisplacementissought.Itisalsopossiblethatdifferentparticlesgetdisplaceddifferentlybetweenthe
sametwoinstancesoftime.Thus,displacementingeneralvariesspatiallyandtemporally.Displacementiswhat
canbeobservedandmeasured.Forces,tractionandstresstensorsareintroducedtoexplain(ormathematically
capture)thisdisplacement.

Thedisplacementfieldisatleastdifferentiabletwicetemporallysothataccelerationcouldbecomputed.
Thisstemsfromtheobservationsthatthelocationorvelocityofthebodydoesnotchangeabruptly.Similarly,
thebasictenantofcontinuummechanicsisthatthedisplacementfieldiscontinuousspatiallyandispiecewise
differentiablespatiallyatleasttwice.Thatiswhilethedisplacementfieldisrequiredtobecontinuousoverthe
entirebodyitisrequiredtobetwicedifferentiablenotnecessarilyovertheentirebodybutonlyonsubsetsofthe
body.Thus,incontinuummechanicsinterpenetrationoftwosurfacesorseparationandformationofnew
surfacesisprecluded.Thevalidityofthetheorystopsjustbeforethebodyfractures.Notwithstandingthismany
attempttousecontinuummechanicsconceptstounderstandtheprocessoffracture.

Abodyissaidtoundergorigidbodydisplacementifthedistancebetweenanytwoparticlesthatbelongsto
thebodyremainsunchanged.Thatisinarigidbodydisplacementtheparticlesthatbelongtoabodydonot
moverelativetoeachother.Abodyissaidtoberigidifitalwaysundergoesonlyrigidbodydisplacementunder
actionofanyforce.Ontheotherhand,abodyissaidtobedeformableifitallowsrelativedisplacementofits
particlesundertheactionofsomeforce.Though,allrealbodiesaredeformable,attimesonecouldidealizea
givenbodyasrigidundertheactionofcertainforces.

1.1.4Whatisstrain?

Oneobservesthatrigidbodydisplacementsofthebodydoesnotgiveraisetoanystresses.Further,stressesare
inducedonlywhenthereisrelativedisplacementofthematerialparticles.Consequently,onerequiresameasure
(ormetric)forthisrelativedisplacementsothatitcanberelatedtothestress.Theuniquemeasureofrelative
displacementisthestretchratio,(A),definedastheratioofthedeformedlengthtotheoriginallengthofa
materialfiberalongagivendirection,A.(NotethathereAisaunitvector.)However,thismeasurehasthe
drawbackthatwhenthebodyisnotdeformedthestretchratiois1(byvirtueofthedeformedlengthbeingsame
astheoriginallength)andhenceinconvenienttowritetheconstitutiverelationoftheform

(1.4)

where(A)denotesthenormalstressonaplanewhosenormalisA.Sincethestressiszerowhenthebodyisnot
deformed,thefunctionfshouldbesuchthatf(1)=0.Mathematicalimplementationofthisconditionthatf(1)=
0andthatfbeaonetoonefunctionisthoughttobedifficultwhenfisanonlinearfunctionof(A).Consequently,
anothermeasureofrelativedisplacementissoughtwhichwouldbe0whenthebodyisnotdeformedandless
thanzerowhencompressedandgreaterthanzerowhenstretched.Thismeasureiscalledasthestrain,(A).There
isnouniquewayofobtainingthestrainfromthestretchratio.Thefollowingfunctionssatisfytherequirementof
thestrain:

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(1.5)

wheremissomerealnumberandlnstandsfornaturallogarithm.Thus,ifm=1in(1.5a)thentheresulting
strainiscalledastheengineeringstrain,ifm=1,itiscalledasthetruestrain,ifm=2itisCauchyGreen
strain.Thesecondfunctionwherein(A)=ln((A)),iscalledastheHenckystrainorthelogarithmicstrain.

Justlikethetractionandhencethenormalstresschangeswiththeorientationoftheplane,thestretchratio
alsochangeswiththeorientationalongwhichitismeasured.Weshallseeinchapter3thatatensorcalledthe
CauchyGreendeformationtensorcarriesalltheinformationrequiredtocomputethestretchratioalongany
direction.Thisisakintothestresstensorwhichwhenknownwecouldcomputethetractionorthenormalstress
inanyplane.

1.2BasicEquationsinMechanics

Havinggainedasuperficialunderstandingofthefourconceptsinmechanicsnamelytheforce,stress,
displacementandstrain,letuslookatthefourequationsthatconnecttheseconceptsandthereasoningusedto
obtainthem.

1.2.1Equilibriumequations

EquilibriumequationsareNewtonssecondlawwhichstatesthattherateofchangeoflinearmomentumwould
beequalinmagnitudeanddirectiontothenetappliedforce.Deformablebodiesaresubjectedtotwokindsof
forces,namely,contactforceandbodyforce.Asthenamesuggestthecontactforcearisesbyvirtueofthebody
beingincontactwithitssurroundings.Tractionarisesonlyduetothesecontactforceandhencesodoesthe
stresstensor.Themagnitudeofthecontactforcedependsonthecontactareabetweenthebodyandits
gravitationalforce,electromagneticforce.Themagnitudeofthesebodyforcesdependonthemassofthebody
andhencearegenerallyexpressedasperunitmassofthebodyanddenotedbyb.

OnfurtherassumingthattheNewtonssecondlawholdsforanysubpartofthebodyandthatthestressfield
iscontinuouslydifferentiablewithinthebodytheequilibriumequationscanbewrittenas:

(1.6)

whereisthedensity,aistheaccelerationandthemassisassumedtobeconserved.Detailderivationofthe
aboveequationisgiveninchapter5.Themeaningoftheoperatordiv()canbefoundinchapter2.

Also,therateofchangeofangularmomentummustbeequaltothenetappliedmomentonthebody.
Assumingthatthemomentisgeneratedonlybythecontactforcesandbodyforces,thisconditionrequiresthat
theCauchystresstensortobesymmetric.Thatisintheabsenceofbodycouples,=t,wherethesuperscript
hold.Seechapter5fordetailedderivation.

1.2.2StrainDisplacementrelation

Therelationshipthatconnectsthedisplacementfieldwiththestrainiscalledasthestraindisplacement
relationship.Aspointedoutbeforethereisnouniquedefinitionofthestrainandhencetherearevariousstrain
materialparticlethatbelongstothebodyatanyinstanceintimewiththematerialparticleidentifiedbyits
locationatsometimeto.Then,inchapter3weshowthat,thestretchratioalongagivendirectionAis,
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(1.7)

whereC=FtF,iscalledastherightCauchyGreendeformationtensor.Whenthebodyisundeformed,F=1and
stretchratio,lookingatthedisplacementfieldtoo.Now,thedisplacementfieldcanbeafunctionofthe
coordinatesofthematerialparticlesinthereferenceorundeformedstateorthecoordinatesinthecurrentor
deformedstate.Ifthedisplacementisafunctionofthecoordinatesofthematerialparticlesinthereference
otherhandifthedisplacementisafunctionofthecoordinatesofthematerialparticleinthedeformedstate,such
3),

(1.8)

where,1standsforidentitytensor(seechapter2foritsdefinition).Now,therightCauchyGreendeformation

(1.9)

NotethattheifthebodyisundeformedthenH=0.Hence,ifonecannotseethedisplacementofthebodythen
Then,thecomponentsofthetensorHtHaregoingtobeoftheorder106.Hence,theequation(1.9)forthiscase

(1.10)

where

(1.11)

iscalledasthelinearizedLagrangianstrain.Weshallseeinchapter3thatwhenthecomponentsofthe

(1.12)

strain.Weshallinchapter3derivethevariousstraintensorscorrespondingtothevariousdefinitionofstrains
giveninequation(1.5).

Further,sinceFF1=1,itfollowsfrom(1.8)that

(1.13)

(1.14)
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aresmall.

Equation(1.14)isthestraindisplacementrelationshipthatwewouldusetosolveboundaryvalueproblems
inthiscourse,aswelimitourselvestocaseswherethecomponentsoftheLagrangianandEuleriandisplacement

1.2.3Compatibilityequation

ItisevidentfromthedefinitionofthelinearizedLagrangianstrain,(1.11)thatitisasymmetrictensor.Hence,it
hasonly6independentcomponents.Now,onecannotprescribearbitrarilythesesixcomponentssinceasmooth
differentiabledisplacementfieldshouldbeobtainablefromthissixprescribedcomponents.Therestrictions
placedonhowthissixcomponentsofthestraincouldvaryspatiallysothatasmoothdifferentiabledisplacement
fieldisobtainableiscalledascompatibilityequation.Thus,thecompatibilityconditionis

(1.15)

Thederivationofthisequationaswellasthecomponentsofthecurl()operatorinCartesiancoordinatesis
presentedinchapter3.

Itshouldalsobementionedthatthecompatibilityconditionincaseoflargedeformationsisyettobe
obtained.ThatisifthecomponentsoftherightCauchyGreendeformationtensor,Cisprescribed,the
restrictionsthathavetobeplacedontheseprescribedcomponentssothatasmoothdifferentiabledeformation
fieldcouldbeobtainedisunknown,exceptforsomespecialcases.

1.2.4Constitutiverelation

and/ortheprocessthatthebodyissubjectedto,theconstitutiverelationisdependentonthematerialandthe
process.Constitutiverelationisrequiredtobringinthedependanceofthematerialintheresponseofthebody
andtohaveasmanyequationsasthereareunknowns,aswillbeshowninchapter6.

Thefidelityofthepredictions,namelythelikelydisplacementorstressforagivenforcedependsonlyonthe
constitutiverelation.Thisissobecausetheotherthreeequationsarethesameirrespectiveofthematerialthat
relationsformaterials.

Itisdifficulttohaveaconstitutiverelationthatcoulddescribetheresponseofamaterialsubjectedtoany
process.Hence,usuallyconstitutiverelationsareprescribedforaparticularprocessthatthematerialundergoes.
Thevariablesintheconstitutiverelationdependsontheprocessthatisbeingstudied.Thesamematerialcould
undergodifferentprocessesdependingonthestimuliforexample,thesamematerialcouldrespondelastically
shalldesist.

fluidandoneelaboratesonhowtoclassifyagivenmaterialasasolidorafluid.Amaterialthatisnotasolidis

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definedasafluid.Thismeansonehastodefinewhatasolidis.Acoupleofdefinitionsofasolidarelisted
below:

Solidisonewhichcanresistsustainedshearforceswithoutcontinuouslydeforming
Solidisonewhichdoesnottaketheshapeofthecontainer

Thoughthesedefinitionsareintuitivetheyareambiguous.Aclassofmaterialscalledviscoelasticsolids,
neithertaketheshapeofthecontainernorresistshearforceswithoutcontinuouslydeforming.Also,thesame
materialwouldbehavelikeasolid,likeamixtureofasolidandafluidorlikeafluiddependingonsay,the
temperatureandthemechanicalstressitisbeingsubjectedto.Thesepromptsustosaythatagivenmaterial
behavesinasolidlikeorfluidlikemanner.However,asweshallsee,thisclassificationofagivenmaterialas
solidorfluidisimmaterial.Ifoneappealstothermodynamicsfortheclassificationoftheprocesses,the
responseofmaterialscouldbeclassifiedbasedon(1)Whetherthereisconversionofenergyfromoneformto
anotherduringtheprocess,and(2)Whethertheprocessisthermodynamicallyequilibrated.Though,inthe
followingsection,weclassifytheresponseofmaterialsbasedonthermodynamics,wealsogivethecommonly
stateddefinitionsanddiscusstheirshortcomings.Inthiscourse,aswellasinalltheseclassifications,itis
assumedthattherearenochemicalchangesoccurringinthebodyandhencethecompositionofthebody
remainsaconstant.

1.3ClassificationoftheResponseofMaterials
First,itshouldbeclarifiedthatoneshouldnotgetconfusedwiththerealbodyanditsmathematicalidealization.
andthesunareassumedaspointmasseswhenoneisinterestedinplanetarymotion.Thesameearthisassumed
problemtractablewithoutlosingontherequiredaccuracy.Inthesamesprit,theallmaterialresponses,some
amountofmechanicalenergyisconvertedintootherformsofenergy.However,insomecases,thislossinthe
mechanicalenergyissmallthatitcanbeidealizedashavingnoloss,i.e.,anondissipativeprocess.

1.3.1Nondissipativeresponse

Aresponseissaidtobenondissipativeifthereisnoconversionofmechanicalenergytootherformsofenergy,
namelyheatenergy.Commonly,amaterialrespondinginthisfashionissaidtobeelastic.Thecommon
definitionsofelasticresponse,

elastic.
Processesinwhichthestateofstressdependsonlyonthecurrentstrain,issaidtobeelastic.

onwhethertheprocessthatneedstobeclassifiedasbeingelastic.Theseconddefinition,thoughusefulfor
notsufferfromthisdrawback.Inchapter6weprovideexampleswherethesethreedefinitionsarenot
equivalent.However,manyprocesses(approximately)satisfyallthethreedefinitions.

Thisclassofprocessesalsoproceedsthroughthermodynamicallyequilibratedstates.Thatis,ifthebodyis
changewithtime.

Idealgas,afluidisthebestexampleofamaterialthatrespondsinanondissipativemanner.Metalsuptoa
certainstresslevel,calledtheyieldstress,arealsoidealizedasrespondinginanondissipativemanner.Thus,the
notionthatonlysolidsrespondinanondissipativemannerisnotcorrect.

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Thus,forthesenondissipative,thermodynamicallyequilibratedprocessestheCauchystressandthe
chapter6forwhenamaterialissaidtobeisotropic),f(,F)=0.However,inclassicalelasticityitiscustomary
requiringtherestriction6duetoobjectivityandsecondlawofthermodynamicstohold,itcanbeshownthatif
= (F),then

(1.16)

whereR= R(J1,J2,J3)istheHelmoltzfreeenergydefinedperunitvolumeinthereferenceconfiguration,also
calledasthestoredenergy,B=FFtandJ1=tr(B),J2=tr(B1),J3= .Whenthecomponentsofthe

(1.17)

Lamconstants.Theequation(1.17)isthefamousHookeslawforisotropicmaterials.InthiscourseHookes
lawistheconstitutiveequationthatweshallbeusingtosolveboundaryvalueproblems.

Beforeconcludingthissection,anothermisnomerneedstobeclarified.Ascanbeseenfromequation(1.16)
nondissipative.OnlysometimesasinthecaseofthematerialobeyingHookeslawisthisrelationshiplinear.It
meanthattheresponseisdissipative.Thatis,nonlinearrelationshipbetweenthestressandthedisplacement

1.3.2Dissipativeresponse

Aresponseissaidtobedissipativeifthereisconversionofmechanicalenergytootherformsofenergy.A
materialrespondinginthisfashionispopularlysaidtobeinelastic.Therearethreetypesofdissipativeresponse,
whichweshallseeinsomedetail.

Plasticresponse

Amaterialissaidtodeformplasticallyifthedeformationprocessproceedsthroughthermodynamically
thenthestress,displacement,internalenergy,entropydonotchangewithtime.Byvirtueoftheprocessbeing
dissipative,thestressataninstantwoulddependonthehistoryofthedeformation.However,thestressdoesnot
equilibratedstates.

Forplasticresponse,theclassicalconstitutiverelationisassumedtobeoftheform,

(1.18)

whereFp,q1,q2areinternalvariableswhosevaluescouldchangewithdeformationand/orstress.For
illustration,wehaveusedtwoscalarinternalvariablesandonesecondordertensorinternalvariablewhilethere
canbeanynumberoftensororscalarinternalvariables.Insometheoriestheinternalvariablesaregivena
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physicalinterpretationbutingeneral,thesevariableneednothaveanymeaningandareproposedfor
mathematicalmodelingpurposeonly.

wouldbeapermanentdeformation.Hence,theprocessisirreversible.Theresponsedoesnotdependontherate
particularlimit,calledtheyieldstress.

Viscoelasticresponse

Ifthedissipativeprocessproceedsthroughstatesthatarenotinthermodynamicequilibrium7,thenitissaidto
displacement(orthestress)continuestochangewithtime.Aviscoelasticmaterialwhensubjectedtoconstant
materialissubjectedtoaconstantdeformationfield,itsstresschangeswithtimeandthisiscalledasstress
relaxation.Thisisincontrarytoaelasticorplasticmaterialwhichwhensubjectedtoaconstantstresswould
haveaconstantstrain.

Theconstitutiverelationforaviscoelasticresponseisoftheform,

(1.19)

wehavetruncatedtofirstordertimederivatives,thegeneraltheoryallowsforhigherordertimederivativestoo.

alongtime(asymptotically)wouldtendtozeroorremainthesameconstantvaluethatitisimmediatelyafterthe

Constitutiverelationsoftheform,

(1.20)

whichisaspecialcaseoftheviscoelasticconstitutiverelation(1.19),isthatofaviscousfluid.

Insometreatmentsofthesubject,aviscoelasticmaterialwouldbesaidtobeacombinationofaviscous
fluidandanelasticsolidandtheviscoelasticmodelsareobtainedbycombiningspringsanddashpots.Thereare

Viscoplasticresponse

Thisprocesstooisdissipativeandproceedsthroughstatesthatarenotinthermodynamicequilibrium.However,
inordertomodelthisclassofresponsetheconstitutiverelationhastobeoftheform,

(1.21)

whereFp,q1,q2aretheinternalvariableswhosevaluescouldchangewithdeformationand/orstress.Their
significanceissameasthatdiscussedforplasticresponse.Ascanbeeasilyseentheconstitutiverelationform
fortheviscoplasticresponse(1.21)encompassesviscoelastic,plasticandelasticresponseasaspecialcase.
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asthecharacteristicofviscoplasticresponse.

Figure1.3:Schematicofthevariationinthestrainwithtimeforvariousresponseswhenthematerial

1.4SolutiontoBoundaryValueProblems
Aboundaryvalueproblemisoneinwhichwespecifythetractionappliedonthesurfaceofabodyand/or
displacementoftheboundaryofabodyandareinterestedinfindingthedisplacementand/orthestressatany
interiorpointinthebodyoronpartoftheboundarywheretheywerenotspecified.Thisspecificationofthe
boundarytractionand/ordisplacementiscalledasboundarycondition.Theboundaryconditionisinasense
constitutiverelationfortheboundary.Ittellshowthebodyanditssurroundingsinteract.Thus,inaboundary
valueproblemoneneedstoprescribethegeometryofthebody,theconstitutiverelationforthematerialthatthe
informationoneneedstofindthedisplacementandstressthatthebodyissubjectedto.Thesofound
displacementandstressfieldshouldsatisfytheequilibriumequations,constitutiverelations,compatibility
conditionsandboundaryconditions.

Thepurposeofformulatingandsolvingaboundaryvalueproblemisto:

Toensurethestressesarewithinprescribedlimits
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Toensurethatthedisplacementsarewithinprescribedlimits
Tofindthedistributionofforcesandmomentsonpartoftheboundarywheredisplacementsarespecified

Therearefourtypeofboundaryconditions.Theyare

Displacementboundarycondition:Herethedisplacementoftheentireboundaryofthebodyaloneis
specified.ThisisalsocalledasDirichletboundarycondition
Tractionboundarycondition:Herethetractionontheentireboundaryofthebodyaloneisspecified.
ThisisalsocalledasNeumannboundarycondition
Mixedboundarycondition:Herethedisplacementisspecifiedonpartoftheboundaryandtractionis
specifiedontheremainingpartoftheboundary.Bothtractionaswellasdisplacementarenotspecified
overanypartofboundary
Robinboundarycondition:Hereboththedisplacementandthetractionarespecifiedonthesamepartof
theboundary.

Therearethreemethodsbywhichthedisplacementandstressfieldinthebodycanbefound,satisfyingall
therequiredgoverningequationsandtheboundaryconditions.Outlineofthesemethodsarepresentednext.The
choiceofamethoddependsonthetypeofboundarycondition.

1.4.1Displacementmethod

Heredisplacementfieldistakenasthebasicunknown.Then,usingthestraindisplacementrelation,(1.14)the
strainiscomputed.Thisstraininsubstitutedintheconstitutiverelation,(1.17)toobtainthestress.Thestressis
thensubstitutedintheequilibriumequation(1.6)toobtain3secondorderpartialdifferentialequationsinterms
ofthecomponentsofthedisplacementfieldas,

(1.22)

where()standsfortheLaplaceoperatorandtdenotestime.Thedetailderivationofthisequationisgivenin
chapter7.Equation(1.22)iscalledtheNavierLamequations.Thus,inthedisplacementmethodequation
(1.22)issolvedalongwiththeprescribedboundarycondition.

Ifthreedimensionalsolidelementsareusedformodelingthebodyinfiniteelementprograms,thenthe
weakenedformofequation(1.22)issolvedforthespecifiedboundaryconditions.

1.4.2Stressmethod

Inthismethod,thestressfieldisassumedsuchthatitsatisfiestheequilibriumequationsaswellasthe
prescribedtractionboundaryconditions.Forexample,intheabsenceofbodyforcesandstaticequilibrium,it
canbeeasilyseenthatiftheCartesiancomponentsofthestressarederivedfromapotential,= (x,y,z)called
astheAirysstresspotentialas,

(1.23)

thentheequilibriumequationsaresatisfied.Havingarrivedatthestress,thestrainiscomputedusing

(1.24)

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obtainedbyinvertingtheconstitutiverelation,(1.17).Inordertobeabletofindasmoothdisplacementfield
fromthisstrain,ithastosatisfycompatibilitycondition(1.15).Thisprocedureisformulatedinchapter7andis
followedtosolvesomeboundaryvalueproblemsinchapters8and9.

1.4.3Semiinversemethod

ThismethodisusedtosolveproblemswhentheconstitutiverelationisnotgivenbyHookeslaw(1.17).When
theconstitutiverelationisnotgivenbyHookeslaw,displacementmethodresultsinthreecouplednonlinear
partialdifferentialequationsforthedisplacementcomponentswhicharedifficulttosolve.Hence,simplifying
constantsand/orsomefunctions.Exceptincaseswheretheconstitutiverelationisoftheform(1.16),onehasto
makeanassumptiononthecomponentsofthestresswhichwouldbenonzeroforthisprescribeddisplacement
field.Then,thesenonzerocomponentsofthestressfieldisfoundintermsoftheconstantsandunknown
functionsinthedisplacementfield.Onsubstitutingthesestresscomponentsintheequilibriumequationsand
boundaryconditions,oneobtainsdifferentialequationsfortheunknownfunctionsandalgebraicequationsto
ordinarydifferentialequationsgoverningtheformoftheunknownfunctions.Sincepartdisplacementandpart
stressareprescribeditiscalledsemiinversemethod.Thismethodofsolvingequationswouldnotbeillustrated
inthiscourse.

fieldthatsatisfiestheboundaryconditionsandthegoverningequations(2)Thereexistonlyonesuch
displacementandstressfield(3)Smallchangesintheboundaryconditionscausesonlysmallchangesinthe
displacementandstressfields.TheboundaryvalueproblemobtainedwhenHookeslaw(1.17)isusedforthe
constitutiverelationisknowntobewellposed,aswillbediscussedinchapter7.

1.5Summary

Thusinthischapterweintroducedthefourconceptsinmechanics,thefourequationsconnectingtheseconcepts
aswellasthemethodologiesusedtosolveboundaryvalueproblems.Inthefollowingchaptersweelaborateon