## PHY454H1S Continuum Mechanics. Lecture 3. Strain tensor review. Stress tensor. Taught by Prof. K. Das.

Posted by peeterjoot on January 20, 2012

# Disclaimer.

Peeter’s lecture notes from class. May not be entirely coherent.

# Review. Strain.

Strain is the measure of stretching. This is illustrated pictorially in figure (\ref{fig:continuumL3:continuumL3fig1})

\begin{figure}[htp]

\centering

\includegraphics[totalheight=0.2\textheight]{continuumL3fig1}

\caption{Stretched line elements.}

\end{figure}

where is the strain tensor. We found

Why do we have a factor two? Observe that if the deformation is small we can write

so that we find

Suppose for example, that we have a diagonalized strain tensor, then we find

so that

Observe that here again we see this factor of two.

If we have a diagonalized strain tensor, the tensor is of the form

we have

so

Observe that the change in the volume element becomes the trace

How do we use this? Suppose that you are given a strain tensor. This should allow you to compute the stretch in any given direction.

FIXME: find problem and try this.

# Stress tensor.

Reading for this section is section 2 from the text associated with the prepared notes [1].

We’d like to consider a macroscopic model that contains the net effects of all the internal forces in the object as depicted in figure (\ref{fig:continuumL3:continuumL3fig2})

\begin{figure}[htp]

\centering

\includegraphics[totalheight=0.2\textheight]{continuumL3fig2}

\caption{Internal forces.}

\end{figure}

We will consider a volume big enough that we won’t have to consider the individual atomic interactions, only the average effects of those interactions. Will will look at the force per unit volume on a differential volume element

The total force on the body is

where is the force per unit volume. We will evaluate this by utilizing the divergence theorem. Recall that this was

We have a small problem, since we have a non-divergence expression of the force here, and it is not immediately obvious that we can apply the divergence theorem. We can deal with this by assuming that we can find a vector valued tensor, so that if we take the divergence of this tensor, we end up with the force. We introduce the quantity

and require this to be a vector. We can then apply the divergence theorem

where is a surface element. We identify this tensor

and

as the force on the surface element . In two dimensions this is illustrated in the following figures (\ref{fig:continuumL3:continuumL3fig3})

\begin{figure}[htp]

\centering

\includegraphics[totalheight=0.2\textheight]{continuumL3fig3}

\caption{2D strain tensor.}

\end{figure}

Observe that we use the index above as the direction of the force, and index as the direction normal to the surface.

Note that the strain tensor has the matrix form

We will show later that this tensor is in fact symmetric.

FIXME: given some 3D forces, compute the stress tensor that is associated with it.

## Examples of the stress tensor

### Example 1. stretch in two opposing directions.

\begin{figure}[htp]

\centering

\includegraphics[totalheight=0.2\textheight]{continuumL3fig4}

\caption{Opposing stresses in one direction.}

\end{figure}

Here, as illustrated in figure (\ref{fig:continuumL3:continuumL3fig4}), the associated (2D) stress tensor takes the simple form

### Example 2. stretch in a pair of mutually perpendicular directions

For a pair of perpendicular forces applied in two dimensions, as illustrated in figure (\ref{fig:continuumL3:continuumL3fig5})

\begin{figure}[htp]

\centering

\includegraphics[totalheight=0.2\textheight]{continuumL3fig5}

\caption{Mutually perpendicular forces}

\end{figure}

our stress tensor now just takes the form

It’s easy to imagine now how to get some more general stress tensors, should we make a change of basis that rotates our frame.

### Example 3. radial stretch

Suppose we have a fire fighter’s safety net, used to catch somebody jumping from a burning building (do they ever do that outside of movies?), as in figure (\ref{fig:continuumL3:continuumL3fig6}). Each of the firefighters contributes to the stretch.

\begin{figure}[htp]

\centering

\includegraphics[totalheight=0.2\textheight]{continuumL3fig6}

\caption{Radial forces.}

\end{figure}

FIXME: what form would the tensor take for this? Would we have to use a radial form of the tensor? What would that be?

# References

[1] L.D. Landau, EM Lifshitz, JB Sykes, WH Reid, and E.H. Dill. Theory of elasticity: Vol. 7 of course of theoretical physics. *Physics Today*, 13:44, 1960.

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