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Elastic constants and their admissible values for incompressible and slightly compressible anisotropic materials. (English) Zbl 1027.74003
Summary: Constitutive relations for incompressible (slightly compressible) anisotropic materials cannot (or could hardly) be obtained through the inversion of generalized Hooke’s law since the corresponding compliance tensor becomes singular (ill-conditioned) in this case. This is due to the fact that the incompressibility (slight compressibility) condition imposes some additional constraints on elastic constants. The problem requires a special procedure discussed in the present paper. The idea of this procedure is based on the spectral decomposition of compliance tensor, but leads to a closed formula for the elasticity tensor without explicit using the eigenvalue problem solution. The condition of nonnegative (positive) definiteness of material tensors restricts the elastic constants to belong to an admissible value domain. For orthotropic and transversely isotropic incompressible as well as isotropically compressible materials, the corresponding domains are illustrated graphically.

MSC:
74B05 Classical linear elasticity
74E10 Anisotropy in solid mechanics
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