Continuum mechanics is a branch of mechanics that deals with the analysis of the kinematics and the mechanical behavior of materials modeled as a continuous mass rather than as discrete particles.

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pure compression or pure traction?

I know that if we are given a stress tensor that is diagonal, the sign on the diagonal entries tell us whether we have traction or compression. Now, imagine that we are given a non diagonal stress ...
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Viscosity coefficients

I'm using the 2nd edition of "Transport Phenomena" by Bird and Stewart. I am having trouble with one of the equations: $$\tau_{ij} = \sum_k \sum_l \mu_{ijkl} \frac{\partial v_k}{\partial x_l} $$ ...
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Where does this formula for sagging of a beam come from?

In one of my physics textbooks there is a chapter on the elasticity of materials which contains pretty basic outline about Young's modulus, stress-strain, elastic potential energy and related stuff. ...
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Understanding incompressibility (of rubber or viscoelastic material)

Literature gives a lot of explanation why rubber is incompressible. However, I still need some thinking to understand physical behavior of rubber or any such material. Often, incompressibility is ...
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Superior attachment of Möbius strip

In this DIY project, the Möbius strip is used to make a spill-proof coffee cup carrier. The author uses a Möbius strip as the handle of this carrier and says If you attach a Möbius strip to an ...
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Physics of Wrinkling: Understanding inextensibility condition

I'm reading this very cool paper on the formation of wrinkles in elastic materials. The key result of the paper is a set of scaling laws for the amplitude and wavelength of wrinkles based on the ...
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Why does shape of elements matter in finite elements analysis? [closed]

I have used FEA for a couple of years now, but using it and using it correctly are two different things, safety factor is not the solution to everything. I have the feeling I won't be using it right ...
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Configuration space of particles in the box

The notion of entropy says that we can count microstates that correspond to macrostate. But, I do not understand how this can be done. Does it imply that the state space is discrete (finite or ...
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A differential equation of Buckling Rod

I tried to solve a differential equation, but unfortunately got stuck at some point. The problem is to solve the diff. eq. of hard clamped on both ends rod. And the force compresses the rod at both ...
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Boundary conditions of Navier-Cauchy equation

I'm having difficulties with Neumann boundary conditions in Navier-Cauchy equations (a.k.a. the elastostatic equations). The trouble is that if I rotate a body then Neumann boundary condition should ...
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In continuum mechanics, what is work potential in the context of total potential energy?

I'm reading a book on the finite element method. Specifically I'm looking at the background material where they are discussing potential energy, equilibrium, and the Rayleigh–Ritz method. The book ...
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stress work of uniformly deforming continuum

I have a volume which is deforming (using explicit time-integration scheme) uniformly with velocity gradient $L$ and stress tensor $\sigma$. I would like to determine work done by the volume ...
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Hookes law and objective stress rates

Often, in papers presenting updated Lagrangian simulation methods for solid dynamics, the following procedure for updating the (Cauchy) stress tensor is presented: First, the Cauchy stress tensor is ...
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buckling of tube - shell thickness vs. momentum of inertia optimum

is there any simple formula (perhabs semi emperical, or aproximatively derived model) for buckling of tube under axial compression load given its crossection and wall thickness? ( and naturraly ...
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Is it possible that Cauchy stress be asymmetric?

According to conservation of linear momentum and angular momentum, one can derive that Cauchy stress tensor is symmetric and hence has only 6 independent components. Is it possible that, when breaking ...
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Why is general relativity only formulated in continuum terms?

So, when we are discussing Newtonian mechanics, we treat particles as point particles. In continuum mechanics, which I understand to be a version in which mass is continuously distributed, we have ...
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Dispersion relation in continuum mechanics

I'm looking at the vibration of a solid having a lattice structure, they obey the following equation: $$\rho\partial_t^2u_i = C_{ijkl}\nabla_j\nabla_ku_{l}$$ with $u(\vec{x},t)$ the displacement to ...
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Golf ball impact

A golf ball is said to be "compressed" when hit by a golf club and makes a characteristic "thwack-hiss" sound coming off of the club when impacted by professional golfers (whose impact conditions have ...
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If I roll an elastic plate into a cylinder, does it shrink?

Suppose I start with a rectangular elastic (to keep things simple, zero Poisson's ratio) sheet of length $2\pi R$, thickness $h$, and (immaterial) width $W$. I roll it up into a cylinder of radius ...
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Strain and stress tensor

I have problem by definition of strain and stress. From Gockenbach's book that our reference for FEM, we have $$\epsilon=\frac{\nabla u+ \nabla u^T}{2},$$ that $u$ is vector displacement, and ...
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How local is the stress tensor?

I am confused by the definition of the stress tensor in a crystal (let's say a semi-conductor), I don't see how it could be "more local" than over an unit cell. I know that in field theory the stress ...
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Classical point particles to classical fields

I often hear that in the continuum limit we can study large numbers of particles as fields. I always imagined that by removing all bounds on the number of particles (while keeping total energy, ...
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Variation in spring constant with respect to the length and no. of coils

Do the spring constant depend upon the length of the spring? No. of coils? Like what happens to the spring constant if you cut it in the half?
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Forms of the first law of thermodynamics

The first law of thermodynamics states that $$\frac{D}{Dt}(K+U)=W+H,$$ where K is the kinetic energy, U is the internal energy, W is the power of the external forces and H is the heat flux. I have ...
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2-D Turbulence - how does it look like?

Consider parallel flow in the X direction over a 2D semi infinite flat plate. If turbulence is 2-D, in which axes should we expect the vortices to form. Also, are there any experimental/visualization ...
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Can $U_{ij}$ or $v_{ij}$ in continuum mechanics be negative?

In continuum mechanics, we have the deformation gradient $\mathbf F$ to be: $$d\mathbf x = \mathbf F d \mathbf X$$ And then, we do a polar decomposition (A good reference here would be ...
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On the isotropy of materials

Good morning. I am working on Honeycomb structures and first of all I would like to understand whether it is Isotropic or not, and , if the latter holds which kind of anisotropy it has. How to do it? ...
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Is there a way to calculate strain energy based on stress and deformation gradient?

We know that we can obtain stress from strain energy density and deformation gradient, for example: $$\mathbf P=\frac{\partial W}{\partial \mathbf F}$$ However, is there a way to calculate $W$ from ...
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Explain the Föppl–von Kármán equations

I am a newbe to elasticity. Could someone please explain to me briefly how the Föppl–von Kármán equations work? What are we trying to solve for? Is there some kind of intuition to the way they look? ...
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Difference between using displacement and current configuration as unknown?

We could use either the current configuration $x$ or the displacement $u$ as unknown while solving for the deformation, for example, of a solid object. I want to know what's the difference between ...
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How to determine plastic strain rate

Equivalent plastic strain rate is defined as $$ \dot{\bar{\epsilon}}=\sqrt{\frac{2}{3}\dot{\epsilon_{ij}}^{p}\dot{\epsilon_{ij}}^{p} } $$ Where, $ \dot{\bar{\epsilon}}$ is equivalent plastic strain ...
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Seeking Reference on Transport of Momentum by Diffusion of Mass

I'm looking at continuum mechanics from the perspective of De Groot and Mazur's "Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics" - the first reference that I've come across that seems to do a good job of bringing ...
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Why is elastic modulus greater than shear modulus?

I was looking at data for elastic modulus $E$ and shear modulus $G$, and found that $G$ is always lower than $E$. So I'm wondering what are the underlying principles that may be the cause of this. ...
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Confusion in Euler-Bernoulli beam theory

Euler-Bernoulli beam equation is given by $$ EI \frac{\mathrm d^2 u}{\mathrm d x^2} = M'(x) \\ EI \frac{\mathrm d u}{\mathrm d x} = xM'(x) + C_1 $$ Where, $E$ is modulus, $I$ is second moment of ...
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Stress in horizontal bars

Imagine we have an horizontal bar. My teacher expresses the tensions along the longitudinal axis by this way $\sigma_{xx}=A(x)y+B(x)$ He doesn't give any motivation behind this. So, is this general? ...
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Resource(s) for developing a good understanding of surface tension?

I have read through several junior undergraduate level explanations of surface tension. Here is a typical presentation at that level: Molecules at the surface of a fluid experience approximately ...
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Derivation of normal shear stress

I am self-studying this note and I am stuck in the derivation of the normal shear stress. Specifically I can't see how the relations (23) and (24) come about. Specifically, what I don't understand is ...
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Show that detF(X,t) is positive in continuum mechanics?

I want to show that the determinant of the field $detF$ at the point $X \in B$ is positive, when the following motion. I think that time derivative of Jacobin is positive for $t > 0$. However, I ...
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Tensors: relations between physics and linear algebra

In continuum mechanics we use finite deformation tensors to exprime deformations in a point. The 9 components of the tensor (in reality 6 because of its symmetry) are defined as $$ ...
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Continuity equation for compressible fluid

A question is given as Consider a fluid of density $ \rho(x, y, z, t) $ which moves with velocity $v(x, y, z, t) $ without sources or sink. Show that $ \nabla \cdot \vec J + \frac{\partial \rho ...
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2d soft body physics mathematics [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Modern references for continuum mechanics Good books on elasticity The definition of rigid body in Box2d is A chunk of matter that is so strong that the distance ...
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Complex potentials in plane polar coordinates - stream function

Determine the stream function and the potential in plane polar coordinates and sketching streamlines. We need to take the value of m=1. I know how to find the stream function and velocity potential, ...
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Variational calculus, bending a stick and stationary states

We have a horizontal stick, one of its ends is on the wall, and we can apply a force to the other end. We assume that anything that we can do will leave this in the same plane. Our question is to ...
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Debye-Huekel Theory and the continuum approximation

This question stems from a problem I was doing on the Debye-Hueckel theory. It says that the continuum approximation which underlies the Debye-Hueckel theory is valid provided that $\lambda_D \gg ...
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Deriving general boundary conditions from first principles for elastodynamic scattering

It seems that most of the relevant books only give the linear case and the rest say something along the lines of "here are common examples of boundary conditions." What are the most general boundary ...
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Problem on bending plates in Newtonian Mechanics?

I am reading a book on interesting physics problems and demonstrations. One of the problems in the section on buildings, structures and equilibrium talks about a plate with one side attached to the ...
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Divergence of Cauchy Stress Tensor

On the wikipedia page for the Cauchy Momementum Equation, it's stated that the equation can be written as $$\rho \frac{D\,\textbf{v}}{D\,t} = \nabla \cdot \sigma + \textbf{f}$$ Where $\sigma$ is ...
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What is the criterion of stability of thick-walled spherical shell?

Is there the formula (if someone already has discovered it) or what is the algorithm (if a particular formula was not deduced), to calculate the critical pressure of thick-walled spherical shell $−$ ...
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Is there quantitative theory of cutting with edge or blade

I wonder if there is some simple theory of what determine efficiency ( speed, energy end force required ) of cutting by edge ( blade , knife, sword ) At least something phenomenological like in ...
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Solid-body rotation of fluid in polar coordinates: How to compute the stress tensor

In a course on continuum mechanics, we are given an exercise concerning solid-body rotation of a fluid in polar coordinates. In the first parts (feel free to correct any errors here) we are tasked ...