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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What is the functional shape assumed by a flexible rod?

Be L a flexible rod. Say that it is very difficult to significantly stretch it, so that we can uniquely identify a point on it by a parameter $l \in [0, L]$ where $L$ is its length. Be $C$ a set of ...
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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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Particles scattering on fluids: breakdown of the effective continuum description

When does the macroscopic continuum description of a medium like a fluid break down? Say I'm interested in a scattering process of some particles with momentum $p$ and energy $E$ off a fluid of ...
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Equations of motion of displacement field

We have an action: $$S[\boldsymbol{u}] = \frac{1}{2} \int dt \int d^3x \left\{ \mu (\frac{\partial u_{i}}{\partial t})^{2} - \nu (u_{ii})^{2} - \rho(u_{ij})^{2}\right\} $$ Where $u_{ij} = ...
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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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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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Determine particle velocity from density function

I'm modeling a 1D system which consists of a large number of discrete particles distributed on a line. As a continuous approximation, I'm defining $c(x,t)$ to be the space density function of these ...
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Why only vertical component of the stress tensor on vertically suspended bar?

EDIT: I am gonna rephrase the question entirely. Imagine we have a bar which we will analyze in the linear elastic regime. The shape of the cross section is irrelevant. The bar is suspended from a ...
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Why plane stress condition is taken for thin plates

Why plane stress is taken for thin plates? It says in the books that the stress variation is small for thin components and is close to zero. Why is that so? Also why stress at free surface is zero? ...
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Relationship between the continuity equation and the wave equation

What exactly is the relationship between the continuity equation and the wave equation? Suppose $J^\mu$ is a contravariant vector that satisfies the continuity equation $\partial_\mu J^\mu=0$. Let ...
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How wide does a wall of ice need to be to stay in place?

Let us say that we have unlimited manpower to construct a huge wall of water ice e.g. 200 m tall (700 feet). -and that the wall is placed in a climate, where the temperature never (for your purpose) ...
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Curve of a rod bent by force on both sides

Suppose we have a flexible rod (i.e. it can be bent without breaking apart) and we excert a force on both sides, like this: If the force $F$ is not exactly horizontal, the rod will be bent and form ...
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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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Can Smoothed-Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) be used to simulate porous media flow and deformation?

I am trying to use Smoothed-Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) to study fluid flow in and around porous media. The aim is to observe how it causes erosion and failure. For this, from my understanding, there ...
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What is the “discrete” analogue to “continuum” mechanics?

If I wanted to explore a discrete mathematics approach to continuum mechanics, what textbooks should I look into? I suppose a ready answer to the question might be: "computational continuum ...
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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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Why can't a piece of paper (of non-zero thickness) be folded more than $N$ times?

Updated: In order to fold anything in half, it must be $\pi$ times longer than its thickness, and that depending on how something is folded, the amount its length decreases with each fold differs. ...
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Why are stresses of continuum systems described via a tensor?

The tittle pretty much says enough. I have always been told so but no one really motivated it. So, I would like to know why do we use a tensor to describe the stresses in continuum mechanics.
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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 ...
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Volumetric and Deviatoric Strain Equation in 2D

Strain is defined as $$\epsilon=\frac{1}{2}\left( \nabla u + \nabla u^T\right).$$ I found a formula for the strain tensor in 3D decomposed into volumetric and deviatoric components: $$\epsilon= v + ...
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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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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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What is the difference between a linear and non-linear solution in the bending of beams?

I have been working on a simulator for bending of beams and came now to a tricky doubt: What should be the difference between a linear and non linear solution in this case (graphic at bottom)? The ...
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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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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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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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Are continuous mathematical models of discrete physical phenomena messy because of a disconnect between “continuous” and “discontinuous”? [duplicate]

A copy of my question on Mathematics: Examples from statistical mechanics and continuum mechanics abound: a discrete phenomenon (e.g. kinetic energy of molecules) is "averaged" out over the ...
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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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Continuum limit for solid mechanics

Is there a rigorous derivation of the limits for continuum properties in solid mechanics? For instance, the stress-strain relationship may be linear for large samples (the slope being the Young's ...
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What is Relativistic Navier-Stokes Equation Through Einstein Notation?

Navier-Stokes equation is non-relativistic, what is relativistic Navier-Stokes equation through Einstein notation?
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Equivalence of turbulence in solid materials

The governing equations for a fluid and a solid are effectively the same and many times analysis can be done for a solid using the Navier-Stokes equations with the equation of state and/or the stress ...
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Tension in a chain fountain

I was reading the following paper: http://arxiv.org/pdf/1310.4056v2.pdf There were a few things I couldn't follow: 1)Equation (0.1) $T_C/r=\lambda v^2/r$ I understand this takes the form of ...
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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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Microscopic model of RLC circuit equation by analogy to continuous medium mechanics

According to the analogy of mechanics and electricity, the 1-D system of damped oscillation is similar to the RLC circuit. The equation of damped oscillation is $$ f=m\frac{dv}{dt}+\gamma v+kx$$ ...
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Physical description of momentum flux tensor

In the field of fluid mechanics, what is the momentum flux tensor? Is there an easy explanation for how it "works"?
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Modern references for continuum mechanics

I'm wondering what some standard, modern references might be for continuum mechanics. I imagine most references are probably more used by mechanical engineers than physicists but it's still a ...
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Conservation of energy and continuity equation

When physicists say energy is conserved, do they mean that energy satisfies the continuity equation: $$\triangledown \cdot j+\dot{\rho}=0$$ On the internet there is plenty of talk of how the ...
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Pressure derivative of bulk modulus

Hi all what is the definition of pressure derivative of bulk modulus if it is a pressure derivative of bulk modulus at zero pressure. if the pressure is zero how it is derivative by pressure?
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Problem with Velocity of efflux [closed]

I am stuck in this problem- I need to find the velocity of efflux at the hole of the container. [We can assume that the area of the hole is negligible in comparison with the base area of the ...
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What is the motivation for Mohr's circle?

I am very puzzled by the motivation for Mohr's circle in Wikipedia here. Please, explain why we need something called "Mohr's circle". Use as little words as possible and be precise. Helper questions ...
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Metric of following spacetime and refractive index

Let's have metrics $$ ds^{2} = f(\mathbf r)dt^{2} - h(\mathbf r )\delta_{ij}dx^{i}dx^{j}. $$ Hot to show that motion of light in spacetime with this metrics is equal to motion in continuous media with ...
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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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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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Hooke's law limitation question

Let's consider a spring. I am a strong man(well, lets assume) and I am pulling the spring. the work I do is being stored in the spring in the form of its elastic potential energy. Then suddenly, ...
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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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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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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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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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Free energy variations

In a paper, I found this: $\mathbf{h}=\mathbf{h}(\mathbf{r})$ is called molecular field and is defined as the variation field of the Frank free energy functional $F_{d}$ with respect to the ...