# Physical meaning of elastic constants of a monoclinic crystal

For the elasticity of a material, Hook's law can be written in tensorial form as:

$$\sigma = \mathsf{C}\, \varepsilon$$

where $\sigma$ is the Cauchy stress tensor, $\varepsilon$ is the infinitesimal strain tensor, and $\mathsf{C}$ is the fourth-order stiffness tensor. This tensor can be reduced to an elasticity matrix (in Voigt notation) as: Depending on symmetry of the material, this matrix can be simplified: for an isotropic system, this matrix reduces to two parameters; it has 3 independant elements for cubic symmetry. These elements have simple physical meaning, and for the general case of orthothropic materials (three orthogonal planes of symmetry), it can be expressed in terms of Young's moduli, shear moduli and Poisson ratios: (again, click on the matrix for WP link.

Now the context is set, here comes the question. I deal with a crystal in the monoclinic system, whose elasticity matrix is of the form: (Nye, Physical properties of crystals; only upper half of the symmetric matrix is written, small dots correspond to elements guaranteed to be equal to zero.)

I have calculated all terms of the matrix for my single crystal. How can I link them to physical properties that are easily understandable? (as I showed with Young moduli, shear moduli and Poisson ratios in the orthotropic case above)