DOI: 10.1177/10812865231222898 ISSN: 1081-2865

Refined linearly anisotropic couple-stress elasticity

Kostas P Soldatos
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • General Materials Science
  • General Mathematics

A recently developed, refined version of the conventional linear couple-stress theory of isotropic elasticity is extended to include the influence of anisotropic material effects. With this development, the implied refined theory (1) retains ability to determine the spherical part of the couple-stress and (2) is further furnished with constitutive ability to embrace modelling of linearly elastic solids that exhibit inherent polar material anisotropy of advanced levels that reach the class of locally monoclinic materials. This type of anisotropy embraces most of the structural material subclasses met in practice, such as those of general and special orthotropy, as well as the subclass of transverse isotropy. The thus obtained, enhanced version of the refined theory is furnished with ability to also handle structural analysis problems of polar fibrous composites reinforced by families of perfectly flexible fibres or, more generally, polar anisotropic solids possessing one or more material preference directions that do not possess bending resistance. A relevant example application considers and studies in detail the subclass of polar transverse isotropy caused by the presence of a single family of perfectly flexible fibres. By developing the relevant constitutive equation, and explicitly presenting it in a suitable matrix rather than indicial notation form, that application also exemplifies the way that the spherical part of the couple-stress is determined when the fibres are straight. It further enables this communication to initiate a discussion of further important issues stemming from (1) the positive definiteness of the full, polar form of the relevant strain energy function and (2) the lack of ellipticity of the final form attained by the governing differential equations.

More from our Archive