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Introduction to the thermomechanics of configurational forces

Maugin, Gérard A. and Berezovski, Arkadi (2008) Introduction to the thermomechanics of configurational forces. Atti della Accademia Peloritana dei Pericolanti, Classe di Scienze FF.MM.NN, LXXXVI (Supplement 1). ISSN 1825-1242


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Configurational forces are thermodynamic conjugates to irreversible material body evolutions such as extension of cracks, progress of phase-transition fronts, movement of shock waves, etc. They do correspond to a change of material configuration. Accordingly, their realm is the material manifold of a body. Furthermore, they acquire a physical meaning only in so far as they contribute to the global dissipation. Therefore, the present contribution of a pedagogical nature proposes a primer introduction to the thermodynamics of configurational forces. To that purpose, we first introduce a consistent thermomechanics of general deformable continua on the material manifold (and not in physical space). This is achieved in a canonical manner by full projection of the balance equation of momentum onto the material manifold and constructing in parallel a formally consistent expression of the energy conservation. Then various configurational forces such as those appearing in inhomogeneous bodies, at the tip of a propagating crack, at the surface of a propagating phase-transition front, or of a shock wave, and those due to local structural rearrangements (plasticity, damage, growth), are examined from the point of view of their dissipated power.

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Item Type: Article
Subjects: M.U.S. - Contributi Scientifici > 01 - Scienze matematiche e informatiche
M.U.S. - Miscellanea > Atti Accademia Peloritana > Classe di Scienze Fisiche, Matematiche e Naturali
Depositing User: Mr Nunzio Femminò
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2008
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2012 08:30

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