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Journal Articles Mechanics Research Communications Year : 2012

Stress gradient continuum theory

Samuel Forest
Karam Sab


A stress gradient continuum theory is presented that fundamentally differs from the well-established strain gradient model. It is based on the assumption that the deviatoric part of the gradient of the Cauchy stress tensor can contribute to the free energy density of solid materials. It requires the introduction of so-called micro-displacement degrees of freedom in addition to the usual displacement components. An isotropic linear elasticity theory is worked out for two-dimensional stress gradient media. The analytical solution of a simple boundary value problem illustrates the essential differences between stress and strain gradient models. (C)2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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hal-00697585 , version 1 (15-05-2012)



Samuel Forest, Karam Sab. Stress gradient continuum theory. Mechanics Research Communications, 2012, 40, pp.16-25. ⟨10.1016/j.mechrescom.2011.12.002⟩. ⟨hal-00697585⟩
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