Viscoelastic Minimum Principles Revisited

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S. Hazanov

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Department of Materials, MX-G, Ecublens, CH 1015, Lausanne, Switzerland

J. Appl. Mech 63(2), 551-554 (Jun 01, 1996) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2788903 History: Received October 21, 1994; Revised May 15, 1995; Online October 26, 2007


A problem of viscoelastic counterparts for the elastic minimum theorems is considered. A theorem is proved that gives a general algorithm for the construction of such viscoelastic minimum functionals. The established results are applied for the theoretical evaluation of the effective properties of inhomogeneous viscoelastic materials. As an example, simple bounds on the effective properties of viscoelastic composites are obtained.

Copyright © 1996 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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