The Eshelby Tensors in a Finite Spherical Domain—Part I: Theoretical Formulations

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Shaofan Li1

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720li@ce.berkeley.edu

Roger A. Sauer, Gang Wang

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720

We first derived the result in a 2004 manuscript that was submitted to Proceedings of Royal Society of London.


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J. Appl. Mech 74(4), 770-783 (Jun 13, 2006) (14 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2711227 History: Received April 06, 2006; Revised June 13, 2006

This work is concerned with the precise characterization of the elastic fields due to a spherical inclusion embedded within a spherical representative volume element (RVE). The RVE is considered having finite size, with either a prescribed uniform displacement or a prescribed uniform traction boundary condition. Based on symmetry and group theoretic arguments, we identify that the Eshelby tensor for a spherical inclusion admits a unique decomposition, which we coin the “radial transversely isotropic tensor.” Based on this notion, a novel solution procedure is presented to solve the resulting Fredholm type integral equations. By using this technique, exact and closed form solutions have been obtained for the elastic disturbance fields. In the solution two new tensors appear, which are termed the Dirichlet–Eshelby tensor and the Neumann–Eshelby tensor. In contrast to the classical Eshelby tensor they both are position dependent and contain information about the boundary condition of the RVE as well as the volume fraction of the inclusion. The new finite Eshelby tensors have far-reaching consequences in applications such as nanotechnology, homogenization theory of composite materials, and defects mechanics.

Copyright © 2007 by American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Topics: Tensors
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Figure 1

A spherical representative element containing a spherical inclusion

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Figure 2

The components of the radial basis arrays S∙,∞, SB,D, and S∙,D

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Figure 3

The components of the radial basis arrays U∙,∞, UB,D, U∙,D, UB,N, and U∙,N

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Figure 4

The components of the radial basis arrays S∙,∞, SB,N, and S∙,N

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Figure 5

The components of the radial basis arrays T∙,∞, TB,D, T∙,D, TB,N, and T∙,N

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Figure 6

(a) Relation between dS, dϕ, and dθ; and (b) unit sphere.




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