Continuum Dynamics on Manifolds: Application to Elasticity of Residually-Stressed Bodies

Raz Kupferman, Elihu Olami, Reuven Segev*

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This paper is concerned with the dynamics of continua on differentiable manifolds. We present a covariant derivation of the equations of motion, viewing motion as a curve in an infinite-dimensional Banach manifold of embeddings of a body manifold in a space manifold. Our main application is the motion of residually-stressed elastic bodies, where the residual stresses result from a geometric incompatibility between body and space manifolds. We then study a particular example of elastic vibrations of a two-dimensional curved annulus embedded in a sphere.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)61-84
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Elasticity
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
R.K. was partially supported by the Israel-US Binational Foundation (Grant No. 2010129), by the Israel Science Foundation (Grant No. 661/13), and by a grant from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Space, Israel and the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, the Russian Federation. R.S. was partially supported by the H. Greenhill Chair for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics and by the Pearlstone Center for Aeronautical Engineering Studies at Ben-Gurion University.

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© 2017, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.


  • Continuum dynamics
  • Differentiable manifolds
  • Kinetic energy
  • Residual stress
  • Riemannian metric


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