The fundamental ideas and tools of the global geometric formulation of stress and hyper-stress theory of continuum mechanics are introduced. The proposed framework is the infinite dimensional counterpart of statics of systems having finite number of degrees of freedom, as viewed in the geometric approach to analytical mechanics. For continuum mechanics, the configuration space is the manifold of embeddings of a body manifold into the space manifold. Generalized velocity fields are viewed as elements of the tangent bundle of the configuration space and forces are continuous linear functionals defined on tangent vectors, elements of the cotangent bundle. It is shown, in particular, that a natural choice of topology on the configuration space, implies that force functionals may be represented by objects that generalize the stresses of traditional continuum mechanics.
|Title of host publication||Geometric Continuum Mechanics. Advances in Mechanics and Mathematics|
|State||Published - 2020|