## Abstract

Classical field theories, together with the Lagrangian and Eulerian approaches to continuum mechanics, are embraced under a geometric setting of a fiber bundle. The base manifold can be either the body manifold of continuum mechanics, the space manifold, or space–time. Differentiable sections of the fiber bundle represent configurations of the system and the configuration space containing them is given the structure of an infinite-dimensional manifold. Elements of the cotangent bundle of the configuration space are interpreted as generalized forces and a representation theorem implies that there exists a stress object representing forces, non-uniquely. The properties of stresses are studied, as well as the role of constitutive relations in this general setting.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 1472-1503 |

Number of pages | 32 |

Journal | Mathematics and Mechanics of Solids |

Volume | 25 |

Issue number | 7 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - 1 Jul 2020 |

## Keywords

- Continuum mechanics
- configuration space
- fiber bundle
- field theories
- stress

## ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Mathematics (all)
- Materials Science (all)
- Mechanics of Materials