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# Introductory Chapter: Analytical and Numerical Approaches in Engineering Elasticity

By Ezgi Günay

Submitted: September 11th 2018Reviewed: October 30th 2018Published: November 30th 2018

DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.82328

## 1. Introduction

In this section, the historical development of the “elasticity theory” was presented briefly, and recent studies performed about the elasticity concept were categorized and listed according to their basic engineering problem groups. The mentioned literature survey has been performed by searching the keywords “elasticity,” “analytic,” and “solution” between the years 2014 and 2018. The most important general aspects of the “elasticity theory” were described in four groups as “the unknowns,” “the used equations,” “the modeling procedures,” and “solution methods.” In the future, in the consideration of these explained theoretical, numerical, and experimental properties, the researchers can be concentrating on the origin of the problem and new solution methods in deciding the exact nature of the material.

The elasticity concept of solid materials is the deformation with the external force application and recovery to its original shape after the forces removed. In the strength measurement of the material, stress (force per area) and strain (deformation per unit length) criteria have been used. The elasticity theory was presented in order to explain the basic theoretical concepts and their analytical solution methods, the deformations that were assumed to be very small and corresponding stress distributions. The classical elasticity theory was explained by theorems of “uniqueness of solution” and “existence of solution” as they have been declared in the basic mathematical concepts. The “uniqueness of solution” theorem was restricted to a single solution space by satisfying the related boundary or the initial conditions. If there were no any boundary or initial conditions, the solution space would have to be infinity. The “existence of solution” theorem was created by explaining the default displacement functions, checking the equilibrium equations for stress definitions, and satisfying the partial differential equations with the infrastructure of the default solutions. The purpose of the elasticity theory was the determination of this unique and exact solution in elastic region of the material. In linear elastic region, superposition method and combined loading applications are widely used in engineering.

## 2. Historical development in elasticity

The historical development of the concept of “elasticity” by considering mathematics, physics, and engineering mechanics was summarized in Figure 1 [1, 2]. The scientific studies performed on engineering problems have been grouped as analytical, numerical, and experimental. The main solution techniques listed below form the first step aspects in performing the experiments and obtaining the numerical solutions by considering innovations: (i) characteristics of the solution methods, (ii) learning the mathematical theories, (iii) the physics of the problem, and (iv) learning the problem-solving methodologies. The second step aspects have been listed as “solving problems by mathematical techniques” and “obtaining new formulas.” The scientific progress has been continued thanks to the studies done since the sixteenth century. The development in scientific area occurred in the elasticity concept has been summarized and visualized in the consideration of the scientists who have lived between the sixteenth and twentieth centuries and their studies [1, 2]. These famous scientists were Galilei (1564–1642), Mariotte (1620–1684), Hooke (1635–1703), Leibniz (1646–1716), Bernoulli (1700–1782), Baumgarten (1706–1757), Euler (1707–1783), Coulomb (1736–1806), Young (1773–1829), Poisson (1781–1840), Navier (1785–1836), Cauchy (1789–1857), Saint-Venant (1797–1886), Borchardt (1817–1880), Rankine (1820–1872), Kirchhoff (1824–1887), Maxwell (1831–1879), Clebsch (1833–1872), Kohlrausch (1840–1910), Amagat (1841–1915), Voigt (1850–1919), Mallock (1851–1933), Lamme (1864–1924), Röntgen (1872,1919), Synge (1897–1995), and Everett (1930–1982) (Figure 1).

## 3. Classification of engineering problems in the context of elasticity

In this section, the results of the literature review on elasticity were evaluated by referring to the articles (total number of articles, 157) between 2014 and 2018. Important information has gained from the literature survey about the elasticity theory and its related recent engineering solutions, as well as information about the theoretical, numerical, and experimental scientific researches and scientific innovations. The brief classification of the main engineering problems was summarized in Figure 2.

The studies evaluated in the literature review were listed below in 10 main headings. The distribution of articles corresponding to research concepts is presented in Figure 3. These are (1) historical development, (2) analytical and experimental studies related to the finite element method (FEM), (3) experimental studies, (4) analytical studies and finite element analysis (FEA), (5) analytical studies, (6) analytical and FEA studies related to the specified boundary conditions, (7) continuum mechanics problems and solutions, (8) analytical and numerical analysis solutions, (9) typical engineering application problems, and (10) solution techniques. The types of elasticity problems have been grouped according to the science innovations and related industrial applications. The numerical problems have been solved in three basic steps. The first step was to check the basic differential equations in terms of satisfaction with the placement of the estimated displacement functions. The second step was to check the “initial values” or the “boundary conditions” of the problem [3, 4, 5]. Values were substituted into the differential equations in order to satisfy the conditions at these defined coordinates or at time domains. The boundary conditions have been classified in two groups as “the essential” (displacement) and “the natural” (force) boundary conditions. The initial conditions were the first-stage variations named initiative and time-dependent variables. The third step was the satisfaction of the continuity conditions on the compatibility equations by means of assumed displacement functions. The basic elasticity problems were grouped into 26 subtitles as described in Figure 2. In this figure, the number of generally used proposed solution techniques analytically and numerically was equal to eight.

## 4. General principles in the elasticity theory

The stress-strain relationship in terms of indicial notation is given below:

σij=2μεij+λδijεkkE1

Here, μ,λare the Lamé constants. The Cauchy strain components represent the geometrical nonlinearity of the material according to the deformed configuration.

The inverse problem solution depends on the stepwise calculated and so updated Cauchy stress and strain distributions, over the whole boundary of the geometry. Experimentally, tractions and displacements have been measured by nondestructive tests. In isotropic, fiber, and particulate composite material concepts, the stress-strain distributions σεhave been examined according to the defined total number of elastic constants in stiffness [C] matrix. The inverse of the stiffness matrix named as the compliance matrix S=C1includes the elastic constants in εσstrain versus stress equations. In the generalized Hook’s law, anisotropic crystalline materials have been defined with 36 constants. Strain energy function has to be used to show that the number of independent material constants can be reduced from 36 to 21. The solution techniques as iterative methods, inverse method, semi-inverse method, variational formulation, finite element method, finite volume method, and meshless method have been listed in Figure 2. The experimental solution techniques have been explained by tensile, compression, torsion, impact, and bending mechanical tests. Nondestructive tests (NDT) have been used to obtain informational data from the surfaces of the materials (nanoindentation-hardness testing).

## 5. Conclusion

In this introduction chapter, the historical development of the elasticity concept and its engineering properties were presented briefly. According to Newton’s action and reaction principle, the materials behave linear or nonlinear elastically under typical loading. Elasticity theory provides necessarily required equations and solution techniques. The action-response principle defined between the work done by the forces and the potential energy stored has been explained by the material elastic constants. The mechanical response of a homogeneous isotropic linearly elastic material can be explained by two physical constants, Young’s modulus and Poisson’s ratio. The elastic properties of particle composites, consisting in a dispersion of nonlinear (spherical or cylindrical) nonhomogeneities into a linear solid matrix, were explained by homogenization procedure. The linear elastic constants of fiber composite materials have been defined according to their three principle directions [6]. These principle directions coincided with the fiber orientations located in each layer. By contrast, the physical-mechanical properties of nonlinear elastic materials have generally been described by parameters which have formations as the scalar functions of the deformation, and their material properties have been determined by selecting the suitable solution techniques.

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