Comparison of the eigenfrequencies (Hz) with the exact values of the 3D Cosserat elasticity.
In this chapter, we present the theoretical analysis of the distinctive characteristics of Cosserat plate vibrations. This analysis is based on the dynamic model of the Cosserat plates, which we developed as an extension of the Reissner plate theory. Primarily, we describe the validation of the model, which is based on the comparison with three-dimensional exact solutions. We present the results of the computer simulations, which allow us to identify different characteristics of the plate vibrations. Particularly, we illustrate and discuss the detection and the classification of the additional high resonance frequencies of a plate depending on the shape and orientation of microelements incorporated into the Cosserat plates.
- variational principle
- Cosserat plate vibrations
- frequencies of micro-vibrations
The theory of asymmetric elasticity introduced in 1909 by the Cosserat brothers  gave rise to a variety of Cosserat plate theories. In 1960s, Green and Naghdi specialized their general theory of Cosserat surface to obtain the linear Cosserat plate , while independently Eringen proposed a complete theory of plates in the framework of Cosserat elasticity . Numerous plate theories were formulated afterwards; for the review of the latest developments in the area of Cosserat plates we recommend to turn to .
The first theory of Cosserat plates based on the Reissner plate theory was developed in  and its finite element modeling is provided in . The parametric theory of Cosserat plate, presented by the authors in , includes some additional assumptions leading to the introduction of the splitting parameter. This provided the highest level of approximation to the original three-dimensional problem. The theory provides the equilibrium equations and constitutive relations, and the optimal value of the minimization of the elastic energy of the Cosserat plate. The paper  also provides the analytical solutions of the presented plate theory and the three-dimensional Cosserat elasticity for simply supported rectangular plate. The comparison of these solutions showed that the precision of the developed Cosserat plate theory is similar to the precision of the classical plate theory developed by Reissner [8, 9].
The numerical modeling of bending of simply supported rectangular plates is given in . We developed the Cosserat plate field equations and a rigorous formula for the optimal value of the splitting parameter. The solution of the Cosserat plate was shown to converge to the Reissner plate as the elastic asymmetric parameters tend to zero. The Cosserat plate theory demonstrates the agreement with the size effect, confirming that the plates of smaller thickness are more rigid than is expected from the Reissner model. The modeling of Cosserat plates with simply supported rectangular holes is also provided. The finite element analysis of the perforated Cosserat plates is given in .
The extension of the static model of Cosserat elastic plates to the dynamic problems is presented in . The computations predict a new kind of natural frequencies associated with the material microstructure and were shown to be compatible with the size effect principle reported in  for the Cosserat plate bending.
This chapter represents an extension of the paper  for different shapes and orientations of micro-elements incorporated into the Cosserat plates. It is based on the generalized variational principle for elastodynamics and includes a non-diagonal rotatory inertia tensor. The numerical computations of the plate free vibrations showed the existence of some additional high frequencies of micro-vibrations depending on the orientation of micro-elements. The comparison with three-dimensional Cosserat elastodynamics shows a high agreement with the exact values of the eigenvalue frequencies.
2. Cosserat linear elastodynamics
2.1 Fundamental equations
The Cosserat linear elasticity balance laws are
where the is the stress tensor, the couple stress tensor, and are the linear and angular momenta, and are the material density and the rotatory inertia characteristics, is the Levi-Civita tensor.
We will also consider the constitutive equations as in :
and the kinematic relations in the form
Here and represent the displacement and microrotation vectors, and represent the strain and bend-twist tensors, , are the Lamé parameters and , , , are the Cosserat elasticity parameters.
where , , , , and .
We will consider the boundary conditions given in .
and initial conditions
where and are prescribed on , and on , and is the unit vector normal to the boundary of the elastic body .
2.2 Cosserat elastic energy
The strain stored energy of the body is defined by the integral :
The stress energy is given as
We consider the work done by the stresses and over the strains and as in .
The stored kinetic energy is defined as
The kinetic energy is given as
The work done by the inertia forces over displacement and microrotation is given as in .
Keeping in mind that the variation of , , , , and is zero at and we can integrate by parts
2.3 Variational principle for elastodynamics
We modify the HPR principle  for the case of Cosserat elastodynamics in the following way: for any set v of all admissible states that satisfy the strain-displacement and torsion-rotation relations Eq. (5), the zero variation
of the functional
Proof of the variational principle for elastodynamics
Let us consider the variation of the functional :
Taking into account Eq. (5) we can perform the integration by parts
Then keeping in mind that and Eq. (28) we can rewrite the expression for the variation of the functional in the following form
3. Dynamic Cosserat plate theory
In this section we review our stress, couple stress and kinematic assumptions of the Cosserat plate . We consider the thin plate , where is the thickness of the plate and represents its middle plane. The sets and are the top and bottom surfaces contained in the planes , respectively and the curve is the boundary of the middle plane of the plate.
The set of points forms the entire surface of the plate and is the lateral part of the boundary where displacements and microrotations are prescribed. The notation of the remainder we use to describe the lateral part of the boundary edge where stress and couple stress are prescribed. We also use notation for the middle plane internal domain of the plate.
In our case we consider the vertical load and pure twisting momentum boundary conditions at the top and bottom of the plate, which can be written in the form:
We will also consider the rotatory inertia in the form
Let denote the set of all admissible states that satisfy the Cosserat plate strain-displacement relation Eq. (5) and let be a functional on defined by
for every Here and , and
Here the plate stress and kinetic energy density by the formulas
where is the internal domain of the middle plane of the plate.
, and are the Cosserat plate stress, displacement and strain sets
where , , , , , , , , , , , . (is the outward unit normal vector to ).
The plate characteristics provide the approximation of the components of the three-dimensional tensors and
The pressures and are chosen in the form
and is called splitting parameter.
The three-dimensional displacements and microrotations
and the three-dimensional strain and torsion tensors and
Then zero variation of the functional
is equivalent to the plate bending system of equations (A) and constitutive formulas (B) mixed problems.
A. The bending equilibrium system of equations:
where , , , , , , and , with the resultant traction boundary conditions:
at the part and the resultant displacement boundary conditions
at the part
B. Constitutive formulas in the reverse form:1
and the optimal value of the splitting parameter is given as in 
We also assume that the initial condition can be presented in the form
4. Cosserat plate dynamic field equations
The operators are given as follows
The coefficients are given as
5. Numerical validation
For the validation purposes we provide the algorithm and computation results for the three-dimensional Cosserat elastodynamics. We also present the analysis of the numerical results based on the plate theory for the microelements of different shapes and orientations incorporated into the Cosserat plate.
5.1 Analysis of Cosserat plate vibrations based on the three-dimensional theory
In our computations we consider the plates made of polyurethane foam—a material reported in the literature to behave Cosserat like—and the values of the technical elastic parameters presented in : , , , , . Taking into account that the ratio is equal to 1 for bending , these values of the technical constants correspond to the following values of Lamé and Cosserat parameters: , , , , , . We consider a low-density rigid foam usually characterized by the densities of 24–50 kg/m3 . In all further numerical computations we used the density value kg/m3 and different values the rotatory inertia .
Let us consider the plate being a rectangular cuboid . Let the sets and be the top and the bottom surfaces contained in the planes and respectively, and the curve be the lateral part of the boundary:
We solve the three-dimensional Cosserat equilibrium Eqs. (1)–(2) accompanied by the constitutive Eqs. (3)–(4) and strain-displacement and torsion-rotation relations Eq. (5) complemented by the following boundary conditions:
where the initial distribution of the pressure is given as and the rotatory inertia tensor is assumed to have a diagonal form
where the functions represent the transverse variations of the kinematic variables.
and the differential operators are defined as
and the coefficients are defined as
The system of differential Eq. (97) is complemented by the following boundary conditions for and for .
and the coefficients are defined as
The idea for the solution of the eigenvalue problem Eq. (97) is based on the following algorithm:
Step 1.Fix certain frequency value.
We fix certain value of the frequency and force the Cosserat body to vibrate at this frequency.
Step 2.Solve the three-dimensional Cosserat system of equations.
Mathematically, fixing certain value of implies that three-dimensional system of Eq. (97) has a constant right-hand side and therefore can be solved for the kinematic variables as a static system of equations. We solve the system Eq. (97) using the high-precision Runge-Kutta method incorporated in Mathematica software similar to how it was done in .
Step 3.Find large amplitudes of the kinematic variables.
We run through an interval of positive real values and take note where the solution changes its sign and the amplitude of the solutions starts to grow indefinitely. This corresponds to the oscillation of the Cosserat body at its resonant frequency. Thus, when the frequency coincides with the natural frequency of the plate the resonance will occur and the large amplitude linear vibrations can be observed (Figure 1).
The comparison of the eigenfrequencies of the Cosserat plate with the eigenfrequencies of the three-dimensional Cosserat elasticity is given in the Table 1. The rotatory inertia principle moments used are , , , which represent a ball-shaped microelement (Figure 2). The relative error of the natural macro frequencies associated with the rotation of the middle plane and the flexural motion is less than 1%.
|D Cosserat elasticity||0.309||17.763||530.82||211.98||317.87|
5.2 Analysis of Cosserat plate vibrations based on the plate theory
We consider a plate of thickness with the boundary
and the following hard simply supported boundary conditions :
Similar to  we apply the method of separation of variables for the eigenvalue problem Eq. (85) to solve for the kinematic variables , , , , and . The kinematic variables can be further expressed in the following form
where and are constants.
We solve an eigenvalue problem by substituting these expressions into the system of Eq. (85). The obtained nine sequences of positive eigenfrequencies are associated with the rotation of the middle plane (and ), flexural motion and its transverse variation (and ), micro rotatory inertia (, and ) and its transverse variation (and ) .
We perform all our numerical simulations for m and m. We consider different forms of micro elements: ball-shaped elements, horizontally and vertically stretched ellipsoids (see Figure 2). For simplicity we will use the notation for the first elements of the sequences . The results of the computations are given in the Table 2. The shape of the micro-elements does not effect the natural macro frequencies and associated with the rotation of the middle plane and and associated with the flexural motion and its transverse variation. The ellipsoid elements have higher micro frequencies associated with the micro rotatory inertia (, and ) and its transverse variation (and ), than the ball-shaped elements.
Let , and be the principal moments of inertia of the microelements corresponding to the principal axes of their rotation. We assume that the quantities , and are constant throughout the plate . If the microelements are rotated around the -axis by the angle the rotatory inertia tensor can be expressed as
The eigenfrequencies for different angles of microrotation of the microelements are given in the Table 3 and the Figure 3. The rotatory inertia principle moments used are , , , which represent a horizontally stretched ellipsoid microelement. The case when the microelements are not aligned with the edges of the plate the model predicts some additional natural frequencies related with the microstructure of the material.
In this chapter, we presented a mathematical model of Cosserat plate vibrations. The dynamic model of the plates has been developed as a dynamic extension of the Reissner plate theory. The equations has been presented in both tensorial and the matrix forms. We also described the validation of the model, which is based on the comparison with the three-dimensional Cosserat elastodynamics exact solutions. Based on the presented results of the computer simulations we were able to detect and classify the additional high resonance frequencies of a plate. We have shown that the frequencies depend on the shape and orientation of microelements (ball-shaped elements, horizontally and vertically stretched ellipsoids) incorporated into the Cosserat plates. We also have been able to identify that micro frequencies associated with the micro rotatory inertia and its transverse variation of the ellipsoid elements have higher micro frequencies than the ball-shaped elements. We also showed the dependence of the eigenfrequencies on the angles of rotation of the horizontal ellipsoid micro-elements. These results can be used to identify the characteristics of the plate micro-elements.
We use the following notation convention:
the values of the Latin subindex take values in the set
the values of the Greek indices and take values in the set
the Einstein summation notation is used throughout the chapter
Cosserat thin plate
Cosserat elasticity parameters
the stress tensor
the couple stress tensor
strain stored energy
stored kinetic energy
work of inertia forces
Cosserat plate stress set
Cosserat plate displacement set
Cosserat plate strain set
natural frequency of plate vibration
angle of microelement orientation
bending and twisting moments
transverse shear forces
micropolar bending moments
micropolar twisting moments
micropolar couple moments
rotations of the middle plane around axis
vertical deflections of the middle plate
microrotations in the middle plate around axis
rate of change of the microrotation
- In the following formulas a subindex β = 1 if α = 2 and β = 2 if α = 1.