Transformation Properties of the Lagrangian and Eulerian Strain Tensors

Report No. ARL-TR-908
Authors: Thomas B. Bahder
Date/Pages: April 2002; 36 pages
Abstract: A coordinate independent derivation of the Eulerian and Lagrangian strain tensors of finite deformation theory is given based on the parallel propagator, the world function, and the displacement vector field as a three-point tensor. The derivation explicitly shows that the Eulerian and Lagrangian strain tensors are two-point tensors, each a function of both the spatial and material coordinates. The Eulerian strain is a two-point tensor that transforms as a second rank tensor under transformation of spatial coordinates and transforms as a scalar under transformation of the material coordinates. The Lagrangian strain is a two-point tensor that transforms as a scalar under transformation of spatial coordinates and transforms as a second rank tensor under transformation of the material coordinates. These transformation properties are needed when transforming the strain tensors from one frame of reference to another moving frame.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: April 1, 2002