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Micropolar elasticity theory: a survey of linear isotropic equations, representative notations, and experimental investigations. (English) Zbl 1371.74012
Summary: This paper is devoted to a review of the linear isotropic theory of micropolar elasticity and its development with a focus on the notation used to represent the micropolar elastic moduli and the experimental efforts taken to measure them. Notation, not only the selected symbols but also the approaches used for denoting the material elastic constants involved in the model, can play an important role in the micropolar elasticity theory especially in the context of investigating its relationship with the couple-stress and classical elasticity theories. Two categories of notation, one with coupled classical and micropolar elastic moduli and one with decoupled classical and micropolar elastic moduli, are examined and the consequences of each are addressed. The misleading nature of the former category is also discussed. Experimental investigations on the micropolar elasticity and material constants are also reviewed where one can note the questionable nature and limitations of the experimental results reported on the micropolar elasticity theory.

74A35 Polar materials
74A60 Micromechanical theories
74B99 Elastic materials
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