Analytic Tensor Functions

  • Mikhail ItskovEmail author
Part of the Mathematical Engineering book series (MATHENGIN)


In the previous chapter we discussed isotropic and anisotropic tensor functions and their general representations. Of particular interest in continuum mechanics are isotropic tensor-valued functions of one arbitrary (not necessarily symmetric) tensor. For example, the exponential function of the velocity gradient or other non-symmetric strain rates is very suitable for the formulation of evolution equations in large strain anisotropic plasticity. In this section we focus on a special class of isotropic tensor-valued functions referred here to as analytic tensor functions. In order to specify this class of functions we first deal with the general question how an isotropic tensor-valued function can be defined.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Continuum MechanicsRWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany

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