Wave patterns in a nonclassic nonlinearly-elastic bar under Riemann data Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2017 Recently there has been interest in studying a new class of elastic materials, which is described by implicit constitutive relations. Under some basic assumption for elasticity constants, the system of governing equations of motion for this elastic material is strictly hyperbolic but without the convexity property. In this paper, all wave patterns for the nonclassic nonlinearly elastic materials under Riemann data are established completely by separating the phase plane into twelve disjoint regions and by using a nonnegative dissipation rate assumption and the maximally dissipative kinetics at any stress discontinuity. Depending on the initial data, a variety of wave patterns can arise, and in particular there exist composite waves composed of a rarefaction wave and a shock wave. The solutions for a physically realizable case are presented in detail, which may be used to test whether the material belongs to the class of classical elastic bodies or the one wherein the stretch is expressed as a function of the stress.

altmetric score

  • 0.75

author list (cited authors)

  • Huang, S., Rajagopal, K. R., & Dai, H.

citation count

  • 6

complete list of authors

  • Huang, Shou-Jun||Rajagopal, KR||Dai, Hui-Hui

publication date

  • May 2017