A general higher-order shell theory for compressible isotropic hyperelastic materials using orthonormal moving frame Academic Article uri icon


  • SummaryThe primary objective of this study is threefold: (1) to present a general higherorder shell theory to analyze large deformations of thin or thick shell structures made of general compressible hyperelastic materials; (2) to formulate an efficient shell theory using the orthonormal moving frame, and (3) to develop and apply the nonlinear weakform Galerkin finite element model for the proposed shell theory. The displacement field of the line normal to the shell reference surface is approximated by the Taylor series/Legendre polynomials in the thickness coordinate of the shell. The use of an orthonormal moving frame makes it possible to represent kinematic quantities (e.g., the determinant of the deformation gradient) in a far more efficient manner compared with the nonorthogonal covariant bases. Kinematic quantities for the shell deformation are obtained in a novel way in the surface coordinate described in the appendix of this study with the help of exterior calculus. Furthermore, the governing equation of the shell deformation has been derived in the general surface coordinates. To obtain the nonlinear solution in the quasistatic cases, we develop the weakform finite element model in which the reference surface of the shell is modeled exactly. The general invariant based compressible hyperelastic material model is considered. The formulation presented herein can be specialized for various other nonlinear compressible hyperelastic constitutive models, for example, in biomechanics and other softmaterial problems (e.g., compressible neoHookean material, compressible MooneyRivlin material, Saint VenantKirchhoff model, and others). A number of numerical examples are presented to verify and validate the formulation presented in this study. The scope of potential extensions are outlined in the final section of this study.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Arbind, A., Reddy, J. N., & Srinivasa, A. R.

citation count

  • 12

publication date

  • January 2021