The elasticity of elasticity Academic Article uri icon


  • In this note we assert that the usual interpretation of what one means by "elasticity" is much too insular and illustrates our thesis by introducing implicit constitutive theories that can describe the non-dissipative response of solids. There is another important aspect to the introduction of such an implicit approach to the non-dissipative response of solids, the development of a hierarchy of approximations wherein, while the strains are infinitesimal the relationship between the stress and the linearized strain is non-linear. Such approximations would not be logically consistent within the context of explicit theories of Cauchy elasticity or Green elasticity that are currently popular. © Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel 2007.

author list (cited authors)

  • Rajagopal, K. R.

citation count

  • 144

publication date

  • March 2007