ePrints@IIScePrints@IISc Home | About | Browse | Latest Additions | Advanced Search | Contact | Help

A conformal gauge theory of solids: Insights into a class of electromechanical and magnetomechanical phenomena

Roy, Pranesh and Roy, Debasish and Reddy, J N (2019) A conformal gauge theory of solids: Insights into a class of electromechanical and magnetomechanical phenomena. In: JOURNAL OF THE MECHANICS AND PHYSICS OF SOLIDS, 130 . pp. 35-55.

[img] PDF
jou_mec_phy_sol_130_35_2019.pdf - Published Version
Restricted to Registered users only

Download (965kB) | Request a copy
Official URL: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jmps.2019.05.008


A gauge theory of solids with conformal symmetry is formulated to model various electromechanical and magnetomechanical coupling phenomena. If the pulled back metric of the current configuration (the right Cauchy-Green tensor) is scaled with a constant, the volumetric part of the Lagrange density changes while the isochoric part remains invariant. However, upon a position dependent scaling, the isochoric part also loses invariance. In order to restore the invariance of the isochoric part, a 1-form compensating field is introduced and the notion of a gauge covariant derivative is utilized to minimally replace the Lagrangian. In view of obvious similarities with the Weyl geometry, the Weyl condition is imposed through the Lagrangian and a minimal coupling is employed so the 1-form could evolve. On deriving the Euler-Lagrange equations based on Hamilton's principle, we observe a close similarity with the governing equations for flexoelectricity under isochoric deformation if the exact part of 1-form is interpreted as the electric field and the anti exact part as the polarization vector. Next, we model piezoelectricity and electrostriction phenomena by contracting the Weyl condition in various ways. Applying the Hodge decomposition theorem on the 1-form which leads to the curl of a pseudo-vector field and a vector field, we also model magnetomechanical phenomena. Identifying the pseudo-vector field with magnetic potential and the vector part with magnetization, flexomagnetism, piezomagnetism and magnetostriction phenomena under isochoric deformation are also modeled. Finally, we consider an analytical solution of the equations for piezoelectricity and propose a flexoelectric plate model to illustrate on the insightful information that the present approach potentially provides.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: copyright for this article belongs to PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD
Keywords: Gauge theory; Conformal symmetry; Electro-magneto-mechanical response; Piezoelectricity; Flexoelectricity
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Civil Engineering
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2019 06:52
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2019 06:52
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/63644

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item