Em mecânica do contínuo, o tensor tensão de Cauchy, tensor tensão verdadeira ou simplesmente denominado tensor tensão, denominado em memória de Augustin-Louis Cauchy, é um tensor de segunda ordem, com nove componentes , que define completamente o estado de tensão em um ponto no domínio de um material em sua configuração deformada. O tensor relaciona um vetor diretor de comprimento unitário n com o vetor tensão T(n) sobre uma superfície imaginária perpendicular a n:
De acordo com o princípio da conservação do momento linear, se o corpo contínuo está em equilíbrio estático pode ser demonstrado que as componentes do tensor tensão de Cauchy em todo ponto material do corpo satisfaz as equações de equilíbrio (equações de movimento de Cauchy para aceleração nula). Ao mesmo tempo, de acordo com p princípio da conservação do momento angular, o equilíbrio requer que a soma dos momentos em relação a um ponto arbitrário seja nula, o que leva à conclusão de que o tensor tensão é simétrico, havendo assim somente seis componentes independentes de tensão, ao invés das nove originais.
Há alguns invariantes associados com o tensor tensão, cujos valores não dependem do sistema de coordenadas usado, ou da área do elemento sobre a qual o tensor tensão atua. Estes são os três autovalores do tensor tensão, que são denominados tensões principais.
Figure 2.1a Distribuição interna de forças e momentos sobre um diferencial da superfície interna em um contínuo, como resultado da interação entre as duas porções do contínuo separadas pela superfície
Figure 2.1b Distribuição interna de forças e momentos sobre um diferencial da superfície interna em um contínuo, como resultado da interação entre as duas porções do contínuo separadas pela superfície
Figure 2.1c Vetor tensão sobre uma superfície interna S com vetor normal n. Dependendo da orientação do plano em consideração, o vetor tensão pode não necessariamente ser perpendicular ao plano, i.e. paralelo a , e pode ser decomposto em duas componentes: uma componente normal ao plano , chamada tensão normal, e outra componente paralela a este plano, chamada tensão cisalhante.
O princípio da tensão de Euler–Cauchy estabelece que sobre qualquer superfície (real ou imaginária) que divide o corpo, a ação de uma parte do corpo sobre a outra é equivalente ao sistema de forças e momentos distribuídos sobre a superfície dividindo o corpo, sendo representada por um campo , denominado vetor tensão, definido sobre a superfície e assumido depender continuamente do vetor unitário à superfície .:p.66–96
Para formular o princípio de tensão de Euler-Cauchy, considere uma superfície imaginária passando através de um ponto interno do material dividindo o corpo contínuo em 2 segmentos, como visto nas Figuras 2.1a ou 2.1b (pode-se usar quer o diagrama do plano de corte ou o diagrama com o volume arbitrário dentro do contínuo fechado pela superfície ).
Segundo a dinâmica classica de Newton e Euler, o movimento de um corpo material é produzido pela ação de forças aplicadas externamente, as quais são assumidos como sendo de dois tipos: forças superficiais e forças de corpo . Deste modo, a força total aplicada a um corpo ou a uma parte do corpo pode ser expressa como:
Somente as forças de superfície serão discutidas neste artigo em que sejam relevantes para o tensor de tensão de Cauchy.
Quando o corpo é submetido a forças de superfície externa ou forças de contacto , segundo as equações de Euler do movimento, forças de contacto interno e os momentos são transmitidos a partir de um ponto a outro no corpo, e de um segmento para o outro através da superfície de separação , devido ao contacto mecânico de uma parte do contínuo para a outra (Figura 2.1a e 2.1b). Em um elemento de área contendo , com o vetor normal , a força de distribuição é equipolente à força de contato e ao momento de superfície . Em particular, a força de contato é dada por:
Onde é a superfície média de tração.
O princípio de tensão de Cauchy assegura:p.47–102 que como torna-se muito pequeno e tende a zero, a taxa torna-se e o par de tensores de tensão desaparece. Em campos específicos da mecânica dos meios contínuos, o par tensão é assumido não desaparecer; no entanto, ramos clássicos da mecânica dos meios contínuos abordam materiais não polares que não consideram pares tensões e momentos de corpo.
O vetor resultante is definido como a superficie de tração, também chamado vetor tensão,tração, ou vetor tração. dado por: no ponto associado a um plano com o vetor normal :
This equation means that the stress vector depends on its location in the body and the orientation of the plane on which it is acting.
This implies that the balancing action of internal contact forces generates a contact force density or Cauchy traction field that represents a distribution of internal contact forces throughout the volume of the body in a particular configuration of the body at a given time . It is not a vector field because it depends not only on the position of a particular material point, but also on the local orientation of the surface element as defined by its normal vector .
Depending on the orientation of the plane under consideration, the stress vector may not necessarily be perpendicular to that plane, i.e. parallel to , and can be resolved into two components (Figure 2.1c):
one normal to the plane, called normal stress
where is the normal component of the force to the differential area
and the other parallel to this plane, called the shear stress
where is the tangential component of the force to the differential surface area . The shear stress can be further decomposed into two mutually perpendicular vectors.
According to the Cauchy Postulate, the stress vector remains unchanged for all surfaces passing through the point and having the same normal vector at , i.e., having a common tangent at . This means that the stress vector is a function of the normal vector only, and is not influenced by the curvature of the internal surfaces.
A consequence of Cauchy’s postulate is Cauchy’s Fundamental Lemma, also called the Cauchy reciprocal theorem,:p.103–130 which states that the stress vectors acting on opposite sides of the same surface are equal in magnitude and opposite in direction. Cauchy’s fundamental lemma is equivalent to Newton's third law of motion of action and reaction, and is expressed as
The state of stress at a point in the body is then defined by all the stress vectors T(n) associated with all planes (infinite in number) that pass through that point. However, according to Cauchy’s fundamental theorem, also called Cauchy’s stress theorem, merely by knowing the stress vectors on three mutually perpendicular planes, the stress vector on any other plane passing through that point can be found through coordinate transformation equations.
Cauchy’s stress theorem states that there exists a second-order tensor fieldσ(x, t), called the Cauchy stress tensor, independent of n, such that T is a linear function of n:
This equation implies that the stress vector T(n) at any point P in a continuum associated with a plane with normal unit vector n can be expressed as a function of the stress vectors on the planes perpendicular to the coordinate axes, i.e. in terms of the components σij of the stress tensor σ.
To prove this expression, consider a tetrahedron with three faces oriented in the coordinate planes, and with an infinitesimal area dA oriented in an arbitrary direction specified by a normal unit vector n (Figure 2.2). The tetrahedron is formed by slicing the infinitesimal element along an arbitrary plane n. The stress vector on this plane is denoted by T(n). The stress vectors acting on the faces of the tetrahedron are denoted as T(e1), T(e2), and T(e3), and are by definition the components σij of the stress tensor σ. This tetrahedron is sometimes called the Cauchy tetrahedron. The equilibrium of forces, i.e.Euler’s first law of motion (Newton’s second law of motion), gives:
Figure 2.2. Stress vector acting on a plane with normal unit vector n. A note on the sign convention: The tetrahedron is formed by slicing a parallelepiped along an arbitrary plane n. So, the force acting on the plane n is the reaction exerted by the other half of the parallelepiped and has an opposite sign.
where the right-hand-side represents the product of the mass enclosed by the tetrahedron and its acceleration: ρ is the density, a is the acceleration, and h is the height of the tetrahedron, considering the plane n as the base. The area of the faces of the tetrahedron perpendicular to the axes can be found by projecting dA into each face (using the dot product):
and then substituting into the equation to cancel out dA:
To consider the limiting case as the tetrahedron shrinks to a point, h must go to 0 (intuitively, the plane n is translated along n toward O). As a result, the right-hand-side of the equation approaches 0, so
Assuming a material element (Figure 2.3) with planes perpendicular to the coordinate axes of a Cartesian coordinate system, the stress vectors associated with each of the element planes, i.e.T(e1), T(e2), and T(e3) can be decomposed into a normal component and two shear components, i.e. components in the direction of the three coordinate axes. For the particular case of a surface with normal unit vector oriented in the direction of the x1-axis, denote the normal stress by σ11, and the two shear stresses as σ12 and σ13:
In index notation this is
The nine components σij of the stress vectors are the components of a second-order Cartesian tensor called the Cauchy stress tensor, which completely defines the state of stress at a point and is given by
where σ11, σ22, and σ33 are normal stresses, and σ12, σ13, σ21, σ23, σ31, and σ32 are shear stresses. The first index i indicates that the stress acts on a plane normal to the xi-axis, and the second index j denotes the direction in which the stress acts. A stress component is positive if it acts in the positive direction of the coordinate axes, and if the plane where it acts has an outward normal vector pointing in the positive coordinate direction.
Thus, using the components of the stress tensor
Alternatively, in matrix form we have
The Voigt notation representation of the Cauchy stress tensor takes advantage of the symmetry of the stress tensor to express the stress as a six-dimensional vector of the form:
The Voigt notation is used extensively in representing stress-strain relations in solid mechanics and for computational efficiency in numerical structural mechanics software.
It can be shown that the stress tensor is a contravariant second order tensor, which is a statement of how it transforms under a change of the coordinate system. From an xi-system to an xi' -system, the components σij in the initial system are transformed into the components σij' in the new system according to the tensor transformation rule (Figure 2.4):
The magnitude of the normal stress component σn of any stress vector T(n) acting on an arbitrary plane with normal unit vector n at a given point, in terms of the components σij of the stress tensor σ, is the dot product of the stress vector and the normal unit vector:
The magnitude of the shear stress component τn, acting in the plane spanned by the two vectors T(n) and n, can then be found using the Pythagorean theorem:
According to the principle of conservation of linear momentum, if the continuum body is in static equilibrium it can be demonstrated that the components of the Cauchy stress tensor in every material point in the body satisfy the equilibrium equations.
Consider a continuum body (see Figure 4) occupying a volume , having a surface area , with defined traction or surface forces per unit area acting on every point of the body surface, and body forces per unit of volume on every point within the volume . Thus, if the body is in equilibrium the resultant force acting on the volume is zero, thus:
According to the principle of conservation of angular momentum, equilibrium requires that the summation of moments with respect to an arbitrary point is zero, which leads to the conclusion that the stress tensor is symmetric, thus having only six independent stress components, instead of the original nine:
Derivation of symmetry of the stress tensor
Summing moments about point O (Figure 4) the resultant moment is zero as the body is in equilibrium. Thus,
where is the position vector and is expressed as
Knowing that and using Gauss's divergence theorem to change from a surface integral to a volume integral, we have
The second integral is zero as it contains the equilibrium equations. This leaves the first integral, where , therefore
For an arbitrary volume V, we then have
which is satisfied at every point within the body. Expanding this equation we have
, , and
or in general
This proves that the stress tensor is symmetric
However, in the presence of couple-stresses, i.e. moments per unit volume, the stress tensor is non-symmetric. This also is the case when the Knudsen number is close to one, , or the continuum is a non-Newtonian fluid, which can lead to rotationally non-invariant fluids, such as polymers.
At every point in a stressed body there are at least three planes, called principal planes, with normal vectors , called principal directions, where the corresponding stress vector is perpendicular to the plane, i.e., parallel or in the same direction as the normal vector , and where there are no normal shear stresses . The three stresses normal to these principal planes are called principal stresses.
The components of the stress tensor depend on the orientation of the coordinate system at the point under consideration. However, the stress tensor itself is a physical quantity and as such, it is independent of the coordinate system chosen to represent it. There are certain invariants associated with every tensor which are also independent of the coordinate system. For example, a vector is a simple tensor of rank one. In three dimensions, it has three components. The value of these components will depend on the coordinate system chosen to represent the vector, but the magnitude of the vector is a physical quantity (a scalar) and is independent of the Cartesian coordinate system chosen to represent the vector. Similarly, every second rank tensor (such as the stress and the strain tensors) has three independent invariant quantities associated with it. One set of such invariants are the principal stresses of the stress tensor, which are just the eigenvalues of the stress tensor. Their direction vectors are the principal directions or eigenvectors.
A stress vector parallel to the normal unit vector is given by:
where is a constant of proportionality, and in this particular case corresponds to the magnitudes of the normal stress vectors or principal stresses.
Knowing that and , we have
This is a homogeneous system, i.e. equal to zero, of three linear equations where are the unknowns. To obtain a nontrivial (non-zero) solution for , the determinant matrix of the coefficients must be equal to zero, i.e. the system is singular. Thus,
Expanding the determinant leads to the characteristic equation
The characteristic equation has three real roots , i.e. not imaginary due to the symmetry of the stress tensor. The , and , are the principal stresses, functions of the eigenvalues . The eigenvalues are the roots of the Cayley–Hamilton theorem. The principal stresses are unique for a given stress tensor. Therefore, from the characteristic equation, the coefficients , and , called the first, second, and third stress invariants, respectively, have always the same value regardless of the coordinate system's orientation.
For each eigenvalue, there is a non-trivial solution for in the equation . These solutions are the principal directions or eigenvectors defining the plane where the principal stresses act. The principal stresses and principal directions characterize the stress at a point and are independent of the orientation.
A coordinate system with axes oriented to the principal directions implies that the normal stresses are the principal stresses and the stress tensor is represented by a diagonal matrix:
The principal stresses can be combined to form the stress invariants, , , and . The first and third invariant are the trace and determinant respectively, of the stress tensor. Thus,
Because of its simplicity, the principal coordinate system is often useful when considering the state of the elastic medium at a particular point. Principal stresses are often expressed in the following equation for evaluating stresses in the x and y directions or axial and bending stresses on a part.:p.58–59 The principal normal stresses can then be used to calculate the von Mises stress and ultimately the safety factor and margin of safety.
Using just the part of the equation under the square root is equal to the maximum and minimum shear stress for plus and minus. This is shown as:
The maximum shear stress or maximum principal shear stress is equal to one-half the difference between the largest and smallest principal stresses, and acts on the plane that bisects the angle between the directions of the largest and smallest principal stresses, i.e. the plane of the maximum shear stress is oriented from the principal stress planes. The maximum shear stress is expressed as
When the stress tensor is non zero the normal stress component acting on the plane for the maximum shear stress is non-zero and it is equal to
The normal stress can be written in terms of principal stresses as
Knowing that , the shear stress in terms of principal stresses components is expressed as
The maximum shear stress at a point in a continuum body is determined by maximizing subject to the condition that
This is a constrained maximization problem, which can be solved using the Lagrangian multiplier technique to convert the problem into an unconstrained optimization problem. Thus, the stationary values (maximum and minimum values)of occur where the gradient of is parallel to the gradient of .
The Lagrangian function for this problem can be written as
where is the Lagrangian multiplier (which is different from the use to denote eigenvalues).
The extreme values of these functions are
These three equations together with the condition may be solved for and
By multiplying the first three equations by and , respectively, and knowing that we obtain
Adding these three equations we get
this result can be substituted into each of the first three equations to obtain
Doing the same for the other two equations we have
A first approach to solve these last three equations is to consider the trivial solution . However this options does not fulfill the constrain .
Considering the solution where and , it is determine from the condition that , then from the original equation for it is seen that . The other two possible values for can be obtained similarly by assuming
Thus, one set of solutions for these four equations is:
These correspond to minimum values for and verifies that there are no shear stresses on planes normal to the principal directions of stress, as shown previously.
A second set of solutions is obtained by assuming and . Thus we have
To find the values for and we first add these two equations
Knowing that for
and solving for we have
Then solving for we have
The other two possible values for can be obtained similarly by assuming
Therefore the second set of solutions for , representing a maximum for is
Therefore, assuming , the maximum shear stress is expressed by
and it can be stated as being equal to one-half the difference between the largest and smallest principal stresses, acting on the plane that bisects the angle between the directions of the largest and smallest principal stresses.
As it is a second order tensor, the stress deviator tensor also has a set of invariants, which can be obtained using the same procedure used to calculate the invariants of the stress tensor. It can be shown that the principal directions of the stress deviator tensor are the same as the principal directions of the stress tensor . Thus, the characteristic equation is
where , and are the first, second, and third deviatoric stress invariants, respectively. Their values are the same (invariant) regardless of the orientation of the coordinate system chosen. These deviatoric stress invariants can be expressed as a function of the components of or its principal values , , and , or alternatively, as a function of or its principal values , , and . Thus,
Because , the stress deviator tensor is in a state of pure shear.
A quantity called the equivalent stress or von Mises stress is commonly used in solid mechanics. The equivalent stress is defined as
Considering the principal directions as the coordinate axes, a plane whose normal vector makes equal angles with each of the principal axes (i.e. having direction cosines equal to ) is called an octahedral plane. There are a total of eight octahedral planes (Figure 6). The normal and shear components of the stress tensor on these planes are called octahedral normal stress and octahedral shear stress, respectively.
Knowing that the stress tensor of point O (Figure 6) in the principal axes is
the stress vector on an octahedral plane is then given by:
The normal component of the stress vector at point O associated with the octahedral plane is
which is the mean normal stress or hydrostatic stress. This value is the same in all eight octahedral planes. The shear stress on the octahedral plane is then