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    On some fundamental misunderstandings in the indeterminate couple stress model. A comment on recent papers of A.R. Hadjesfandiari and G.F. Dargush

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    In a series of papers which are either published [A.R. Hadjesfandiari and G.F. Dargush, Couple stress theory for solids, Int. J. Solids Struct. 48, 2496-2510, 2011; A.R. Hadjesfandiari and G.F. Dargush, Fundamental solutions for isotropic size-dependent couple stress elasticity, Int. J. Solids Struct. 50, 1253-1265, 2013] or available as preprints Hadjesfandiari and Dargush have reconsidered the linear indeterminate couple stress model. They are postulating a certain physically plausible split in the virtual work principle. Based on this postulate they claim that the second-order couple stress tensor must always be skew-symmetric. Since they use an incomplete set of boundary conditions in their virtual work principle their statement contains unrecoverable errors. This is shown by specifying their development to the isotropic case. However, their choice of constitutive parameters is mathematically possible and still yields a well-posed boundary value problem.Comment: arXiv admin note: text overlap with arXiv:1504.0086

    Wave propagation in relaxed micromorphic continua: modelling metamaterials with frequency band-gaps

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    In this paper the relaxed micromorphic model proposed in [Patrizio Neff, Ionel-Dumitrel Ghiba, Angela Madeo, Luca Placidi, Giuseppe Rosi. A unifying perspective: the relaxed linear micromorphic continuum, submitted, 2013, arXiv:1308.3219; and Ionel-Dumitrel Ghiba, Patrizio Neff, Angela Madeo, Luca Placidi, Giuseppe Rosi. The relaxed linear micromorphic continuum: existence, uniqueness and continuous dependence in dynamics, submitted, 2013, arXiv:1308.3762] has been used to study wave propagation in unbounded continua with microstructure. By studying dispersion relations for the considered relaxed medium, we are able to disclose precise frequency ranges (band-gaps) for which propagation of waves cannot occur. These dispersion relations are strongly nonlinear so giving rise to a macroscopic dispersive behavior of the considered medium. We prove that the presence of band-gaps is related to a unique elastic coefficient, the so-called Cosserat couple modulus ÎĽc\mu_{c}, which is also responsible for the loss of symmetry of the Cauchy force stress tensor. This parameter can be seen as the trigger of a bifurcation phenomenon since the fact of slightly changing its value around a given threshold drastically changes the observed response of the material with respect to wave propagation. We finally show that band-gaps cannot be accounted for by classical micromorphic models as well as by Cosserat and second gradient ones. The potential fields of application of the proposed relaxed model are manifold, above all for what concerns the conception of new engineering materials to be used for vibration control and stealth technology

    A unifying perspective: the relaxed linear micromorphic continuum

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    We formulate a relaxed linear elastic micromorphic continuum model with symmetric Cauchy force-stresses and curvature contribution depending only on the micro-dislocation tensor. Our relaxed model is still able to fully describe rotation of the microstructure and to predict non-polar size-effects. It is intended for the homogenized description of highly heterogeneous, but non polar materials with microstructure liable to slip and fracture. In contrast to classical linear micromorphic models our free energy is not uniformly pointwise positive definite in the control of the independent constitutive variables. The new relaxed micromorphic model supports well-posedness results for the dynamic and static case. There, decisive use is made of new coercive inequalities recently proved by Neff, Pauly and Witsch and by Bauer, Neff, Pauly and Starke. The new relaxed micromorphic formulation can be related to dislocation dynamics, gradient plasticity and seismic processes of earthquakes. It unifies and simplifies the understanding of the linear micromorphic models
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