The Coupled and Quasi-static Approximation

  • William Alan Day
Part of the Springer Tracts in Natural Philosophy book series (STPHI, volume 30)


This chapter is given over to an investigation of the effect of thermomechanical coupling in isolation from the effect of inertia. To this end we make the coupled and quasi-static approximation which entails that the coupling constant a be positive while the inertial constant b is set equal to zero. Thus, we retain the first of the thermoelastic equations (1.1.1) but replace (1.1.2) by the approximate equation
$$ \frac{{{\partial^2}u}}{{\partial {x^2}}} = \sqrt a \cdot \frac{{\partial \theta }}{{\partial x}}. $$
. In the light of the boundary conditions (1.1.3) the strain ∂u/∂x must satisfy the condition
$$ \int_0^1 {\frac{{\partial u}}{{\partial x}}dx = 0} $$
and if we integrate (2.1.1) with respect to x and appeal to this condition we can express the strain in terms of the temperature by way of the equation
$$ \frac{{\partial u}}{{\partial x}}(x,t) = \sqrt a \cdot \theta (x,t) = \sqrt a \cdot \int_0^1 {\theta (y,t)dy.} $$
. When we differentiate with respect to t and substitute for the strain rate in (1.1.1) we conclude that the temperature is a solution of the equation.
$$ \frac{{{\partial^2}\theta }}{{\partial {x^2}}}(x,t) = (1 + a)\frac{{\partial \theta }}{{\partial t}}(x,t) - a\frac{d}{{dt}}\int_0^1 {\theta (y,t)dy.} $$


Maximum Principle Heat Equation Theta Function Monotone Property Nonlocal Boundary 
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    The most suitable reference is to the notes [23] taken by J. W. Green of the lectures of H. Lewy. In order to establish what we require it suffices to make only minor modifications to the arguments of Sections 5–10 of Chapter II of those notes.Google Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  • William Alan Day
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  1. 1.Mathematical InstituteUniversity of OxfordOxfordEngland

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