We apply the Cosserat Spectrum theory to boundary value problems in thermoelasticity and show the advantages of this method. The thermoelastic displacement field caused by a general heat flow around a spherical rigid inclusion is calculatedand the results show that the discrete Cosserat eigenfunctions converge fast and thus provide a practical method for solving three-dimensional problems in thermoelasticity. In the case of uniform heat flow, the solution is obtained analytically in closed form and a variational principle within the frame of the Cosserat Spectrum theory shows that the solution maximizes the elastic energy.

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