Transport theorems, such as that named after Reynolds, are an important tool in the field of continuum physics. Recently, Seguin and Fried used Harrison's theory of differential chains to establish a transport theorem valid for evolving domains that may become irregular. Evolving irregular domains occur in many different physical settings, such as phase transitions or fracture. Here, emphasizing concepts over technicalities, we present Harrison's theory of differential chains and the results of Seguin and Fried in a way meant to be accessible to researchers in continuum physics. We also show how the transport theorem applies to three concrete examples and approximate the resulting terms numerically. Furthermore, we discuss how the transport theorem might be used to weaken certain basic assumptions underlying the description of continua and the challenges associated with doing so.
Extending the Transport Theorem to Rough Domains of Integration
Manuscript received April 4, 2013; final manuscript received December 22, 2013; published online May 29, 2014. Assoc. Editor: Jörg Schumacher.
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Seguin, B., Hinz, D. F., and Fried, E. (May 29, 2014). "Extending the Transport Theorem to Rough Domains of Integration." ASME. Appl. Mech. Rev. September 2014; 66(5): 050802. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4026910
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