# How is it possible to develop the strain energy function around a stressed configuration ?

+ 0 like - 0 dislike
253 views

Strain elastic energies are generally defined around a stress-free configuration.

Is it possible in some case to define it around a stressed configuration ?

Meaning in general we have $W=W(F)$.

For example for an hyper-elastic material : $W=\frac{μ}{2}(α^2_x+α^2_y+α^2_z−3)$ , where the α are the deformation from a stress-free configuration. But could we also expand the energy around a stressed configuration so that : $W=W_0+\frac{μ}{2}(β^2_x+β^2_y+β^2_z−3)$ with β the deformation from the stressed configuration and $W_0$ the strain energy of this stressed configuration ?

EDIT: after thinking a little bit, I thought that it's obvious that if you go from a configuration 1 to 2 to 3 and 1 is stress-free, then $\mathbf{F}=\mathbf{F}_{12}\mathbf{F}_{23}$. And if $W_{23}=W_{13}-W_{12}$ is right, then the answer is no because you can't developp it like the expression I wrote before. But is it right that  $W_{23}=W_{13}-W_{12}$ ?

PS: I also asked this question on Physics SE.