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Inertia and invariance

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An invariance argument is presented that yields the constitutive splitting of the total energy into an internal and a kinetic part, as well as a representation of the latter and the inertial forces in terms of one and the same mass tensor.


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Dedicated to Professor Walter Noll on the occasion of his retirement from teaching.

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Podio-Guidugli, P. Inertia and invariance. Annali di Matematica pura ed applicata 172, 103–124 (1997). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01782609

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  • Total Energy
  • Inertial Force
  • Kinetic Part
  • Mass Tensor
  • Invariance Argument