Vector, Tensors, and Related Matters

  • Ciprian D. ComanEmail author
Part of the Solid Mechanics and Its Applications book series (SMIA, volume 238)


All mathematical models of Continuum Mechanics are described by using vectorial and tensorial quantities. For this reason, a certain fluency in vector and tensor manipulations is imperative for much of the rest of the book. The purpose of the current chapter is largely twofold. While the first few sections can serve as a brief review of several key topics in Linear Algebra, for the most part the attention will be directed towards the concept of second-order tensor and its higher order generalisations. The last couple of sections indicate how the usual vector calculus can be extended to tensor fields and functions whose arguments are tensors.


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  1. 1.School of Computing and EngineeringUniversity of HuddersfieldHuddersfieldUK

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