The continuum theory of elasticity has been used for more than a century and has applications in many fields of science and engineering. It is very robust, well understood and mathematically elegant. In the isotropic case elastic properties are easily represented, but for non-isotropic materials, even in the simple cubic symmetry, it can be difficult to visualise how properties such as Young's modulus or Poisson's ratio vary with stress/strain orientation. The ElAM (Elastic Anisotropy Measures) code carries out the required tensorial operations (inversion, rotation, diagonalisation) and creates 3D models of an elastic property's anisotropy. It can also produce 2D cuts in any given plane, compute averages following diverse schemes and query a database of elastic constants to support meta-analyses.
- elastic properties
Marmier, A., Lethbridge, Z. A. D., Walton, R. I., Smith, C. W., Parker, S. C., & Evans, K. E. (2010). ElAM: A computer program for the analysis and representation of anisotropic elastic properties. Computer Physics Communications, 181(12), 2102-2115. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpc.2010.08.033