On spherical inhomogeneity with Steigmann-Ogden interface

Anna Y. Zemlyanova, Sofia G. Mogilevskaya

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The problem of an infinite isotropic elastic space subjected to uniform far-field load and containing an isotropic elastic spherical inhomogeneity with Steigmann-Ogden interface is considered. The interface is treated as a shell of vanishing thickness possessing surface tension as well as membrane and bending stiffnesses. The constitutive and equilibrium equations of the Steigmann-Ogden theory for a spherical surface are written in explicit forms. Closed-form analytical solutions are derived for two cases of loading conditions-the hydrostatic loading and deviatoric loading with vanishing surface tension. The single inhomogeneity-based estimates of the effective properties of macroscopically isotropic materials containing spherical inhomogeneities with Steigmann-Ogden interfaces are presented. It is demonstrated that, in the case of vanishing surface tension, the Steigmann-Ogden model describes a special case of thin and stiff uniform interphase layer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number121009
JournalJournal of Applied Mechanics, Transactions ASME
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2018


  • Interphase layer
  • Spherical inhomogeneity
  • Steigmann-Ogden model
  • Surface effects

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