Likely cavitation and radial motion of stochastic elastic spheres

Author: 

Mihai, L
Woolley, T
GORIELY, A

Publication Date: 

13 March 2020

Journal: 

Nonlinearity

Last Updated: 

2020-10-06T06:09:02.57+01:00

Issue: 

5

Volume: 

35

DOI: 

10.1088/1361-6544/ab7104

abstract: 

The cavitation of solid elastic spheres is a classical problem of continuum mechanics. Here, we
study this problem within the context of \stochastic elasticity" where the constitutive parameters
are characterised by probability density functions. We consider homogeneous spheres of stochastic
neo-Hookean material, composites with two concentric stochastic neo-Hookean phases, and inhomogeneous
spheres of locally neo-Hookean material with a radially varying parameter. In all cases,
we show that the material at the centre determines the critical load at which a spherical cavity
forms there. However, while under dead-load traction, a supercritical bifurcation, with stable cavitation,
is obtained in a static sphere of stochastic neo-Hookean material, for the composite and
radially inhomogeneous spheres, a subcritical bifurcation, with snap cavitation, is also possible.
For the dynamic spheres, oscillatory motions are produced under suitable dead-load traction, such
that a cavity forms and expands to a maximum radius, then collapses again to zero periodically,
but not under impulse traction. Under a surface impulse, a subcritical bifurcation is found in a
static sphere of stochastic neo-Hookean material and also in an inhomogeneous sphere, whereas in
composite spheres, supercritical bifurcations can occur as well. Given the non-deterministic material
parameters, the results can be characterised in terms of probability distributions.

Symplectic id: 

1083669

Submitted to ORA: 

Submitted

Publication Type: 

Journal Article