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Dislocation Density Tensor of Thin Elastic Shells at

Finite Deformation

Bohua Sun

April 4, 2018

Abstract The dislocation density tensors of thin elastic shells have been for-mulated explicitly in terms of the Riemann curvature tensor. The formulation reveals that the dislocation density of the shells is proportional to KA3/2, whereK is the Gauss curvature andAis the determinant of metric tensor of the middle surface.

Keywords dislocation density tensor, · thin shells · Riemann curvature tensor

1 Introduction

Fracture and elasto-plasticity of plates and shells is of great practical as well as theoretical interest[1, 9–12]. For example, a large number of engineering structures, such as pressurized aircraft fuselages, ship hulls, storage tanks and pipelines are constructed of shells and plates. Concern over the safety of such structures has led to tremendous amounts of productive research in the field. The dislocation density tensor has drawn a great deal of attention [15, 2, 5–8] due to the fact that the dislocation is being considered as the physi-cal mechanism of both fracture and plasticity. Recently Birsan and Neff [3] proposed a dislocation density tensor for the Cosserat theory of shells [4]. From literature survey, we noticed that the dislocation density tensors of the Mindlin-Reissner (M-R) shells [14] and Kirchhoff-Love (K-L) shells [13], have not been formulated yet. The aim of this short article is that we will apply the 3-D dislocation density tensor formulation obtained by Sun [18] to the shell models and derived their dislocation density tensor, respectively.

Bohua Sun

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Bellville 7535, Cape Town, South Africa

Tel.: +27 21 959 6766 E-mail: sunb@cput.ac.za


The paper is organized as that following an introduction, section 2 in-troduces the dislocation density tensor obtained by Sun [18]. Section 3 gives displacement field of thin shells. Section 4 formulates deformation gradient. Section 5 derives the dislocation density tensor for the Mindlin-Reissner and K-L theory of shells. Finally, Section 6 concludes the paper.

2 Dislocation density tensor in terms of the Riemann curvature tensor

In 2016 Sun [18] proved that the dislocation density tensor can be explicitly expressed by the Riemann curvature tensor, and shown that the dislocation density is proportional to the Riemann curvature tensor.

Definition 1 LetF be the deformation gradient, the definition of the dislo-cation tensor is given by

T =F × ∇X, (1)

where, the gradient operatorX = X = ∂X∂iGi (see appendix).

Lemma 1 Let ube displacement field, Rthe Riemann curvature tensor, the dislocation density tensorT can be presented explicitly in terms of the Riemann curvature tensor as follows

T =1

2R(X,Y)u. (2)

or in conventional form

T =1 2uiR



1 2u


ijklGj⊗GGl. (3)

The equation (2) and (3) were formulated by Sun [18].

Proof Let B be undeformed configuration and du = F ·dY = Yu·dY, (X,Y) B. According to the Stokes integration theorem, we have the dis-placement vector change along an arbitrary close loop as follows

u= H∂Ψdu

= ∫Ψd(du) =∫Ψd(Yu·dY),


in which,∂Ψ is close boundary of a surfaceΨ B, and du=Yu·dY is a vector-valued 1-form, differentiating the above equation once more, hence we obtain the vector-valued 2-form

d(Yu·dY) =d(Yu)∧dY + (1)0Yud2Y = Y(Xu)·dX∧dY = YXu·dX∧dY,



Since the antisymmetric nature of exterior algebra,dX∧dY =−dY ∧dX, thus

d(Yu·dY) =12[XYuYXu]·dX∧dY. (6)

According to the definition of the Riemann operator

R(X,Y)u=XYuYXu∇[X,Y]u. (7)

and in the coordinate frame, the torsion curvature∇[X,Y]u= 0, we have

XYuYXu=R(X,Y)u. (8)

If we expand the vector fields in terms of the coordinate basis ∂I, the

Rie-mann tensor R(X,Y)u = [RI J KLX


I and its componentsRIJ KL:= ∂KΓLJI −∂LΓKJI +Γ





KJ. The symbolsΓ I

J K are called the

co-efficients of the affine connections, or the Christoffel symbols, with respect to the frameGJ, that is,GJGK =G

I J K.

Therefore, we have

d(Yu·dY) =12[XYuYXu]·dX∧dY

= 1



Finally, we have the displacement change in differential forms

u= Ψd(Yu·dY)

=12Ψ[XYuYXu]·dX∧dY = 12ΨR(X,Y)u·dX∧dY.


Note that the area element dA = dX ∧dY, hence the dislocation density tensorT and the incompatibility operatorInc(F)

T =Inc(F) = du

dA =


2R(X,Y)u. (11)

The proof is complete. ⊓⊔

Equations (2) and (3) provide a general framework on formulation of dis-location density tensor for a given displacement fieldu, especially in the case of beams, plates and shells, where the displacement field are always assumed with constraints.

3 Displacement field of thin shells

LetX =P+ξA3be position vector in the undeformed state, andx=p+ξη

be position vector in the deformed state, where the unit normal vectorA3 is orthogonal to the undeforemd middle surface, however, in generalηis neither unit or normal to the deformed middle surface.


The base vectors in the undeformed state G3 = X = A3, and Gα = X =P+ξA3=Aα+ξA3 =Aα−ξBαβAβ=µαβAβ=µαβAβ, where

the shitter tensor µαβ = Aαβ −ξBαβ, µβα = δβα−ξBβα. The metric tensor Gαβ=µλαµλβ=Aλρµλαµ


β,3= 0, G33= 1.

The base vectors in the deformed stategα=x =p+ξη=a+ξη


3.1 The displacement field of the Kirchhoff-Love theory of shells

The Kirchhoff-Love (K-L) theory of shells is an extension of Euler-Bernoulli beam theory and was developed in 1888 by Love [13] using assumptions pro-posed by Kirchhoff.

The K-L kinematic assumptions are: 1. straight lines normal to the surface remain straight after deformation; 2. straight lines normal to the mid-surface remain normal to the mid-mid-surface after deformation; and 3. the thick-ness of the plate does not change during a deformation.

For the Kirchhoff-Love theory of shells [13], the displacement of thin shells can be represented asu=Aσ+v3A3−ξ(v3+vγBσγ)Aσ= [vσ−ξ(v3+ vγBσγ)Aσ] +v3A3and/oru=Aσ+v3A3−ξ(v,σ3 +vγBγσ)Aσ= [vσ−ξ(v,σ3 + vγBγσ)]Aσ+v3A3.

The K-L theory of shells has three unknown variables, namely, v1, v2, v3.

3.2 The displacement field of the Mindlin-Reissner theory of shells

The Mindlin-Reissner theory of plates is an extension of Kirchhoff-Love plate theory that takes into account shear deformations through-the-thickness of a plate. The theory was proposed in 1951 by R. Mindlin. [14] A similar, but not identical, theory had been proposed earlier by Eric Reissner in 1945.[13] Both theories are intended for thick plates in which the normal to the mid-surface remains straight but not necessarily perpendicular to the mid-surface. The Mindlin-Reissner theory is used to calculate the deformations and stresses in a plate whose thickness is of the order of one tenth the planar dimensions while the Kirchhoff-Love theory is applicable to thinner plates.

Thusu=v+ξd=Aβ+v3A3+ξdβAβ = (+ξdβ)Aβ+v3A3, so we

have the components of the arbitrary displacement vectoru=Aβ+u3A3

as follows=(ξ1, ξ2) +ξdβ(ξ1, ξ2) andu3=v3(ξ1, ξ2).

The M-R theory of shells has five unknown variables, namely,v1, v2, v3, d1, d2.

4 Deformation gradient of thin shells

There are four base vectors in the analysis of shell deformation, namely,

Ai,ai,Gi,gi. The relationship of base vectors in both underformed and



F //gi





f //ai ψ



Fig. 1. Relationship of base vectors.

The deformation gradient of the thin shells is defined as

F =gi⊗Gi


= (p+ξη)Gα+ηG3.


In the diagram 1, there are four tensors, namely,F =gi⊗Gi is

deforma-tion gradient of arbitrary surface,f =ai⊗Ai is middle surface deformation

gradient,µ=Gi⊗Ai is shifter tensor fromAi to Gi in undeformed state,

andψ=gi⊗ai is shifter tensor fromai togi in deformed state.

With the help off,µ,ψ, the deformation gradientF can be expressed in a multiplication format:

F =gi⊗Gi= (gi⊗ai)·(ai⊗Ai)·(Ai⊗Gi) =ψ·f ·µ1. (13)

The equation (13) indicates that the deformation gradient of shells can be decomposed into the multiplication of middle surface deformation gradient with two shifter tensorsµ and ψ. In order words, the study of general shell deformation can be considered as the subject of deformation of the middle surface. This relation can be mathematically interpreted as follows: the middle surface deformation gradientf is push-forwarded to the deformation gradient

F by two shifter tensorµandψ.

The inverse of shifter tensor µisµ1=A

i⊗Gi, namely,



=Aα⊗(Aα−ξBαβA β) +A





where the tensor A=Ai⊗Ai=I is an identity tensor, and the 2nd

funda-mental tensorB=


The deformation gradient of the middle surfacef =F=0 is given by

f =ai⊗Ai=aα⊗Aα+a3A3

= (Aα+v)Aα+a3A3



5 The dislocation density tensor of thin shells

5.1 The dislocation density tensor on the middle surface

The dislocation density tensor of middle surface is defined as ¯T = f ׯ, where the gradient operator ¯ = ∇iAi = ∂ξ∂λA

λ + ∂ξA

3, namely, ¯T =

1 2v



For the two dimensional middle surface, the Riemann tensor has 16 compo-nents, in which four are no-zero, namely, ¯R1212= ¯R2121=−R¯2112=−R¯1221.

If we denote ¯K as a the Gauss curvature of the middle surface, then we have ¯

R1221= ¯KA, whereA= det(Aαβ).

Hence, the dislocation density tensor of the middle surface of the thin shells can be expressed as follows:


T =1 2v



=1 2[v



=1 2



−v2A1A1×A2+v2A1A2×A1] =−KA¯ [v1A2A1×A2−v2A1A1×A2]

=−KA¯ [v1A2(A1×A2)−v2A1(A1×A2)].


NoticeA1×A2=√AA3, hence


T =−KA¯ [v1A2(√AA3)−v2A1(√AA3)]

=−KA¯ √A[v1A2A3−v2A1A3]

= ¯KA3/2[v2A1A3−v1A2A3].


or in component format ¯T13= ¯KA3/2v2and ¯T23=−KA¯ 3/2v1.

The relation (17) is obtained for the first time by this paper. The (17) clearly shows that the dislocation density tensor ¯T of the middle surface is proportional to the Gauss curvature and A3/2, and has nothing to do with

the displacement componentv3, in other words, the componentv3has no any


5.2 The dislocation density tensor on the Mindlin-Reissner theory of shells

Now let us attack the dislocation density tensor T = F ×, where =

∇iGi=∂ξ∂λG λ+


3. Hence

T(M−R)= (ψf µ1)×(Gλ

∂ξλ +G



= (ψf µ


∂ξλ ×G

λ+(ψf µ 1)

∂ξ ×G



If you carry out this calculation, it will generate quite complicated expressions, we are not going to continue this painful calculation. We will find the disloca-tion density tensorT by the above formulaT =12ukRkβγωGβ⊗Gγ×Gω,

where the Greek indices range over the values 1,2 while the Latin k indices range over the values 1,2,3.

From previous study of deformation geometry of thin shells, we have the shell displacement vectoru=v+ξd.

Hence the dislocation density tensorT(M−R) is given as follows


1 2u



=1 2u



1 2u




NoticeR3βγω= 0, hence


1 2u



=1 2[u





For the two dimensional parallel surface, the Riemann tensor has 16 compo-nents, in which four are no-zero, namely, R1212=R2121=−R2112=−R1221.

If we denote ¯K as a the Gauss curvature of the middle surface, then we have R1221 = KG, where G = det(Gαβ) = A(12ξH+ξ2K)2 and K =

(R1+ξ)1(R2+ξ)1= ¯K(1 +ξ/R1)1(1 +ξ/R2)1, where bothR1, R2are

the principal radius of curvature of the surface, and the Gauss curvature of the middle surface ¯K= R1


The dislocation density tensor of thin shells can be expressed as follows:


= KG¯


(1 +ξ/R1)(1 +ξ/R2)

KG¯ 3/2Q[(v2+ξd2)G1G3(v1+ξd1)G2G3],

= ¯KA3/2Q4[(v2+ξd2)G1G3(v1+ξd1)G2G3],


in whichQ(ξ) = 12ξH+ξ2K,G3=A3=A3, andGβ=λβαAα, where the shifterλβαis defined asλβαµαδ =δ

α δ,λ


α=δβα+ξBαβ+ξ2BγβBγα+..., hence the

metric of the parallel surface isGαβ=Gα·Gβ=λα γλ

β δA


T(M−R)= ¯KA3/2Q4[(v2+ξd2)G1G3(v1+ξd1)G2G3].

= ¯KA3/2Q4[(v2+ξd2)λ1αAα⊗A3(v1+ξd1)λ1βAβ⊗A3].

(α, β= 1,2).


The equation (22) is derived for the first time by this paper. The formula shows that the dislocation density tensor of arbitrary surface of thin shells is proportional to ¯KA3/2, and is an order 9 polynomial function of thickness

coordinateξ, which can be simplified to a lower order ofξ. The equation (22) also indicates that the componentv3 has no any contribution to theT(M−R).

5.3 The dislocation density tensor of the Kirchhoff-Love theory of thin shells

For Kirchhoff-Love (K-L) theory of thin shells, the rotation vector d =η A3=a3A3, which can be represented by the middle surface displacements

and thickness-through displacementv3, namely,dσ =(v3


Substitute the into the equation (22), therefore the dislocation density

tensorT(K−L) of the K-L theory of thin shells can be obtained as follows

T(K−L)= ¯KA3/2(12ξH+ξ2K)4{[v2−ξ(v3,2+v γB2

γ)]λ 1 αA


[v1−ξ(v3,1+vγBγ1)]λ1βAβ⊗A3}, (α, β= 1,2). (23)

The equation (23) is obtained for the first time by this paper, which shows that the dislocation density tensor of arbitrary surface of thin shells is proportional to ¯KA3/2. The equation (23) reveals that the displacement componentv


have contribution to the T(K−L) because of the Kirchhoff-Love kinematical


6 Conclusions

This paper studied the dislocation density tensor of thin shells. The dislocation density tensor for both Mindlin-Reissner and K-L theory of shells have been explicitly expressed in terms of the Riemann curvature tensor. The formulation reveals that both dislocation density of the shells are proportional toKA3/2,

where K is the Gauss curvature and A = det(Aαβ) is the determinant of

metric tensor of the middle surface. The study finds that the displacement componentv3has no any direct contribution to the dislocation density of the


Table 1 Dislocation density tensor of thin shells

Thin shells Dislocation density tensor


T KA¯ 3/2[v2A1A3v1A2A3]

T(M−R) KA¯ 3/2(12ξH+ξ2K)4[(v2+ξd2)λ1αAα⊗A3(v1+ξd1)λ1βAβ⊗A3]

T(K−L) KA¯ 3/2(12ξH+ξ2K)4{[v2−ξ(v3,2+vγBγ2)]λ1αAα⊗A3




This paper is dedicated to the memory of my mentor, Prof. Kaiyuan Ye. Supports by the South Africa National Research Foundation (NRF) (Grant no. 93918) is gratefully acknowledged.

Author contributions statement

Bohua Sun initiated, completed the project and prepared the manuscript.

The conflict of interest statement

The author declare no conflict interests with any parties.


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Appendix 1: Notation, preliminaries on finite deformations

1.1 Notations of this paper

To distinguish the undeformed and deformed configuration, the quantities with the undeformed body (configuration)Bwill be denoted by upper case (majuscules), and those associated with the deformed body (configuration) b by lower case (minuscules). When these quantities are referred to Lagrange coordinatesXK, their indices will be upper case (majuscules); and when they are referred to Eulerxk, their indices will be by lower case (minuscules). For example, a displacement vectorureferred toXK will have components

uK, and referred toxk will have the componentsuk. If denotingGK andgk as covariant base vector in undeformed body and deformed body, respectively, then we can write the displacement vector in a total formu=uKG


1.2 Preliminaries on finite deformations

In undeformed configuration, letX=X(XA) as position vector of a partcle,XAis La-grange coordinates of the particle, then its differential isdX=∂XXAdX



XAdXA =GAdXA, where A =GA∂X∂A and GA are covariant derivative and tan-gent vector in the underformed configuration, respectively. After timet, the position moves to deformed configuration, its position isx =x(X, t), its differential is dx= x

∂xidxi =

xxidxi=xidxi=gidxi, wherei=gi∂x∂i andgiare gradient operator and tangent vector in the deformed configuration, respectively.

LetdX be line element between two particlesXA andXA+dXA, after deformation, the line element becomes dxbetween the corresponding particles dxi andxi+dxi, then

dx=x(X+dX, t)x(X, t) = Xx ·dX=xA·dX=∂XxA ∂XA

X ·dX=


∂XAGA·dX= x

∂xi ∂xi

∂XAGA·dX=gi ∂x i

∂XAGA·dX=F·dX=dX·FT, where the deformation gradient tensorF = Xx =xA= ∂XxAG


iFAiGA=FAigiGA, its componentsFAi = ∂x i ∂XA =

xi;A=∇Axi, transposeFT=∂XxAG A=Fi


i, and inverseF1=∂xXig i=FA

i GAgi. Letube displacement vector, thenx=u+X, then deformation gradient tensorF =

I+uX = I+giGA∇Aui, transpose FT = I+u = I+GAgi∇Aui and inverse



The materials time derivative ofdxleads todx˙= ˙F·dX=lFdx, in which the velocity gradient tensor is defined asl= ˙ux= xu˙ = ˙ui;jgigj=∇juigigj= ˙F F1, which can be decomposed as sum ofdandw,l=d+w, where the rate of deformation tensord=1



and spin tensorw=12(llT).

If denotedAas area element in undeformed configuration, then the area in the deformed oneda=JF−T·dAanddA=J−1FT·da, where the JacobeanJ= det(F).


The tangent vectors between the undeformed and deformed configuration can be easily transferred asgi=δiAGA, gi=δiAGA, GA=δAigi, GA=δAigi, where the shifters

δiA=gGA=δAi, δiA=gGA=δAi.

Appendix 2: Introduction of shell geometry

2.1 Concepts of shells

A thin shell/plate is a body that is bounded primarily by two closely spaced curved surfaces with boundary. The geometric feature of the shells is that the thickness length scale is much smaller compare with other two dimensions. This feature make the shells can easily be bended, which make one surface in stretching another in compression. This anti-symmetrical deformation respect to the middle surface will have a possibility to generate cracks on the tension surface.

The distance in between the curved surfaces is called the thickness of the shellh(ξ1, ξ2). The surface in the middle of the curved surface is called the middle surface of the shell. The middle surface in undeformed configuration can be expressed by the parametric represen-tationP =P(ξ1, ξ2), (ξ1, ξ2), whereP is the position vector from the originOto points on the mid-surface, and the domain of the definition of the parameters is a closed region in the (ξ1, ξ2)-plane. We assume that there is one-to-one mapping between the pairs of numbers (ξ1, ξ2)and the points of the mid-surface.

LetA3=A3(ξ1, ξ2) the unit normal vector on the middle surface, then the points out of the mid-surface in the shell are given by the position vectorsX(ξ1, ξ2, ξ3) =P(ξ1, ξ2) +

ξA3(ξ1, ξ2), whereξ3 is thick-through-coordinate, so thatξ3= 0 is the middle surface. We assume that 12h <|Rmin| ̸= 0, where Rmin is the numerically smallest radius of curvature of the middle surface. A shell is called thin when the thickness is small compact with the other dimensions of the shell.

2.2 Differential geometry of shell surfaces in the undeformed state

It is known that the parameters (ξ1, ξ2) are called curvilinear coordinates of the surfaces, and theξ1andξ2are called the coordinate curves.

The covariant base vectorsAα of the surface are defined byAα=P= ∂ξPα, where the Greek subscripts represent the numbers 1, 2. The infinitesimal vector connecting two points on the surface with coordinatesξαandξα+αis given bydP=P

,αdξα=Aαdξα. The lengthdLof this vector is therefore determined by (dL)2=dP·dP =A


Aαβdξαdξβ,which is the first fundamental form of the surface andAαβ=Aα·Aβis metric tensor of the surface. The surface area is given by=√Adξ12, A=det(A

αβ). The contra-variant base vectors of the middle surface are given byAα =AαβA


Aαβ=Aα·Aβ andAα·A β=δβα.

The unit normal vector A3 is defined asA3 = 1AA1×A2, andA3·Aα = 0 and

A3·Aα = 0. If we introduce two dimensional permutation tensoreαβ andeαβ, then we have following useful relations Aα×Aβ = eαβA3, Aα×Aβ = eαβA3,A3 ×Aα =

eαβAβ, A3×Aα =eαβAβ,where the permutation tensors are given byeαβ : e12=


A, e11=e22= 0; eαβ : e12=−e21 = 1/

A, e11 =e22= 0,and eδ identityeαλeβµ=δαβδ

λ µ−δαµδλβ.

DifferentiatingA3·Aβ= 0 with respect toξαwe getA3,α·Aβ+A3·Aβ,α= 0.The second fundamental tensorBαβ is defined byBαβ=−A3,α·Aβ=A3·Aβ,α=A3·Aα,β=Bβα. If we introduce the Christofell connectionΓλ

αβ, the we have derivatives of the base vectors as followsAα,β=Aβ,α=Γαβλ Aλ+bαβA3, A3=−BαβAβ,and derivatives of the base vectorsAα

=−Γλβα Aλ+bαβA3.If introduce the covariant derivatives of the base vectors Aα|β=Aα,β−Γαβλ Aλ, then we haveAα|β=BαβA3, A3=−B

β αAβ.


of application of the theory. In order to be able required and the determination of these curves for a given surface is, in general, a fairly complicated problem. However, for many of the types of shells used in practice, the geometry of the middle surface is of a simple nature (e.g. surfaces of revolution or cylindrical surfaces), so that the lines of curvature are already known. In such cases the following formulae can be used directly.

As the coordinate curves are lines of curvature, the ξ1 and ξ2 curves are mutually orthogonal families of curve. It follows thatA1·A2= 0. The length of the base vectors ar denoted byA(1)and A(2), and we haveA(α)=|A(α)|=

Aα·Aα, which is called Lam´e parameters of the surface. By thie definition, we fnd for the length ofdL(α)of line elements along the coordinate curves (dL(α))2=Aα·Aα(dξα)2=A2αdξα2, namely,dL(α)=Aαdξα. The area of a small surface bounded by coordinate curves with side lengthsdL(1) and

dL(2)is given by=dL(1)dL(2)=A1A212.

Arbitrary parallel surface is the surface with distance ξ to the middle surface. The position in this surface will beX=P+ξA3, accordingly, the corresponding quantities can be defined and listed in the table 2.

Table 2 Geometry of shell surface in undeformed state

middle surface parallel surface of middle surface

ξ= 0 ξ̸= 0

Position vector P X

Line element dP dX

Base vector Aα,Aα,A3=A3 Gα,Gα,G3=G3 Aα=∂ξPα =P Gα= ∂ξXα=X Unit normal vector A3=1AA1×A2 G3=1GG1×G2 Lam´e parameters A(α)= (Aα·Aα)1/2 G(α)= (Gα·Gα)1/2

1st fund. form dP·dP=Aαβdξαdξβ dX·dX=Gαβdξαdξβ

Aαβ=Aα·Aβ Gαβ=Gα·Gβ 2nd fund. form dP·dA3=Bαβdξαdξβ dX·dG3=Cαβdξαdξβ

Bαβ=A3,α·Aβ=A3·Aα,β Cαβ=G3,α·Gβ=G3·Gα,β

The base vectors in the undeformed stateG3 =X =A3, andGα =X=P+

ξA3=Aα+ξA3=Aα−ξBαβAβ =µβαAβ=µαβAβ, where the shiter tensorµαβ =

Aαβ−ξBαβ,µβα=δβα−ξBβα, and metric tensorGαβ=µλαµλβ=Aλρµλαµρβ,3= 0, G33=

1.√G/A= 12δαβρµµραµµβ= 12ξH+ (ξ)2K, mean curvatureH=

1 2B

α α=12(B


1+B22), the Gauss curvatureK=12δαβρµBαρBµβ=B



2.3 Differential geometry of shell surfaces in the deformed state


Table 3 Geometry of shell surface in deformed state

middle surface parallel surface of middle surface

ξ= 0 ξ̸= 0

Position vector p x

Line element dp dx

Base vector aα,aα,a3=a3 gα,gα,g3=g3 aα=∂ξpα =p gα= ∂ξxα=x Unit normal vector a3= 1aa1×a2 g3=1gg1×g2

Lam´e parameters a(α)= (aα·aα)1/2 g(α)= (gα·gα)1/2 1st fund. form dp·dp=aαβdξαdξβ dx·dx=gαβdξαdξβ

aαβ=aα·aβ gαβ=gα·gβ 2nd fund. form dp·da3=bαβdξαdξβ dx·dg3=cαβdξαdξβ


Table 1 Dislocation density tensor of thin shells
Table 2 Geometry of shell surface in undeformed state
Table 3 Geometry of shell surface in deformed state


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