Geometrically exact continuum physics formulations for coupled problems

Continuum physics aims to explain the response of a system wherein multiple physical processes occur. An example is an electro-active polymer. The physical processes are generally coupled to one another and to the mechanical response. The development of robust algorithms for these highly-nonlinear systems is challenging.

Current areas of research in the GCEC include:

  • thermo-electro-mechanics;
  • magneto-electro-mechanics;
  • thermo-chemo-electro-mechanics.

The geometric deformations are in addition finite and hence nonlinear hence the need for a geometrically exact formulation.