## How do you prove a stress tensor is symmetric?

The symmetry of the stress tensor will be demonstrated in two ways. The first is fairly intuitive. We argue that stress components located above and below the main diagonal represent torques that are equal but opposite. If the tensor is symmetric, then, those torques add up to zero.

**Is the stress tensor always symmetric?**

The components of the Cauchy stress tensor at every point in a material satisfy the equilibrium equations (Cauchy’s equations of motion for zero acceleration). Moreover, the principle of conservation of angular momentum implies that the stress tensor is symmetric.”

### Is strain rate tensor symmetric?

The viscosity coefficient μ is a property of a Newtonian material that, by definition, does not depend otherwise on v or σ. The strain rate tensor E(p, t) is symmetric by definition, so it has only six linearly independent elements.

**What is stress tensor in engineering?**

The Stress Tensor Stress is defined as force per unit area. If we take a cube of material and subject it to an arbitrary load we can measure the stress on it in various directions (figure 4). These measurements will form a second rank tensor; the stress tensor.

## Can the stress matrix in a body be non symmetric?

Although the theory generally predicts the stress to be non symmetric, the stress tensor can still be considered as symmetrical in the absence of external fields and when the inertia effects of internal rotations and couple stresses are neglected.

**What is meant by stress tensor?**

### Why stress is a tensor?

Stress has both magnitude and direction but it does not follow the vector law of addition thus, it is not a vector quantity. Instead, stress follows the coordinate transformation law of addition, and hence, stress is considered as a tensor quantity. Therefore, stress is a tensor quantity, and (C) is the correct option.

**What is mean by stress tensor?**

force per unit area

The Stress Tensor Stress is defined as force per unit area. If we take a cube of material and subject it to an arbitrary load we can measure the stress on it in various directions (figure 4). These measurements will form a second rank tensor; the stress tensor.

## Is velocity a tensor?

To put it simply, it is not a tensor. The thing that is actually the tensor is the four-velocity v. The numbers dvμdτ are the components of this tensor in some particular coordinate system xμ.

**Why stress is called tensor?**

### What is Cauchy stress formula?

The Kirchhoff stress tensor, τ is defined as: τ = det(F)σ. The Biot stress tensor, TB also called material stress tensor is defined as: TB = RtP, where R is the orthogonal tensor obtained during polar decomposition of F. The co-rotated Cauchy stress tensor σu, introduced by Green and Naghdi is defined as: σu = RtσR.