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1.10 Special Second Order Tensors & Properties of Second Order Tensors
In this section will be examined a number of special second order tensors, and special properties of second order tensors, which play important roles in tensor analysis. The following will be discussed: The Identity tensor Transpose of a tensor Trace of a tensor Norm of a tensor Determinant of a tensor Inverse of a tensor Orthogonal tensors Rotation Tensors Change of Basis Tensors Symmetric and Skew-symmetric tensors Axial vectors Spherical and Deviatoric tensors Positive Definite tensors

1.10.1

## The Identity Tensor

The linear transformation which transforms every tensor into itself is called the identity tensor. This special tensor is denoted by I so that, for example,

## Ia = a for any vector a

In particular, Ie1 = e1 , Ie 2 = e 2 , Ie 3 = e 3 , from which it follows that, for a Cartesian coordinate system, I ij = ij . In matrix form,

1 0 0 [I ] = 0 1 0 0 0 1

(1.10.1)

1.10.2

## The Transpose of a Tensor

The transpose of a second order tensor A with components Aij is the tensor A T with components A ji ; so the transpose swaps the indices,
A = Aij e i e j , A T = A ji e i e j Transpose of a Second-Order Tensor (1.10.2)

In matrix notation,

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A11 A12 A13 [A] = A21 A22 A23 , A31 A32 A33

[A ]
T

## A11 A21 A31 = A12 A22 A32 A13 A23 A33

Some useful properties and relations involving the transpose are {Problem 2}:

(A )

T T

=A

(A + B )T = A T + B T (u v )T = v u
Tu = uT T , uT = T T u = BT AT

(AB )T

(1.10.3)

A : B = AT : BT (u v ) A = u ( A T v ) A : (BC ) = B T A : C = AC T : B A formal definition of the transpose which does not rely on any particular coordinate system is as follows: the transpose of a second-order tensor is that tensor which satisfies the identity1
u Av = v A T u

(1.10.4)

tensor A is (A )ij . From Eqn. 1.9.4, (A )ij = e i Ae j and the components of the transpose can be written as A T

for all vectors u and v. To see that Eqn. 1.10.4 implies 1.10.2, first note that, for the present purposes, a convenient way of writing the components Aij of the second-order

(A )
T

ij

= e i A T e j = e j Ae i = (A ) ji = A ji .

( )

ij

1.10.3

## The Trace of a Tensor

The trace of a second order tensor A, denoted by trA , is a scalar equal to the sum of the diagonal elements of its matrix representation. Thus (see Eqn. 1.4.2)

trA = Aii

Trace

(1.10.5)

A more formal definition, again not relying on any particular coordinate system, is

trA = I : A

Trace

(1.10.6)

note that, from the linearity of tensors, uA v = u Av ; for this reason, this expression is usually written simply as uAv

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and Eqn. 1.10.5 follows from 1.10.6 {Problem 4}. For the dyad u v {Problem 5},

tr (u v ) = u v
Another example is
tr(E 2 ) = I : E 2 = ij (e i e j ) : E pq E qr (e p e r ) = Eiq E qi

(1.10.7)

(1.10.8)

This and other important traces, and functions of the trace are listed here {Problem 6}:
trA = Aii trA 2 = Aij A ji trA 3 = Aij A jk Aki (1.10.9)

## (trA ) = Aii A jj (trA )3 = Aii A jj Akk

2

Some useful properties and relations involving the trace are {Problem 7}:

## trA T = trA tr (AB ) = tr (BA ) tr (A + B ) = trA + trB tr (A ) = trA

(1.10.10)

A : B = tr A T B = tr AB T = tr B T A = tr BA T

The double contraction of two tensors was earlier defined with respect to Cartesian coordinates, Eqn. 1.9.14. This last expression allows one to re-define the double contraction in terms of the trace, independent of any coordinate system. Consider again the real vector space of second order tensors V 2 introduced in 1.8.5. The double contraction of two tensors as defined by 1.10.10e clearly satisfies the requirements of an inner product listed in 1.2.2. Thus this scalar quantity serves as an inner product for the space V 2 :

## A, B A : B = tr A T B and generates an inner product space.

(1.10.11)

Just as the base vectors {e i } form an orthonormal set in the inner product (vector dot product) of the space of vectors V, so the base dyads {e i e j } form an orthonormal set in the inner product 1.10.11 of the space of second order tensors V 2 . For example,

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e1 e1 , e1 e1 = (e1 e1 ) : (e1 e1 ) = 1

(1.10.12)

Similarly, just as the dot product is zero for orthogonal vectors, when the double contraction of two tensors A and B is zero, one says that the tensors are orthogonal,
A : B = tr (A T B ) = 0 ,

A, B orthogonal

(1.10.13)

1.10.4
defined by

## The Norm of a Tensor

Using 1.2.8 and 1.9.10, the norm of a second order tensor A, denoted by A (or A ), is

A = A:A

(1.10.14)

aa .

1.10.5

## The Determinant of a Tensor

The determinant of a second order tensor A is defined to be the determinant of the matrix [A] of components of the tensor:

A11 A12 det A = det A21 A22 A31 A32 = ijk Ai1 A j 2 Ak 3 = ijk A1i A2 j A3k

## Some useful properties of the determinant are {Problem 8}

det( AB) = det A det B det A T = det A det (u v ) = 0 pqr (det A ) = ijk Aip A jq Akr det(A ) = 3 det A

(1.10.16)

## (Ta Tb ) Tc = (det T)[(a b ) c]

Note that det A , like trA , is independent of the choice of coordinate system / basis.

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1.10.6

## The inverse of a second order tensor A, denoted by A 1 , is defined by AA 1 = I = A 1 A (1.10.17)

The inverse of a tensor exists only if it is non-singular (a singular tensor is one for which det A = 0 ), in which case it is said to be invertible. Some useful properties and relations involving the inverse are:
( A 1 ) 1 = A (A) 1 = (1 / ) A 1 ( AB) 1 = B 1 A 1 det( A 1 ) = (det A) 1 Since the inverse of the transpose is equivalent to the transpose of the inverse, the following notation is used: (1.10.18)

A T ( A 1 ) T = ( A T ) 1

(1.10.19)

1.10.7

Orthogonal Tensors

## An orthogonal tensor Q is a linear vector transformation satisfying the condition

Qu Qv = u v

(1.10.20)

for all vectors u and v. Thus u is transformed to Qu , v is transformed to Qv and the dot product u v is invariant under the transformation. Thus the magnitude of the vectors and the angle between the vectors is preserved, Fig. 1.10.1.
u

v
Qv

Qu

## Figure 1.10.1: An orthogonal tensor

Since

Qu Qv = uQ T Qv = u Q T Q v

(1.10.21)

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it follows that for u v to be preserved under the transformation, Q T Q = I , which is also used as the definition of an orthogonal tensor. Some useful properties of orthogonal tensors are{Problem 10}:
QQ T = I = Q T Q, Q 1 = Q T det Q = 1 Qik Q jk = ij = Qki Qkj

(1.10.22)

1.10.8

Rotation Tensors

If for an orthogonal tensor, det Q = +1 , Q is said to be a proper orthogonal tensor, corresponding to a rotation. If det Q = 1 , Q is said to be an improper orthogonal tensor, corresponding to a reflection. Proper orthogonal tensors are also called rotation tensors.

1.10.9

## Change of Basis Tensors

Consider a rotation tensor Q which rotates the base vectors e1 , e 2 , e 3 into a second set, , e2 , e e1 3 , Fig. 1.10.2.

e i = Qe i

i = 1, 2, 3

(1.10.23)

Such a tensor can be termed a change of basis tensor from {e i } to {e i } . The transpose T Q rotates the base vectors e e i back to e i and is thus change of basis tensor from { i } to {e i } . The components of Q in the e i coordinate system are, from 1.10.4, Qij = e i Qe j and so
Q = Qij e i e j , Qij = e i ej ,

(1.10.24)

which are the direction cosines between the axes (see Fig. 1.5.5).
e3
e 3

e2
e2

Q
e1

e1

## Figure 1.10.2: Rotation of a set of base vectors

The change of basis tensor can also be written in the explicit form

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Q = e i ei

(1.10.25)

T from which the above relations can easily be derived, for example e i = Qe i , QQ = I , etc.

## Consider now the operation of the change of basis tensor on a vector:

Qv = vi (Qe i ) = vi e i

(1.10.26)

Thus Q transforms v into a second vector v , but this new vector has the same components with respect to the basis e i , as v has with respect to the basis e i , v i = v i .
Example

## Consider the two-dimensional rotation tensor

0 1 Q= i ei (e i e j ) e + 1 0
which corresponds to a rotation of the base vectors through / 2 . The vector v = [1 1] then transforms into (see Fig. 1.10.3)
T

1 + 1 Qv = e i = e i + 1 + 1

Qv

e2 e1

e2

e1

Figure 1.10.3: a rotated vector Similarly, for a second order tensor A, the operation
QAQ T = Q(Aij e i e j )Q T = Aij Qe i e j Q T = Aij (Qe i Qe j ) = Aij e i ej

(1.10.27) results in a new tensor which has the same components with respect to the e i , as A has = Aij . with respect to the e i , Aij

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## 1.10.10 Symmetric and Skew Tensors

A tensor T is said to be symmetric if it is identical to the transposed tensor, T = T T , and skew (antisymmetric) if T = T T . Any tensor A can be (uniquely) decomposed into a symmetric tensor S and a skew tensor W, where
1 A + AT 2 1 skewA W = A A T 2 symA S =

) )
(1.10.28)

## W12 W13 0 [W ] = W12 0 W23 0 W W 23 13

(1.10.30)

Some useful properties of symmetric and skew tensors are {Problem 13}:
T S : B = S : BT = S : 1 2 B+B

W : B = W : B = W :
T

1 2

( B )
T

S:W = 0

tr (SW ) = 0 v Wv = 0

(1.10.31)

det W = 0

(has no inverse)

where v and B denote any arbitrary vector and second-order tensor respectively. Note that symmetry and skew-symmetry are tensor properties, independent of coordinate system.

## 1.10.11 Axial Vectors

A skew tensor W has only three independent coefficients, so it behaves like a vector with three components. Indeed, a skew tensor can always be written in the form

Wu = u

(1.10.32)

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where u is any vector and characterises the axial (or dual) vector of the skew tensor W. The components of W can be obtained from the components of through
Wij = e i We j = e i ( e j ) = e i ( k e k e j ) = e i ( k kjp e p ) = kji k = ijk k

(1.10.33)

If one knows the components of W, one can find the components of by inverting this equation, whence {Problem 14} = W23e1 + W13 e 2 W12 e 3
Example (of an Axial Vector)

(1.10.34)

## Decompose the tensor

1 2 3 T = Tij = 4 2 1 1 1 1

[ ]

into its symmetric and skew parts. Also find the axial vector for the skew part. Verify that Wa = a for a = e1 + e 2 . Solution One has
1 2 3 1 4 1 1 1 1 T S = T + T = 4 2 1 + 2 2 1 = 3 2 2 2 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 3 1 4 1 0 1 1 T 2 2 1 + W = T T = 4 2 1 =1 2 2 1 1 1 1 3 1 1

3 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0

The axial vector is = W23 e1 + W13 e 2 W12 e 3 = e 2 + e 3 and it can be seen that
Wa = Wij (e i e j )(e1 + e 3 ) = Wij ( j1 + j 3 )e i = (Wi1 + Wi 3 )e i
= (W11 + W13 )e1 + (W21 + W23 )e 2 + (W31 + W33 )e 3 = e1 + e 2 e 3

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and

e1 e 2 a = 0 1 1 0

e3 1 = e1 + e 2 e 3 1

## The Spin Tensor

The velocity of a particle rotating in a rigid body motion is given by v = x , where is the angular velocity vector and x is the position vector relative to the origin on the axis of rotation (see Problem 9, 1.1). If the velocity can be written in terms of a skewsymmetric second order tensor w , such that wx = v , then it follows from wx = x that the angular velocity vector is the axial vector of w . In this context, w is called the spin tensor.

## 1.10.12 Spherical and Deviatoric Tensors

Every tensor A can be decomposed into its so-called spherical part and its deviatoric part, i.e.
A = sphA + devA

(1.10.35)

where
sphA =

= 0 0 devA = A sphA

1 3 1 3 1 3

## ( A11 + A22 + A33 )

0

0 1 ( ) + + A A A 11 22 33 3 0

( A11 + A22 + A33 ) A12 A13 A11 1 3 1 A21 A22 3 ( A11 + A22 + A33 ) A23 = ( ) A31 A32 A33 1 3 A11 + A22 + A33 (1.10.36)
Any tensor of the form I is known as a spherical tensor, while devA is known as a deviator of A, or a deviatoric tensor. Some important properties of the spherical and deviatoric tensors are
tr (devA ) = 0 sph (devA ) = 0 devA : sphB = 0

(1.10.37)

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## 1.10.13 Positive Definite Tensors

A positive definite tensor A is one which satisfies the relation
vAv > 0 ,

v o

(1.10.38)

## The tensor is called positive semi-definite if vAv 0 . In component form,

2 vi Aij v j = A11v12 + A12 v1v 2 + A13 v1v3 + A21v 2 v1 + A22 v 2 +L

(1.10.39)

and so the diagonal elements of the matrix representation of a positive definite tensor must always be positive. It can be shown that the following conditions are necessary for a tensor A to be positive definite (although they are not sufficient): (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) the diagonal elements of [A ] are positive the largest element of [A ] lies along the diagonal det A > 0 Aii + A jj > 2 Aij for i j (no sum over i, j )

These conditions are seen to hold for the following matrix representation of a positive definite tensor:
2 2 0 [A] = 1 4 0 0 0 1

A necessary and sufficient condition for a tensor to be positive definite is given in the next section, during the discussion of the eigenvalue problem. One of the key properties of a positive definite tensor is that, since det A > 0 , positive definite tensors are always invertible. An alternative definition of positive definiteness is the equivalent expression
A:vv >0

(1.10.40)

1.10.14 Problems
1. Show that the components of the (second-order) identity tensor are given by I ij = ij . 2. Show that
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(a) (u v ) A = u ( A T v ) (b) A : (BC ) = (B T A ) : C = (AC T ) : B 3. Use (1.10.4) to show that I T = I . 4. Show that (1.10.6) implies (1.10.5) for the trace of a tensor. 5. Show that tr (u v ) = u v . 6. Formally derive the index notation for the functions trA 2 , trA 3 , ( trA ) 2 , ( trA) 3 7. Show that A : B = tr ( A T B) . 8. Prove (1.10.16f), (Ta Tb ) Tc = (det T )[(a b ) c] . 9. Show that ( A 1 ) T : A = 3 . [Hint: one way of doing this is using the result from Problem 7.] 10. Use 1.10.16b and 1.10.18d to prove 1.10.22c, det Q = 1 . 11. Use the explicit dyadic representation of the rotation tensor, Q = e i e i , to show that x2 x3 , coordinate system are the same as the components of Q in the second, ox1 = e those in the first system [hint: use the rule Qij i Qe j ] 12. Consider the tensor D with components (in a certain coordinate system) 1 / 2 1 / 2 1 / 2 1/ 2 1/ 2 0 1 / 2 1 / 2 1 / 2
Show that D is a rotation tensor (just show that D is proper orthogonal). 13. Show that tr (SW ) = 0 . 14. Multiply across (1.10.32), Wij = ijk k , by ijp to show that = 1 2 ijk Wij e k . [Hint:

( ) 15. Show that 1 2 a b b a is a skew tensor W. Show that its axial vector is 1 = 2 (b a ) . [Hint: first prove that (b u )a (a u )b = u (a b ) = (b a ) u .] 16. Find the spherical and deviatoric parts of the tensor A for which Aij = 1 .

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