Some fundamental aspects of surface modelling

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    Attention is drawn to four aspects of surface modelling: (1) delineation of the (scale-dependent) geometrical boundary of a body via molecular considerations, (2) identification of the highly inhomogeneous interfacial region between a body and its exterior, and its modelling as a bidimensional continuum involving interfacial excess quantities, (3) the utility of co-ordinate-free notation for surfaces, and (4) the importance of surface effects for small-scale bodies exemplified within a thermoelastic context.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)33-52
    Number of pages19
    JournalJournal of Elasticity
    Issue number1-3
    Publication statusPublished - 2005


    • interfaces
    • surface excess
    • surface thermoelasticity
    • mathematics
    • modelling
    • elasticity


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