Generalizing odd elasticity theory to odd thermoelasticity for planar materials

Martin Ostoja-Starzewski, Piotr Surówka

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We generalize the odd elasticity of planar materials to thermoelasticity, admitting spatially inhomogeneous properties. First, we show that for active systems breaking Onsager relations thermal evolution is given by an odd generalization of the Maxwell-Cattaneo relation. Next, three different heat conduction models of odd solids are considered, leading, respectively, to a classical coupled thermoelasticity with Fourier law, thermoelasticity with relaxation times of the Maxwell-Cattaneo type, and thermoelasticity with two relaxation times. Governing equations are established in terms of either displacement-temperature pair, stress-heat flux pair, or stress-temperature pair. Next, we establish a form of the stiffness tensor, ensuring its inversion to a compatibility tensor, and write equations of elasticity in the presence of eigenstrains, such as thermal strains, where we find that the stress field remains unchanged for a specific additive change of the compliance tensor field. This so-called stress invariance gives an equivalence class of a wide range of odd materials with different values of material properties. Effectively, within each class, the elastic compliances may be modified by a field linear in the plane without affecting the stress field. Finally, we study hydrodynamic modes in an odd thermoelastic solid with Fourier heat conduction and argue that contrary to even elastic solids, the temperature can affect both dilatational and shear waves. We present odd corrections to sound attenuation and diffusion coefficients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number064107
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number6
StatePublished - Feb 1 2024

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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