Size dependent, non-uniform elastic field inside a nano-scale spherical inclusion due to interface stress

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5055-5065
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Solids and Structures
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2006


The primary objective of the present paper is to analyze the influence of interface stress on the elastic field within a nano-scale inclusion. Special attention is focused on the case of non-hydrostatic eigenstrain. From the viewpoint of practicality, it is assumed that the inclusion is spherically shaped and embedded into an infinite solid, within which an axisymmetric eigenstrain is prescribed. Following Goodier's work, the elastic fields inside and outside the inclusion are obtained analytically. It is found that the presence of interface stress leads to conclusion that the elastic field in the inclusion is not only dependent on inclusion size but also on non-uniformity. The result is in strong contrast to Eshelby's solution based on classical elasticity, and it is helpful in the understanding of relevant physical phenomena in nano-structured solids. © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Research Area(s)

  • Interface stress, Size effect, Spherical inclusion