Tensors in Materials Science
AimsBefore you start - The basicsIntroductionScalars, Vectors and MatricesWhat is a Tensor?Tensor UsageTensor NotationTransformation of axesPrincipal axesThe representation surfaceMagnitude of a property in a given directionThe effects of crystal symmetrySummaryQuestionsGoing furtherTLP creditsTLP contentsShow all contentViewing and downloading resourcesAbout the TLPsTerms of useFeedbackCredits Print this page

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# Aims

On completion of this TLP you should:

- Understand what a tensor is
- Be familiar with some of the applications of tensors to Material Science
- Understand the significance of the representation surface of a tensor
- Be able to find the principal values and axes of a tensor
- Be able to transform tensors from one frame to another
- Be able to use the representation surface for a second rank matter tensor to describe and calculate material properties as a function of direction