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Material time derivatives are needed for many updated Lagrangian formulations of finite element analysis.
Recall that the motion can be expressed as
If we keep fixed, then the velocity is given by
This is the material time derivative expressed in terms of .
The spatial version of the velocity is
We will use the symbol for velocity from now on by slightly abusing the notation.
We usually think of quantities such as velocity and acceleration as spatial quantities which are functions of (rather than material quantities which are functions of ).
Given the spatial velocity , if we want to find the acceleration we will have to consider the fact that , i.e., the position also changes with time. We do this by using the chain rule. Thus
Such a derivative is called the material time derivative expressed in terms of . The second term in the expression is called the convective derivative.
Let the velocity be expressed in spatial form, i.e., . The spatial velocity gradient tensor is given by
The velocity gradient is a second order tensor which can expressed as
The velocity gradient is a measure the relative velocity of two points in the current configuration.
Recall that the deformation gradient is given by
The time derivative of (keeping fixed) is
Using the chain rule
Form this we get the important relation
Let and be two infinitesimal material line segments in a body. Then
Hence,
Taking the derivative with respect to t gives us
The material strain rate tensor is defined as
Clearly,
Also,
The spatial rate of deformation tensor or stretching tensor is defined as
In fact, we can show that is the symmetric part of the velocity gradient, i.e.,
For rigid body motions we get .
Most of the operations above can be interpreted as pushforward and pullback operations. Also, time derivatives of these tensors can be interpreted as Lie derivatives.
Recall that the pushforward of the strain tensor from the material configuration to the spatial configuration is given by
The pullback of the spatial strain tensor to the material configuration is given by
Therefore, the rate of deformation tensor is a pushforward of the material strain rate tensor, i.e.,
Similarly, the material strain rate tensor is a pullback of the rate of deformation tensor to the material configuration, i.e.,
Now,
Also,
Therefore the rate of deformation tensor can be obtained by first pulling back to the reference configuration, taking a material time derivative in that configuration, and then pushing forward the result to the current configuration.
Such an operation is called a Lie derivative. In general, the Lie derivative of a spatial tensor is defined as
The velocity gradient tensor can be additively decomposed into a symmetric part and a skew part:
We have seen that is the rate of deformation tensor. The quantity is called the spin tensor.
Note that is symmetric while is skew symmetric, i.e.,
So see why is called a "spin", recall that
Therefore,
Also,
Therefore,
and
So we have
Now
Therefore
The second term above is invariant for rigid body motions and zero for an uniaxial stretch. Hence, we are left with just a rotation term. This is why the quantity is called a spin.
The spin tensor is a skewsymmetric tensor and has an associated axial vector (also called the angular velocity vector) whose components are given by
where
The spin tensor and its associated axial vector appear in a number of modern numerical algorithms.
Recall that
Therefore, taking the material time derivative of dv (keeping fixed), we have
At this stage we invoke the following result from tensor calculus:
If is an invertible tensor which depends on t then
In the case where we have
or,
Therefore,
Alternatively, we can also write
These relations are of immense use in numerical algorithms  particularly those which involved incompressible behavior, i.e., when .
