Hyperelastic material
Hello,
How can I define a hyperelastic material? In another word how can I have access to deformation gradient to calculate the left CauchyGreen deformation tensor? I know that the Saint Venant–Kirchhoff model has been already implemented but it doesn't give any clue since this model doesn't use invariants or principle stretches. Thanks in advance ZKM 
Hi ZKM,
You can see how other solid material models are implemented in $FOAM_SOLVERS/newStressAnalysis/materialModels/rheologyModel/rheologyLaws, in OpenFOAM1.6ext. The deformation gradient is grad(U).T() in total Lagrangian solver like newStressedFoam. Best regards, Philip 
Perfect Philip! Thanks!
I've never gone into that directory; It has very interesting stuffs. Other questions: Is there any specific operator for eigenvalue calculations in OpenFoam? I want to use it for calculating principle stretches. Is there any documentation for rheologyLaws? I saw cohesive zone there. Can it be used for crack modelling? Is there any example? 
ZKM,
I have never calculated eigenvalues/principal stretches in OpenFOAM but I think the EigenSolver class can do what you want located at: $FOAM_SRC/OpenFOAM/matrices/Matrix/tools/EigenSolver Unfortunately there is no documentation that I know of for rheologyLaws (as yet). Yes OpenFOAM can model crack propagation (search for Ivankovic in sciencedirect). Our research group here in Dublin work on many fracture mechanics problems with OpenFOAM. I will prepare you a simple crack propagation case on Monday and post it here for you to try. Hopefully we will add our solid mechanics solvers (small strain, large strain, plasticity, cracks etc) to OpenFOAM1.6ext in the next year so more people can use them. Philip 
Thanks Philip for your response.
The example would be a great help. 
ZKM,
I have emailed you the solver and test case. If anyone else wants it, just drop me a PM with your email. I found some code for calculating principal stresses, you could do something similar to find the principal strains/stretches. Code:

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The displacement gradient, also known as the Jacobian matrix (J) is grad(U): J = fvc::grad(U) The deformation gradient (F) is (I + J) which is (I + grad(U)): F = (I + J) = I + fvc::grad(U) Philip 
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The displacement gradient, also known as the transpose of the Jacobian matrix (J) is grad(U): J = fvc::grad(U).T() The deformation gradient (F) is (I + J) which is (I + grad(U).T()): F = (I + J) = I + fvc::grad(U).T() Phew. 
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