Geometric structures of Cosserat or micropolar continuum are discussed based on geometric objects in a non-Riemannian space. A microrotation is described in a microscopic level than a macroscopic displacement level. In this case, a microscopic rotation can be expressed as a nonlocal internal variable attached to each point in a generalized Finsler space. Such non-local hierarchy is geometrically realized by using a second-order vector bundle viewpoint. Then, two kinds of torsion tensor in the second-order vector bundle are obtained. One is characterized by the macroscopic displacement. The other is characterized by the microscopic rotation. These torsion tensors are equivalent to nonintegrability conditions for multivalued macroscopic displacement and microscopic rotation. Especially, a path dependency of the displacement and the microscopic rotation is represented by a non-vanishing condition of torsion tensors. Moreover, the concept of non-locality of the Finsler geometry implies that the approach of higher-order geometry is applicable to a finite deformation in nonlinear mechanics. The singularity given by the multivalued function is also described as a boundary value problem. An application of the generalized Finsler geometry to a gradient theory is also discussed.
- continuum theory of defects
- Finsler geometry
- generalized connection structures
- multivalued fields
- topological singularities