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R. Scala - G. Schimperna

A contact problem for viscoelastic bodies with inertial effects and unilateral boundary constraints

created by scala on 22 Jul 2015
modified on 28 Jan 2016


European Journal of Applied Mathematics

Inserted: 22 jul 2015
Last Updated: 28 jan 2016

Year: 2015


We consider a viscoelastic body occupying a smooth bounded domain $\Omega\subset{\mathbb R}^3$ under the effect of a volumic traction force $g$. The macroscopic displacement vector from the equilibrium configuration is denoted by $u$. Inertial effects are considered; hence the equation for $u$ contains the second order term $u_{tt}$. On a part $\Gamma_D$ of the boundary of $\Omega$, the body is anchored to a support and no displacement may occur; on a second part $\Gamma_N \subset \partial \Omega$, the body can move freely; on a third portion $\Gamma_C \subset \partial \Omega$, the body is in adhesive contact with a solid support. The boundary forces acting on $\Gamma_C$ due to the action of elastic stresses are responsible for delamination, i.e., progressive failure of adhesive bonds. This phenomenon is mathematically represented by a nonlinear ODE settled on $\Gamma_C$ and describing the evolution of the delamination order parameter~$z$. Following the lines of a new approach outlined in \cite{BRSS} and based on duality methods in Sobolev-Bochner spaces, we define a suitable concept of weak solution to the resulting PDE system. Correspondingly, we prove an existence result on finite time intervals of arbitrary length.


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