Calculus of Variations and Geometric Measure Theory
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A. Braides - A. Causin - M. Solci

A homogenization result for interacting elastic and brittle media

created by braidesa on 21 Sep 2018


Accepted Paper

Inserted: 21 sep 2018
Last Updated: 21 sep 2018

Journal: Proceedings A. Roy. Soc. London
Year: 2018


We consider energies modelling the interaction of two media parameterized by the same reference set, such as those used to study interactions of a thin film with a stiff substrate, hybrid laminates, or skeletal muscles. Analytically, these energies consist of a (possibly non-convex) functional of hyperelastic type and a second functional of the same type such as those used in variational theories of brittle fracture, paired by an interaction term governing the strength of the interaction depending on a small parameter. The overall behaviour is described by letting this parameter tend to zero and exhibiting a limit effective energy using the terminology of Gamma-convergence. Such energy depends on a single state variable and is of hyperelastic type. The form of its energy function highlights an optimization between microfracture and microscopic oscillations of the strain, mixing homogenization and high-contrast effects.


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