Inserted: 2 mar 2019
Last Updated: 21 jun 2019
Pages: 1 - 16
Links: J. Optim. Theory Appl (2019) 182, 383-403.
In a recent paper, we deduced a new energy functional for pure traction problems in elasticity, as the variational limit of nonlinear elastic energy functional related to a material body subject to an equilibrated force field: a kind of Gamma limit with respect to the weak convergence of strains, when a suitable small parameter tends to zero. This functional exhibits a gap that makes it different from the classical linear elasticity functional. Nevertheless, a suitable compatibility condition on the force field ensures coincidence of related minima and minimizers. Here, we show some relevant properties of the new functional and prove stronger convergence of minimizing sequences for suitable choices of nonlinear elastic energies.