Calculus of Variations and Geometric Measure Theory

R. Rossi - T. Roubicek

Thermodynamics and analysis of rate-independent adhesive contact at small strains

created by rossi on 21 Apr 2010


Submitted Paper

Inserted: 21 apr 2010

Year: 2010


We address a model for adhesive unilateral frictionless Signorini-type contact between bodies of heat-conductive viscoelastic material, in the linear Kelvin-Voigt rheology, undergoing thermal expansion. The flow-rule for debonding the adhesion is considered rate-independent and unidirectional, and a thermodynamically consistent model is derived and analysed as far as the existence of a weak solution is concerned.