Inserted: 3 sep 2021
Last Updated: 3 sep 2021
The notion of Inertial Balanced Viscosity (IBV) solution to rate-independent evolutionary processes is introduced. Such solutions are characterized by an energy balance where a suitable, rate-dependent, dissipation cost is optimized at jump times. The cost is reminiscent of the limit effect of small inertial terms. Therefore, this notion proves to be a suitable one to describe the asymptotic behavior of evolutions of mechanical systems with rate-independent dissipation in the limit of vanishing inertia and viscosity. It is indeed proved, in finite dimension, that these evolutions converge to IBV solutions. If the viscosity operator is neglected, or has a nontrivial kernel, the weaker notion of Inertial Virtual Viscosity (IVV) solutions is introduced, and the analogous convergence result holds. Again in a finite-dimensional context, it is also shown that IBV and IVV solutions can be obtained via a natural extension of the Minimizing Movements algorithm, where the limit effect of inertial terms is taken into account.
Keywords: Variational methods, rate-independent systems, vanishing inertia and viscosity limit, minimizing movements scheme, Inertial Balanced Viscosity solutions, Inertial Virtual Viscosity solutions