Inserted: 19 jan 2022
Last Updated: 27 jan 2023
Journal: J. Nonlinear Sci.
We consider a discrete model of planar elasticity where the particles, in the reference configuration, sit on a regular triangular lattice and interact through nearest neighbor pairwise potentials, with bonds modeled as linearized elastic springs. Within this framework we introduce plastic slip fields, whose discrete circulation around each triangle detects the possible presence of an edge dislocation. We provide a $\Gamma$-convergence analysis, as the lattice spacing tends to zero, of the elastic energy induced by edge dislocations in the energy regime corresponding to a finite number of geometrically necessary dislocations.
Keywords: $\Gamma$-convergence, dislocations, plasticity, Discrete-to-continuum limits, Topological singularities