Calculus of Variations and Geometric Measure Theory

G. Bonfanti - E. Davoli - R. Rossi

A coupled rate-dependent/rate-independent system for adhesive contact in Kirchhoff-Love plates

created by rossi on 13 Jul 2023
modified by davoli on 29 Dec 2023


Submitted Paper

Inserted: 13 jul 2023
Last Updated: 29 dec 2023

Year: 2023

ArXiv: 2307.06327 PDF


We perform a dimension reduction analysis for a coupled rate-dependent & rate-independent adhesive-contact model in the setting of visco-elastodynamic plates. We work with a weak solvability notion inspired by the theory of (purely) rate-independent processes, and accordingly term the related solutions `Semistable Energetic'. For Semistable Energetic solutions, the momentum balance holds in a variational sense, whereas the flow rule for the adhesion parameter is replaced by a semi-stability condition coupled with an energy-dissipation inequality. Prior to addressing the dimension reduction analysis, we show that Semistable Energetic solutions to the three-dimensional damped adhesive contact model converge, as the viscosity term tends to zero, to three-dimensional Semistable Energetic solutions for the undamped corresponding system. We then perform a dimension reduction analysis, both in the case of a vanishing viscosity tensor (leading, in the limit, to an undamped model), and in the complementary setting in which the damping is assumed to go to infinity as the thickness of the plate tends to zero. In both regimes, the presence of adhesive contact yields a nontrivial coupling of the in-plane and out-of-plane contributions. In the undamped scenario we obtain in the limit an energy-dissipation inequality and a semistability condition. In the damped case, instead, we achieve convergence to an enhanced notion of solution, fulfilling an energy-dissipation balance.