Calculus of Variations and Geometric Measure Theory

R. Llerena - P. Piovano

Existence of minimizers for a two-phase free boundary problem with coherent and incoherent interfaces

created by piovano on 21 Oct 2023


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Inserted: 21 oct 2023
Last Updated: 21 oct 2023

Pages: 62
Year: 2023


A variational model for describing the morphology of two-phase continua by allowing for the interplay between coherent and incoherent interfaces is introduced. Coherent interfaces are characterized by the microscopical arrangement of atoms of the two materials in a homogeneous lattice, with deformation being the solely stress relief mechanism, while at incoherent interfaces delamination between the two materials occurs. The model is designed in the framework of the theory of Stress Driven Rearrangement Instabilities, which are characterized by the competition between elastic and surface effects. The existence of energy minimizers is established in the plane by means of the direct method of the calculus of variations under a constraint on the number of boundary connected components of the underlying phase, whose exterior boundary is prescribed to satify a graph assumption, and of the two-phase composite region. Both the wetting and the dewetting regimes are included in the analysis.

Keywords: free boundary problem, wetting, surface energy, elasticity, incoherent interfaces, delamination, SDRI, minimum problem, coherent interfaces, dewetting, films, cracks, two phases