Calculus of Variations and Geometric Measure Theory

M. Bresciani - M. Friedrich - C. Mora-Corral

Variational models with Eulerian-Lagrangian formulation allowing for material failure

created by bresciani on 20 Feb 2024



Inserted: 20 feb 2024
Last Updated: 20 feb 2024

Year: 2024


We investigate the existence of minimizers of variational models with Eulerian-Lagrangian formulations. We consider energy functionals depending on the deformation of a body, defined on its reference configuration, and an Eulerian map defined on the unknown deformed configuration in the actual space. Our existence theory moves beyond the purely elastic setting and accounts for material failure by addressing free-discontinuity problems where both deformations and Eulerian fields are allowed to jump. To do so, we build upon the work of Henao and Mora-Corral regarding the variational modeling of cavitation and fracture in nonlinear elasticity. Two main settings are considered by modeling deformations as Sobolev and SBV-maps, respectively. The regularity of Eulerian maps is specified in each of these two settings according to the geometric and topological properties of the deformed configuration. We present some applications to specific models of liquid crystals, phase transitions, and ferromagnetic elastomers. Effectiveness and limitations of the theory are illustrated by means of explicit examples.

Keywords: fracture, cavitation, Eulerian-Lagrangian energies