Linearisation of multi-well energies

23 January 2017
Mariapia Palombaro

Linear elasticity can be rigorously derived from finite elasticity in the case of small loadings in terms of \Gamma-convergence. This was first done by Dal Maso-Negri-Percivale in the case of one-well energies with super-quadratic growth. This has been later generalised to different settings, in particular to the case of multi-well energies where the distance between the wells is very small (comparable to the size of the load). I will discuss recent developments in the case when the distance between the wells is arbitrary. In this context linear elasticity can be derived by adding to the multi-well energy a singular higher order term which penalises jumps from one well to another. The size of the singular term has to satisfy certain scaling assumptions which turn out to be optimal. (This is joint work with Alicandro, Dal Maso and Lazzaroni.) 

  • Partial Differential Equations Seminar