Local minimizers and planar interfaces in a phase-transition model with interfacial energy

Author: 

Ball, J
Crooks, E

Publication Date: 

24 January 2011

Journal: 

Calculus of Variations and Partial Differential Equations

Last Updated: 

2020-07-17T03:10:54.723+01:00

Issue: 

3

Volume: 

40

DOI: 

10.1007/s00526-010-0349-8

page: 

501-538

abstract: 

Interfacial energy is often incorporated into variational solid-solid phase transition models via a perturbation of the elastic energy functional involving second gradients of the deformation. We study consequences of such higher-gradient terms for local minimizers and for interfaces. First it is shown that at slightly sub-critical temperatures, a phase which globally minimizes the elastic energy density at super-critical temperatures is an L1-local minimizer of the functional including interfacial energy, whereas it is typically only a W1,∞-local minimizer of the purely elastic functional. The second part deals with the existence and uniqueness of smooth interfaces between different wells of the multi-well elastic energy density. Attention is focussed on so-called planar interfaces, for which the deformation depends on a single direction x · N and the deformation gradient then satisfies a rank-one ansatz of the form Dy(x) = A + u(x · N) ⊗ N, where A and B = A + a ⊗ N are the gradients connected by the interface. © 2010 Springer-Verlag.

Symplectic id: 

124464

Submitted to ORA: 

Not Submitted

Publication Type: 

Journal Article