Tue, 14 Jun 2022
14:00 - 14:30
Francis Aznaran
(Oxford University)

Motivated by the physical relevance of many Hodge Laplace-type PDEs from the finite element exterior calculus, we analyse the Hodge Laplacian boundary value problem arising from the strain space in the linear elasticity complex, an exact sequence of function spaces naturally arising in several areas of continuum mechanics. We propose a discretisation based on the adaptation of discontinuous Galerkin FEM for the incompatibility operator $\mathrm{inc} := \mathrm{rot}\circ\mathrm{rot}$, using the symmetric-tensor-valued Regge finite element to discretise  the strain field; via the 'Regge calculus', this element has already been successfully applied to discretise another metric tensor, namely that arising in general relativity. Of central interest is the characterisation of the associated Sobolev space $H(\mathrm{inc};\mathbb{R}^{d\times d}_{\mathrm{sym}})$. Building on the pioneering work of van Goethem and coauthors, we also discuss promising connections between functional analysis of the $\mathrm{inc}$ operator and Kröner's theory of intrinsic elasticity in the presence of defects.

This is based on ongoing work with Dr Kaibo Hu.

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