Monday, April 22, 2013

1201.3565 (Raz Kupferman et al.)

A Riemannian Approach to Reduced Plate, Shell, and Rod Theories    [PDF]

Raz Kupferman, Jake P. Solomon
We derive a dimensionally-reduced limit theory for an $n$-dimensional nonlinear elastic body that is slender along $k$ dimensions. The starting point is to view an elastic body as an $n$-dimensional Riemannian manifold together with a not necessarily isometric $W^{1,2}$-immersion in $n$-dimensional Euclidean space. The equilibrium configuration is the immersion that minimizes the average discrepancy between the induced and intrinsic metrics. The dimensionally reduced limit theory views the elastic body as a $k$-dimensional Riemannian manifold along with an isometric $W^{2,2}$-immersion in $n$-dimensional Euclidean space and linear data in the normal directions. The equilibrium configuration minimizes a functional depending on the average covariant derivatives of the linear data. The dimensionally-reduced limit is obtained using a $\Gamma$-convergence approach. The limit includes as particular cases plate, shell, and rod theories. It applies equally to "standard" elasticity and to "incompatible" elasticity, thus including as particular cases so-called non-Euclidean plate, shell, and rod theories.
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