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Orientation-preserving condition and polyconvexity on a surface: Application to nonlinear shell theory

Abstract : We propose in this paper a definition of a “polyconvex function on a surface”, inspired by the definitions set forth in other contexts by J. Ball (1977) and by J. Ball, J.C. Currie, and P.J. Olver (1981). When the surface is thought of as the middle surface of a nonlinearly elastic shell and the function as its stored energy function, we show that it is possible to assume in addition that this function is coercive for appropriate Sobolev norms and that it satisfies specific growth conditions that prevent the vectors of the covariant bases along the deformed middle surface to become linearly dependent, a condition that is the “surface analogue” of the orientation-preserving condition of J. Ball. We then show that a functional with such a polyconvex integrand is weakly lower semi-continuous, a property which eventually allows to establish the existence of minimizers. We also indicate how this new approach compares with the classical nonlinear shell theories, such as those of W.T. Koiter and P.M. Naghdi.
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Philippe G. Ciarlet, Gogu Radu, Cristinel Mardare. Orientation-preserving condition and polyconvexity on a surface: Application to nonlinear shell theory. Journal de Mathématiques Pures et Appliquées, Elsevier, 2013, 99, pp.704-725. ⟨10.1016/j.matpur.2012.10.006⟩. ⟨hal-01077090⟩

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