A note on convergence of low energy critical points of nonlinear elasticity functionals, for thin shells of arbitrary geometry
Marta Lewicka, University of Minnesota, Department of Mathematics,
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Revised: 3 December 2009
We prove that the critical points of the 3d nonlinear elasticity functional on shells of small thickness h and around the mid-surface S of arbitrary geometry, converge as h → 0 to the critical points of the von Kármán functional on S, recently proposed in [Lewicka et al., Ann. Scuola Norm. Sup. Pisa Cl. Sci. (to appear)]. This result extends the statement in [Müller and Pakzad, Comm. Part. Differ. Equ. 33 (2008) 1018–1032], derived for the case of plates when . The convergence holds provided the elastic energies of the 3d deformations scale like h4 and the external body forces scale like h3.
Mathematics Subject Classification: 74K20 / 74B20
Key words: Shell theories / nonlinear elasticity / Gamma convergence / calculus of variations
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