Volume 29, 2023
|Number of page(s)||23|
|Published online||25 January 2023|
Lower semicontinuity in GSBD for nonautonomous surface integrals
1 Department of Basic and Applied Sciences for Engineering, Sapienza University of Rome,
Via A. Scarpa 16,
2 Department of Mathematics and Applications “R. Caccioppoli” University of Naples Federico II Via Cintia, Monte Sant’Angelo 80126, Naples, Italy
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 27 December 2022
We provide a sufficient condition for lower semicontinuity of nonautonomous noncoercive surface energies defined on the space of GSBDp functions, whose dependence on the x-variable is W1,1 or even BV: the notion of nonautonomous symmetric joint convexity, which extends the analogous definition devised for autonomous integrands in Friedrich et al. [J. Funct. Anal. 280 (2021) 108929] where the conservativeness of the approximating vector fields is assumed. This condition allows to extend to our setting a nonautonomous chain formula in SBV obtained in Ambrosio et al. [Manuscr. Math. 140 (2013) 461–480], and this is a key tool in the proof of the lower semicontinuity result. This new joint convexity can be checked explicitly for some classes of surface energies arising from variational models of fractures in inhomogeneous materials.
Mathematics Subject Classification: 49J45 / 49Q20 / 70G75 / 74R10
Key words: Lower semicontinuity / capacity / chain rule / GSBD functions / fracture mechanics
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