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CANCELED: Nonlinear theories of elastic films
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 : 3:30pm to 4:30pm
University Park Campus
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Marta Lewicka, University of Pittsburgh
In this talk we will show how the mechanical response of an elastic film is affected by subtle geometric properties of its mid-surface. The crucial role here is played by spaces of weakly regular (Sobolev) isometries or infinitesimal isometries. These are the deformations of the mid-surface preserving its metric up to a certain prescribed order of magnitude, and hence contributing to the stretching energy of the film at a level corresponding to the magnitude
of the given external force. In this line, we will discuss the results concerning the matching and density of infinitesimal isometries on convex, developable and axisymmetric surfaces. In the second step, we will show how this analysis can be combined with the tools of calculus of variations towards the rigorous derivation of a hierarchy of thin shell theories. The validity of each theory depends on the scaling of the applied force in terms of the vanishing thickness
of the reference shell. The obtained hierarchy extends the seminal result of Friesecke, James and Muller valid for flat (plate-like) films, to shells whose mid-surface may have arbitrary geometry.