The energy functional of linear elasticity is obtained as G-limit of suitable rescalings of the energies of finite elasticity...

10aNonlinear elasticity1 aAgostiniani, Virginia1 aDal Maso, Gianni1 aDeSimone, Antonio uhttp://hdl.handle.net/1963/426701684nas a2200157 4500008004100000245004700041210004600088260001300134300001200147490000700159520120600166653002501372100002601397700002201423856008101445 2012 en d00aOgden-type energies for nematic elastomers0 aOgdentype energies for nematic elastomers bElsevier a402-4120 v473 aOgden-type extensions of the free-energy densities currently used to model the mechanical behavior of nematic elastomers are proposed and analyzed. Based on a multiplicative decomposition of the deformation gradient into an elastic and a spontaneous or remanent part, they provide a suitable framework to study the stiffening response at high imposed stretches. Geometrically linear versions of the models (Taylor expansions at order two) are provided and discussed. These small strain theories provide a clear illustration of the geometric structure of the underlying energy landscape (the energy grows quadratically with the distance from a non-convex set of spontaneous strains or energy wells). The comparison between small strain and finite deformation theories may also be useful in the opposite direction, inspiring finite deformation generalizations of small strain theories currently used in the mechanics of active and phase-transforming materials. The energy well structure makes the free-energy densities non-convex. Explicit quasi-convex envelopes are provided, and applied to compute the stiffening response of a specimen tested in plane strain extension experiments (pure shear).

10aNonlinear elasticity1 aAgostiniani, Virginia1 aDeSimone, Antonio uhttps://www.math.sissa.it/publication/ogden-type-energies-nematic-elastomers01260nas a2200193 4500008004100000022001400041245008600055210006900141300000900210490000700219520060600226653002800832653002500860653002800885653002700913653002400940100002600964856007600990 2012 eng d a1078-094700aSecond order approximations of quasistatic evolution problems in finite dimension0 aSecond order approximations of quasistatic evolution problems in a11250 v323 aIn this paper, we study the limit, as ε goes to zero, of a particular solution of the equation $\epsilon^2A\ddot u^ε(t)+εB\dot u^ε(t)+\nabla_xf(t,u^ε(t))=0$, where $f(t,x)$ is a potential satisfying suitable coerciveness conditions. The limit $u(t)$ of $u^ε(t)$ is piece-wise continuous and verifies $\nabla_xf(t,u(t))=0$. Moreover, certain jump conditions characterize the behaviour of $u(t)$ at the discontinuity times. The same limit behaviour is obtained by considering a different approximation scheme based on time discretization and on the solutions of suitable autonomous systems.

10adiscrete approximations10aperturbation methods10asaddle-node bifurcation10aSingular perturbations10avanishing viscosity1 aAgostiniani, Virginia uhttp://aimsciences.org//article/id/560b82d9-f289-498a-a619-a4b132aaf9f800898nas a2200145 4500008004100000245008300041210006900124260001300193490000800206520043400214653002000648100002600668700002200694856003600716 2011 en d00aGamma-convergence of energies for nematic elastomers in the small strain limit0 aGammaconvergence of energies for nematic elastomers in the small bSpringer0 v 233 aWe study two variational models recently proposed in the literature to describe the mechanical behaviour of nematic elastomers either in the fully nonlinear regime or in the framework of a geometrically linear theory. We show that, in the small strain limit, the energy functional of the first one I\\\"-converges to the relaxation of the second one, a functional for which an explicit representation formula is available.

10aLiquid crystals1 aAgostiniani, Virginia1 aDeSimone, Antonio uhttp://hdl.handle.net/1963/4141