In the framework of rate independent processes, we present a variational model of quasi-static crack growth in hydraulic fracture. We first introduce the energy functional and study the equilibrium conditions of an unbounded linearly elastic body subject to a remote strain ε ∈ R and with a sufficiently regular crack Γ filled by a volume V of incompressible fluid. In particular, we are able to find the pressure p of the fluid inside the crack as a function of Γ, V , and ε. Then, we study the problem of quasi-static evolution for our model, imposing that the fluid volume V and the fluid pressure p are related by Darcy’s law. We show the existence of such an evolution, and we prove that it satisfies a weak notion of the so-called Griffith’s criterion.

UR - http://urania.sissa.it/xmlui/handle/1963/35198 U1 - 35492 U2 - Mathematics U4 - 1 U5 - MAT/05 ER - TY - JOUR T1 - Quasi-static crack growth in hydraulic fracture JF - Nonlinear Analysis Y1 - 2014 A1 - Stefano Almi A1 - Gianni Dal Maso A1 - Rodica Toader AB -We present a variational model for the quasi-static crack growth in hydraulic fracture in the framework of the energy formulation of rate-independent processes. The cracks are assumed to lie on a prescribed plane and to satisfy a very weak regularity assumption.

PB - Elsevier VL - 109 UR - http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11767/17350 IS - Nov U1 - 34741 U2 - Mathematics U4 - 1 U5 - MAT/05 ER -