We introduce the space GBD of generalized functions of bounded deformation and study the structure properties of these functions: the rectifiability and the slicing properties of their jump sets, and the existence of their approximate symmetric gradients. We conclude by proving a compactness results for GBD, which leads to a compactness result for the space GSBD of generalized special functions of bounded deformation. The latter is connected to the existence of solutions to a weak formulation of some variational problems arising in fracture mechanics in the framework of linearized elasticity.

%B J. Eur. Math. Soc. (JEMS), to appear %I SISSA %G en %U http://hdl.handle.net/1963/6374 %1 6309 %2 Mathematics %4 1 %# MAT/05 ANALISI MATEMATICA %$ Submitted by Gianni Dal Maso (dalmaso@sissa.it) on 2013-01-10T18:54:48Z\\nNo. of bitstreams: 1\\nDM-11.pdf: 413971 bytes, checksum: eca2a953ba1b97755da281bca4e099e4 (MD5)