Discontinuous Deformation Gradients in Plane Finite Elastostatics of Incompressible Materials.
CALIFORNIA INST OF TECH PASADENA DIV OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCE
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This investigation is concerned with the possibility of the change of type of the differential equations governing finite plane elastostatics for incompressible elastic materials, and the related issue of the existence of equilibrium fields with discontinuous deformation gradients. Explicit necessary and sufficient conditions on the deformation invariants and the material for the ellipticity of the plane displacement equations of equilibrium are established. The issue of the existence, locally, of elastostatic shocks -- elastostatic fields with continuous displacements and discontinuous deformation gradients -- is then investigated. It is shown that an elastostatic shock exists only if the governing field equations suffer a loss of ellipticity at some deformation. Conversely, if the governing field equations have lost ellipticity at a given deformation at some point, an elastostatic shock can exist, locally, at that point. The results obtained are valid for an arbitrary homogeneous, isotropic, incompressible, elastic material. Author
- Numerical Mathematics