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Numerical approaches to rate-independent processes and applications in inelasticity

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  08 April 2009

Alexander Mielke
Weierstraß-Institut für Angewandte Analysis und Stochastik, Mohrenstr. 39, 10117 Berlin, Germany. Institut für Mathematik, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Rudower Chaussee 25, 12489 Berlin, Germany.
Tomáš Roubíček
Mathematical Institute, Charles University, Sokolovská 83, 186 75 Praha 8, Czech Republic. Institute of Thermomechanics of the ASCR, Dolejškova 5, 182 00 Praha 8, Czech Republic.
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A conceptual numerical strategy for rate-independent processes in the energetic formulation is proposed and its convergence is proved under various rather mild data qualifications. The novelty is that we obtain convergence of subsequences of space-time discretizations even in case where the limit problem does not have a unique solution and we need no additional assumptions on higher regularity of the limit solution. The variety of general perspectives thus obtained is illustrated on several specific examples: plasticity with isotropic hardening, damage, debonding, magnetostriction, and two models of martensitic transformation in shape-memory alloys.

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