Diff. Geom, Math. Phys., PDE Seminar: Aaron Zeff Palmer

  • Date: 02/01/2017
  • Time: 16:00
Aaron Zeff Palmer,Cornell University

University of British Columbia


Incompressibility and Global Injectivity in Second-Gradient Non-Linear Elasticity


This talk addresses how the calculus-of-variations is applied to non-linear elasticity. In physically realistic classical models, energy-minimizing deformations may not be smooth enough to satisfy the variational Euler-Lagrange equations. However, with a second-gradient model we guarantee sufficient regularity to rigorously prove energy-minimizers satisfy such an equation and maintain incompressibility and/or global injectivity.


The constraints of incompressibility and self-contact introduce subtle challenges of infinite-dimensional non-linear analysis. I will discuss the techniques and assumptions that we use to prove the existence of a distributional pressure for the incompressibility constraint and a measure-valued surface traction for the self-contact constraint. This work was part of my dissertation research done under the supervision of Professor Timothy J. Healey at Cornell University.

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Location: ESB 2012


(Note the unusual date and time: 4-5 pm on Wednesday, Feb 1.)