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JMI2011A-2 Shape derivative of potential energy and energy release rate in fracture mechanics (pp.21-31)

Author(s): Masato Kimura and Isao Wakano

J. Math-for-Ind. 3A (2011) 21-31.

We study a general mathematical framework for variation of potential energy with respect to domain deformation. It enables rigorous derivation of the integral formulas for the energy release rate in crack problems. Applying a technique of shape sensitivity analysis, we formulate the shape derivative of potential energy as a variational problem with a parameter. Key tools of our abstract theory are a new parameter variational principle and the classical implicit function theorem in Banach spaces.

Keyword(s).  shape derivative, variational principle, energy release rate, fracture mechanics