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Marin Marin, "Weak Solutions in Elasticity of Dipolar Porous Materials", Mathematical Problems in Engineering, vol. 2008, Article ID 158908, 8 pages, 2008.

Weak Solutions in Elasticity of Dipolar Porous Materials

Academic Editor: K. R. Rajagopal
Received25 Mar 2008
Accepted17 Jul 2008
Published25 Sep 2008


The main aim of our study is to use some general results from the general theory of elliptic equations in order to obtain some qualitative results in a concrete and very applicative situation. In fact, we will prove the existence and uniqueness of the generalized solutions for the boundary value problems in elasticity of initially stressed bodies with voids (porous materials).

1. Introduction

The theories of porous materials represent a material length scale and are quite sufficient for a large number of the solid mechanics applications.

In the following, we restrict our attention to the behavior of the porous solids in which the matrix material is elastic and the interstices are voids of material. The intended applications of this theory are to the geological materials, like rocks and soils and to the manufactured porous materials.

The plane of the paper is the following one. In the beginning, we write down the basic equations and conditions of the mixed boundary value problem within context of linear theory of initially stressed bodies with voids, as in the papers of [1, 2]. Then, we accommodate some general results from the paper [3], and the book [4], in order to obtain the existence and uniqueness of a weak solution of the formulated problem. For convenience, the notations chosen are almost identical to those of [2, 5].

2. Basic Equations

Let be an open region of three-dimensional Euclidean space occupied by our porous material at time . We assume that the boundary of the domain , denoted by , is a closed, bounded and pice-wise smooth surface which allows us the application of the divergence theorem. A fixed system of rectangular Cartesian axes is used and we adopt the Cartesian tensor notations. The points in are denoted by or . The variable is the time and . We will employ the usual summation over repeated subscripts while subscripts preceded by a comma denote the partial differentiation with respect to the spatial argument. We also use a superposed dot to denote the partial differentiation with respect to . The Latin indices are understood to range over the integers .

In the following, we designate by the components of the outward unit normal to the surface . The closure of domain , denoted by , means .

Also, the spatial argument and the time argument of a function will be omitted when there is no likelihood of confusion.

The behavior of initially stressed bodies with voids is characterized by the following kinematic variables:

In our study, we analyze an anisotropic and homogeneous initially stressed elastic solid with voids. We restrict our considerations to the Elastostatics, so that the basic equations become as follows.(i)The equations of equilibrium is as follows:(ii) the balance of the equilibrated forces is as follows: (iii) the constitutive equations are as follows: (iv) the geometric equations are

In the above equations we have used the following notations:(i)—the constant mass density;(ii)—the components of the displacement field;(iii)—the components of the dipolar displacement field;(iv)—the volume distribution function which in the reference state is ;(v)—a measure of volume change of the bulk material resulting from void compaction or distension;(vi), , —the components of the stress tensors;(vii)—the components of the equilibrated stress;(viii)—the components of body force per unit mass;(ix)—the components of dipolar body force per unit mass;(x)—the extrinsic equilibrated body force;(xi)—the intrinsic equilibrated body force;(xii), , —the kinematic characteristics of the strain tensors;(xiii), , , , , , represent the characteristic functions of the material (the constitutive coefficients) and they obey to the following symmetry relations

The physical significances of the functions and are presented in the works [6, 7].

The prescribed functions , and from (2.2) and (2.3) satisfy the following equations:

3. Existence and Uniqueness Theorems

In the main section of our paper, we will accommodate some theoretical results from the theory of elliptic equations in order to derive the existence and the uniqueness of a generalized solution of the mixed boundary-value problem in the context of initially stressed bodies with voids.

Throughout this section, we assume that is a Lipschitz region of the Euclidian three-dimensional space . We use the following notations:with the convention that , the Cartesian product is considered to be of -times. Also, is the familiar Sobolev space. With other words, is defined as the space of all , where , , with the norm

For clarity and simplification in presentation, we consider the following regularity hypotheses on the considered functions:(i)all the constitutive coefficients are functions of class on ;(ii) the body loads , and are continuous functions on .

The ordered array is an admissible process on provided , , . Also, the ordered array of functions is an admissible system of stress on if , , , and , , , , .

Let be a disjunct decomposition of , where is a set of surface measure and and are either empty or open in . Assume the following boundary conditions:where the functions , , , , , and are prescribed, , , , and , , . Also, we define as a subspace of the space of all functions which satisfy the boundary conditions:On the product space , we consider a bilinear form , defined bywhere We assume that the constitutive coefficients are bounded measurable functions in which satisfy the symmetries (2.6). Then, by using relations (3.5) and (2.6) it is easy to deduce thatAlso, by using symmetries (2.6) into (3.5), it results inand thuswhere is the internal energy density associated to .

We suppose that is a positive definite quadratic form, that is, there exists a positive constant such thatfor all , , , , and .

Now, we introduce the functionals and bywhere and , , , .

Let be such that , , on may by obtained by means of embedding the space into the space .

The element is called weak (or generalized) solution of the boundary value problem, ifhold for each . In the above relations, we used the spaces and which represent, as it is well known, the space of real functions which are square-integrable on , respectively, on .

It follows from (3.10) and (3.8) thatfor any .

Let us consider the operators , , mapping the space into the space , defined by

It is easy to see that, in fact, the operators , , defined above, have the following general form:where are bounded and measurable functions on . Also, we have used the notation for the multi-indices derivative, that is,

By definition, the operators , form a coercive system of operators on if for each the following inequality takes place:

In this inequality, the constant does not depend on and the norms and represent the usual norms in the spaces and , respectively.

In the following theorem, we indicate a necessary and sufficient condition for a system of operators to be a coercive system.

Theoem 3.1. Let be constant for . Then the system of operators is coercive on if and only if the rank of the matrix is equal to for each , , where is the notation for the complex three-dimensional space, and

The demonstration of this result can be find in [4].

In the following, we assume that for each , we havewhere the constant does not depend on .

We denote by the following set:and by the factor-space of classes , wherehaving the norm

In the following theorem, it is indicated a necessary and sufficient condition for the existence of a weak solution of the boundary-value problem.

Theorem 3.2. Let define a bilinear form for each , where and . If it is supposed that the inequalities (3.17) and (3.20) hold, then a necessary and sufficient condition for the existence of a weak solution of the boundary value problem is Moreover, the weak solution, , satisfies the following inequality:where is a real positive constant.
Further, one hasfor each

For the prove of this result, see [3].

In the following, we intend to apply the above two results in order to obtain the existence of a weak solution for the boundary value problem formulated in the context of theory of initially stressed elastic solids with voids.

Theorem 3.3. Let . Then there exists one and only one weak solution of our boundary-value problem.

Proof. Clearly, from (3.13) and (3.14) we immediately obtain (3.20). The matrix (3.20) has the rank 13 for each , . Thus by Theorem 3.1 we conclude that the system of operators, defined in (3.14), is coercive on the space .
According to definition (3.21) of , we have that , , , for each , .
So, we deduce that reduces towhere and and are arbitrary constants and is the alternating symbol.
We will consider two distinct cases. First, we suppose that the set is nonempty. Then the set reduces to and therefore, condition (3.24) is satisfied. By using Theorem 3.2, we immediately obtain the desired result.

In the second case, we assume that is an empty set. Then we have the following result.

Theorem 3.4. The necessary and sufficient conditions for the existence of a weak solution of the boundary-value problem for elastic dipolar bodies with stretch, are given by where is the alternating symbol.

Proof. In this case, the boundary value problem is given by (3.27), where , , and are arbitrary constants such that we can apply, once again, Theorem 3.2 to obtain the above result.

4. Conclusion

For the considered initial-boundary value problem the basic results still valid. Now, for different particular cases, the solution can be found because it exists and is unique.


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