Thursday, October 6
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: 114 McAllister Building
Name: Gianni Dal Maso
Affiliation: International Scool for Advanced Studies (SISSA), Trieste
Title: Variational problems in fracture mechanics
Abstract: The talk will present some recent existence results for the variational model of crack growth in brittle materials proposed by Francfort and Marigo in 1998. These results, obtained in collaboration with Francfort and Toader, deal with the n-dimensional case, with a quasiconvex bulk energy and with prescribed boundary deformations and applied loads, both depending on time.