In the setting of planar linearized elasticity, we study a fracture model depending on the crack opening. Assuming that the crack path is known a priori and sufficiently smooth, we prove that the energy release rate is well defined. Then, we consider the problem of quasi-static evolution for our model. Thanks to a vanishing viscosity approach, we show the existence of such an evolution satisfying a weak Griffith’s criterion.

1 aAlmi, Stefano uhttps://www.esaim-cocv.org/component/article?access=doi&doi=10.1051/cocv/201601401104nas a2200145 4500008004100000245009100041210006900132300001200201490000800213520063400221100001800855700002100873700001900894856004500913 2017 en d00aA lower semicontinuity result for a free discontinuity functional with a boundary term0 alower semicontinuity result for a free discontinuity functional a952-9900 v1083 aWe study the lower semicontinuity in $GSBV^{p}(\Omega;\mathbb{R}^{m})$ of a free discontinuity functional $\mathcal{F}(u)$ that can be written as the sum of a crack term, depending only on the jump set $S_{u}$, and of a boundary term, depending on the trace of $u$ on $\partial\Omega$. We give sufficient conditions on the integrands for the lower semicontinuity of $\mathcal{F}$. Moreover, we prove a relaxation result, which shows that, if these conditions are not satisfied, the lower semicontinuous envelope of $\mathcal{F}$ can be represented by the sum of two integrals on $S_{u}$ and $\partial\Omega$, respectively.

1 aAlmi, Stefano1 aDal Maso, Gianni1 aToader, Rodica uhttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11767/1597901110nas a2200097 4500008004100000245006200041210006000103520078000163100001800943856005100961 2016 en d00aQuasi-static hydraulic crack growth driven by Darcy's law0 aQuasistatic hydraulic crack growth driven by Darcys law3 aIn the framework of rate independent processes, we present a variational model of quasi-static crack growth in hydraulic fracture. We first introduce the energy functional and study the equilibrium conditions of an unbounded linearly elastic body subject to a remote strain ε ∈ R and with a sufficiently regular crack Γ filled by a volume V of incompressible fluid. In particular, we are able to find the pressure p of the fluid inside the crack as a function of Γ, V , and ε. Then, we study the problem of quasi-static evolution for our model, imposing that the fluid volume V and the fluid pressure p are related by Darcy’s law. We show the existence of such an evolution, and we prove that it satisfies a weak notion of the so-called Griffith’s criterion.

1 aAlmi, Stefano uhttp://urania.sissa.it/xmlui/handle/1963/3519801439nas a2200121 4500008004100000245010500041210006900146260001000215520093000225653002301155100001801178856012101196 2016 en d00aSome results on the mathematical analysis of crack problems with forces applied on the fracture lips0 aSome results on the mathematical analysis of crack problems with bSISSA3 aThis thesis is devoted to the study of some models of fracture growth in elastic materials, characterized by the presence of forces acting on the crack lips. Working in the general framework of rate-independent processes, we first discuss a variational formulation of the problem of quasi-static crack evolution in hydraulic fracture. Then, we investigate the crack growth process in a cohesive fracture model, showing the existence of an evolution satisfying a weak Griffith's criterion. Finally, in the last chapter of this work we investigate, in the static case, the interaction between the energy spent in order to create a new fracture and the energy spent by the applied surface forces. This leads us to study the lower semicontinuity properties of a free discontinuity functional F(u) that can be written as the sum of a crack term, depending on the jump set of u, and of a boundary term, depending on the trace of u.10aFracture mechanics1 aAlmi, Stefano uhttps://www.math.sissa.it/publication/some-results-mathematical-analysis-crack-problems-forces-applied-fracture-lips00712nas a2200157 4500008004100000245005200041210005100093260001300144300001200157490000800169520027400177100001800451700002100469700001900490856004500509 2014 en d00aQuasi-static crack growth in hydraulic fracture0 aQuasistatic crack growth in hydraulic fracture bElsevier a301-3180 v1093 aWe present a variational model for the quasi-static crack growth in hydraulic fracture in the framework of the energy formulation of rate-independent processes. The cracks are assumed to lie on a prescribed plane and to satisfy a very weak regularity assumption.

1 aAlmi, Stefano1 aDal Maso, Gianni1 aToader, Rodica uhttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11767/17350