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.

%B ESAIM: Control, Optimisation and Calculus of Variations %I EDP Sciences %V 23 %P 791–826 %8 05/2017 %G eng %U https://www.esaim-cocv.org/component/article?access=doi&doi=10.1051/cocv/2016014 %R 10.1051/cocv/2016014 %0 Journal Article %J Journal de Mathématiques Pures et Appliquées %D 2017 %T A lower semicontinuity result for a free discontinuity functional with a boundary term %A Stefano Almi %A Gianni Dal Maso %A Rodica Toader %XWe 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.

%B Journal de Mathématiques Pures et Appliquées %V 108 %P 952-990 %G en %U http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11767/15979 %N 6 %1 34731 %2 Mathematics %4 1 %# MAT/05 %$ Submitted by salmi@sissa.it (salmi@sissa.it) on 2015-12-15T14:37:19Z No. of bitstreams: 1 Alm-DM-Toa-15-sissa.pdf: 351559 bytes, checksum: b6adddc4944478676c7d4b34028a347c (MD5) %& 952 %R 10.1016/j.matpur.2017.05.018 %0 Report %D 2016 %T Quasi-static hydraulic crack growth driven by Darcy's law %A Stefano Almi %XIn 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.

%G en %U http://urania.sissa.it/xmlui/handle/1963/35198 %1 35492 %2 Mathematics %4 1 %# MAT/05 %$ Submitted by salmi@sissa.it (salmi@sissa.it) on 2016-06-18T13:27:56Z No. of bitstreams: 1 Almi-16.pdf: 469056 bytes, checksum: eeb8055150115033880a6c206e9d9fa8 (MD5) %0 Thesis %D 2016 %T Some results on the mathematical analysis of crack problems with forces applied on the fracture lips %A Stefano Almi %K Fracture mechanics %X This 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. %I SISSA %G en %1 35503 %2 Mathematics %4 1 %# MAT/05 %$ Submitted by salmi@sissa.it (salmi@sissa.it) on 2016-08-09T10:34:01Z No. of bitstreams: 1 Almi-PhDThesis.pdf: 2060635 bytes, checksum: 5fab9efd5312430a0c9e57282df75694 (MD5) %0 Journal Article %J Nonlinear Analysis %D 2014 %T Quasi-static crack growth in hydraulic fracture %A Stefano Almi %A Gianni Dal Maso %A Rodica Toader %XWe 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.

%B Nonlinear Analysis %I Elsevier %V 109 %P 301-318 %G en %U http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11767/17350 %N Nov %9 Journal article %1 34741 %2 Mathematics %4 1 %# MAT/05 %$ Submitted by salmi@sissa.it (salmi@sissa.it) on 2015-09-24T08:10:23Z No. of bitstreams: 1 A-DM-T-070714.pdf: 283645 bytes, checksum: 68056ef27e9dcfa246029148c0016c0f (MD5) %& 301 %R 10.1016/j.na.2014.07.009