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Variational methods in Material Science

seminar: Variational fracture and minimality

speaker: Gilles A. Francfort (LPMTM, Universite Paris-Nord)

abstract: The variational theory of brittle fracture, which has developed in the past few years, is based on the time evolution of global minimizers of the energy functionals. In this talk I will briefly recall the main results, then concentrate on the issues brought about by global minimality and focus on possible alternatives. There, the theory is far from complete, especially in dimensions greater than one.

Tue 10 Oct, 16:10 - 17:05, Aula Dini
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