Mathematical Models in Contact Mechanics

Mathematical Models in Contact Mechanics

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This text provides a complete introduction to the theory of variational inequalities with emphasis on contact mechanics. It covers existence, uniqueness and convergence results for variational inequalities, including the modelling and variational analysis of specific frictional contact problems with elastic, viscoelastic and viscoplastic materials. New models of contact are presented, including contact of piezoelectric materials. Particular attention is paid to the study of history-dependent quasivariational inequalities and to their applications in the study of contact problems with unilateral constraints. The book fully illustrates the cross-fertilisation between modelling and applications on the one hand and nonlinear mathematical analysis on the other. Indeed, the reader will gain an understanding of how new and nonstandard models in contact mechanics lead to new types of variational inequalities and, conversely, how abstract results concerning variational inequalities can be applied to prove the unique solvability of the corresponding contact more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 5 b/w illus.
  • 1139575449
  • 9781139575447

About Mircea Sofonea

Mircia Sofonea is Full Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Perpignan (France), Director of the Laboratory of Mathematics and Physics (LAMPS) at the same university and Member of Honour of the Institute of Mathematics of the Romanian Academy of Sciences. Andaluzia Matei is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Craiova (Romania).show more

Table of contents

Preface; List of symbols; Part I. Introduction to Variational Inequalities: 1. Preliminaries on functional analysis; 2. Elliptic variational inequalities; 3. History-dependent variational inequalities; Part II. Modelling and Analysis of Contact Problems: 4. Modelling of contact problems; 5. Analysis of elastic contact problems; 6. Analysis of elastic-visco-plastic contact problems; 7. Analysis of piezoelectric contact problems; Bibliographical notes; References; more