Homogenization of the nonlinear bending theory for plates
Stefan Neukamm and Heiner Olbermann
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Submission date: 15. Apr. 2013 (revised version: June 2014)
published in: Calculus of variations and partial differential equations, 53 (2015) 3, p. 719-753
DOI number (of the published article): 10.1007/s00526-014-0765-2
MSC-Numbers: 35B27, 74Q15, 74K20
Keywords and phrases: homogenization, Kirchhoff plate theory, two-scale convergence, nonlinear differential constraint
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We carry out the spatially periodic homogenization of Kirchhoffs plate theory. The derivation is rigorous in the sense of Γ-convergence. In contrast to what one naturally would expect, our result shows that the limiting functional is not simply a quadratic functional of the second fundamental form of the deformed plate as it is the case in Kirchhoffs plate theory. It turns out that the limiting functional discriminates between whether the deformed plate is locally shaped like a ”cylinder” or not. For the derivation we investigate the oscillatory behavior of sequences of second fundamental forms associated with isometric immersions of class W2,2, using two-scale convergence. This is a non-trivial task, since one has to treat two-scale convergence in connection with a nonlinear differential constraint.