WIAS Preprint No. 1673, (2012)

Global spatial regularity for elasticity models with cracks, contact and other nonsmooth constraints


  • Knees, Dorothee
  • Schröder, Andreas

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 35B65 35J88 74A45, 74M15, 65N30, 65N12


  • global spatial regularity, cracks with selfcontact, Signorini contact, difference quotients, Tresca friction, Finite Elements, a priori error analysis


A global higher differentiability result in Besov spaces is proved for the displacement fields of linear elastic models with self contact. Domains with cracks are studied, where nonpenetration conditions/Signorini conditions are imposed on the crack faces. It is shown that in a neighborhood of crack tips (in 2D) or crack fronts (3D) the displacement fields are B 3/2 2,∞ regular. The proof relies on a difference quotient argument for the directions tangential to the crack. In order to obtain the regularity estimates also in the normal direction, an argument due to Ebmeyer/Frehse/Kassmann is modified. The methods are then applied to further examples like contact problems with nonsmooth rigid foundations, to a model with Tresca friction and to minimization problems with nonsmooth energies and constraints as they occur for instance in the modeling of shape memory alloys. Based on Falk's approximation Theorem for variational inequalities, convergence rates for FE-discretizations of contact problems are derived relying on the proven regularity properties. Several numerical examples illustrate the theoretical results.

Appeared in

  • Math. Methods Appl. Sci., 35 (2012) pp. 1859--1884.

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