Nonlinear Donati compatibility conditions and the intrinsic approach for nonlinearly elastic plates

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-268
Journal / PublicationJournal des Mathematiques Pures et Appliquees
Issue number1
Online published24 Apr 2014
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2015


Linear Donati compatibility conditions guarantee that the components of symmetric tensor fields are those of linearized change of metric or linearized change of curvature tensor fields associated with the displacement vector field arising in a linearly elastic structure when it is subjected to applied forces. These compatibility conditions take the form of variational equations with divergence-free tensor fields as test-functions, by contrast with Saint-Venant compatibility conditions, which take the form of systems of partial differential equations.In this paper, we identify and justify nonlinear Donati compatibility conditions that apply to a nonlinearly elastic plate modeled by the Kirchhoff-von Kármán-Love theory. These conditions, which to the authors' best knowledge constitute a first example of nonlinear Donati compatibility conditions, in turn allow to recast the classical approach to this nonlinear plate theory, where the unknown is the position of the deformed middle surface of the plate, into the intrinsic approach, where the change of metric and change of curvature tensor fields of the deformed middle surface of the plate are the only unknowns. The intrinsic approach thus provides a direct way to compute the stress resultants and the stress couples inside the deformed plate, often the unknowns of major interest in computational mechanics.

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  • Donati compatibility conditions, Intrinsic approach, Nonlinear plate theory

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