Numerical Approximation Techniques for Rate-Independent Inelasticity

  • Alexander Mielke
Part of the IUTAM BookSeries book series (IUTAMBOOK, volume 11)


Some recent advances in the numerical analysis of rate-independent material models are surveyed. A general concept of convergence of numerical approximations is discussed und the basis of Γ-convergence. It provides convergence of subsequences to true solutions under minimal regularity assumptions but gives no rates of convergence. Applications to elastoplasticity and damage are discussed.

Key words

rate-independent systems energetic solutions time-incremental minimization problems Γ-convergence damage 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexander Mielke
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Weierstraß-Institut für Angewandte Analysis und StochastikBerlin
  2. 2.Institut für MathematikHumboldt Universität zu BerlinBerlinGermany

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