The numerical computation of the critical boundary displacement for radial cavitation

P V Negron-Marrero, J Sivaloganathan

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We study radial solutions of the equations of isotropic elasticity in two dimensions (for a disc) and three dimensions (for a sphere). We describe a numerical scheme for computing the critical boundary displacement for cavitation based on the solution of a sequence of initial value problems for punctured domains. We give examples for specific materials and compare our numerical computations with some previous analytical results. A key observation in the formulation of the method is that the strong-ellipticity condition implies that the specification of the normal component of the Cauchy stress on an inner pre-existing but small cavity, leads to a relation for the radial strain as a function of the circumferential strain. To establish the convergence of the numerical scheme we prove a monotonicity property for the inner deformed radius for punctured balls.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)696-726
Number of pages31
JournalMathematics and Mechanics of Solids
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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