## Abstract

We construct a variational approximation scheme for the equations of three-dimensional elastodynamics with polyconvex stored energy. The scheme is motivated by some recently discovered geometric identities (QIN [18]) for the null Lagrangians (the determinant and cofactor matrix), and by an associated embedding of the equations of elastodynamics into an enlarged system which is endowed with a convex entropy. The scheme decreases the energy, and its solvability is reduced to the solution of a constrained convex minimization problem. We prove that the approximating process admits regular weak solutions, which in the limit produce a measure-valued solution for polyconvex elastodynamics that satisfies the classical weak form of the geometric identities. This latter property is related to the weak continuity properties of minors of Jacobian matrices, here exploited in a time-dependent setting.

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 325-344 |

Number of pages | 20 |

Journal | Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis |

Volume | 157 |

Issue number | 4 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - May 5 2001 |

Externally published | Yes |

## ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Analysis
- Mathematics (miscellaneous)
- Mechanical Engineering