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Energy-minimizing inclusion in an elastic plate under remote shear

Shmuel Vigdergauz

Vol. 3 (2008), No. 1, 63–83

A single foreign inclusion perfectly embedded in an elastic plate is considered as a bimaterial setup for finding the interface shape that minimizes the energy increment in a homogeneous shear stress field given at infinity. While simple in concept, this optimization problem is very hard computationally. For tractability, we limit our focus to a narrowed set of curves which can be conformally mapped onto a circle by an analytic function with only one nonzero Laurent term. The resultant one-parameter shape optimization problem with an integral objective functional is then accurately solved using an enhanced complex variable approach. This scheme, though seemingly restrictive, provides good qualitative insight into the optimal solution and bridges the gap between the limiting cases of the energy-minimal hole and the rigid inclusion solved previously.

plane elasticity problem, Kolosov–Muskhelishvili potentials, shape optimization, effective energy, extremal elastic structures, genetic algorithm
Received: 10 March 2007
Accepted: 7 May 2007
Published: 11 March 2008
Shmuel Vigdergauz
Research and Development Division
The Israel Electric Corporation Ltd.
P.O. Box 10
Haifa 31000