Local minimizers and phase transformations

J. M. Ball, R. D. James

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We discuss a metastability problem arising in martensitic phase transformations, for which it can be proved that hysteresis occurs as a consequence of the geometric incompatibility between the parent and nucleating phases. This result does not follow from the existing general theory of local minimisers in the calculus of variations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-392
Number of pages4
JournalZeitschrift für Angewandte Mathematik und Mechanik
Issue numberSUPPL. 2
Publication statusPublished - 1996


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