Uniqueness and complementary energy in nonlinear elastostatics

R. J. Knops, C. Trimarco, H. T. Williams

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Global uniqueness of the smooth stress and deformation to within the usual rigid-body translation and rotation is established in the null traction boundary value problem of nonlinear homogeneous elasticity on a n-dimensional star-shaped region. A complementary energy is postulated to be a function of the Biot stress and to be para-convex and rank-(n -1) convex, conditions analogous to quasi-convexity and rank-(n-2) of the stored energy function. Uniqueness follows immediately from an identity involving the complementary energy and the Piola-Kirchhoff stress. The interrelationship is discussed between the two conditions imposed on the complementary energy, and between these conditions and those known for uniqueness in the linear elastic traction boundary value problem.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)519-534
Number of pages16
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2003


  • Complementary energy
  • Elastostatics
  • Uniqueness


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