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John-von-Neumann lecture - Sommersemester 2020

Models for material defects and grain boundaries

Prof. Adriana Garroni

Prof. Adriana Garroni

Tentative program

The course will focus on some variational ''semi-discrete'' models for material defects in metals and their role in plastic deformation. The multiscale analysis of such models provides insight for the formulation of line tension energies for dislocations in crystals and their role in the modeling of grain boundaries.

Tentative structure of the course:

0. Introduction to continuum elasticity and plasticity
1. Linear theories for dislocations in 2d and in 3d
2. Geometrically nonlinear models and asymptotics
3. Rigidy for incomplatible fields
4. The main ideas of a recent result by Lauteri and Luckhaus for small angle grain boundaries

Time and Location

Evaluation of the students

Depending on the student's background the exam may require a colloquium on some of the preliminary tools or a seminar given by the student focused on some of the technical results presented in the course or related results.


The results presented in the course will need a background in functional analysis and geometric measure theory that will be provided depending on the knowledge of the audience.


* L. Ambrosio, N. Fusco, D. Pallara, Functions of Bounded Variation and Free Discontinuity Problems (Oxford Mathematical Monographs) 1st edition (2000)

* S. Conti, A. Garroni, and M. Ortiz. The line-tension approximation as the dilute limit of linear-elastic dislocations. Arch. Ration. Mech. Anal., 218:699-755, 2015.

* Garroni, A., Leoni, G., Ponsiglione, M.: Gradient theory for plasticity via homogenization of discrete dislocations. J. Eur. Math. Soc. 12(5), 1231–1266 (2010)

* G. Lauteri and S. Luckhaus. An energy estimate for dislocation configurations and the emergence of Cosserat-type structures in metal plasticity. Preprint arXiv:1608.06155, 2016.

* S. Muller, L. Scardia, and C. I. Zeppieri. Geometric rigidity for incompatible fields and an application to strain-gradient plasticity. Indiana Univ. Math. J., 63:1365-1396, 2014.

* S. Muller, L. Scardia, and C. I. Zeppieri. Gradient theory for geometrically nonlinear plasticity via the homogenization of dislocations. In S. Conti and K. Hackl, editors, Analysis and Computation of Microstructure in Finite Plasticity, pages 175{204. Springer, 2015.