WIAS Preprint No. 1245, (2007)

Regularity up to the boundary for nonlinear elliptic systems arising in time-incremental infinitesimal elasto-plasticity


  • Knees, Dorothee
  • Neff, Patrizio

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 35B65 74C05 49N60 74A35 74G40


  • Polar materials, perfect plasticity, higher global regularity, quasilinear elliptic systems, error estimates, time-increments


In this note we investigate the question of higher regularity up to the boundary for quasilinear elliptic systems which origin from the time-discretization of models from infinitesimal elasto-plasticity. Our main focus lies on an elasto-plastic Cosserat model. More specifically we show that the time discretization renders $H^2$-regularity of the displacement and $H^1$-regularity for the symmetric plastic strain $varepsilon_p$ up to the boundary provided the plastic strain of the previous time step is in $H^1$, as well. This result contrasts with classical Hencky and Prandtl-Reuss formulations where it is known not to hold due to the occurrence of slip lines and shear bands. Similar regularity statements are obtained for other regularizations of ideal plasticity like viscosity or isotropic hardening. In the first part we recall the time continuous Cosserat elasto-plasticity problem, provide the update functional for one time step and show various preliminary results for the update functional (Legendre-Hadamard/monotonicity). Using non standard difference quotient techniques we are able to show the higher global regularity. Higher regularity is crucial for qualitative statements of finite element convergence. As a result we may obtain estimates linear in the mesh-width $h$ in error estimates.

Appeared in

  • SIAM J. Math. Anal., 40 (2008) pp. 21--43.

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