### A fractional calculus approach to the mechanics of fractal media.

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The influence of a seismic wave on a building is customarily described as a force, a function of the time, whose explicit expression is prescribed. We here suggest a one-dimensional model able to relate this force to the sudden onset of a fault in the rock layer on which the building is built.

We give a first contribution to the homogenization of many-body structures that are exposed to large deformations and obey the noninterpenetration constraint. The many-body structures considered here resemble cord-belts like they are used to reinforce pneumatic tires. We establish and analyze an idealized model for such many-body structures in which the subbodies are assumed to be hyperelastic with a polyconvex energy density and shall exhibit an initial brittle bond with their neighbors. Noninterpenetration...

We give a first contribution to the homogenization of many-body structures that are exposed to large deformations and obey the noninterpenetration constraint. The many-body structures considered here resemble cord-belts like they are used to reinforce pneumatic tires. We establish and analyze an idealized model for such many-body structures in which the subbodies are assumed to be hyperelastic with a polyconvex energy density and shall exhibit an...

We consider mixed and hybrid variational formulations to the linearized elasticity system in domains with cracks. Inequality type conditions are prescribed at the crack faces which results in unilateral contact problems. The variational formulations are extended to the whole domain including the cracks which yields, for each problem, a smooth domain formulation. Mixed finite element methods such as PEERS or BDM methods are designed to avoid locking for nearly incompressible materials in plane elasticity....

Most building materials can be characterized as quasi-brittle composites with a cementitious matrix, reinforced by some stiffening particles or elements. Their massive exploitation motivates the development of numerical modelling and simulation of behaviour of such material class under mechanical, thermal, etc. loads, including the evaluation of the risk of initiation and development of micro- and macro-fracture. This paper demonstrates the possibility of certain deterministic prediction, applying...