Hall, C. L. and Chapman, S. J. and Ockendon, J. R. (2010) Asymptotic analysis of a system of algebraic equations arising in dislocation theory. SIAM Journal of Applied Mathematics . (Submitted)
The system of algebraic equations given by
appears in dislocation theory in models of dislocation pile-ups. Specifically, the case a = 1 corresponds to the simple situation where n dislocations are piled up against a locked dislocation, while the case a = 3 corresponds to n dislocation dipoles piled up against a locked dipole.
We present a general analysis of systems of this type for a > 0 and n large. In the asymptotic limit n -> ∞, it becomes possible to replace the system of discrete equations with a continuum equation for the particle density. For 0 < a < 2, this takes the form of a singular integral equation, while for a > 2 it is a first-order differential equation. The critical case a = 2 requires special treatment but, up to corrections of logarithmic order, it also leads to a differential equation.
The continuum approximation is only valid for i not too small nor too close to n. The boundary layers at either end of the pile-up are also analyzed, which requires matching between discrete and continuum approximations to the main problem.
|Subjects:||D - G > General|
|Research Groups:||Oxford Centre for Collaborative Applied Mathematics|
|Deposited By:||Peter Hudston|
|Deposited On:||28 Oct 2010 14:29|
|Last Modified:||09 Feb 2012 15:59|
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