Beyond polyconvexity: An existence result for a class of quasiconvex hyperelastic materials
This article contains an existence result for a class of quasiconvex stored energy functions satisfying the material non-interpenetrability condition, which primarily obstructs applying classical techniques from the vectorial calculus of variations to nonlinear elasticity. The fundamental concept of reversibility serves as the starting point for a theory of nonlinear elasticity featuring the basic duality inherent to the Eulerian and Lagrangian points of view. Motivated by this concept, split-quasiconvex stored energy functions are shown to exhibit properties, which are very alluding from a mathematical point of view. For instance, any function with finite energy is automatically a Sobolev homeomorphism; existence of minimizers can be readily established and first variation formulae hold.