The contact problem in thermoviscoelastic materials

Mitsuhiro Nakao*, Jaime E. Muñoz Rivera

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We stablish an existence result for the thermoviscoelastic degenerated contact problem. The nonlinear stress-strain relation we will consider here is given by where M is a function satisfying M ∈ C1(]0, ∞[) ∩ C([0, ∞[), M(s) ≥ C s p. Moreover, we show that the solution decays uniformly to zero. That is, denoting by E(t) the first-order energy associated to the equation, we show that there exist positive constants C satisfying E(t) ≤ C(E(0))(1 + t)-(p + 2)/p where p is a positive number which depends on nonlinear terms of the system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)522-545
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Dec 15
Externally publishedYes


  • Polynomial decay
  • Signorini's problem
  • Thermoviscoelasticity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analysis
  • Applied Mathematics


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