We consider the minimization of " jDujp dx in a perforated domain " := nSM i=1 B"(ai) of Rn, among maps u 2 W1;p( ";Rn) that are incompressible (detDu 1), invertible, and satisfy a Dirichlet boundary condition u = g on @ . If the volume enclosed by g(@ ) is greater than j j, any such deformation u is forced to map the small holes B"(ai) onto macroscopically visible cavities (which do not disappear as " ! 0). We restrict our attention to the critical exponent p = n, where the energy required for cavitation is of the order of PM i=1 vij log "j and the model is suited, therefore, for an asymptotic analysis (v1; : : : ; vM denote the volumes of the cavities). We obtain estimates for the \renormalized" energy 1 n " pDu n1 p dx P i vij log "j, showing its dependence on the size and the shape of the cavities, on the initial distance between the cavitation points a1; : : : ; aM, and on the distance from these points to the outer boundary @ . Based on those estimates we conclude, for the case of two cavities, that either the cavities prefer to be spherical in shape and well separated, or to be very close to each other and appear as a single equivalent round cavity. This is in agreement with existing numerical simulations, and is reminiscent of the interaction between cavities in the mechanism of ductile fracture by void growth and coalescence
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