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  4. We consider a recent plate model obtained as a scaled limit of the three-dimensional Biot system of poro-elasticity. The result is a ‘2.5’-dimensional linear system that couples traditional Euler–Bernoulli plate dynamics to a pressure equation in three dimensions, where diffusion acts only transversely. We allow the permeability function to be time dependent, making the problem non-autonomous and disqualifying much of the standard abstract theory. Weak solutions are defined in the so-called quasi-static case, and the problem is framed abstractly as an implicit, degenerate evolution problem. Utilizing the theory for weak solutions for implicit evolution equations, we obtain existence of solutions. Uniqueness is obtained under additional hypotheses on the regularity of the permeability function. We address the inertial case in an appendix, by way of semigroup theory. The work here provides a baseline theory of weak solutions for the poro-elastic plate and exposits a variety of interesting related models and associated analytical investigations.
  5. Recent equations of motion for the large deflections of a cantilevered elastic beam are analyzed. In the traditional theory of beam (and plate) large deflections, nonlinear restoring forces are due to the effect of stretching on bending; for an inextensible cantilever, the enforcement of arc-length preservation leads to quasilinear stiffness effects and inertial effects that are both nonlinear and nonlocal. For this model, smooth solutions are constructed via a spectral Galerkin approach. Additional compactness is needed to pass to the limit, and this is obtained through a complex procession of higher energy estimates. Uniqueness is obtained through a non-trivial decomposition of the nonlinearity. The confounding effects of nonlinear inertia are overcome via the addition of structural (Kelvin–Voigt) damping to the equations of motion. Local well-posedness of smooth solutions is shown first in the absence of nonlinear inertial effects, and then shown with these inertial effects present, taking into account structural damping. With damping in force, global-in-time, strong well-posedness result is obtained by achieving exponential decay for small data.