01434nas a2200121 4500008004100000245010500041210006900146260001000215520093000225653002301155100001801178856011601196 2016 en d00aSome results on the mathematical analysis of crack problems with forces applied on the fracture lips0 aSome results on the mathematical analysis of crack problems with bSISSA3 aThis thesis is devoted to the study of some models of fracture growth in elastic materials, characterized by the presence of forces acting on the crack lips. Working in the general framework of rate-independent processes, we first discuss a variational formulation of the problem of quasi-static crack evolution in hydraulic fracture. Then, we investigate the crack growth process in a cohesive fracture model, showing the existence of an evolution satisfying a weak Griffith's criterion. Finally, in the last chapter of this work we investigate, in the static case, the interaction between the energy spent in order to create a new fracture and the energy spent by the applied surface forces. This leads us to study the lower semicontinuity properties of a free discontinuity functional F(u) that can be written as the sum of a crack term, depending on the jump set of u, and of a boundary term, depending on the trace of u.10aFracture mechanics1 aAlmi, Stefano uhttp://math.sissa.it/publication/some-results-mathematical-analysis-crack-problems-forces-applied-fracture-lips