We consider deformations of an elastic body having initially a spherical shape. Assumed deformation energy depends on the first and second gradient of displacements. We apply an equatorial line density of dead loads, that are forces per unit line length directed in radial direction and applied along the equator of the sphere. We restrict ourselves our analysis to the case of linearized second strain gradient isotropic elasticity (for which the more general energy was determined by Mindlin) with only one characteristic length. Differently to what happens in first gradient continua, i.e. in classic linear elasticity, we show that for the particular class second gradient continua considered here these forces do not determine infinite displacements in the direction of applied dead line forces. Instead, using a series method for the solution of the considered boundary-value problem, we demonstrate that the displacements are finite. So in the deformed configuration there is not the formation of an edge at the material points where the forces are applied. Further investigations are therefore needed for establishing if this elastic-regime edge formation is made possible: (I) either in the case of more general linear elastic constitutive equations or (II) only when large deformations are considered or (III) if non-elastic phenomena are involved.
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