*preprint*

**Inserted:** 23 jul 2019

**Year:** 2017

**Abstract:**

We consider a geometrically fully nonlinear variational model for thin elastic sheets that contain a single disclination. The free elastic energy contains the thickness $h$ as a small parameter. We give an improvement of a recently proved energy scaling law, removing the next-to leading order terms in the lower bound. Then we prove the convergence of (almost-)minimizers of the free elastic energy towards the shape of a radially symmetric cone, up to Euclidean motions, weakly in the spaces $W^{2,2}(B_1\setminus B_\rho;\mathbb{R}^3)$ for every $0<\rho<1$, as the thickness $h$ is sent to 0.