Homogenization of Non-Linear Variational Problems with Thin Low-Conducting Layers

Homogenization of Non-Linear Variational Problems with Thin Low-Conducting Layers This paper deals with the homogenization of a sequence of non-linear conductivity energies in a bounded open set $\Omega \mbox{ of } {\Bbb R}^d, \mbox{ for } d\geq 3.$ The energy density is of the same order as $a_\varepsilon({x/\varepsilon})\,|Du(x)|^p,$ where $\varepsilon\to 0, a_\varepsilon$ is periodic, u is a vector-valued function in $W^{1,p}(\Omega;{\Bbb R}^m)$ and $p>1.$ The conductivity $a_\varepsilon$ is equal to 1 in the "hard" phases composed by $N\geq 2$ two by two disjoint-closure periodic sets while $a_\varepsilon$ tends uniformly to 0 in the "soft" phases composed by periodic thin layers which separate the hard phases. We prove that the limit energy, according to γ-convergence, is a multi-phase functional equal to the sum of the homogenized energies (of order 1) induced by the hard phases plus an interaction energy (of order 0) due to the soft phases. The number of limit phases is less than or equal to N and is obtained by evaluating the γ-limit of the rescaled energy of density $\varepsilon^{-p}\,a_\varepsilon(y)\,|Dv(y)|^p$ in the torus. Therefore, the homogenization result is achieved by a double γ-convergence procedure since the cell problem depends on ε. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Applied Mathematics and Optimization Springer Journals

Homogenization of Non-Linear Variational Problems with Thin Low-Conducting Layers

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Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Copyright
Copyright © 2007 by Springer
Subject
Mathematics; Systems Theory, Control; Calculus of Variations and Optimal Control; Optimization; Mathematical and Computational Physics; Mathematical Methods in Physics; Numerical and Computational Methods
ISSN
0095-4616
eISSN
1432-0606
D.O.I.
10.1007/s00245-006-0861-6
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