On the Uniqueness of Minimizers for a Class of Variational Problems with Polyconvex Integrand

Romeo Awi, Marc Sedjro

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We prove existence and uniqueness of minimizers for a family of energy functionals that arises in Elasticity and involves polyconvex integrands over a certain subset of displacement maps. This work extends previous results by Awi and Gangbo to a larger class of integrands. We are interested in Lagrangians of the form L(A, u) = f(A) + H(det A) − F⋅ u. Here the strict convexity condition on f and H have been relaxed to a convexity condition. Meanwhile, we have allowed the map F to be non-degenerate. First, we study these variational problems over displacements for which the determinant is positive. Second, we consider a limit case in which the functionals are degenerate. In that case, the set of admissible displacements reduces to that of incompressible displacements which are measure preserving maps. Finally, we establish that the minimizer over the set of incompressible maps may be obtained as a limit of minimizers corresponding to a sequence of minimization problems over general displacements provided we have enough regularity on the dual problems. We point out that these results do not rely on the direct methods of the calculus of variations.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalActa Applicandae Mathematicae
StatePublished - Jul 29 2019
Externally publishedYes


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