On the uniqueness of minimizers for a class of variational problems with Polyconvex integrand
Abstract
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. 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 defy the direct methods of the calculus of variations.
 Publication:

arXiv eprints
 Pub Date:
 February 2017
 arXiv:
 arXiv:1702.01471
 Bibcode:
 2017arXiv170201471A
 Keywords:

 Mathematics  Analysis of PDEs;
 35B27;
 39J40