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G. Buttazzo - E. Oudet - B. Velichkov

A free boundary problem arising in PDE optimization

created by velichkov on 26 May 2015
modified on 27 Sep 2015


Accepted Paper

Inserted: 26 may 2015
Last Updated: 27 sep 2015

Journal: Calc. Var. PDE
Year: 2015


A free boundary problem arising from the optimal reinforcement of a membrane or from the reduction of traffic congestion is considered; it is of the form

$\displaystyle\sup_{\int_D\theta\,dx=m}\ \inf_{u\in H^1_0(D)}\int_D\Big(\frac{1+\theta}{2}\vert
\nabla u\vert

We prove the existence of an optimal reinforcement $\theta$ and that it has some higher integrability properties. We also provide some numerical computations for $\theta$ and $u$.


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