Inserted: 25 nov 2016
Last Updated: 25 nov 2016
In this note we study the singular vanishing-viscosity limit of a gradient flow set in a finite-dimensional Hilbert space and driven by a smooth but possibly nonconvex, time-dependent energy functional. We resort to ideas and techniques from the variational approach to gradient flows and rate-independent evolution to show that, under suitable assumptions, the solutions to the singularly perturbed problem converge to a curve of stationary points of the energy, whose behavior at jump points is characterized in terms of the notion of Dissipative Viscosity solution. We also provide sufficient conditions under which Dissipative Viscosity solutions enjoy better properties, which turn them into Balanced Viscosity solutions. Finally, we discuss the generic character of our assumptions.