*Preprint*

**Inserted:** 19 oct 2018

**Last Updated:** 19 oct 2018

**Year:** 2018

**Abstract:**

Based on Smirnov's decomposition theorem we prove that every rectifiable $1$-current $T$ with finite mass $\mathbb{M}(T)$ and finite mass $\mathbb{M}(\partial T)$ of its boundary $\partial T$ can be approximated in mass by a sequence of rectifiable $1$-currents $T_n$ with polyhedral boundary $\partial T_n$ and $\mathbb{M}( \partial T_n)$ no larger than $\mathbb{M}(\partial T)$. Using this result we can compute the relaxation of the $h$-mass for polyhedral $1$-currents with respect to the joint weak-$\ast$ convergence of currents and their boundaries. We obtain that this relaxation coincides with the usual $h$-mass for normal currents. This shows that the concepts of so-called generalized branched transport and the $h$-mass are equivalent.

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