*Published Paper*

**Inserted:** 14 dec 2002

**Last Updated:** 19 dec 2005

**Journal:** J. Convex Anal.

**Volume:** 10

**Number:** 2

**Pages:** 477-489

**Year:** 2003

**Abstract:**

In this paper we prove an integral representation formula for the relaxed functional of a scalar non parametric integral of the Calculus of Variations. Similar results are known to be true under the key assumption that the integrand is coercive in the gradient variable 1. Here we show that the same integral representation holds for a wide class of non coercive integrands, including for example the strictly convex ones.

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The weak coercivity property under consideration, known as \textit{demicoercivity}, was introduced in 2 and recently connected to the study of Serrin's lower semicontinuity theorem 3.

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1 Dal Maso G., \textit{Integral representation on $BV(\Omega$) of $\Gamma$-limits of variational integrals}, Manuscripta Math. \textbf{30}, 1980, 387-416.

2 Anzellotti G., Buttazzo G., Dal Maso G., \textit{Dirichlet problem for demicoercive functionals}, Nonlinear Anal. \textbf{10}, 1986, 603-613.

3 Gori M., Maggi F., \textit{The common root of the geometric conditions in Serrin's lower semicontinuity theorem}, preprint Dip. Mat. U. Dini, Firenze, 2002.

**Keywords:**
relaxation, calculus of variations, demicoercivity, functions of bounded variation