Calculus of Variations and Geometric Measure Theory

J. C. Bellido - G. Buttazzo - B. Velichkov

Worst-case shape optimization for the Dirichlet energy

created by buttazzo on 14 Apr 2016
modified by velichkov on 21 Apr 2018


Published Paper

Inserted: 14 apr 2016
Last Updated: 21 apr 2018

Journal: Nonlinear Analysis
Year: 2016


We consider the optimization problem for a shape cost functional $F(\Omega,f)$ which depends on a domain $\Omega$ varying in a suitable admissible class and on a ``right-hand side'' $f$. More precisely, the cost functional $F$ is given by an integral which involves the solution $u$ of an elliptic PDE in $\Omega$ with right-hand side $f$; the boundary conditions considered are of the Dirichlet type. When the function $f$ is only known up to some degree of uncertainty, our goal is to obtain the existence of an optimal shape in the worst possible situation. Some numerical simulations are provided, showing the difference in the optimal shape between the case when $f$ is perfectly known and the case when only the worst situation is optimized.

Keywords: shape optimization, Dirichlet energy, worst-case optimization