## G. Q. Chen - G. E. Comi - M. Torres

# Cauchy fluxes and Gauss-Green formulas for divergence-measure fields over general open sets

created by comi on 05 Sep 2018

modified on 20 Nov 2019

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*Published Paper*

**Inserted:** 5 sep 2018

**Last Updated:** 20 nov 2019

**Journal:** Arch. Ration. Mech. Anal.

**Volume:** 233

**Number:** 1

**Pages:** 87-166

**Year:** 2019

**Doi:** 10.1007/s00205-018-01355-4

**Abstract:**

We establish the interior and exterior Gauss-Green formulas for divergence-measure fields in $L^p$ over general
open sets,
motivated by the rigorous mathematical formulation of the physical principle of balance law via the Cauchy flux
in the axiomatic foundation, for continuum mechanics allowing discontinuities and singularities.
The method, based on a distance function,
allows to give a representation of the interior (resp. exterior) normal trace of the field on the boundary of any given open set
as the limit of classical normal traces over the boundaries of interior (resp. exterior) smooth approximations of the open set.
In the particular case of open sets with continuous boundary,
the approximating smooth sets
can explicitly be characterized by using a regularized distance.
We also show that any open set with Lipschitz boundary
has a regular Lipschitz deformable boundary from the interior.
In addition, some new product rules for divergence measure fields and suitable scalar functions are presented,
and the connection between these product rules and the representation of the normal trace of the field as a Radon measure
is explored.
With these formulas at hand, we introduce the notion of Cauchy fluxes as functionals defined on the boundaries of general bounded
open sets for the rigorous mathematical formulation of the physical principle of balance law,
and show that the Cauchy fluxes can be represented by corresponding
divergence-measure fields.

**Keywords:**
distance function, Continuum Mechanics, Gauss-Green formula, divergence-measure fields, normal traces, Cauchy fluxes, product rules, Green's identities

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