Minimizers and the Euler-Lagrange equations. (English) Zbl 0547.73013

Trends and applications of pure mathematics to mechanics, Symp., Palaiseau/France 1983, Lect. Notes Phys. 195, 1-4 (1984).
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The author exposes some results developed in other papers, in preparation or to appear, concerning the minimization of \(I(u)=\int_{\Omega}f(x,u(x),\nabla u(x))dx\), with \(\Omega\subset {\mathbb{R}}^ m\). It is known that the problem is equivalent to the condition that u(x) satisfies the Euler-Lagrange equations in the weak form. For the existence of the solution often stronger growth conditions on f are assumed.
In two examples the author shows: 1. there can also exist solutions of the minimizing problem for smooth and regular functions f; 2. for a nonlinear problem of elastostatics which requires the minimization of \(I(u)=\int_{\Omega}W(\nabla u(x))dx\) there can exist a solution such that \(\nabla u(x)\) or \(\nabla u(x)^{-1}\) have infinite values, according to the occurrence of fractures, in a mechanical interpretation.
Reviewer: St.Zanfir


74S30 Other numerical methods in solid mechanics (MSC2010)
74B99 Elastic materials
74H99 Dynamical problems in solid mechanics
70H03 Lagrange’s equations


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