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TitleTopics in the Mathematical Modelling of Composite Materials [electronic resource] / edited by Andrej Cherkaev, Robert Kohn
ImprintBoston, MA : Birkhรคuser Boston : Imprint: Birkhรคuser, 1997
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Descript XIV, 321 p. online resource


Andrej V. Cherkaev and Robert V. Kohn In the past twenty years we have witnessed a renaissance of theoretical work on the macroscopic behavior of microscopically heterogeneous mateยญ rials. This activity brings together a number of related themes, including: ( 1) the use of weak convergence as a rigorous yet general language for the discussion of macroscopic behavior; (2) interest in new types of questions, particularly the "G-closure problem," motivated in large part by applications of optimal control theory to structural optimization; (3) the introduction of new methods for bounding effective moduli, including one based on "comยญ pensated compactness"; and (4) the identification of deep links between the analysis of microstructures and the multidimensional calculus of variations. This work has implications for many physical problems involving optimal design, composite materials, and coherent phase transitions. As a result it has received attention and support from numerous scientific communities, including engineering, materials science, and physics as well as mathematics. There is by now an extensive literature in this area. But for various reasons certain fundamental papers were never properly published, circuยญ lating instead as mimeographed notes or preprints. Other work appeared in poorly distributed conference proceedings volumes. Still other work was published in standard books or journals, but written in Russian or French. The net effect is a sort of "gap" in the literature, which has made the subject unnecessarily difficult for newcomers to penetrate


1. On the Control of Coefficients in Partial Differential Equations -- 2. Estimations of Homogenized Coefficients -- 3. H- Convergence -- 4. A Strange Term Coming from Nowhere -- 5. Design of Composite Plates of Extremal Rigidity -- 6. Calculus of Variations and Homogenization -- 7. Effective Characteristics of Composite Materials and the Optimal Design of Structural Elements -- Appendix: Local distribution of a MHD Channel in the case of optimal distribution of the resistivity of the working medium -- 8. Microstructures of Composites of Extremal Rigidity and Exact Bounds on the Associated Energy Density.ย 

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