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Variational Methods for Stationary and Evolutionary Problems

12 May 2015

Organiser: Filip Rindler

To be held in the Zeeman Building, Room B3.03 (afternoon)

Jan Kristensen (Oxford)
Alexander Mielke (WIAS & HU Berlin)
Filip Rindler (Warwick)


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Unfortunately, it will not be possible for any funding towards travel or accomodation to be provided.

Tentative schedule:


Lunch in Common Room*


Alexander Mielke




Jan Kristensen
3.45pm Tea
4.30pm Filip Rindler
5.30pm Close






* for registeres participants.

Titles & abstracts:

Alexander Mielke: Evolutionary $\Gamma$-convergence for gradient systems
explained via applications

Since gradient flows are defined in terms of two functionals, it is natural to ask the question whether the convergence of these functionals to limit functionals imply that the corresponding solutions converge to solutions of the limit system. We discuss sufficient conditions for such evolutionary
$\Gamma$-convergence results, namely (i) the Sandier-Serfaty approach based on the energy-dissipation principle and (ii) the evolutionary variational inequality. As didactical examples we treat homogenization of a parabolic equation and as an advance application we give a justification of amplitude equations.

Jan Kristensen: The Morse-Sard theorem, generalized Luzin property and level sets for Sobolev functions

Many classical results from multivariate calculus can be generalized to suitable Sobolev functions that need not even be everywhere differentiable. In this talk we discuss some new results that have been obtained in joint work with Jean Bourgain (Princeton) and Mikhail Korobkov (Novosibirsk).

Filip Rindler: Two-speed solutions to rate-independent systems

Despite their many applications (dry friction, elastoplasticity, damage models,...), the analysis of rate-independent systems still poses considerable challenges. These evolutionary process can in general only be expected to have BV-regularity, so one needs to understand their behavior on jumps. It turns out that direct ("affine") jumps often do not model the physical reality very well and so a fine analysis has to be performed. I will present a physically-motivated notion of solution that has two time scales, a slow and a fast one, the latter parametrizing the jumps. In this way one can prove existence to some rate-independent problems in a realistic framework.

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