Variational Inequalities and Flow in Porous Media

  • M. Chipot

Part of the Applied Mathematical Sciences book series (AMS, volume 52)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. M. Chipot
    Pages 10-21
  3. M. Chipot
    Pages 74-110
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 111-121

About this book


These notes are the contents of a one semester graduate course which taught at Brown University during the academic year 1981-1982. They are mainly concerned with regularity theory for obstacle problems, and with the dam problem, which, in the rectangular case, is one of the most in­ teresting applications of Variational Inequalities with an obstacle. Very little background is needed to read these notes. The main re­ sults of functional analysis which are used here are recalled in the text. The goal of the two first chapters is to introduce the notion of Varia­ tional Inequality and give some applications from physical mathematics. The third chapter is concerned with a regularity theory for the obstacle problems. These problems have now invaded a large domain of applied mathematics including optimal control theory and mechanics, and a collec­ tion of regularity results available seems to be timely. Roughly speaking, for elliptic variational inequalities of second order we prove that the solution has as much regularity as the obstacle(s). We combine here the theory for one or two obstacles in a unified way, and one of our hopes is that the reader will enjoy the wide diversity of techniques used in this approach. The fourth chapter is concerned with the dam problem. This problem has been intensively studied during the past decade (see the books of Baiocchi-Capelo and Kinderlehrer-Stampacchia in the references). The relationship with Variational Inequalities has already been quoted above.


Inequalities Poröser Stoff Strömung Variationsungleichung mechanics porous media

Authors and affiliations

  • M. Chipot
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of Nancy IVandoeuvre CedexFrance

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1984
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-96002-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-1120-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0066-5452
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