Volume 23, Number 3, July-September 2017
|Page(s)||1047 - 1071|
|Published online||04 May 2017|
On non-convex anisotropic surface energy regularized via the Willmore functional: The two-dimensional graph setting
Received: 25 September 2015
Revised: 15 April 2016
Accepted: 28 April 2016
We regularize non-convex anisotropic surface energy of a two-dimensional surface, given as a graph over the two-dimensional unit disk, by the Willmore functional and investigate existence of the corresponding global minimizers. Restricting to the rotationally symmetric case, we obtain a one-dimensional variational problem which permits to derive substantial qualitative information on the minimizers. We show that minimizers tend to a “cone”-like solution as the regularization parameter tends to zero. Areas where the solutions are either convex or concave are identified. It turns out that the structure of the chosen anisotropy hardly affects the qualitative shape of the minimizers.
Mathematics Subject Classification: 35J35 / 35B65 / 35B07
Key words: Non-convex anisotropy / regularization / Willmore functional / rotationally symmetric solutions
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