This IMA Volume in Mathematics and its Applications VARIATIONAL AND FREE BOUNDARY PROBLEMS is based on the proceedings of a workshop which was an integral part of the 1990- 91 IMA program on qPhase Transitions and Free Boundaries. q The aim of the workshop was to highlight new methods, directions and problems in variational and free boundary theory, with a concentration on novel applications of variational methods to applied problems. We thank R. Fosdick, M. E. Gurtin, W. -M. Ni and L. A. Peletier for organizing the year-long program and, especially, J. Sprock for co-organizing the meeting and co-editing these proceedings. We also take this opportunity to thank the National Science Foundation whose financial support made the workshop possible. Avner Friedman Willard Miller, Jr. PREFACE In a free boundary one seeks to find a solution u to a partial differential equation in a domain, a part r of its boundary of which is unknown. Thus both u and r must be determined. In addition to the standard boundary conditions on the un known domain, an additional condition must be prescribed on the free boundary. A classical example is the Stefan problem of melting of ice; here the temperature sat isfies the heat equation in the water region, and yet this region itself (or rather the ice-water interface) is unknown and must be determined together with the tempera ture within the water. Some free boundary problems lend themselves to variational formulation.REFERENCES [Be] BELTRAMI, E., Sui principii fondamentali della#39;idrodinamica razionali, Mem. della Accademia della Scienze della#39;Istituto di ... [Gr] GRAD, H., HU, P.N., AND STEvens, D.C., Adiabatic evolution of plasma equilibria, Proc. Nat.

Title | : | Variational and Free Boundary Problems |

Author | : | Avner Friedman, Joel Spruck |

Publisher | : | Springer Science & Business Media - 2012-12-06 |

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