We consider a conducting body which presents some (unknown) perfectly insulating defects, such as cracks or cavities, for instance. We aim to reconstruct the defects by performing measurements of current and voltage type on a (known and accessible) part of the boundary of the conductor. A crucial step in this reconstruction is the determination of the electrostatic potential inside the conductor, by the electrostatic boundary measurements performed. Since the defects are unknown, we state such a determination problem as a free-discontinuity problem for the electrostatic potential in the framework of special functions of bounded variation. We provide a characterisation of the looked for electrostatic potential and we approximate it with the minimum points of a sequence of functionals, which take also in account the error in the measurements. These functionals are related to the so-called Mumford-Shah functional, which acts as a regularizing term and allows us to prove existence of minimizers and Gamma-convergence properties.
|Titolo:||A variational approach to the reconstruction of cracks by boundary measurements|
|Parole Chiave:||inverse crack problem; unique continuation; Mumford-Shah functional; Gamma-convergence|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MAT/05 - Analisi Matematica|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2007|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.matpur.2007.01.007|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|