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Quarterly of Applied Mathematics
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Sensitivity analysis of a parabolic-elliptic problem

Author: Bastian Gebauer
Journal: Quart. Appl. Math. 65 (2007), 591-604
MSC (2000): Primary 35K65, 35B40, 35M10
Published electronically: August 2, 2007
MathSciNet review: 2354889
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Abstract: We consider the heat flux through a domain with subregions in which the thermal capacity approaches zero. In these subregions the parabolic heat equation degenerates to an elliptic one. We show the well-posedness of such parabolic-elliptic differential equations for general non-negative $ L^\infty$-capacities and study the continuity of the solutions with respect to the capacity, thus giving a rigorous justification for modeling a small thermal capacity by setting it to zero. We also characterize weak directional derivatives of the temperature with respect to capacity as solutions of related parabolic-elliptic problems.

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Bastian Gebauer
Affiliation: Johann Radon Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics (RICAM), Austrian Academy of Sciences, Altenbergerstr. 69, 4040 Linz, Austria

PII: S 0033-569X(07)01072-4
Keywords: Parabolic-elliptic equation, degenerate parabolic equation, asymptotic behavior, sensitivity analysis
Received by editor(s): March 15, 2007
Published electronically: August 2, 2007
Article copyright: © Copyright 2007 Brown University
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