Sharp Energy Estimates for Finite Element Approximations of Non-Convex Problems

  • M. Chipot
  • S. Müller
Part of the Solid Mechanics and Its Applications book series (SMIA, volume 66)


The goal of this note is to expose in a simple situation the key arguments which allow one to prove sharp energy estimates in the numerical analysis of problems with multiple-well energy in the calculus of variations. Let us recall that such problems arise naturally for instance in materials science. We refer the reader for this matter to [1], [5], [6], [7], [10]. Note also that our technique borrows widely from [8], [9] and can be extended to more general situations — see [3].


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Chipot
    • 1
  • S. Müller
    • 2
  1. 1.Mathematische InstitutUniversität ZürichZürichSwitzerland
  2. 2.MPI für Mathematik in den NaturwissenschaftenLeipzigGermany

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