Rigorous continuum limit for the discrete network formation problem

Jan Haskovec, Lisa Maria Kreusser, Peter A. Markowich

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Motivated by recent papers describing the formation of biological transport networks we study a discrete model proposed by Hu and Cai consisting of an energy consumption function constrained by a linear system on a graph. For the spatially two-dimensional rectangular setting we prove the rigorous continuum limit of the constrained energy functional as the number of nodes of the underlying graph tends to infinity and the edge lengths shrink to zero uniformly. The proof is based on reformulating the discrete energy functional as a sequence of integral functionals and proving their Γ-convergence towards a continuum energy functional.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1159-1185
Number of pages27
JournalCommunications in Partial Differential Equations
Issue number11
StatePublished - May 17 2019

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: LMK was supported by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) grant EP/L016516/1 and the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes).


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