Zeitschrift für Analysis und ihre Anwendungen
Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 247 - 266 (1999)
Determining the Relaxation Kernel in Nonlinear One-Dimensional Viscoelasticity
M. GrasselliM. Grasselli: Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Matematica ``Francesco Brioschi'', Via E. Bonardi 9, I--20133 Milano, Italy
Abstract: We consider a viscoelastic string whose mechanical behavior is governed by a nonlinear stress-strain relationship. This constitutive law is characterized by a time-dependent relaxation kernel $k$ which is assumed to be unknown. The resulting motion equation is then associated with initial and Dirichlet boundary conditions. We show that the traction measurement at one end allows to identify $k.$ More precisely, we prove an existence and uniqueness result on a small time interval. Also, we show how the solution continuously depends on the data.
Keywords: inverse problems, viscoelasticity of integral type, hyperbolic integro-differential equations
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