Computational networks and systems - homogenization of variational problems on micro-architectured networks and devices

Kropat E., Meyer-Nieberg S., WEBER G. W.

OPTIMIZATION METHODS & SOFTWARE, vol.34, no.3, pp.586-611, 2019 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 34 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/10556788.2018.1425859
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.586-611
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: No


Networked materials and micro-architectured systems gain increasingly importance in multi-scale physics and engineering sciences. Typically, computational intractable microscopic models have to be applied to capture the physical processes and numerous transmission conditions at singularities, interfaces and borders. The topology of the periodic microstructure governs the effective behaviour of such networked systems. A mathematical concept for the analysis of microscopic models on extremely large periodic networks is developed. We consider microscopic models for diffusion-advection-reaction systems in variational form on periodic manifolds. The global characteristics are identified by a homogenization approach for singularly perturbed networks with a periodic topology. We prove that the solutions of the variational models on varying networks converge to a two-scale limit function. In addition, the corresponding tangential gradients converge to a two-scale limit function for vanishing lengths of branches. We identify the variational homogenized model. Complex network models, previously considered as completely intractable, can now be solved by standard PDE-solvers in nearly no time. Furthermore, the homogenized coefficients provide an effective characterization of the global behaviour of the variational system.