On the Newton partially flat minimal resistance body type problems

  • Jesús Ildefonso Díaz

    Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
  • M. Comte

    Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris , France


We study the flat region of stationary points of the functional under the constraint where is a bounded domain of . Here is a function which is concave for small and convex for large, and is a given constant. The problem generalizes the classical minimal resistance body problems considered by Newton. We construct a family of partially flat radial solutions to the associated stationary problem when is a ball. We analyze also some other qualitative properties. Moreover, we show the uniqueness of a radial solution minimizing the above mentioned functional. Finally, we consider nonsymmetric domains and provide sufficient conditions which insure that a stationary solution has a flat part.

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Jesús Ildefonso Díaz, M. Comte, On the Newton partially flat minimal resistance body type problems. J. Eur. Math. Soc. 7 (2005), no. 4, pp. 395–411

DOI 10.4171/JEMS/33