Recent results about the detection of unknown boundaries and inclusions in elastic plates

  • 1 Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile e Architettura, Università degli Studi di Udine, Via Cotonificio 114, 33100 Udine, Italy
  • 2 Dipartimento di Matematica e Geoscienze, Università degli Studi di Trieste, Via Valerio 12/1, 34127 Trieste, Italy
  • 3 Dipartimento di Matematica per le Decisioni, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Via delle Pandette 9, 50127 Firenze, Italy


In this paper we review some recent results concerning inverse problems for thin elastic plates. The plate is assumed to be made by non-homogeneous linearly elastic material belonging to a general class of anisotropy. A first group of results concerns uniqueness and stability for the determination of unknown boundaries, including the cases of cavities and rigid inclusions. In the second group of results, we consider upper and lower estimates of the area of unknown inclusions given in terms of the work exerted by a couple field applied at the boundary of the plate. In particular, we extend previous size estimates for elastic inclusions to the case of cavities and rigid inclusions.

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