Communications in Mathematical Sciences
Volume 20 (2022)
Weighted irrigation plans
Pages: 611 – 651
We model an irrigation network where lower branches must be thicker in order to support the weight of the higher ones. This leads to a countable family of ODEs, one for each branch, that must be solved by backward induction. Having introduced conditions that guarantee the existence and uniqueness of solutions, our main result establishes the lower semicontinuity of the corresponding cost functional, w.r.t. pointwise convergence of the irrigation plans. In turn, this yields the existence of an optimal irrigation plan, in the presence of these additional weights.
ramified transport, irrigation plan, impulsive differential equations on networks
2010 Mathematics Subject Classification
28A80, 34A37, 49Q20, 92B05
This research was partially supported by NSF grant DMS-1714237, “Models of controlled biological growth”.
Received 7 June 2019
Received revised 16 August 2021
Accepted 23 August 2021
Published 21 March 2022