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Topics in bifurcation theory


Decker, Dwight William (1978) Topics in bifurcation theory. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/xv6r-jf75.


I. Existence and Structure of Bifurcation Branches

The problem of bifurcation is formulated as an operator equation in a Banach space, depending on relevant control parameters, say of the form G(u,λ) = 0. If dimN(G_u(u_O,λ_O)) = m the method of Lyapunov-Schmidt reduces the problem to the solution of m algebraic equations. The possible structure of these equations and the various types of solution behaviour are discussed. The equations are normally derived under the assumption that G^O_λεR(G^O_u). It is shown, however, that if G^O_λεR(G^O_u) then bifurcation still may occur and the local structure of such branches is determined. A new and compact proof of the existence of multiple bifurcation is derived. The linearized stability near simple bifurcation and "normal" limit points is then indicated.

II. Constructive Techniques for the Generation of Solution Branches

A method is described in which the dependence of the solution arc on a naturally occurring parameter is replaced by the dependence on a form of pseudo-arclength. This results in continuation procedures through regular and "normal" limit points. In the neighborhood of bifurcation points, however, the associated linear operator is nearly singular causing difficulty in the convergence of continuation methods. A study of the approach to singularity of this operator yields convergence proofs for an iterative method for determining the solution arc in the neighborhood of a simple bifurcation point. As a result of these considerations, a new constructive proof of bifurcation is determined.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:Applied Mathematics
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Applied Mathematics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Keller, Herbert Bishop
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:9 May 1978
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:03252013-104520935
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ID Code:7552
Deposited By: Benjamin Perez
Deposited On:25 Mar 2013 19:22
Last Modified:09 Nov 2022 19:20

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