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Portugaliae Mathematica


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Volume 69, Issue 3, 2012, pp. 233–258
DOI: 10.4171/PM/1916

Published online: 2012-10-11

The classical solvability of the contact angle problem for generalized equations of mean curvature type

Pierre-√Čtienne Druet[1]

(1) Weierstrass-Institut, Berlin, Germany

Mean curvature equations of general quasilinear type in connection with contact-angle boundary conditions are considered in this paper. We investigate the existence, uniqueness and continuous dependence of the solution in classical function spaces. On the one hand, a survey of techniques and ideas developed in the 1970s and 1980s, mainly by Uraltseva, is presented. On the other hand, extensions of these results are also proposed: we formulate growth conditions for the general dependence of the potential on the $x_{N+1}$-variable, and we extend the existence and uniqueness statements to this case. Moreover, the regularity assumptions on the right-hand side are relaxed, and alternative proofs for the higher-order estimates and the existence result are provided.

Keywords: Generalized mean curvature equation, contact-angle problem, classical solvability

Druet Pierre-√Čtienne: The classical solvability of the contact angle problem for generalized equations of mean curvature type. Port. Math. 69 (2012), 233-258. doi: 10.4171/PM/1916