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Mathematics  2014 

Homogenization of Randomly Deformed Conductivity Resistant Membranes

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We study the homogenization of a stationary conductivity problem in a random heterogeneous medium with highly oscillating conductivity coefficients and an ensemble of simply closed conductivity resistant membranes. This medium is randomly deformed and then rescaled from a periodic one with periodic membranes, in a manner similar to the random medium proposed by Blanc, Le Bris and Lions \cite{BLBL06}. Across the membranes, the flux is continuous but the potential field itself undergoes a jump of Robin type. We prove that, for almost all realizations of the random deformation, as the small scale of variations of the medium goes to zero, the random conductivity problem is well approximated by that on an effective medium which has deterministic and constant coefficients and contains no membrane. The effective coefficients are explicitly represented. One of our main contributions is to provide a solution to the associated auxiliary problem that is posed on the whole domain with infinitely many interfaces, in a setting that is neither periodic nor stationary ergodic in the usual sense.

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