General Variation of Integral Functional/Dependent on n Variables

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Let $\mathbf x$ be an $n$-dimensional vector.

Let $u = \map u {\mathbf x}$ be a real-valued function.

Let $J$ be a functional such that:

$\ds J \sqbrk u = \int_R \map F {\mathbf x, u, \dfrac {\partial u} {\partial \mathbf x} } \rd x_1 \dotsm \rd x_n$

Let $\mathbf x^*, u^*$ be defined by the following transformations $\paren \star$:

\(\displaystyle \mathbf x^*\) \(=\) \(\displaystyle \map {\boldsymbol \Phi} {\mathbf x, u, \dfrac {\partial u} {\partial \mathbf x}; \epsilon} = \mathbf x + \epsilon \map {\boldsymbol \phi} {\mathbf x, u, \dfrac {\partial u} {\partial \mathbf x} } + \map \OO {\epsilon^2}\)
\(\displaystyle u^*\) \(=\) \(\displaystyle \map \Psi {\mathbf x, u, \dfrac {\partial u} {\partial \mathbf x}; \epsilon} = \mathbf x + \epsilon \map \psi {\mathbf x, u, \dfrac {\partial u} {\partial \mathbf x } } + \map \OO {\epsilon^2}\)


$\boldsymbol \Phi$, $\Psi$ are differentiable with respect to $\epsilon$


\(\displaystyle \map {\boldsymbol \Phi} {\mathbf x, u, \dfrac {\partial u} {\partial \mathbf x}; 0}\) \(=\) \(\displaystyle \mathbf x\)
\(\displaystyle \map \Psi {\mathbf x, u, \dfrac {\partial u} {\partial \mathbf x}; 0}\) \(=\) \(\displaystyle u\)
\(\displaystyle \map {\boldsymbol \phi} {\mathbf x, u, \dfrac {\partial u} {\partial \mathbf x} }\) \(=\) \(\displaystyle \valueat {\dfrac {\partial \boldsymbol \Phi} {\partial \epsilon} } {\epsilon \mathop = 0}\)
\(\displaystyle \map \psi {\mathbf x, u, \dfrac {\partial u} {\partial \mathbf x} }\) \(=\) \(\displaystyle \valueat {\dfrac {\partial \Psi} {\partial \epsilon} } {\epsilon \mathop = 0}\)

Then the variation of the functional $J$ due to the original mapping being transformed by $\paren \star$ reads:

$\ds \delta J = \epsilon \int_R \paren {F_u - \dfrac {\partial F_{u_{\mathbf x} } } {\partial \mathbf x} } \overline \psi \rd x_1 \dotsm \rd x_n + \epsilon \int_R \map {\dfrac {\partial} {\partial \mathbf x} } {F_{u_x} \overline {\boldsymbol \psi} + F \boldsymbol \phi} \rd x_1 \dotsm \rd x_n$


$\overline \psi = \psi - u_{\mathbf x} \boldsymbol \phi$


By definition:

\(\displaystyle \Delta J\) \(=\) \(\displaystyle J \sqbrk {\map {u^*} {x^*} } - J \sqbrk {\map u x}\)
\(\displaystyle \) \(=\) \(\displaystyle \int_{R^*} \map F {\mathbf x^*, u^*, \frac {\partial u^*} {\partial \mathbf x^*} } \rd x_1^* \dotsm \rd x_n^* - \int_R \map F {\mathbf x, u, \dfrac {\partial u} {\partial \mathbf x} } \rd x_1 \dotsm \rd x_n\)
\(\displaystyle \) \(=\) \(\displaystyle \int_R \paren {\map F {\mathbf x^*, u^*, \dfrac {\partial u^*} {\partial \mathbf x^*} } \det \paren {J_{\mathbf x^*} } - \map F {\mathbf x, u, \frac {\partial u} {\partial \mathbf x} } } \rd x_1 \dotsm \rd x_n\) Volume element transformation

From the definition of $\mathbf x^*$ a Jacobian matrix can be constructed:

$\ds \dfrac {\partial x_i^*} {\partial x_j} = \delta_i^j + \epsilon \dfrac {\partial \phi_i} {\partial x_j} + \map \OO {\epsilon^2}$

By Taylor's theorem, The corresponding Jacobian determinant can be expanded with respect to $\epsilon$.

The $\epsilon^0$ term is obtained from the diagonal product by opening brackets and collecting $\epsilon$-free terms.

The $\epsilon^1$ term is obtained from the same diagonal product by choosing non-constant term once.

$\ds \det \paren {J_{\mathbf x^*} } = 1 + \epsilon \dfrac {\partial \boldsymbol \phi} {\partial \mathbf x} + \map \OO {\epsilon^2}$

$\ds \Delta J = \int_R \paren {\map F {\mathbf x^*, u^* \dfrac {\partial u^*} {\partial \mathbf x^*} } \paren {1 + \epsilon \dfrac {\partial \boldsymbol \phi} {\partial \mathbf x} } - \map F {\mathbf x, u, \dfrac {\partial u} {\partial \mathbf x} } } \rd x_1 \dotsm \rd x_n + \map \OO {\epsilon^2}$

By definition, the principal part is:

$\ds \delta J = \int_R \paren {F_{\mathbf x} \delta \mathbf x + F_u \delta u + F_{u_{\mathbf x} } \delta u_{\mathbf x} + \epsilon F \dfrac {\partial \boldsymbol \phi} {\partial \mathbf x} } \rd x_1 \dotsm \rd x_n$

Introduce the following differences:

\(\displaystyle \Delta u\) \(=\) \(\displaystyle \map {u^*} {x^*} - \map u x\)
\(\displaystyle \overline {\Delta u}\) \(=\) \(\displaystyle \map {u^*} x - \map u x\)
\(\displaystyle \Delta x\) \(=\) \(\displaystyle x^*-x\)


\(\displaystyle \overline {\Delta u}\) \(=\) \(\displaystyle \epsilon \overline \psi + \map \OO {\epsilon^2}\)
\(\displaystyle \overline {\delta u}\) \(=\) \(\displaystyle \epsilon \overline \psi\)
\(\displaystyle \Delta u\) \(=\) \(\displaystyle \dfrac {\partial u} {\partial \mathbf x} \delta \mathbf x + \overline {\delta u} + \map \OO {\epsilon^2}\)
\(\displaystyle \delta u\) \(=\) \(\displaystyle \dfrac {\partial u} {\partial \mathbf x} \delta \mathbf x + \overline {\delta u}\)
\(\displaystyle \paren {\delta u}_{x_i}\) \(=\) \(\displaystyle \paren {\overline {\delta u} }_{x_i} + u_{\mathbf x x_i} {\delta \mathbf x}_{x_i}\)
\(\displaystyle \Delta \mathbf x\) \(=\) \(\displaystyle \epsilon \boldsymbol \phi + \map \OO {\epsilon^2}\)
\(\displaystyle \delta \mathbf x\) \(=\) \(\displaystyle \epsilon \boldsymbol \phi\)

Here $\delta$ difference stands for principal part, which is constant or linear with respect to $\epsilon$.

Thus, the variation of $J$ reads:

$\ds \delta J = \int_R \paren {F_{\mathbf x} \delta \mathbf x + F_u \overline {\delta u} + F_u u_{\mathbf x} \delta \mathbf x + F_{u_{\mathbf x} } {\overline {\delta u} }_{\mathbf x} + \sum_{i, j \mathop = 1}^n F_{u_{x_i} } u_{x_i x_j} \delta x_j + \map F {\delta \mathbf x}_{\mathbf x} } \rd x_1 \dotsm \rd x_n$

A few terms can be rewritten using:

$\ds \dfrac {\partial} {\partial \mathbf x} \paren {F \delta \mathbf x} = F_{\mathbf x} \delta \mathbf x + \map F {\overline {\delta \mathbf x} }_{\mathbf x} + F_u u_{\mathbf x} \delta \mathbf x + \sum_{i, j\mathop = 1}^n F_{u_{x_i} } u_{x_i x_j} \delta x_j$


$\ds \map {F_{u_{\mathbf x} } } {\overline{\delta u} }_{\mathbf x} = \dfrac {\partial} {\partial \mathbf x} {F_{u_{\mathbf x} } \overline {\delta u} } - \dfrac {\partial F_{u_{\mathbf x} } } {\partial \mathbf x} \delta u$

Substitution of previous results into variation of $J$ leads to:

$\ds \delta J = \int_R \paren {F_u - \dfrac {\partial F_{u_{\mathbf x} } } {\partial \mathbf x} } \overline {\delta u} \rd x_1 \dotsm \rd x_n + \int_R \map {\dfrac \partial {\partial \mathbf x} } {F_{u_{\mathbf x} } \overline {\delta u} + F \delta \mathbf x} \rd x_1 \dotsm \rd x_n$

Substitute expressions for $\overline {\delta u}$ and $\delta\mathbf x$ to obtain the desired result.