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Published October 1982 | Published
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On the Birth of Isolas


Isolas are isolated, closed curves of solution branches of nonlinear problems. They have been observed to occur in the buckling of elastic shells, the equilibrium states of chemical reactors and other problems. In this paper we present a theory to describe analytically the structure of a class of isolas. Specifically, we consider isolas that shrink to a point as a parameter τ of the problem, approaches a critical value τ_0. The point is referred to as an isola center. Equations that characterize the isola centers are given. Then solutions are constructed in a neighborhood of the isola centers by perturbation expansions in a small parameter ε that is proportional to (τ-τo), with a appropriately determined. The theory is applied to a chemical reactor problem.

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© 1982 Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. Received February 8, 1980; in revised form August 3, 1981; published online July 12, 2006. This work was supported by the Army Research Office, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Department of Energy- Basic Energy Sciences and Office of Naval Research.

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