Bifurcation in a variational problem on a surface with a constraint


Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, Kalamata Technological Educational Institute, Branch of Sparta, 23100 Sparta, Greece.


We describe a variational problem on a surface under a constraint
of geometrical character. Necessary and sufficient conditions for the existence of
bifurcation points are provided. In local coordinates the problem corresponds to
a quasilinear elliptic boundary value problem. The problem can be considered
as a physical model for several applications referring to continuum medium and