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Zhou [2]). Consider an oriented surface r in rm,N which is sufficiently smooth. The shell will be made up of level curves around r up to a thickness h, that is the thickness of the shell will be 2h. It will be assumed that the parameter h is small compared to the curvature tensor of r and that the material has a linear elastic behaviour. Moreover since the elastic energy to be minimized with respect to the displacement field is strictly convex, we obtain the existence and uniqueness of solutions in an appropriate function space defined on r.

In an optimization problem the topology must simultaneouly provide some semicontinuity of the shape functional to be optimized and some compactness of the family of domains over which it is to be optimized. The fundamental difficulty is that the classical geometry with Lipschitzian, C" or Coo domains is not very well suited to induce a topology for this class of problems. Moreover for sets of domains the convenience of the vector space structure is lost. When dealing with a family of compact subsets of a compact hold-all D, one of the topologies which naturally comes to mind is the Hausdorff topology.

43, Remark 1]. Moreover in that case we can introduce the metric p(A, B) = sup IdA(x) - dB(x)1 xED on F( D) which is equal to the usual Hausdorff metric PH(A, B) = max {sup dA(x), sup dA(Y)} xEB yEA When D is closed but not necessarily compact, the space C(D) of continuous functions on D is endowed with the Frechet topology of uniform convergence on compact subsets f{ of D. This topology is defined by the family of semi norms qK(f) = max If(x)1, xEK Vf{ compact CD. It is metrizable since the topology induced by the family of seminorms {qK } is equivalent to the one generated by the subfamily {qK k h>l, where the compact sets {f{dk~l are chosen as follows: f{k = {x ED: dCD(x) 2: ~ and Ixl :S k}, k> 1 (cf.