Our method of asymptotic expansions of small-volume inclusions provides a use-
ful framework to accurately and eﬃciently reconstruct the location and geometric
features of the inclusions in a stable way, even for moderately noisy modal data.
Indeed, the asymptotic expansions of the eigenvalue perturbations resulting
from small perturbations of the shape of a conductivity inclusion, which extend
those for small-volume conductivity inclusions, lead to very effective algorithms,
aimed at determining certain properties of the shape of the conductivity inclusion
based on eigenvalue measurements. We propose an original and promising opti-
mization approach for reconstructing interface changes of a conductivity inclusion
from measurements of eigenvalues and eigenfunctions associated with the transmis-
sion problem for the Laplacian or the Lam´ e system. A key identity, dual to the
asymptotic expansion for the perturbations in the modal measurements that are
due to small changes in the interface of the inclusion, is established. It naturally
leads to the formulation of the proposed optimization problem. The viability of our
reconstruction algorithms is documented by a variety of numerical results. Their
resolution limit is discussed. The case of multiple eigenvalues is rigorously handled
Our general approach is also applied for defect classification and sizing by
vibration testing. Following the asymptotic formalism developed in this book, we
derive asymptotic formulas for the effects of corrosion on resonance frequencies and
mode shapes and use them to design a simple method for localizing the corrosion
and estimating its extent.
Our asymptotic theory for eigenvalue problems also leads to eﬃcient algorithms
for solving shape optimization problems. Shape optimization arises in many differ-
ent fields, such as mechanical design and shape reconstruction. It can be generally
described as a problem of finding the optimal shapes in a certain sense under certain
constraints. We incorporate the asymptotic expansions derived in this book into a
level set method to investigate optimal design of photonic and phononic crystals.
The level set is used to represent the interface between two materials with different
physical parameters. We present eﬃcient algorithms for finding the optimal shapes
for maximal band gaps and acoustic drum problems.