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EconDrop

swMATH ID: 38258
Software Authors: Metzger, Stefan; Grün
Description: C++ framework EconDrop: An efficient and convergent finite element scheme for Cahn-Hilliard equations with dynamic boundary conditions. The Cahn-Hilliard equation is a widely used model that describes among others phase-separation processes of binary mixtures or two-phase flows. In recent years, different types of boundary conditions for the Cahn-Hilliard equation were proposed and analyzed. In this publication, we are concerned with the numerical treatment of a recent model which introduces an additional Cahn-Hilliard type equation on the boundary as closure for the Cahn-Hilliard equation in the domain [C. Liu and H. Wu, Arch. Ration. Mech. Anal., 233 (2019), pp. 167-247]. By identifying a mapping between the phase-field parameter and the chemical potential inside of the domain, we are able to postulate an efficient, unconditionally energy stable finite element scheme. Furthermore, we establish the convergence of discrete solutions toward suitable weak solutions of the original model. This serves also as an additional pathway to establish existence of weak solutions. Furthermore, we present simulations underlining the practicality of the proposed scheme and investigate its experimental order of convergence.
Homepage: https://arxiv.org/abs/1908.04910
Keywords: Cahn-Hilliard problem; dynamic boundary conditions; variational formulation; finite elements; convergence; numerical simulation
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Cited in: 5 Publications

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