Volume 45, Number 4, July-August 2011
|Page(s)||697 - 738|
|Published online||10 December 2010|
Numerical schemes for a three component Cahn-Hilliard model
Université Paul Cézanne, FST Saint-Jérôme,
Case cour A, LATP, Avenue Escadrille Normandie-Niemen,
13397 Marseille Cedex 20, France.
2 Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire, Bât. 702, BP3, 13115 Saint Paul lez Durance, France. email@example.com
Revised: 22 July 2010
In this article, we investigate numerical schemes for solving a three component Cahn-Hilliard model. The space discretization is performed by using a Galerkin formulation and the finite element method. Concerning the time discretization, the main difficulty is to write a scheme ensuring, at the discrete level, the decrease of the free energy and thus the stability of the method. We study three different schemes and prove existence and convergence theorems. Theoretical results are illustrated by various numerical examples showing that the new semi-implicit discretization that we propose seems to be a good compromise between robustness and accuracy.
Mathematics Subject Classification: 35K55 / 65M60 / 65M12 / 76T30
Key words: Finite element / Cahn-Hilliard model / numerical scheme / energy estimate
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