An efficient and convergent finite element scheme for Cahn--Hilliard equations with dynamic boundary conditions

08/14/2019
by   Stefan Metzger, et al.
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The Cahn--Hilliard equation is a widely used model that describes amongst others phase separation processes of binary mixtures or two-phase-flows. In the 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 [C. Liu, H. Wu, Arch. Ration. Mech. An., 2019]. 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 towards suitable weak solutions of the original model, which serves also as an additional pathway to establish existence of weak solutions.

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