• S. Jachalski, D. Peschka, S. Bommer, R. Seemann, B. Wagner, Chapter 18: Structure Formation in Thin Liquid--Liquid Films, in: Transport Processes at Fluidic Interfaces, D. Bothe, A. Reusken, eds., Advances in Mathematical Fluid Mechanics, Birkhäuser, Springer International Publishing AG, Cham, Switzerland, 2017, pp. 531--574, (Chapter Published), DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-56602-3 .
    We revisit the problem of a liquid polymer that dewets from another liquid polymer substrate with the focus on the direct comparison of results from mathematical modeling, rigorous analysis, numerical simulation and experimental investigations of rupture, dewetting dynamics and equilibrium patterns of a thin liquid-liquid system. The experimental system uses as a model system a thin polystyrene (PS) / polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) bilayer of a few hundred nm. The polymer systems allow for in situ observation of the dewetting process by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and for a precise ex situ imaging of the liquid--liquid interface. In the present study, the molecular chain length of the used polymers is chosen such that the polymers can be considered as Newtonian liquids. However, by increasing the chain length, the rheological properties of the polymers can be also tuned to a viscoelastic flow behavior. The experimental results are compared with the predictions based on the thin film models. The system parameters like contact angle and surface tensions are determined from the experiments and used for a quantitative comparison. We obtain excellent agreement for transient drop shapes on their way towards equilibrium, as well as dewetting rim profiles and dewetting dynamics.

  • H.-Chr. Kaiser, D. Knees, A. Mielke, J. Rehberg, E. Rocca, M. Thomas, E. Valdinoci, eds., PDE 2015: Theory and Applications of Partial Differential Equations, 10 of Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems -- Series S, American Institute of Mathematical Science, Springfield, 2017, iv+933 pages, (Collection Published).
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Articles in Refereed Journals

  • R. Rossi, M. Thomas, From adhesive to brittle delamination in visco-elastodynamics, Mathematical Models & Methods in Applied Sciences, 27 (2017), pp. 1489--1546, DOI 10.1142/S0218202517500257 .
    In this paper we analyze a system for brittle delamination between two visco-elastic bodies, also subject to inertia, which can be interpreted as a model for dynamic fracture. The rate-independent flow rule for the delamination parameter is coupled with the momentum balance for the displacement, including inertia. This model features a nonsmooth constraint ensuring the continuity of the displacements outside the crack set, which is marked by the support of the delamination parameter. A weak solvability concept, generalizing the notion of energetic solution for rate-independent systems to the present mixed rate-dependent/rate-independent frame, is proposed. Via refined variational convergence techniques, existence of solutions is proved by passing to the limit in approximating systems which regularize the nonsmooth constraint by conditions for adhesive contact. The presence of the inertial term requires the design of suitable recovery spaces small enough to provide compactness but large enough to recover the information on the crack set in the limit.

  • M. Thomas, Ch. Zanini, Cohesive zone-type delamination in visco-elasticity, Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems -- Series S, 10 (2017), pp. 1487--1517, DOI 10.20347/WIAS.PREPRINT.2350 .
    We study a model for the rate-independent evolution of cohesive zone delamination in a visco-elastic solid, also exposed to dynamics effects. The main feature of this model, inspired by [Ortiz&Pandoli99Int.J.Numer.Meth.Eng.], is that the surface energy related to the crack opening depends on the history of the crack separation between the two sides of the crack path, and allows for different responses upon loading and unloading.

    Due to the presence of multivalued and unbounded operators featuring non-penetration and the `memory'-constraint in the strong formulation of the problem, we prove existence of a weaker notion of solution, known as semistable energetic solution, pioneered in [Roubicek09M2AS] and refined in [Rossi&Thomas15WIAS-Preprint2113].

Contributions to Collected Editions

  • M. Thomas, A comparison of delamination models: Modeling, properties, and applications, in: Mathematical Analysis of Continuum Mechanics and Industrial Applications II, Proceedings of the International Conference CoMFoS16, P. VAN Meurs, M. Kimura, H. Notsu, eds., 30 of Mathematics for Industry, Springer, Singapore, 2017, pp. 27--38, DOI 10.1007/978-981-10-6283-4_3 .
    This contribution presents recent results in the modeling and the analysis of delamination problems. It addresses adhesive contact, brittle, and cohesive zone models both in a quasistatic and a viscous, dynamic setting for the bulk part. Also different evolution laws for the delaminating surface are discussed.

Preprints, Reports, Technical Reports

  • M. Thomas, C. Bilgen, K. Weinberg, Analysis and simulations for a phase-field fracture model at finite strains based on modified invariants, Preprint no. 2456, WIAS, Berlin, 2017, DOI 10.20347/WIAS.PREPRINT.2456 .
    Abstract, PDF (1990 kByte)
    Phase-field models have already been proven to predict complex fracture patterns in two and three dimensions for brittle fracture at small strains. In this paper we discuss a model for phase-field fracture at finite deformations in more detail. Among the identification of crack location and projection of crack growth the numerical stability is one of the main challenges in solid mechanics. We here present a phase-field model at finite strains, which takes into account the anisotropy of damage by applying an anisotropic split and the modified invariants of the right Cauchy-Green strain tensor. We introduce a suitable weak notion of solution that also allows for a spatial and temporal discretization of the model. In this framework we study the existence of solutions %Second the mathematical background of the approach is examined and and we show that the time-discrete solutions converge in a weak sense to a solution of the time-continuous formulation of the model. Numerical examples in two and three space dimensions are carried out in the range of validity of the analytical results.

  • R. Rossi, M. Thomas, From nonlinear to linear elasticity in a coupled rate-dependent/independent system for brittle delamination, Preprint no. 2409, WIAS, Berlin, 2017, DOI 10.20347/WIAS.PREPRINT.2409 .
    Abstract, PDF (291 kByte)
    We revisit the weak, energetic-type existence results obtained in [Rossi/Thomas-ESAIM-COCV-21(1):1-59,2015] for a system for rate-independent, brittle delamination between two visco-elastic, physically nonlinear bulk materials and explain how to rigorously extend such results to the case of visco-elastic, linearly elastic bulk materials. Our approximation result is essentially based on deducing the Mosco-convergence of the functionals involved in the energetic formulation of the system. We apply this approximation result in two different situations: Firstly, to pass from a nonlinearly elastic to a linearly elastic, brittle model on the time-continuous level, and secondly, to pass from a time-discrete to a time-continuous model using an adhesive contact approximation of the brittle model, in combination with a vanishing, super-quadratic regularization of the bulk energy. The latter approach is beneficial if the model also accounts for the evolution of temperature.

  • S. Bartels, M. Milicevic, M. Thomas, Numerical approach to a model for quasistatic damage with spatial $BV$-regularization, Preprint no. 2388, WIAS, Berlin, 2017, DOI 10.20347/WIAS.PREPRINT.2388 .
    Abstract, PDF (566 kByte)
    We address a model for rate-independent, partial, isotropic damage in quasistatic small strain linear elasticity, featuring a damage variable with spatial BV-regularization. Discrete solutions are obtained using an alternate time-discrete scheme and the Variable-ADMM algorithm to solve the constrained nonsmooth optimization problem that determines the damage variable at each time step. We prove convergence of the method and show that discrete solutions approximate a semistable energetic solution of the rate-independent system. Moreover, we present our numerical results for two benchmark problems.

Talks, Poster

  • D. Peschka, Doping optimization for optoelectronic devices, Numerical Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices (NUSOD 2017), Post-Deadline session, July 27 - 28, 2017, Technical University, Lyngby Campus, Kopenhagen, Denmark, July 28, 2017.

  • D. Peschka, Mathematical and numerical approaches to moving contact lines, Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA), Trieste, Italy, December 6, 2017.

  • D. Peschka, Variational structure of fluid motion with contact lines in thin-film models, Kolloquium Angewandte Mathematik, Universität der Bundeswehr, München, May 31, 2017.

  • D. Peschka, Variational structure of viscous flows with contact line motion, Seminar Numerical Mathematics, WIAS RG 3, July 18, 2017.

  • M. Thomas, Delamination processes in solids: GENERIC structure & analytical results, CIM-WIAS Workshop ``Topics in Applied Analysis and Optimisation'', December 6 - 8, 2017, Centro de Matemática, Lisboa, Portugal, December 8, 2017.

  • M. Thomas, Dynamics of rock dehydration on multiple scales, SCCS Days, November 8 - 10, 2017, SFB 1114 ``Scaling Cascades in Complex Systems'', Schmöckwitz, November 9, 2017.

  • M. Thomas, Mathematical modeling and analysis of evolution processes in solids and the influence of bulk-interface-interaction, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Mathematik, October 20, 2017.

  • M. Thomas, Why scientist in Academia?, I, SCIENTIST: The Conference on Gender, Career Paths and Networking, May 12 - 14, 2017, Freie Universität, Berlin, May 14, 2017.