WIAS Preprint No. 1652, (2011)

An asymptotic analysis for a nonstandard Cahn--Hilliard system with viscosity


  • Colli, Pierluigi
    ORCID: 0000-0002-7921-5041
  • Gilardi, Gianni
    ORCID: 0000-0002-0651-4307
  • Podio-Guidugli, Paolo
  • Sprekels, Jürgen

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 74A15 35K55 35A05 35B40


  • viscous Cahn-Hilliard system, phase field model, asymptotic limit, existence of solutions




This paper is concerned with a diffusion model of phase-field type, consisting of a parabolic system of two partial differential equations, interpreted as balances of microforces and microenergy, for two unknowns: the problem's order parameter $rho$ and the chemical potential $mu$; each equation includes a viscosity term -- respectively, $varepsilon,partial_tmu$ and $delta,partial_trho$ -- with $varepsilon$ and $delta$ two positive parameters; the field equations are complemented by Neumann homogeneous boundary conditions and suitable initial conditions. In a recent paper [5], we proved that this problem is well-posed and investigated the long-time behavior of its $(varepsilon,delta)-$solutions. Here we discuss the asymptotic limit of the system as $eps$ tends to 0. We prove convergence of $(varepsilon,delta)-$solutions to the corresponding solutions for the case $eps$ =0, whose long-time behavior we characterize; in the proofs, we employ compactness and monotonicity arguments.

Appeared in

  • Discrete Contin. Dyn. Syst. Ser. S, 6 (2013) pp. 353--368.

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