WIAS Preprint No. 2114, (2015)

Homogenization of Cahn--Hilliard-type equations via evolutionary Gamma-convergence


  • Liero, Matthias
    ORCID: 0000-0002-0963-2915
  • Reichelt, Sina

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 35B27 49J40 35K55 35K30 35B30 49J45


  • Evolutionary Γ-convergence, gradient systems, homogenization, Cahn-Hilliard equation, evolutionary variational inequality, energy-dissipation principle, two-scale convergence




In this paper we discuss two approaches to evolutionary Γ-convergence of gradient systems in Hilbert spaces. The formulation of the gradient system is based on two functionals, namely the energy functional and the dissipation potential, which allows us to employ Γ-convergence methods. In the first approach we consider families of uniformly convex energy functionals such that the limit passage of the time-dependent problems can be based on the theory of evolutionary variational inequalities as developed by Daneri and Savaré 2010. The second approach uses the equivalent formulation of the gradient system via the energy-dissipation principle and follows the ideas of Sandier and Serfaty 2004. We apply both approaches to rigorously derive homogenization limits for Cahn-Hilliard-type equations. Using the method of weak and strong two-scale convergence via periodic unfolding, we show that the energy and dissipation functionals Γ-converge. In conclusion, we will give specific examples for the applicability of each of the two approaches.

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