Numerical Approximations for the Cahn–Hilliard Phase Field Model of the Binary Fluid-Surfactant System

Numerical Approximations for the Cahn–Hilliard Phase Field Model of the Binary Fluid-Surfactant... In this paper, we consider the numerical approximations for the commonly used binary fluid-surfactant phase field model that consists two nonlinearly coupled Cahn–Hilliard equations. The main challenge in solving the system numerically is how to develop easy-to-implement time stepping schemes while preserving the unconditional energy stability. We solve this issue by developing two linear and decoupled, first order and a second order time-stepping schemes using the so-called “invariant energy quadratization” approach for the double well potentials and a subtle explicit-implicit technique for the nonlinear coupling potential. Moreover, the resulting linear system is well-posed and the linear operator is symmetric positive definite. We rigorously prove the first order scheme is unconditionally energy stable. Various numerical simulations are presented to demonstrate the stability and the accuracy thereafter. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Scientific Computing Springer Journals

Numerical Approximations for the Cahn–Hilliard Phase Field Model of the Binary Fluid-Surfactant System

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Springer US
Copyright
Copyright © 2017 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Subject
Mathematics; Algorithms; Computational Mathematics and Numerical Analysis; Mathematical and Computational Engineering; Theoretical, Mathematical and Computational Physics
ISSN
0885-7474
eISSN
1573-7691
D.O.I.
10.1007/s10915-017-0508-6
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Abstract

In this paper, we consider the numerical approximations for the commonly used binary fluid-surfactant phase field model that consists two nonlinearly coupled Cahn–Hilliard equations. The main challenge in solving the system numerically is how to develop easy-to-implement time stepping schemes while preserving the unconditional energy stability. We solve this issue by developing two linear and decoupled, first order and a second order time-stepping schemes using the so-called “invariant energy quadratization” approach for the double well potentials and a subtle explicit-implicit technique for the nonlinear coupling potential. Moreover, the resulting linear system is well-posed and the linear operator is symmetric positive definite. We rigorously prove the first order scheme is unconditionally energy stable. Various numerical simulations are presented to demonstrate the stability and the accuracy thereafter.

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Journal of Scientific ComputingSpringer Journals

Published: Jul 24, 2017

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