A Weakly Nonlinear, Energy Stable Scheme for the Strongly Anisotropic Cahn-Hilliard System
A/Prof. Cheng Wang
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

The strongly anisotropic Cahn-Hilliard model is considered. In particular, a highly nonlinear anisotropic surface energy makes the PDE system very challenging at both the analytic and numerical levels. In this talk, a convexity analysis is performed to the surface energy potential, and a careful estimate reveals that all its second order functional derivatives stay uniformly bounded by a global constant. In turn, a linear approximation becomes available for the surface energy part, and a detailed estimate demonstrates the corresponding energy stability. Its combination with the implicit treatment of the nonlinear double well potential terms yields a weakly nonlinear, energy stable scheme for the whole system. Moreover, with a careful application of the global bound for the second order functional derivatives, an optimal rate convergence analysis becomes available, which is the first such result in this area. Some numerical simulation results are also presented in the talk.

About the Speaker

Cheng Wang received his PhD (under Jian-Guo Liu) at Temple University, USA, in 2000. Afterward, he spent 3 years at Indiana University as a postdoc, with Roger Temam and Shouhong Wang as his postdoc mentors. In 2003-2008, he was a tenure-track assistant professor at University of Tennessee. In 2008, he moved to University of Massachusetts Dartmouth; right now, he is an associate professor there. His research area is applied mathematics, including numerical analysis, partial differential equations, fluid mechanics, computational electro-magnetics, material sciences, etc.

2019-12-19 10:30 AM
Room: A203 Meeting Room
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