A Positivity-Preserving Energy Stable Numerical Scheme for the Cahn-Hilliard Equation with Logarithmic Potential
A/Prof. Cheng Wang
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, USA

The Cahn-Hilliard model with logarithmic potential is considered, in which the key difficulty has always been associated with the singularity of the logarithmic terms. An energy stable finite difference scheme, which implicitly treats the logarithmic terms, is proposed and analyzed in this talk. In particular, how to ensure the positivity of the logarithmic arguments, so that the numerical scheme is well-defined at a point-wise level, has been a long-standing mathematical challenge. It is proved that, given any numerical solution with a fixed bound at the previous time step, there exists a unique numerical solution that satisfies the given bound (-1,1) at a point-wise level. As a result, the numerical scheme is proven to be well-defined, and the unique solvability and energy stability could be established with the help of convexity analysis. In addition, an optimal rate convergence analysis could be appropriately established. Some numerical 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; he has had over 50 peer-reviewed articles at different scientific journals.

2018-08-12 10:00 AM
Room: A203 Meeting Room
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