Multi–component Cahn–Hilliard Systems with Singular Potentials: Theoretical Results Article

Gal, CG, Grasselli, M, Poiatti, A et al. (2023). Multi–component Cahn–Hilliard Systems with Singular Potentials: Theoretical Results . APPLIED MATHEMATICS AND OPTIMIZATION, 88(3), 10.1007/s00245-023-10048-8

cited authors

  • Gal, CG; Grasselli, M; Poiatti, A; Shomberg, JL



  • We consider a system of nonlinear diffusion equations modelling (isothermal) phase segregation of an ideal mixture of N≥ 2 components occupying a bounded region Ω ⊂ Rd, d≤ 3 . Our system is subject to a constant mobility matrix of coefficients, a free energy functional given in terms of singular entropy generated potentials and localized capillarity effects. We prove well-posedness and regularity results which generalize the ones obtained by Elliott and Luckhaus (IMA Preprint Ser 887, 1991). In particular, if d≤ 2 , we derive the uniform strict separation of solutions from the singular points of the (entropy) nonlinearity. Then, even if d= 3 , we prove the existence of a global (regular) attractor as well as we establish the convergence of solutions to single equilibria. If d= 3 , this convergence requires the validity of the asymptotic strict separation property. This work constitutes the first part of an extended three-part study involving the phase behavior of multi-component systems, with a second part addressing the presence of nonlocal capillarity effects, and a final part concerning the numerical study of such systems along with some relevant application.

publication date

  • December 1, 2023

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