In this paper, we establish a novel approach to proving existence of non-negative weak solutions for degenerate parabolic equations of fourth order, like the Cahn-Hilliard and certain thin film equations. The considered evolution equations are in the form of a gradient flow for a perturbed Dirichlet energy with respect to a Wasserstein-like transport metric, and weak solutions are obtained as curves of maximal slope. Our main assumption is that the mobility of the particles is a concave function of their spatial density. A qualitative difference of our approach to previous ones is that essential properties of the solution - non-negativity, conservation of the total mass and dissipation of the energy - are automatically guaranteed by the construction from minimizing movements in the energy landscape.

Cahn–Hilliard and thin film equations with nonlinear mobility as gradient flows in weighted-Wasserstein metrics

LISINI, STEFANO;SAVARE', GIUSEPPE
2012-01-01

Abstract

In this paper, we establish a novel approach to proving existence of non-negative weak solutions for degenerate parabolic equations of fourth order, like the Cahn-Hilliard and certain thin film equations. The considered evolution equations are in the form of a gradient flow for a perturbed Dirichlet energy with respect to a Wasserstein-like transport metric, and weak solutions are obtained as curves of maximal slope. Our main assumption is that the mobility of the particles is a concave function of their spatial density. A qualitative difference of our approach to previous ones is that essential properties of the solution - non-negativity, conservation of the total mass and dissipation of the energy - are automatically guaranteed by the construction from minimizing movements in the energy landscape.
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