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Numerical schemes for a three component Cahn-Hilliard model. (English) Zbl 1267.76127
Summary: We investigate numerical schemes for solving a three component Cahn-Hilliard model. The space discretization is performed by using a Galerkin formulation and the finite element method. Concerning the time discretization, the main difficulty is to write a scheme ensuring, at the discrete level, the decrease of the free energy and thus the stability of the method. We study three different schemes and prove existence and convergence theorems. Theoretical results are illustrated by various numerical examples showing that the new semi-implicit discretization that we propose seems to be a good compromise between robustness and accuracy.

MSC:
76T30 Three or more component flows
35K55 Nonlinear parabolic equations
65M60 Finite element, Rayleigh-Ritz and Galerkin methods for initial value and initial-boundary value problems involving PDEs
65M12 Stability and convergence of numerical methods for initial value and initial-boundary value problems involving PDEs
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