Operator-splitting methods for the 2D convective Cahn–Hilliard equation

H. H. Gidey, B. D. Reddy

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In this work, we present operator-splitting methods for the two-dimensional nonlinear fourth-order convective Cahn–Hilliard equation with specified initial condition and periodic boundary conditions. The full problem is split into hyperbolic, nonlinear diffusion and linear fourth-order problems. We prove that the semi-discrete approximate solution obtained from the operator-splitting method converges to the weak solution. Numerical methods are then constructed to solve each sub equations sequentially. The hyperbolic conservation law is solved by efficient finite volume methods and dimensional splitting method, while the one-dimensional hyperbolic conservation laws are solved using front tracking algorithm. The front tracking method is based on the exact solution and hence has no stability restriction on the size of the time step. The nonlinear diffusion problem is solved by a linearized implicit finite volume method, which is unconditionally stable. The linear fourth-order equation is solved using a pseudo-spectral method, which is based on an exact solution. Finally, some numerical experiments are carried out to test the performance of the proposed numerical methods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3128-3153
Number of pages26
JournalComputers and Mathematics with Applications
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Jun 15 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Computational Mathematics


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