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Regularity criterion for solutions of the three-dimensional Cahn-Hilliard-Navier-Stokes equations and associated computations

Gibbon, John D. and Pal, Nairita and Gupta, Anupam and Pandit, Rahul (2016) Regularity criterion for solutions of the three-dimensional Cahn-Hilliard-Navier-Stokes equations and associated computations. In: PHYSICAL REVIEW E, 94 (6).

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Abstract

We consider the three-dimensional (3D) Cahn-Hilliard equations coupled to, and driven by, the forced, incompressible 3D Navier-Stokes equations. The combination, known as the Cahn-Hilliard-Navier-Stokes (CHNS) equations, is used in statistical mechanics to model the motion of a binary fluid. The potential development of singularities (blow-up) in the contours of the order parameter phi is an open problem. To address this we have proved a theorem that closely mimics the Beale-Kato-Majda theorem for the 3D incompressible Euler equations [J. T. Beale, T. Kato, and A. J. Majda, Commun. Math. Phys. 94, 61 (1984)]. By taking an L-infinity norm of the energy of the full binary system, designated as E-infinity, we have shown that integral(1)(0) E-infinity(tau)d tau governs the regularity of solutions of the full 3D system. Our direct numerical simulations (DNSs) of the 3D CHNS equations for (a) a gravity-driven Rayleigh Taylor instability and (b) a constant-energy-injection forcing, with 128(3) to 512(3) collocation points and over the duration of our DNSs confirm that E-infinity remains bounded as far as our computations allow.

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Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
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Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2017 07:22
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2017 07:22
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/56626

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