Istituto di Matematica Applicata e Tecnologie Informatiche     
Bonetti E., Dreyer W., Schimperna G. Global solution to a viscous Cahn-Hilliard equation for tin-lead alloys with mechanical stresses. Technical report ercim.cnr.ian//2001-1215, 2001.
We address a viscous Cahn-Hilliard equation describing the phase separation process in a binary alloy. Such a material is subject to the influence of internal and external mechanical stresses, whose contribution is assumed to be known. The physical modelling refers to a recent work by Dreyer and Muller. The main features and difficulties of this model are given by a nonlinear fourth order elliptic term which is not in divergence form, a strong constraint imposed by the presence of a double obstacle energy potential, and the dependence of the mobility matrix on the concentration variable (i.e., the unknown of the problem). We are able to prove global existence of solutions of the corresponding initial boundary value problem by using approximation and compactness tools. Hence, we perform some asymptotic analysis of the problem and obtain, at the limit, two models of independent physical interest.
Subject Cahn-Hilliard equation, double obstacle potential, thermoelasticity, maximal monotone graph, variational formulation, Faedo-Galerkin scheme
35K35, 35R35, 47H05, 74N25

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