Volume 1, Issue 2
A Front-Tracking Method for Motion by Mean Curvature with Surfactant

Ming-Chih Lai ,  Che-Wei Hsu and Huaxiong Huang

Adv. Appl. Math. Mech., 1 (2009), pp. 288-300.

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  • Abstract

In this paper, we present a finite difference method to track a network of curves whose motion is determined by mean curvature. To study the effect of inhomogeneous surface tension on the evolution of the network of curves, we include surfactant which can diffuse along the curves. The governing equations consist of one parabolic equation for the curve motion coupled with a convection-diffusion equation for the surfactant concentration along each curve. Our numerical method is based on a direct discretization of the governing equations which conserves the total surfactant mass in the curve network. Numerical experiments are carried out to examine the effects of inhomogeneous surface tension on the motion of the network, including the von Neumann law for cell growth in two space dimensions.

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Published online: 2009-01

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