Volume 26, Issue 6
A Posteriori Error Estimates for Finite Element Approximations of the Cahn-Hilliard Equation and the Hele-Shaw Flow

Xiaobing Feng & Haijun Wu

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J. Comp. Math., 26 (2008), pp. 767-796

Published online: 2008-12

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This paper develops a posteriori error estimates of residual type for conforming and mixed finite element approximations of the fourth order Cahn-Hilliard equation $u_t+\De(\eps \De u-\eps^{-1} f(u))=0$. It is shown that the a posteriori error bounds depends on $\eps^{-1}$ only in some low polynomial order, instead of exponential order. Using these a posteriori error estimates, we construct an adaptive algorithm for computing the solution of the Cahn-Hilliard equation and its sharp interface limit, the Hele-Shaw flow. Numerical experiments are presented to show the robustness and effectiveness of the new error estimators and the proposed adaptive algorithm.

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Cahn-Hilliard equation Hele-Shaw flow Phase transition Conforming elements Mixed finite element methods A posteriori error estimates Adaptivity

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65M60 65M12 65M15 53A10

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Xiaobing Feng & Haijun Wu. (1970). A Posteriori Error Estimates for Finite Element Approximations of the Cahn-Hilliard Equation and the Hele-Shaw Flow. Journal of Computational Mathematics. 26 (6). 767-796. doi:
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