Todd Arbogast

Colloquium Todd Arbogast

WhenWednesday 8 October 2014
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee
11.00 - 12.00 Colloquium
12.00 - 13.00 Lunch
WhereTU/e Campus, Ceres building, Roomm 0.31


Approximation of a Linear Degenerate Elliptic Equation Arising from A Two-Phase Mixture

Todd Arbogast, Marc A. Hesse, and Abraham L. Taicher

We consider the linear but degenerate elliptic system of two first order equations u = -phi grad p and div(phi u) + phi p = phi f, where the porosity phi>=0 may be zero on a set of positive measure.  The model equation we consider has a similar degeneracy as that arising in the equations describing the mechanical system modeling the dynamics of partially melted materials, e.g., in the Earth's mantle, and the flow of ice sheets in the polar ice caps and glaciers.  In the context of mixture theory, phi represents the phase variable separating the solid one-phase (phi=0) and fluid-solid two phase (phi>0) regions.  Two main problems arise.  First, as phi vanishes, one equation is lost. Second, after we extract stability or energy bounds for the solution, we see that the pressure p is not controlled outside the support of phi.  After an appropriate scaling of the pressure, we can show existence and uniqueness of a solution over the entire domain.  We then develop a stable mixed finite element method for the problem, and show some numerical results.