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SIAM J. Math. Anal., 29, no. 6, pp. 1419-1433. 1998

The surface diffusion flow for immersed hypersurfaces

Joachim Escher, Uwe Mayer, Gieri Simonett

We show existence and uniqueness of classical solutions for the motion of immersed hypersurfaces driven by surface diffusion. If the initial surface is embedded and close to a sphere, we prove that the solution exists globally and converges exponentially fast to a sphere. Furthermore, we provide numerical simulations showing the creation of singularities for immersed curves.

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Navier-Stokes equations and related nonlinear problems (Palanga, 1997), VSP, Utrecht, pp. 69-79. 1998

On the surface diffusion flow

Joachim Escher, Uwe Mayer, Gieri Simonett

In this paper we present recent existence, uniqueness, and stability results for the motion of immersed hypersurfaces driven by surface diffusion. We provide numerical simulations for curves and surfaces that exhibit the creation of singularities.

Moreover, our numerical simulations show that the flow causes a loss of embeddedness for some initially embedded configurations.

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Proceedings of the Third Mississippi State Conference on Difference Equations and Computational Simulations. Mississippi State, MS. 1997

Two-sided Mullins-Sekerka flow does not preserve convexity

The (two-sided) Mullins-Sekerka model is a nonlocal evolution model for closed hypersurfaces, which was originally proposed as a model for phase transitions of materials of negligible specific heat. Under this evolution the propagating interfaces maintain the enclosed volume while the area of the interfaces decreases.

We will show by means of an example that the Mullins-Sekerka flow does not preserve convexity in two space dimensions, where we consider both the Mullins-Sekerka model on a bounded domain, and the Mullins-Sekerka model defined on the whole plane.

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Electronic J. Diff. Equ., 1993 no. 08, pp. 1-7 (1993)

One-sided Mullins-Sekerka flow does not preserve convexity

The Mullins-Sekerka model is a nonlocal evolution model for hypersurfaces, which arises as a singular limit for the Cahn-Hilliard equation. Assuming the existence of sufficiently smooth solutions we will show that the one-sided Mullins-Sekerka flow does not preserve convexity. The main tool is the strong maximum principle for elliptic second order differential equations.

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Europ. J. Appl. Math., 11, issue 2, pp. 61-80

A numerical scheme for free boundary problems that are gradient flows for the area functional

Many moving boundary problems that are driven in some way by the curvature of the free boundary are gradient flows for the area of the moving interface. Examples are the Mullins-Sekerka flow, the Hele-Shaw flow, flow by mean curvature, and flow by averaged mean curvature. The gradient flow structure suggests an implicit finite differences approach to compute numerical solutions.

The proposed numerical scheme will allow to treat such free boundary problems in both R2 and R3. The advantage of such an approach is the re-usability of much of the setup for all of the different problems. As an example of the method we will compute solutions to the averaged mean curvature flow that exhibit the formation of a singularity.

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