WIAS Preprint No. 2284, (2016)

Global existence for a nonstandard viscous Cahn--Hilliard system with dynamic boundary condition


  • Colli, Pierluigi
  • Gilardi, Gianni
  • Sprekels, Jürgen

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 35K61 35A05 35B40 74A15


  • Viscous Cahn-Hilliard system, phase field model, dynamic boundary conditions, well-posedness of solutions


In this paper, we study a model for phase segregation taking place in a spatial domain that was introduced by Podio-Guidugli in Ric. Mat. 55 (2006), pp. 105-118. The model consists of a strongly coupled system of nonlinear parabolic differential equations, in which products between the unknown functions and their time derivatives occur that are difficult to handle analytically. In contrast to the existing literature about this PDE system, we consider here a dynamic boundary condition involving the Laplace-Beltrami operator for the order parameter. This boundary condition models an additional nonconserving phase transition occurring on the surface of the domain. Different well-posedness results are shown, depending on the smoothness properties of the involved bulk and surface free energies.

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