WIAS Preprint No. 1923, (2014)

On nonlocal Cahn--Hilliard--Navier--Stokes systems in two dimensions


  • Frigeri, Sergio Pietro
  • Gal, G. Ciprian
  • Grasselli, Maurizio

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 35Q30 37L30 45K05


  • Incompressible binary fluids, Navier-Stokes equations, nonlocal Cahn-Hilliard equations, weak solutions, uniqueness, strong solutions, global attractors, exponential attractors




We consider a diffuse interface model which describes the motion of an incompressible isothermal mixture of two immiscible fluids. This model consists of the Navier-Stokes equations coupled with a convective nonlocal Cahn-Hilliard equation. Several results were already proven by two of the present authors. However, in the two-dimensional case, the uniqueness of weak solutions was still open. Here we establish such a result even in the case of degenerate mobility and singular potential. Moreover, we show the strong-weak uniqueness in the case of viscosity depending on the order parameter, provided that the mobility is constant and the potential is regular. In the case of constant viscosity, on account of the uniqueness results we can deduce the connectedness of the global attractor whose existence was obtained in a previous paper. The uniqueness technique can be adapted to show the validity of a smoothing property for the difference of two trajectories which is crucial to establish the existence of an exponential attractor.

Appeared in

  • J. Nonlinear Sci., 26 (2016), pp. 847--893.

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