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Numerical approximation of corotational dumbbell models for dilute polymers

Barrett, John W. and Suli, Endre (2007) Numerical approximation of corotational dumbbell models for dilute polymers. Technical Report. Unspecified. (Submitted)



We construct a general family of Galerkin methods for the numerical approximation of weak solutions to a coupled microscopic-macroscopic bead-spring model that arises from the kinetic theory of dilute solutions of polymeric liquids with noninteracting polymer chains. The model consists of the unsteady incompressible Navier-Stokes equations in a bounded domain Ω in R d, d=2 or 3, for the velocity and the pressure of the fluid, with an elastic extra-stress tensor as right-hand side in the momentum equation. The extra-stress tensor stems from the random movement of the polymer chains and is defined through the associated probability density function which satisfies a Fokker-Planck type parabolic equation, a crucial feature of which is the presence of a centre-of-mass diffusion term. We focus on finitely-extensible nonlinear elastic, FENE-type, dumbbell models. In the case of a corotational drag term we perform a rigorous passage to the limit as the spatial and temporal discretization parameters tend to zero, and show that a (sub)sequence of numerical solutions converges to a weak solution of this coupled Navier-Stokes-Fokker-Planck system.

Item Type:Technical Report (Technical Report)
Subjects:H - N > Numerical analysis
Research Groups:Numerical Analysis Group
ID Code:1083
Deposited By: Lotti Ekert
Deposited On:07 May 2011 08:04
Last Modified:29 May 2015 18:46

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