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Section: New Results

Modeling and numerical simulation of complex fluids

In [38], N. Peton, C. Cancès et al. propose a new water flow driven forward stratigraphic model. Stratigraphy is a discipline of physics that aims at predicting the geological composition of the subsoil. The model enjoys the following particularities. First, the water surface flow is modelled at the continuous level, in opposition to what is currently done in this community. Second, the model incorporates a constraint on the erosion rate. A stable numerical scheme is proposed to simulate the model.

In [14], A. Ait Hammou Oulhaj and D. Maltese adapt the (positive) nonlinear Control Volume Finite Element scheme of [83] to the simulation of seawater intrusion in the subsoil nearby coastal regions. The proposed scheme is convergent even if the porous medium is anisotropic.

In [25], [41], C. Cancès et al. study an original model of degenerate Cahn–Hilliard type. Similarly to the classical degenerate Cahn–Hilliard model, the model can be interpreted as the gradient flow of a Ginzburg–Landau type energy, but the geometry considered here allows for more flexibility and the system thus dissipates faster than the usual degenerate Cahn–Hilliard system. Numerical evidences of this fact are given. Then, the existence of a solution to the model is established thanks to the convergence of a minimizing movement scheme.

In [19], I. Lacroix-Violet et al. generalize to the Navier–Stokes–Korteweg (with density-dependent viscosities satisfying the BD relation) and Euler–Korteweg systems a recent relative entropy proposed in [80]. As a concrete application, this helps justifying mathematically the convergence between global weak solutions of the quantum Navier–Stokes system and dissipative solutions of the quantum Euler system when the viscosity coefficient tends to zero. The results are based on the fact that Euler–Korteweg systems and corresponding Navier–Stokes–Korteweg systems can be reformulated through an augmented system. As a by-product of the analysis, I. Lacroix-Violet et al. show that this augmented formulation helps to define relative entropy estimates for the Euler–Korteweg systems in a simpler way and with less hypotheses compared to recent works [97], [100].

In [22], C. Calgaro, C. Colin, E. Creusé et al. investigate a specific low-Mach model for which the dynamic viscosity of the fluid is a specific function of the density. The model is reformulated in terms of the temperature and velocity, with nonlinear temperature equation, and strong solutions are considered. In addition to a local-in-time existence result for strong solutions, some convergence rates of the error between the approximation and the exact solution are obtained, following the same approach as Guillén-González et al. [103], [104].

In [21], C. Calgaro, C. Colin, and E. Creusé derive a combined Finite Volume-Finite Element scheme for a low-Mach model, in which a temperature field obeying an energy law is taken into account. The continuity equation is solved, whereas the state equation linking temperature, density, and thermodynamic pressure is imposed implicitly. Since the velocity field is not divergence-free, the projection method solving the momentum equation has to be adapted. This combined scheme preserves some steady-states, and ensures a discrete maximum principle on the density. Numerical results are provided and compared to other approaches using purely Finite Element schemes, on a benchmark consisting in particular in a transient injection flow [74], [101], [69], as well as in the natural convection of a flow in a cavity [108], [105], [101], [69].

In [20], C. Calgaro, C. Colin, and E. Creusé propose a combined Finite Volume-Finite Element scheme for the solution of a specific low-Mach model expressed in the velocity, pressure and temperature variables. The dynamic viscosity of the fluid is given by an explicit function of the temperature, leading to the presence of a so-called Joule term in the mass conservation equation. First, they prove a discrete maximum principle for the temperature. Second, the numerical fluxes defined for the Finite Volume computation of the temperature are efficiently derived from the discrete Finite Element velocity field obtained by the solution of the momentum equation. Several numerical tests are presented to illustrate the theoretical results and to underline the efficiency of the scheme in terms of convergence rates.

In [46], C. Calgaro and E. Creusé introduce a Finite Volume method to approximate the solution of a convection-diffusion equation involving a Joule term. They propose a way to discretize this so-called “Joule effect” term in a consistent manner with respect to the nonlinear diffusion one, in order to ensure some maximum principle properties on the solution. They investigate the numerical behavior of the scheme on two original benchmarks.