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We discuss a 3D model describing the time evolution of nematic liquid crystals in the framework of Landau-de Gennes theory, where the natural physical constraints are enforced by a singular free energy bulk potential proposed by J.M. Ball and A. Majumdar. The thermal effects are present through the component of the free energy that accounts for… (More)

A doubly nonlinear parabolic equation of the form α(u t) − ∆u + W ′ (u) = f , complemented with initial and either Dirichlet or Neumann homogeneous boundary conditions, is addressed. The two nonlinearities are given by the maximal monotone function α and by the derivative W ′ of a smooth but possibly noncon-vex potential W ; f is a known source. After… (More)

We consider a diffuse interface model for tumor growth recently proposed in [3]. In this new approach sharp interfaces are replaced by narrow transition layers arising due to adhesive forces among the cell species. Hence, a continuum thermodynamically consistent model is introduced. The resulting PDE system couples four different types of equations: a… (More)

A singular nonlinear parabolic-hyperbolic PDE's system describing the evolution of a material subject to a phase transition is considered. The goal of the present paper is to analyze the asymptotic behaviour of the associated dynamical system from the point of view of global attractors. The physical variables involved in the process are the absolute… (More)

2D Cahn-Hilliard equation with inertial term 2 Abstract. P. Galenko et al. proposed a modified Cahn-Hilliard equation to model rapid spinodal decomposition in non-equilibrium phase separation processes. This equation contains an inertial term which causes the loss of any regularizing effect on the solutions. Here we consider an initial and boundary value… (More)

We study a Penrose-Fife phase transition model coupled with homogeneous Neumann boundary conditions. Improving previous results, we show that the initial value problem for this model admits a unique solution under weak conditions on the initial data. Moreover, we prove asymptotic regularization properties of weak solutions.

The Penrose-Fife system for phase transitions is addressed. Dirichlet boundary conditions for the temperature are assumed. Existence of global and exponential attractors is proved. Differently from preceding contributions, here the energy balance equation is both singular at 0 and degenerate at ∞. For this reason, the dissipativity of the associated… (More)

We address, in a three-dimensional spatial setting, both the viscous and the standard Cahn-Hilliard equation with a nonconstant mobility coefficient. As it was shown in J.W. Barrett and one cannot expect uniqueness of the solution to the related initial and boundary value problems. Nevertheless, referring to J. Ball's theory of generalized semiflows, we are… (More)