Volume 25, Issue 2
Effective Time Step Analysis of a Nonlinear Convex Splitting Scheme for the Cahn–Hilliard Equation

Seunggyu Lee & Junseok Kim

Commun. Comput. Phys., 25 (2019), pp. 448-460.

Published online: 2018-10

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We analyze the effective time step size of a nonlinear convex splitting scheme for the Cahn–Hilliard (CH) equation. The convex splitting scheme is unconditionally stable, which implies we can use arbitrary large time-steps and get stable numerical solutions. However, if we use a too large time-step, then we have not only discretization error but also time-step rescaling problem. In this paper, we show the time-step rescaling problem from the convex splitting scheme by comparing with a fully implicit scheme for the CH equation. We perform various test problems. The computation results confirm the time-step rescaling problem and suggest that we need to use small enough time-step sizes for the accurate computational results.

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Cahn–Hilliard equation, convex splitting, effective time step, Fourier analysis.

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37M05, 65M22, 65T50

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We analyze the effective time step size of a nonlinear convex splitting scheme for the Cahn–Hilliard (CH) equation. The convex splitting scheme is unconditionally stable, which implies we can use arbitrary large time-steps and get stable numerical solutions. However, if we use a too large time-step, then we have not only discretization error but also time-step rescaling problem. In this paper, we show the time-step rescaling problem from the convex splitting scheme by comparing with a fully implicit scheme for the CH equation. We perform various test problems. The computation results confirm the time-step rescaling problem and suggest that we need to use small enough time-step sizes for the accurate computational results.

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We analyze the effective time step size of a nonlinear convex splitting scheme for the Cahn–Hilliard (CH) equation. The convex splitting scheme is unconditionally stable, which implies we can use arbitrary large time-steps and get stable numerical solutions. However, if we use a too large time-step, then we have not only discretization error but also time-step rescaling problem. In this paper, we show the time-step rescaling problem from the convex splitting scheme by comparing with a fully implicit scheme for the CH equation. We perform various test problems. The computation results confirm the time-step rescaling problem and suggest that we need to use small enough time-step sizes for the accurate computational results.

Seunggyu Lee & Junseok Kim. (2020). Effective Time Step Analysis of a Nonlinear Convex Splitting Scheme for the Cahn–Hilliard Equation. Communications in Computational Physics. 25 (2). 448-460. doi:10.4208/cicp.OA-2017-0260
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