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Mathematical study of a system of multi-dimensional non-local evolution equations describing surfactant-laden two-fluid shear flows

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Title: Mathematical study of a system of multi-dimensional non-local evolution equations describing surfactant-laden two-fluid shear flows
Authors: Papageorgiou, DT
Tanveer, S
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: This article studies a coupled system of model multi-dimensional partial differential equations (PDEs) that arise in the nonlinear dynamics of two-fluid Couette flow when insoluble surfactants are present on the interface. The equations have been derived previously, but a rigorous study of local and global existence of their solutions, or indeed solutions of analogous systems, has not been considered previously. The evolution PDEs are two-dimensional in space and contain novel pseudo-differential terms that emerge from asymptotic analysis and matching in the multi-scale problem at hand. The one-dimensional surfactant-free case was studied previously, where travelling wave solutions were constructed numerically and their stability investigated; in addition, the travelling wave solutions were justified mathematically. The present study is concerned with some rigorous results of the multi-dimensional surfactant system, including local well posedness and smoothing results when there is full coupling between surfactant dynamics and interfacial motion, and global existence results when such coupling is absent. As far as we know such results are new for non-local thin film equations in either one or two dimensions.
Issue Date: 25-Aug-2021
Date of Acceptance: 16-Jul-2021
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/91603
DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2021.0307
ISSN: 1364-5021
Publisher: The Royal Society
Start Page: 1
End Page: 15
Journal / Book Title: Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Volume: 477
Issue: 2252
Copyright Statement: © 2021 The Author(s) Published by the Royal Society. All rights reserved.
Sponsor/Funder: Engineering & Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC)
Funder's Grant Number: EP/L020564/1
Keywords: Science & Technology
Multidisciplinary Sciences
Science & Technology - Other Topics
thin films
two-layer Couette flow
surfactant effects
local and global existence
NONLINEAR DYNAMICS
FILM FLOWS
INSTABILITY
INTERFACE
MECHANISM
Science & Technology
Multidisciplinary Sciences
Science & Technology - Other Topics
thin films
two-layer Couette flow
surfactant effects
local and global existence
NONLINEAR DYNAMICS
FILM FLOWS
INSTABILITY
INTERFACE
MECHANISM
01 Mathematical Sciences
02 Physical Sciences
09 Engineering
Publication Status: Published
Article Number: ARTN 20210307
Online Publication Date: 2021-08-18
Appears in Collections:Mathematics
Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Physics