# Finite element approximation of a Stefan problem with degenerate Joule heating

John W. Barrett; Robert Nürnberg

ESAIM: Mathematical Modelling and Numerical Analysis (2010)

- Volume: 38, Issue: 4, page 633-652
- ISSN: 0764-583X

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topBarrett, John W., and Nürnberg, Robert. "Finite element approximation of a Stefan problem with degenerate Joule heating." ESAIM: Mathematical Modelling and Numerical Analysis 38.4 (2010): 633-652. <http://eudml.org/doc/194231>.

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abstract = {
We consider a fully practical finite element approximation of the
following degenerate system
$$
\{\frac\{\partial \}\{\partial t\}\} \rho(u)
- \nabla . ( \,\alpha(u) \,\nabla u ) \ni \sigma(u)\,|\nabla\phi|^2 ,
\quad \nabla . (\, \sigma(u) \,\nabla \phi ) = 0
$$
subject to an initial condition on the temperature, u,
and boundary conditions on both u
and the electric potential, ϕ.
In the above
p(u) is the enthalpy
incorporating the latent heat of melting, α(u) > 0 is
the temperature dependent heat conductivity, and σ(u) > 0
is the electrical
conductivity. The latter is zero in the frozen zone, u ≤ 0,
which gives rise to the degeneracy in this Stefan system.
In addition to showing stability bounds,
we prove (subsequence) convergence of our finite element approximation in
two and three space dimensions.
The latter is non-trivial due to the degeneracy in σ(u)
and the quadratic nature of the Joule heating term forcing the Stefan
problem.
Finally, some numerical experiments are presented in two space dimensions.
},

author = {Barrett, John W., Nürnberg, Robert},

journal = {ESAIM: Mathematical Modelling and Numerical Analysis},

keywords = {Stefan problem; Joule heating; degenerate system; finite elements;
convergence.; convergence},

language = {eng},

month = {3},

number = {4},

pages = {633-652},

publisher = {EDP Sciences},

title = {Finite element approximation of a Stefan problem with degenerate Joule heating},

url = {http://eudml.org/doc/194231},

volume = {38},

year = {2010},

}

TY - JOUR

AU - Barrett, John W.

AU - Nürnberg, Robert

TI - Finite element approximation of a Stefan problem with degenerate Joule heating

JO - ESAIM: Mathematical Modelling and Numerical Analysis

DA - 2010/3//

PB - EDP Sciences

VL - 38

IS - 4

SP - 633

EP - 652

AB -
We consider a fully practical finite element approximation of the
following degenerate system
$$
{\frac{\partial }{\partial t}} \rho(u)
- \nabla . ( \,\alpha(u) \,\nabla u ) \ni \sigma(u)\,|\nabla\phi|^2 ,
\quad \nabla . (\, \sigma(u) \,\nabla \phi ) = 0
$$
subject to an initial condition on the temperature, u,
and boundary conditions on both u
and the electric potential, ϕ.
In the above
p(u) is the enthalpy
incorporating the latent heat of melting, α(u) > 0 is
the temperature dependent heat conductivity, and σ(u) > 0
is the electrical
conductivity. The latter is zero in the frozen zone, u ≤ 0,
which gives rise to the degeneracy in this Stefan system.
In addition to showing stability bounds,
we prove (subsequence) convergence of our finite element approximation in
two and three space dimensions.
The latter is non-trivial due to the degeneracy in σ(u)
and the quadratic nature of the Joule heating term forcing the Stefan
problem.
Finally, some numerical experiments are presented in two space dimensions.

LA - eng

KW - Stefan problem; Joule heating; degenerate system; finite elements;
convergence.; convergence

UR - http://eudml.org/doc/194231

ER -

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