On large time-stepping methods for the Cahn-Hilliard equation

Yinnian He, Yunxian Liu, Tao TANG*

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In this work, we will analyze a class of large time-stepping methods for the Cahn-Hilliard equation. The equation is discretized by Fourier spectral method in space and semi-implicit schemes in time. For first-order semi-implicit scheme, the stability and convergence properties are investigated based on an energy approach. Here stability means that the decay of energy is preserved. The numerical experiments are used to demonstrate the effectiveness of the large time-stepping approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)616-628
Number of pages13
JournalApplied Numerical Mathematics
Issue number5-7 SPEC. ISS.
Publication statusPublished - May 2007

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Numerical Analysis
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics

User-Defined Keywords

  • Cahn-Hilliard equation
  • Decay of energy
  • Large time-stepping method
  • Semi-implicit scheme
  • Spectral method
  • Stability


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