Well-Posedness and Self-Similar Asymptotics for a Thin-Film Equation
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Submission date: 05. Aug. 2014 (revised version: February 2016)
published in: SIAM journal on mathematical analysis, 47 (2015) 4, p. 2868-2902
DOI number (of the published article): 10.1137/14099190X
MSC-Numbers: 35A02, 35A09, 35B35, 35B40, 35B65, 35C06, 35K25, 35K55, 35K65, 35K35, 76A20, 76D08, 76D27, 76D45
Keywords and phrases: self-similar solutions, degenerate parabolic equations, fourth-order equations, Nonlinear parabolic equations, free boundary problems, stability, Asymptotic behavior of solutions, Smoothness and regularity of solutions, uniqueness, classical solutions, thin fluid films, lubrication theory, hele-shaw flow, capillarity
We investigate compactly supported solutions for a thin-film equation with linear mobility in the regime of perfect wetting. This problem has already been addressed by Carrillo and Toscani, proving that the source-type self-similar profile is a global attractor of entropy solutions with compactly supported initial data. Here we study small perturbations of source-type self-similar solutions for the corresponding classical free boundary problem and set up a global existence and uniqueness theory within weighted L2-spaces under minimal assumptions. Furthermore, we derive asymptotics for the evolution of the solution, the free boundary, and the center of mass. As spatial translations are scaled out in our reference frame, the rate of convergence is higher than the one obtained by Carrillo and Toscani.
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