Tuesday, November 27, 2012

1211.6083 (Mark Wilkinson)

Strict Physicality of Global Weak Solutions of a Navier-Stokes Q-tensor
System with Singular Potential

Mark Wilkinson
We study the existence, regularity and so-called `strict physicality' of weak solutions of a coupled Navier-Stokes Q-tensor system which is proposed as a model for the incompressible flow of nematic liquid crystal materials. An important contribution to the dynamics comes from a singular potential introduced by John Ball and Apala Majumdar (Nematic Liquid Crystals: From Maier-Saupe to a Continuum Theory, Mol. Cryst. Liq. Cryst., Vol. 525: pp. 1-11, 2010) which replaces the commonly employed Landau-de Gennes bulk potential. This is built into our model to ensure that a natural physical constraint on the eigenvalues of the Q-tensor order parameter is respected by the dynamics of the system.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1211.6083

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