Unconditionally Stable Algorithm for Copolymer and Copolymer-Solvent Systems

  • Aldo D. Pezzutti Instituto de Física del Sur (IFISUR), Universidad Nacional del Sur (UNS), Av. Alem 1253 (8000), Bahía Blanca, Argentina
  • Hugo Hernández Universidad Nacional del Sur (UNS), Av. Alem 1253 (8000), Bahía Blanca, Argentina
Keywords: Unconditionally stable, CDS, Cahn Hilliard

Abstract

In the time evolution simulation of a copolymer system towards its equilibrium configuration, it is common to use the Otha-Kawasaki approach for free energy and time evolution by means of a Cahn-Hilliard diffusion equation. The conventional numerical resolution is to use the cell dynamics simulation method (CDS). Although this method gives an adequate response, it is limited since it needs very small time steps to present both appropriate resolution and stability. Unconditionally stable methods have recently been used in gradient systems that provide adequate resolution and stability with a greater time step in solving Cahn-Hilliard equations. In this paper we develop and implement unconditionally stable algorithms for copolymer-solvent systems and for resolution of the time evolution of block copolymer systems under the Otha-Kawasaki functional.

Published
2020-06-15
How to Cite
Pezzutti, A. D., & Hernández, H. (2020). Unconditionally Stable Algorithm for Copolymer and Copolymer-Solvent Systems. Papers in Physics, 12, 120001. https://doi.org/10.4279/pip.120001
Section
Traditional Review Articles