Mesh: Operators: Cahn HilliardΒΆ

This example is based on the example in the FiPy library. Please see their documentation for more information about the Cahn-Hilliard equation.

The “Cahn-Hilliard” equation separates a field \( \phi \) into 0 and 1 with smooth transitions.

\[\frac{\partial \phi}{\partial t} = \nabla \cdot D \nabla \left( \frac{\partial f}{\partial \phi} - \epsilon^2 \nabla^2 \phi \right)\]

Where \( f \) is the energy function \( f = ( a^2 / 2 )\phi^2(1 - \phi)^2 \) which drives \( \phi \) towards either 0 or 1, this competes with the term \(\epsilon^2 \nabla^2 \phi \) which is a diffusion term that creates smooth changes in \( \phi \). The equation can be factored:

\[\begin{split}\frac{\partial \phi}{\partial t} = \nabla \cdot D \nabla \psi \\ \psi = \frac{\partial^2 f}{\partial \phi^2} (\phi - \phi^{\text{old}}) + \frac{\partial f}{\partial \phi} - \epsilon^2 \nabla^2 \phi\end{split}\]

Here we will need the derivatives of \( f \):

\[\frac{\partial f}{\partial \phi} = (a^2/2)2\phi(1-\phi)(1-2\phi) \frac{\partial^2 f}{\partial \phi^2} = (a^2/2)2[1-6\phi(1-\phi)]\]

The implementation below uses backwards Euler in time with an exponentially increasing time step. The initial \( \phi \) is a normally distributed field with a standard deviation of 0.1 and mean of 0.5. The grid is 60x60 and takes a few seconds to solve ~130 times. The results are seen below, and you can see the field separating as the time increases.

../../../_images/sphx_glr_plot_cahn_hilliard_001.png

Out:

0 0.00673794699909
10 0.0963626744994
20 0.24412886911
30 0.487754137255
40 0.889424298925
50 1.55166643828
60 2.64351913978
70 4.44367991322
80 7.41164327106
90 12.3049875898
100 20.372748453
110 33.674237395
120 55.6046851457

from __future__ import print_function
from SimPEG import Mesh, Utils, Solver
import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt


def run(plotIt=True, n=60):

    np.random.seed(5)

    # Here we are going to rearrange the equations:

    # (phi_ - phi)/dt = A*(d2fdphi2*(phi_ - phi) + dfdphi - L*phi_)
    # (phi_ - phi)/dt = A*(d2fdphi2*phi_ - d2fdphi2*phi + dfdphi - L*phi_)
    # (phi_ - phi)/dt = A*d2fdphi2*phi_ + A*( - d2fdphi2*phi + dfdphi - L*phi_)
    # phi_ - phi = dt*A*d2fdphi2*phi_ + dt*A*(- d2fdphi2*phi + dfdphi - L*phi_)
    # phi_ - dt*A*d2fdphi2 * phi_ =  dt*A*(- d2fdphi2*phi + dfdphi - L*phi_) + phi
    # (I - dt*A*d2fdphi2) * phi_ =  dt*A*(- d2fdphi2*phi + dfdphi - L*phi_) + phi
    # (I - dt*A*d2fdphi2) * phi_ =  dt*A*dfdphi - dt*A*d2fdphi2*phi - dt*A*L*phi_ + phi
    # (dt*A*d2fdphi2 - I) * phi_ =  dt*A*d2fdphi2*phi + dt*A*L*phi_ - phi - dt*A*dfdphi
    # (dt*A*d2fdphi2 - I - dt*A*L) * phi_ =  (dt*A*d2fdphi2 - I)*phi - dt*A*dfdphi

    h = [(0.25, n)]
    M = Mesh.TensorMesh([h, h])

    # Constants
    D = a = epsilon = 1.
    I = Utils.speye(M.nC)

    # Operators
    A = D * M.faceDiv * M.cellGrad
    L = epsilon**2 * M.faceDiv * M.cellGrad

    duration = 75
    elapsed = 0.
    dexp = -5
    phi = np.random.normal(loc=0.5, scale=0.01, size=M.nC)
    ii, jj = 0, 0
    PHIS = []
    capture = np.logspace(-1, np.log10(duration), 8)
    while elapsed < duration:
        dt = min(100, np.exp(dexp))
        elapsed += dt
        dexp += 0.05

        dfdphi = a**2 * 2 * phi * (1 - phi) * (1 - 2 * phi)
        d2fdphi2 = Utils.sdiag(a**2 * 2 * (1 - 6 * phi * (1 - phi)))

        MAT = (dt*A*d2fdphi2 - I - dt*A*L)
        rhs = (dt*A*d2fdphi2 - I)*phi - dt*A*dfdphi
        phi = Solver(MAT)*rhs

        if elapsed > capture[jj]:
            PHIS += [(elapsed, phi.copy())]
            jj += 1
        if ii % 10 == 0:
            print(ii, elapsed)
        ii += 1

    if plotIt:
        fig, axes = plt.subplots(2, 4, figsize=(14, 6))
        axes = np.array(axes).flatten().tolist()
        for ii, ax in zip(np.linspace(0, len(PHIS)-1, len(axes)), axes):
            ii = int(ii)
            M.plotImage(PHIS[ii][1], ax=ax)
            ax.axis('off')
            ax.set_title('Elapsed Time: {0:4.1f}'.format(PHIS[ii][0]))

if __name__ == '__main__':
    run()
    plt.show()

Total running time of the script: ( 0 minutes 7.322 seconds)

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