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Nonuniqueness of phase transitions
near the Maxwell line

Author: S. Benzoni-Gavage
Journal: Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 127 (1999), 1183-1190
MSC (1991): Primary 76T05, 35M10, 34C37; Secondary 35L67, 58F14
MathSciNet review: 1485459
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Abstract: We consider the description of propagating phase boundaries in a van der Waals fluid by means of viscocapillary profiles, which are viewed as heteroclinic orbits connecting nonhyperbolic fixed points of a five dimensional dynamical system. A bifurcation analysis enables us to show that, for small viscosities, some distinct propagating phase boundaries share the same metastable state on one side of the front.

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S. Benzoni-Gavage
Affiliation: CNRS-ENS Lyon, UMR 128, 46, allée d’Italie, F-69364 Lyon Cedex 07, France

PII: S 0002-9939(99)04719-X
Keywords: Phase transitions, profiles, heteroclinic orbits
Received by editor(s): July 16, 1997
Communicated by: Jeffrey Rauch
Article copyright: © Copyright 1999 American Mathematical Society

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