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Numerical solution of a fast diffusion equation
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In this paper, the authors consider the first boundary value problem for the nonlinear reaction diffusion equation: $u_{t}-\Delta u^{m}=\alpha u^{p_{1}}$ in $\Omega$, a smooth bounded domain in $\mathbb {R}^{d} (d\geq 1)$ with the zero lateral boundary condition and with a positive initial condition, $m\in ]0,1[$ (fast diffusion problem), $\alpha \geq 0$ and $p_{1}\geq m$. Sufficient conditions on the initial data are obtained for the solution to vanish or become infinite in a finite time. A scheme for the discretization in time of this problem is proposed. The numerical scheme preserves the essential properties of the initial problem; namely existence of an extinction or a blow-up time, for which estimates have been obtained. The convergence of the method is also proved.
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  • Marie-Noelle Le Roux
  • Affiliation: GRAMM-Mathématiques, 351, cours de la Libération, F-33405 Talence Cedex, France
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  • Paul-Emile Mainge
  • Affiliation: GRAMM-Mathématiques, 351, cours de la Libération, F-33405 Talence Cedex, France
  • Received by editor(s): August 13, 1996
  • Received by editor(s) in revised form: May 5, 1997
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  • Journal: Math. Comp. 68 (1999), 461-485
  • MSC (1991): Primary 35K55, 35K57, 65M60
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