Self-Similar Solutions for Reversing Interfaces in the Slow Diffusion Equation with Strong Absorption Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • We consider the slow nonlinear diffusion equation subject to a constant absorption rate and construct local self-similar solutions for reversing (and anti-reversing) interfaces, where an initially advancing (receding) interface gives way to a receding (advancing) one. We use an approach based on invariant manifolds, which allows us to determine the required asymptotic behaviour for small and large values of the concentration. We then `connect' the requisite asymptotic behaviours using a robust and accurate numerical scheme. By doing so, we are able to furnish a rich set of self-similar solutions for both reversing and anti-reversing interfaces.

publication date

  • January 2016