On the development and generalizations of Allen-Cahn and Stefan equations within a thermodynamic framework Academic Article uri icon


  • Starting from a simplified framework of the theory of interacting continua in which the mass balance equations are considered for each constituent but the balance of linear momentum and the balance of energy are considered for the mixture as a whole, we provide a thermodynamic basis for models that include the Allen-Cahn and Stefan equations as particular cases. We neglect the mass flux due to diffusion associated with the components of the mixture but permit the possibility of mass conversion of the phases. As a consequence of the analysis, we are able to show that the reaction (source) term in the mass balance equation leads to the Laplace operator that appears in the Allen-Cahn model and that this term is not related to a diffusive process. This study is complementary to that by Heida et al. (Zeitschrift fr Angewandte Mathematik und Physik (ZAMP) 63, 145-169, 2012), where we neglected mass conversion of the species but considered mass diffusion effects and derived the constitutive equations for diffusive mass flux (the framework suitable for capturing other interface phenomena such as capillarity and for generalizing the Cahn-Hilliard and Lowengrub-Truskinovsky models). 2012 Springer Basel AG.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Heida, M., Malek, J., & Rajagopal, K. R.

citation count

  • 14

complete list of authors

  • Heida, Martin||Malek, Josef||Rajagopal, KR

publication date

  • August 2012