The seminar will take place on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 10:00 am in K6. José Francisco Rodrigues will give a lecture “On a variational model for thick fluids”.

Abstract: In chemical engineering models, shear-thickening or dilatant fluids converge in the limit case to a class of incompressible fluids with a maximum admissible shear rate, the so-called thick fluids. These non-Newtonian fluids can be obtained, in particular, as the power limit of the shear-thickening fluids, and can be described as a class of evolution variational inequalities, in which the shear rate is bounded by a positive constant or, more generally, by a bounded positive function. It is then possible to establish the existence, uniqueness, and the continuous dependence of solutions to this general class of thick fluids with variable threshold on the absolute value of the deformation rate tensor, the solutions of which belong to a time dependent convex set. For sufficiently large viscosity, the asymptotic stabilization toward a unique steady state can also be proved.