Asymptotic behavior of a parabolichyperbolic system
M. Grasselli  Dipartimento di Matematica "F. Brioschi", Politecnico di Milano, I20133 Milano, Italy (email) Abstract: We consider a parabolic equation nonlinearly coupled with a damped semilinear wave equation. This system describes the evolution of the relative temperature $\vartheta$ and of the order parameter $\chi$ in a material subject to phase transitions in the framework of phasefield theories. The hyperbolic dynamics is characterized by the presence of the inertial term $\mu\partial_{t t}\chi$ with $\mu>0$. When $\mu=0$, we reduce to the wellknown phasefield model of Caginalp type. The goal of the present paper is an asymptotic analysis from the viewpoint of infinitedimensional dynamical systems. We first prove that the model, endowed with appropriate boundary conditions, generates a strongly continuous semigroup on a suitable phasespace $\mathcal V_0$, which possesses a universal attractor $\mathcal A_\mu$. Our main result establishes that $\mathcal A_\mu$ is bounded by a constant independent of $\mu$ in a smaller phasespace $\mathcal V_1$. This bound allows us to show that the lifting $\mathcal A_0$ of the universal attractor of the parabolic system (corresponding to $\mu=0$) is upper semicontinuous at $0$ with respect to the family $\{\mathcal A_\mu,\mu>0\}$. We also construct an exponential attractor; that is, a set of finite fractal dimension attracting all the trajectories exponentially fast with respect to the distance in $\mathcal V_0$. The existence of an exponential attractor is obtained in the case $\mu=0$ as well. Finally, a noteworthy consequence is that the above results also hold for the damped semilinear wave equation, which is obtained as a particular case of our system when the coupling term vanishes. This provides a generalization of a number of theorems proved in the last two decades.
Keywords: Phasefield models, absorbing sets, universal attractors, upper semi
continuity, exponential attractors, damped semilinear wave equation.
Received: December 2003; Revised: June 2004; Published: September 2004. 
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