November  2010, 27(4): 1611-1631. doi: 10.3934/dcds.2010.27.1611

Topological properties of the weak global attractor of the three-dimensional Navier-Stokes equations

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Department of Mathematics, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843

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Instituto de Matemática, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Caixa Postal 68530, Ilha do Fundão, Rio de Janeiro, RJ 21941-909

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Department of Mathematics, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405, United States

Received  March 2010 Published  March 2010

The three-dimensional incompressible Navier-Stokes equations are considered along with its weak global attractor, which is the smallest weakly compact set which attracts all bounded sets in the weak topology of the phase space of the system (the space of square-integrable vector fields with divergence zero and appropriate periodic or no-slip boundary conditions). A number of topological properties are obtained for certain regular parts of the weak global attractor. Essentially two regular parts are considered, namely one made of points such that all weak solutions passing through it at a given initial time are strong solutions on a neighborhood of that initial time, and one made of points such that at least one weak solution passing through it at a given initial time is a strong solution on a neighborhood of that initial time. Similar topological results are obtained for the family of all trajectories in the weak global attractor.
Citation: Ciprian Foias, Ricardo Rosa, Roger Temam. Topological properties of the weak global attractor of the three-dimensional Navier-Stokes equations. Discrete & Continuous Dynamical Systems - A, 2010, 27 (4) : 1611-1631. doi: 10.3934/dcds.2010.27.1611
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