Time-dependent obstacle problem in thermohydraulics
Takeshi Fukao - Department of Mathematics, Kyoto University of Education, Fuji 1, Fukakusa Fushimi-ku, Kyoto 612-8522, Japan (email)
Abstract: Obstacle problems, mathematical models of some nonlinear phenomena accompanying a free boundary, have been well studied. In this paper, the existence and uniqueness of a system between the obstacle problem and the Navier-Stokes equations is considered. The abstract theory for evolution equations governed by a subdifferential of the indicator functional on a time-dependent, closed, and convex set is applied to show the main theorem. $L^\infty $-estimate is an important lemma to prove the existence theorem.
Keywords: Variational inequality, Obstacle problem, Navier-Stokes equations
Received: July 2008; Revised: February 2009; Published: September 2009.