Analysis of Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations

Lead Research Organisation: University of Oxford
Department Name: Mathematical Institute

Abstract

Partial differential equations (PDEs) are equations that relate the partial derivatives, usually with respect to space and time coordinates, of unknown quantities. They are ubiquitous in almost all applications of mathematics, where they provide a natural mathematical description of phenomena in the physical, natural and social sciences, often arising from fundamental conservation laws such as for mass, momentum and energy. Significant application areas include geophysics, the bio-sciences, engineering, materials science, physics and chemistry, economics and finance. Length-scales of natural phenomena modelled by PDEs range from sub-atomic to astronomical, and time-scales may range from nanoseconds to millennia. The behaviour of every material object can be modelled either by PDEs, usually at various different length- or time-scales, or by other equations for which similar techniques of analysis and computation apply. A striking example of such an object is Planet Earth itself.Linear PDEs are ones for which linear combinations of solutions are also solutions. For example, the linear wave equation models electromagnetic waves, which can be decomposed into sums of elementary waves of different frequencies, each of these elementary waves also being solutions. However, most of the PDEs that accurately model nature are nonlinear and, in general, there is no way of writing their solutions explicitly. Indeed, whether the equations have solutions, what their properties are, and how they may be computed numerically are difficult questions that can be approached only by methods of mathematical analysis. These involve, among other things, precisely specifying what is meant by a solution and the classes of functions in which solutions are sought, and establishing ways in which approximate solutions can be constructed which can be rigorously shown to converge to actual solutions. The analysis of nonlinear PDEs is thus a crucial ingredient in the understanding of the world about us.As recognized by the recent International Review of Mathematics, the analysis of nonlinear PDEs is an area of mathematics in which the UK, despite some notable experts, lags significantly behind our scientific competitors, both in quantity and overall quality. This has a serious detrimental effect on mathematics as a whole, on the scientific and other disciplines which depend on an understanding of PDEs, and on the knowledge-based economy, which in particular makes increasing use of simulations of PDEs instead of more costly or impractical alternatives such as laboratory testing.The proposal responds to the national need in this crucial research area through the formation of a forward-looking world-class research centre in Oxford, in order to provide a sharper focus for fundamental research in the field in the UK and raise the potential of its successful and durable impact within and outside mathematics. The centre will involve the whole UK research community having interests in nonlinear PDEs, for example through the formation of a national steering committee that will organize nationwide activities such as conferences and workshops.Oxford is an ideal location for such a research centre on account of an existing nucleus of high quality researchers in the field, and very strong research groups both in related areas of mathematics and across the range of disciplines that depend on the understanding of nonlinear PDEs. In addition, two-way knowledge transfer with industry will be achieved using the expertise and facilities of the internationally renowned mathematical modelling group based in OCIAM which, through successful Study Groups with Industry, has a track-record of forging strong links to numerous branches of science, industry, engineering and commerce. The university is committed to the formation of the centre and will provide a significant financial contribution, in particular upgrading one of the EPSRC-funded lectureships to a Chair

Publications

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Chrusciel P (2009) On higher dimensional black holes with Abelian isometry group in Journal of Mathematical Physics

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Chrusciel P (2011) A lower bound for the mass of axisymmetric connected black hole data sets in Classical and Quantum Gravity

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Chrusciel P (2010) On smoothness of black saturns in Journal of High Energy Physics

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Chrusciel P (2011) Ghost points in inverse scattering constructions of stationary Einstein metrics in General Relativity and Gravitation

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Dai S (2010) Crossover in coarsening rates for the monopole approximation of the Mullins-Sekerka model with kinetic drag in Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh: Section A Mathematics

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Deng X (2011) Global solutions of shock reflection by wedges for the nonlinear wave equation in Chinese Annals of Mathematics, Series B

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Dolzmann G (2012) BMO and uniform estimates for multi-well problems in Manuscripta Mathematica

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Duzaar F (2007) The existence of regular boundary points for non-linear elliptic systems in Journal für die reine und angewandte Mathematik (Crelles Journal)

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Figueroa L (2012) Greedy Approximation of High-Dimensional Ornstein-Uhlenbeck Operators in Foundations of Computational Mathematics

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Giannoulis J (2008) Lagrangian and Hamiltonian two-scale reduction in Journal of Mathematical Physics

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Helmers M (2012) Kinks in two-phase lipid bilayer membranes in Calculus of Variations and Partial Differential Equations

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HELMERS M (2011) SNAPPING ELASTIC CURVES AS A ONE-DIMENSIONAL ANALOGUE OF TWO-COMPONENT LIPID BILAYERS in Mathematical Models and Methods in Applied Sciences

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Herrmann M (2010) Action Minimising Fronts in General FPU-type Chains in Journal of Nonlinear Science

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Herrmann M (2011) On selection criteria for problems with moving inhomogeneities in Continuum Mechanics and Thermodynamics

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HERRMANN M (2012) OSCILLATORY WAVES IN DISCRETE SCALAR CONSERVATION LAWS in Mathematical Models and Methods in Applied Sciences

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Herrmann M (2009) Self-similar solutions for the LSW model with encounters in Journal of Differential Equations

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Hudson T (2015) Analysis of Stable Screw Dislocation Configurations in an Antiplane Lattice Model in SIAM Journal on Mathematical Analysis

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Hudson T (2014) Existence and Stability of a Screw Dislocation under Anti-Plane Deformation in Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis

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Iyer G (2012) Coercivity and stability results for an extended Navier-Stokes system in Journal of Mathematical Physics

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Jones GW (2010) Modelling apical constriction in epithelia using elastic shell theory. in Biomechanics and modeling in mechanobiology

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Kirchheim B (2011) Automatic convexity of rank-1 convex functions in Comptes Rendus Mathematique

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Knezevic D (2009) A heterogeneous alternating-direction method for a micro-macro dilute polymeric fluid model in ESAIM: Mathematical Modelling and Numerical Analysis

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Knezevic D (2008) Spectral Galerkin approximation of Fokker-Planck equations with unbounded drift in ESAIM: Mathematical Modelling and Numerical Analysis

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Kristensen J (2010) Boundary Regularity in Variational Problems in Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis

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Kristensen J (2010) Characterization of Generalized Gradient Young Measures Generated by Sequences in W1,1 and BV in Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis

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Kristensen J (2009) Relaxation of signed integral functionals in BV in Calculus of Variations and Partial Differential Equations

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Kristensen J (2008) Boundary regularity of minima in Rendiconti Lincei - Matematica e Applicazioni

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Kristensen J (2008) Regularity in oscillatory nonlinear elliptic systems in Mathematische Zeitschrift

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Kurzke M (2009) Dynamics for Ginzburg-Landau vortices under a mixed flow in Indiana University Mathematics Journal

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LANGWALLNER B (2011) EXISTENCE AND CONVERGENCE RESULTS FOR THE GALERKIN APPROXIMATION OF AN ELECTRONIC DENSITY FUNCTIONAL in Mathematical Models and Methods in Applied Sciences

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LARSEN C (2012) EXISTENCE OF SOLUTIONS TO A REGULARIZED MODEL OF DYNAMIC FRACTURE in Mathematical Models and Methods in Applied Sciences

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Luskin M (2009) An Analysis of Node-Based Cluster Summation Rules in the Quasicontinuum Method in SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis

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Majumdar A (2009) Landau-De Gennes Theory of Nematic Liquid Crystals: the Oseen-Frank Limit and Beyond in Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis

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Makridakis C (2012) Finite Element Analysis of Cauchy-Born Approximations to Atomistic Models in Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis

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Melcher C (2008) Direct approach to L p estimates in homogenization theory in Annali di Matematica Pura ed Applicata

 
Description This was a broad grant designed to help consolidate research on nonlinear partial differential equations in the UK. In particular the Oxford Centre for Nonlinear PDE was founded as a result of the grant and is now a leading international centre. As regards specific research advances, these were in various areas of applications of PDE, for example to fluid and solid mechnaics, liquid crystals, electromagnetism, and relativity.
Exploitation Route Through publications and consultation with current and former members of OxPDE.
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Chemicals,Construction,Electronics,Energy,Environment

URL https://www0.maths.ox.ac.uk/groups/oxpde
 
Description Advanced Investigator Grant
Amount € 2,006,998 (EUR)
Funding ID 291053 
Organisation European Research Council (ERC) 
Sector Public
Country Belgium
Start 04/2012 
End 03/2017