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Homogenization of the Hele-Shaw Problem in Periodic Spatiotemporal Media



We consider the homogenization of the Hele-Shaw problem in periodic media that are inhomogeneous both in space and time. After extending the theory of viscosity solutions into this context, we show that the solutions of the inhomogeneous problem converge in the homogenization limit to the solution of a homogeneous Hele-Shaw-type problem with a general, possibly nonlinear dependence of the free boundary velocity on the gradient. Moreover, the free boundaries converge locally uniformly in Hausdorff distance.


Free Boundary Viscosity Solution Boundary Data Hausdorff Distance Comparison Principle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of Mathematical SciencesUniversity of TokyoTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Faculty of Mathematics and Physics,Institute of Science and EngineeringKanazawa UniversityKanazawaJapan

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