Hybrid Finite-Volume/Finite-Element Schemes for p(x)-Laplace Thermistor Models

  • Jürgen Fuhrmann
  • Annegret Glitzky
  • Matthias Liero
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Mathematics & Statistics book series (PROMS, volume 200)


We introduce an empirical PDE model for the electrothermal description of organic semiconductor devices by means of current and heat flow. The current flow equation is of p(x)-Laplace type, where the piecewise constant exponent p(x) takes the non-Ohmic behavior of the organic layers into account. Moreover, the electrical conductivity contains an Arrhenius-type temperature law. We present a hybrid finite-volume/finite-element discretization scheme for the coupled system, discuss a favorite discretization of the p(x)-Laplacian at hetero interfaces, and explain how path following methods are applied to simulate S-shaped current-voltage relations resulting from the interplay of self-heating and heat flow.


Finite volume scheme p(x)-Laplace thermistor model Path following 

MSC (2010):

65M08 35J92 35G60 35Q79 80M12 80A20 



A.G. and M.L. gratefully acknowledge the funding received via Research Center Matheon supported by ECMath in project D-SE2.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jürgen Fuhrmann
    • 1
  • Annegret Glitzky
    • 1
  • Matthias Liero
    • 1
  1. 1.Weierstrass InstituteBerlinGermany

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