On the stable discretization of strongly anisotropic phase field models with applications to crystal growth


  • We dedicate this article to the memory of our colleague and friend Christof Eck (1968–2011) in recognition of his fundamental contributions to phase field models.


We introduce unconditionally stable finite element approximations for anisotropic Allen–Cahn and Cahn–Hilliard equations. These equations frequently feature in phase field models that appear in materials science. On introducing the novel fully practical finite element approximations we prove their stability and demonstrate their applicability with some numerical results.