The macroscale boundary conditions for diffusion in a material with microscale varying diffusivities

Chen Chen, Anthony John Roberts, Judith Bunder


Homogenization and other multiscale modelling techniques empower us to build efficient mathematical models for simulating materials with complicated microstructures. However, the modelling rarely systematically derives boundary conditions for the macroscale models. We build a smooth macroscale model for a two-layer one-dimensional lattice diffusion system with rapidly varying diffusivity and finite scale separation. We derive macroscale boundary conditions for this diffusion problem. Our approach is applicable to a range of multiscale modelling problems including wave equations.


micro, macro, multiscale, boundary condition, diffusion, centre manifold theory, macroscale modelling

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ANZIAM Journal, ISSN 1446-8735, copyright Australian Mathematical Society.