A phase field approach in the numerical study of the elastic bending energy for vesicle membranes

Qiang Du, Chun Liu, Xiaoqiang Wang

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Abstract

In this paper, we compute the equilibrium configurations of a vesicle membrane under elastic bending energy, with prescribed volume and surface area. A variational phase field method is developed for such a problem. Discrete finite difference approximations and numerical simulations are carried out in the axial symmetrical cases. Different energetic bifurcation phenomena are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)450-468
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Computational Physics
Volume198
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 10 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Numerical Analysis
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics

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