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Mathematics & Statistics Colloquium: Hakima Bessaih
Time: Jan 20, 2017 (04:00 PM)
Location: Parker Hall 250



Speaker: Professor Hakima Bessaih, University of Wyoming (

Title: Homogenization of Stochastic and Heterogenous Models in Porous Media

Abstract: We study Brinkman's equations with microscale properties that are highly heterogeneous in space and time. The time variations are controlled by a stochastic particle dynamics described by a stochastic differential equation (SDE). Our main results include the derivation of macroscale equations and showing that the macroscale equations are deterministic. 

We use the asymptotic properties of the SDE and the periodicity of the Brinkman’s coefficient in the space variable to prove the convergence result. The SDE has a unique invariant measure that is ergodic and strongly mixing. The macro scale equations are derived through an averaging principle of the slow motion (fluid velocity) with respect to the fast motion (particle dynamics) and also by averaging the Brinkman's coefficient with respect to the space variable. Our results can be extended to more general nonlinear diffusion equations with heterogeneous coefficients.

Faculty host: Maggie Han

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