Transition of liesegang precipitation systems: Simulations with an adaptive grid PDE method

Paul A. Zegeling, István Lagzi, Ferenc Izsák

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The dynamics of the Liesegang type pattern formation is investigated in a centrally symmetric two-dimensional setup. According to the observations in real experiments, the qualitative change of the dynamics is exhibited for slightly different initial conditions. Two kinds of chemical mechanisms are studied; in both cases the pattern formation is described using a phase separation model including the Cahn- Hilliard equations. For the numerical simulations we make use of an adaptive grid PDE method, which successfully deals with the computationally critical cases such as steep gradients in the concentration distribution and investigation of long time behavior. The numerical simulations show a good agreement with the real experiments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)867-881
Number of pages15
JournalCommunications in Computational Physics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011



  • Adaptive grid technique
  • Liesegang phenomenon
  • Numerical simulations

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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