Global Small Solutions to an MHD-Type System: The Three-Dimensional Case

Fanghua Lin, Ping Zhang

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In this paper, we consider the global well-posedness of a three-dimensional incompressible MHD type system with smooth initial data that is close to some nontrivial steady state. It is a coupled system between the Navier-Stokes equations and a free transport equation with a universal nonlinear coupling structure. The main difficulty of the proof lies in exploring the dissipative mechanism of the system due to the fact that there is a free transport equation of φ{symbol} in the coupled equations and only the horizontal derivatives of φ{symbol} is dissipative with respect to time. To achieve this, we first employ anisotropic Littlewood-Paley analysis to establish the key L1(ℝ+; Lip(ℝ3)) estimate to the third component of the velocity field. Then we prove the global well-posedness to this system by the energy method, which depends crucially on the divergence-free condition of the velocity field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)531-580
Number of pages50
JournalCommunications on Pure and Applied Mathematics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


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