Global Solutions of Two-Dimensional Incompressible Viscoelastic Flows with Discontinuous Initial Data

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)372-404
Journal / PublicationCommunications on Pure and Applied Mathematics
Issue number2
Online published30 Jan 2015
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2016


The global existence of weak solutions of the incompressible viscoelastic flows in two spatial dimensions has been a longstanding open problem, and it is studied in this paper. We show global existence if the initial deformation gradient is close to the identity matrix in L2L and the initial velocity is small in L2 and bounded in Lp for some p>2. While the assumption on the initial deformation gradient is automatically satisfied for the classical Oldroyd-B model, the additional assumption on the initial velocity being bounded in Lp for some p>2 may due to techniques we employed. The smallness assumption on the L2 norm of the initial velocity is, however, natural for global well-posedness. One of the key observations in the paper is that the velocity and the " effective viscous flux" G are sufficiently regular for positive time. The regularity of G leads to a new approach for the pointwise estimate for the deformation gradient without using L bounds on the velocity gradients in spatial variables.