Temperature-dependent surface diffusion near a grain boundary
Metal surface evolution is described by a nonlinear fourth-order partial differential equation for curvature-driven flow. The standard boundary conditions for grain-boundary grooving, at a grain–grain–fluid triple intersection, involve a prescribed slope at the groove axis. The well-known similarity reduction is no longer valid when the dihedral angle and surface diffusivity depend on time due to variation of the surface temperature. We adapt a nonlinear fourth-order model that can be discerned from symmetry analysis to be integrable, equivalent to the fourth-order linear diffusion equation. The connection between classical symmetries and separation of variables allows us to develop the correction to the self-similar approximation as a power series in a time-like variable.
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