This paper investigates the pinning and de-pinning phenomena of some evolutionary partial differential equations which arise in the modelling of the propagation of phase boundaries in materials under the combined effects of an external driving force F and an underlying heterogeneous environment. The phenomenology is the existence of pinning states - stationary solutions - for small values of F, and the appearance of genuine motion when F is above some threshold value. In the case of a periodic medium, we characterise quantitatively, near the transition regime, the scaling behaviour of the interface velocity as a function of F. The results are proved for a class of semilinear and reaction-diffusion equations.
|Number of pages||31|
|Journal||Interfaces and Free Boundaries|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|