Vanishing Dissipation Limits For a Leray-alpha Magneto-Hydrodynamic Equation

  • Danielle Pham Creighton University
  • Nathan Pennington Creighton University


The Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) system of equations governs kinematic fluids that are subjected to a magnetic field. The equation is a combination of the Navier-Stokes equations and Maxwell's equations. Due to the difficulty in solving the MHD system, it has become common to study approximating modifications of the equations, including the MHD-alpha system, which regularizes the velocity field in exchange for the addition of non-linear terms. Both the kinematic and magnetic parts of the MHD-alpha system have diffusive terms which dissipate the initial energy of the system. Setting those terms equal to zero returns the Ideal MHD-alpha system, and the goal of this project is to show that solutions to the MHD-alpha system with diffusion will converge to the Ideal MHD-alpha system as the diffusion parameters are sent to zero by adapting known results for the analogous problem of determining when solutions to the Navier-Stokes equations will converge to a solution of the Euler equation.

How to Cite
PHAM, Danielle; PENNINGTON, Nathan. Vanishing Dissipation Limits For a Leray-alpha Magneto-Hydrodynamic Equation. Minnesota Journal of Undergraduate Mathematics, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 1, nov. 2018. ISSN 2378-5810. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 17 feb. 2019.