Qualitative Properites of Steady-State Poisson-Nernst-Planck Systems: Perturbation and Simulation Study

by: V. Barcilon, D.-P. Chen, R.S. Eisenberg, and J.W. Jerome

Poisson-Nernst-Planck (PNP) systems are considered in the case of vanishing permanent charge. A detailed case study, based on natural categories described by system boundary conditions and flux, is carried out via simulation and singular perturbation analysis. Our results confirm the rich structure inherent in these systems. A natural quantity, the quotient of the Debye and characteristic length scales, serves as the singular perturbation parameter. The regions of validity are carefully analyzed by critical comparisons and contrasts between the simulation and the perturbation solution, which can be represented in closed form.
This paper has appeared: SIAM J. Appl. Math. 57 (1997), 631--648. This paper can be viewed in the following format: