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Journal of Applied Mathematics
Volume 2014, Article ID 101685, 16 pages
Research Article

Homogenization of Parabolic Equations with an Arbitrary Number of Scales in Both Space and Time

Department of Quality Technology and Management, Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics, Mid Sweden University, S-83125 Östersund, Sweden

Received 5 September 2013; Revised 18 December 2013; Accepted 23 December 2013; Published 24 February 2014

Academic Editor: Carlos Conca

Copyright © 2014 Liselott Flodén et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The main contribution of this paper is the homogenization of the linear parabolic equation exhibiting an arbitrary finite number of both spatial and temporal scales. We briefly recall some fundamentals of multiscale convergence and provide a characterization of multiscale limits for gradients, in an evolution setting adapted to a quite general class of well-separated scales, which we name by jointly well-separated scales (see appendix for the proof). We proceed with a weaker version of this concept called very weak multiscale convergence. We prove a compactness result with respect to this latter type for jointly well-separated scales. This is a key result for performing the homogenization of parabolic problems combining rapid spatial and temporal oscillations such as the problem above. Applying this compactness result together with a characterization of multiscale limits of sequences of gradients we carry out the homogenization procedure, where we together with the homogenized problem obtain local problems, that is, one for each spatial microscale. To illustrate the use of the obtained result, we apply it to a case with three spatial and three temporal scales with , , and .