Energy-based regularity criteria for the Navier-Stokes equations

Reinhard Farwig*, Hideo Kozono, Hermann Sohr

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We present several new regularity criteria for weak solutions u of the instationary Navier-Stokes system which additionally satisfy the strong energy inequality. (i) If the kinetic energy 1/2|u(t)\|22 is Hölder continuous as a function of time t with Hölder exponent α in (1/2, 1), then u is regular. (ii) If for some α in (1/2, 1) the dissipation energy satisfies the left-side condition lim rm inf δrightarrow 01δα int-δt∇ u 22dτ <∞ for all t of the given time interval, then u is regular. The proofs use local regularity results which are based on the theory of very weak solutions, see [1], [4], and on uniqueness arguments for weak solutions. Finally, in the last section we mention a local space-time regularity condition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)428-442
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Mathematical Fluid Mechanics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Oct
Externally publishedYes


  • Energy inequality
  • Instationary Navier-Stokes equations
  • Local in time regularity
  • Serrin's condition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematical Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


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