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On A Model For Mass Aggregation With Maximal Size

We study a kinetic mean-field equation for a system of particles with different sizes, in which particles are allowed to coagulate only if their sizes sum up to a prescribed time-dependent value. We prove well-posedness of this model, study the existence of self-similar solutions, and analyze the large-time behavior mostly by numerical simulations. Depending on the parameter k(0), which controls the probability of coagulation, we observe two different scenarios: For k(0) > 2 there exist two self-similar solutions to the mean field equation, of which one is unstable. In numerical simulations we observe that for all initial data the rescaled solutions converge to the stable self-similar solution. For k(0) < 2, however, no self-similar behavior occurs as the solutions converge in the original variables to a limit that depends strongly on the initial data. We prove rigorously a corresponding statement for k(0) is an element of (0, 1/3). Simulations for the cross-over case k(0) = 2 are not completely conclusive, but indicate that, depending on the initial data, part of the mass evolves in a self-similar fashion whereas another part of the mass remains in the small particles.

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