Characteristic decompositions and interactions of rarefaction waves of 2-D Euler equations

Jiequan Li, Zhicheng Yang, Yuxi Zheng

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This paper is concerned with classical solutions to the interaction of two arbitrary planar rarefaction waves for the self-similar Euler equations in two space dimensions. We develop the direct approach, started in Chen and Zheng (in press) [3], to the problem to recover all the properties of the solutions obtained via the hodograph transformation of Li and Zheng (2009) [14]. The direct approach, as opposed to the hodograph transformation, is straightforward and avoids the common difficulties of the hodograph transformation associated with simple waves and boundaries. The approach is made up of various characteristic decompositions of the self-similar Euler equations for the speed of sound and inclination angles of characteristics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)782-798
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Differential Equations
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 15 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analysis
  • Applied Mathematics


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