TY - JOUR

T1 - Vanishing viscosity and backward Euler approximations for conservation laws with discontinuous flux

AU - Guerra, Graziano

AU - Shen, Wen

N1 - Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

PY - 2019

Y1 - 2019

N2 - Solutions to a class of one-dimensional conservation laws with discontinuous flux are constructed relying on the Crandall-Liggett theory of nonlinear contractive semigroups [H. Br\'ezis and A. Pazy, J. Functional Analysis, 9 (1972), pp. 63-74, M. G. Crandall and T. M. Liggett, Amer. J. Math., 93 (1971), pp. 265-298], with a vanishing viscosity approach. The solutions to the corresponding viscous conservation laws are studied using the backward Euler approximations. We prove their convergence to a unique vanishing viscosity solution to the Cauchy problem for the nonviscous equations as the viscous parameter tends to zero. This approach allows us to avoid the technicalities in existing literature, such as traces, Riemann problems, interface conditions, compensated compactness and entropy inequalities. Consequently, we establish our result under very mild assumptions on the flux, with only a requirement on the smoothness with respect to the unknown variable and a condition that allows the application of the maximum principle.

AB - Solutions to a class of one-dimensional conservation laws with discontinuous flux are constructed relying on the Crandall-Liggett theory of nonlinear contractive semigroups [H. Br\'ezis and A. Pazy, J. Functional Analysis, 9 (1972), pp. 63-74, M. G. Crandall and T. M. Liggett, Amer. J. Math., 93 (1971), pp. 265-298], with a vanishing viscosity approach. The solutions to the corresponding viscous conservation laws are studied using the backward Euler approximations. We prove their convergence to a unique vanishing viscosity solution to the Cauchy problem for the nonviscous equations as the viscous parameter tends to zero. This approach allows us to avoid the technicalities in existing literature, such as traces, Riemann problems, interface conditions, compensated compactness and entropy inequalities. Consequently, we establish our result under very mild assumptions on the flux, with only a requirement on the smoothness with respect to the unknown variable and a condition that allows the application of the maximum principle.

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U2 - 10.1137/18M1205662

DO - 10.1137/18M1205662

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:85075504888

SN - 0036-1410

VL - 51

SP - 3112

EP - 3144

JO - SIAM Journal on Mathematical Analysis

JF - SIAM Journal on Mathematical Analysis

IS - 4

ER -