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

Graziano Guerra, Wen Shen

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3112-3144
Number of pages33
JournalSIAM Journal on Mathematical Analysis
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analysis
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics

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