Vanishing Viscosity Solutions of Nonlinear Hyperbolic Systems
Abstract
We consider the Cauchy problem for a strictly hyperbolic, $n\times n$ system in one space dimension: $u_t+A(u)u_x=0$, assuming that the initial data has small total variation. We show that the solutions of the viscous approximations $u_t+A(u)u_x=\ve u_{xx}$ are defined globally in time and satisfy uniform BV estimates, independent of $\ve$. Moreover, they depend continuously on the initial data in the $Ł^1$ distance, with a Lipschitz constant independent of $t,\ve$. Letting $\ve\to 0$, these viscous solutions converge to a unique limit, depending Lipschitz continuously on the initial data. In the conservative case where $A=Df$ is the Jacobian of some flux function $f:\R^n\mapsto\R^n$, the vanishing viscosity limits are precisely the unique entropy weak solutions to the system of conservation laws $u_t+f(u)_x=0$.
 Publication:

arXiv Mathematics eprints
 Pub Date:
 November 2001
 arXiv:
 arXiv:math/0111321
 Bibcode:
 2001math.....11321B
 Keywords:

 Analysis of PDEs;
 35L65
 EPrint:
 99 pages, 13 figures