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Optimal entropy solutions for conservation laws with discontinuous flux-functions

Adimurthi, * and Mishra, Siddhartha and Gowda, Veerappa GD (2005) Optimal entropy solutions for conservation laws with discontinuous flux-functions. In: Journal of Hyperbolic Differential Equations, 2 (4). pp. 783-837.

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We deal with a single conservation law in one space dimension whose flux function is discontinuous in the space variable and we introduce a proper framework of entropy solutions. We consider a large class of fluxes, namely, fluxes of the convex-convex type and of the concave-convex (mixed) type. The alternative entropy framework that is proposed here is based on a two step approach. In the first step, infinitely many classes of entropy solutions are defined, each associated with an interface connection. We show that each of these class of entropy solutions form a contractive semigroup in $L^1$ and is hence unique. Godunov type schemes based on solutions of the Riemann problem are designed and shown to converge to each class of these entropy solutions. The second step is to choose one of these classes of solutions. This choice depends on the Physics of the problem being considered and we concentrate on the model of two-phase flows in a heterogeneous porous medium. We define an optimizationproblem on the set of admissible interface connections and show the existence of an unique optimal connection and its corresponding optimal entropy solution. The optimal entropy solution is consistent with the expected solutions for two-phase flows in heterogeneous porous media.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Journal of Hyperbolic Differential Equations
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company
Additional Information: The Copyright of this article belongs to World Scientific Publishing Company.
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Mathematics
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 08:56
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/12951

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