Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis

, Volume 135, Issue 1, pp 1–60

Wave interactions and variation estimates for self-similar zero-viscosity limits in systems of conservation laws

  • Athanasios E. Tzavaras

DOI: 10.1007/BF02198434

Cite this article as:
Tzavaras, A.E. Arch. Rational Mech. Anal. (1996) 135: 1. doi:10.1007/BF02198434


We consider the problem of self-similar zero-viscosity limits for systems ofN conservation laws. First, we give general conditions so that the resulting boundary-value problem admits solutions. The obtained existence theory covers a large class of systems, in particular the class of symmetric hyperbolic systems. Second, we show that if the system is strictly hyperbolic and the Riemann data are sufficiently close, then the resulting family of solutions is of uniformly bounded variation and oscillation. Third, we construct solutions of the Riemann problem via self-similar zero-viscosity limits and study the structure of the emerging solution and the relation of self-similar zero-viscosity limits and shock profiles. The emerging solution consists ofN wave fans separated by constant states. Each wave fan is associated with one of the characteristic fields and consists of a rarefaction, a shock, or an alternating sequence of shocks and rarefactions so that each shock adjacent to a rarefaction on one side is a contact discontinuity on that side. At shocks, the solutions of the self-similar zero-viscosity problem have the internal structure of a traveling wave.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Athanasios E. Tzavaras
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of WisconsinMadison

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