Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis

, Volume 149, Issue 1, pp 1–22 | Cite as

L1 Stability Estimates for n×n Conservation Laws

  • Alberto Bressan
  • Tai-Ping Liu
  • Tong Yang


. Let \(u_t+f(u)_x=0\) be a strictly hyperbolic \(n\times n\) system of conservation laws, each characteristic field being linearly degenerate or genuinely nonlinear. In this paper we explicitly define a functional \(\Phi=\Phi(u,v)\), equivalent to the \(\L^1\) distance, which is “almost decreasing” i.e., \( \Phi\big( u(t),~v(t)\big)-\Phi\big( u(s),~v(s)\big)\leq \O(\ve)\cdot (t-s)\quad\hbox{for all}~~t>s\geq 0,\) for every pair of ε-approximate solutions u, v with small total variation, generated by a wave front tracking algorithm. The small parameter ε here controls the errors in the wave speeds, the maximum size of rarefaction fronts and the total strength of all non-physical waves in u and in v. From the above estimate, it follows that front-tracking approximations converge to a unique limit solution, depending Lipschitz continuously on the initial data, in the \({\vec L}^1\) norm. This provides a new proof of the existence of the standard Riemann semigroup generated by a n×n system of conservation laws.


Wave Speed Hyperbolic System Tracking Algorithm Stability Estimate Characteristic Field 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alberto Bressan
    • 1
  • Tai-Ping Liu
    • 2
  • Tong Yang
    • 3
  1. 1.S.I.S.S.A., Trieste, ItalyIT
  2. 2.Department of Mathematics, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305-2125, USAUS
  3. 3.Department of Mathematics, City University of Hong KongHK

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