Hyperbolic conservation laws with stiff reaction terms of monostable type

Author:
Haitao Fan

Journal:
Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. **353** (2001), 4139-4154

MSC (2000):
Primary 35L65, 35B40, 35B25

Published electronically:
June 1, 2001

MathSciNet review:
1837224

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In this paper the zero reaction limit of the hyperbolic conservation law with stiff source term of monostable type

is studied. Solutions of Cauchy problems of the above equation with initial value are proved to converge, as , to piecewise constant functions. The constants are separated by either shocks determined by the Rankine-Hugoniot jump condition, or a non-shock jump discontinuity that moves with speed . The analytic tool used is the method of generalized characteristics. Sufficient conditions for the existence and non-existence of traveling waves of the above system with viscosity regularization are given. The reason for the failure to capture the correct shock speed by first order shock capturing schemes when underresolving is found to originate from the behavior of traveling waves of the above system with viscosity regularization.

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**Haitao Fan**

Affiliation:
Department of Mathematics, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. 20057

Email:
fan@math.georgetown.edu

DOI:
http://dx.doi.org/10.1090/S0002-9947-01-02761-1

Keywords:
Conservation law with source term,
reaction-convection-diffusion equation,
zero reaction time limit

Received by editor(s):
October 28, 1999

Received by editor(s) in revised form:
June 19, 2000

Published electronically:
June 1, 2001

Additional Notes:
Research supported in part by NSF grant No. DMS 9705732

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