Communications in Mathematical Physics

, Volume 230, Issue 2, pp 289–327 | Cite as

Weak Solutions of General Systems of Hyperbolic Conservation Laws

  • Tai-Ping Liu
  • Tong Yang


 In this paper, we establish the existence theory for general system of hyperbolic conservation laws and obtain the uniform L 1 boundness for the solutions. The existence theory generalizes the classical Glimm theory for systems, for which each characteristic field is either genuinely nonlinear or linearly degenerate in the sense of Lax. We construct the solutions by the Glimm scheme through the wave tracing method. One of the key elements is a new way of measuring the potential interaction of the waves of the same characteristic family involving the angle between waves. A new analysis is introduced to verify the consistency of the wave tracing procedure. The entropy functional is used to study the L 1 boundedness.


Entropy Weak Solution Potential Interaction General System Characteristic Family 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tai-Ping Liu
    • 1
  • Tong Yang
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Mathematics, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USAUS
  2. 2.Department of Mathematics, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, P.R. ChinaCN

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