2007, 2(1): 159-179. doi: 10.3934/nhm.2007.2.159

Conservation laws with discontinuous flux

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Dipartimento di Matematica e Applicazioni, Università di Milano Bicocca, via R. Cozzi 53 - Edificio U5, 20125 - Milano

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Istituto per le Applicazioni del Calcolo "M. Picone", IAC-CNR, Viale del Policlinico, 137, 00161, Roma

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Istituto per le Applicazioni del Calcolo "M. Picone", IAC-CNR, Viale del Policlinico 137, 00161 Roma

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Dipartimento di Matematica, Università di Roma "La Sapienza", Piazzale Aldo Moro, 5, 00185, Roma, Italy

Received  June 2006 Revised  November 2006 Published  December 2006

We consider a hyperbolic conservation law with discontinuous flux. Such a partial differential equation arises in different applications, in particular we are motivated by a model of traffic flow. We provide a new formulation in terms of Riemann Solvers. Moreover, we determine the class of Riemann Solvers which provide existence and uniqueness of the corresponding weak entropic solutions.
Citation: Mauro Garavello, Roberto Natalini, Benedetto Piccoli, Andrea Terracina. Conservation laws with discontinuous flux. Networks & Heterogeneous Media, 2007, 2 (1) : 159-179. doi: 10.3934/nhm.2007.2.159
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