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In this paper, we focus on production network models based on ordinary and partial differential equations that are coupled to semi-Markovian failure rates for the processor capacities. This modeling approach allows for intermediate capacity states in the range of total breakdown to full capacity, where operating and down times might be arbitrarily distributed. The mathematical challenge is to combine the theory of semi-Markovian processes within the framework of conservation laws. We show the existence and uniqueness of such stochastic network solutions, present a suitable simulation method and explain the link to the common queueing theory. A variety of numerical examples emphasizes the characteristics of the proposed approach.

This article is devoted to the discussion of the boundary layer which arises from the one-dimensional parabolic elliptic type Keller-Segel system to the corresponding aggregation system on the half space case. The characteristic boundary layer is shown to be stable for small diffusion coefficients by using asymptotic analysis and detailed error estimates between the Keller-Segel solution and the approximate solution. In the end, numerical simulations for this boundary layer problem are provided.

In this paper, we illustrate how second order traffic flow models, in our case the Aw-Rascle equations, can be used to reproduce empirical observations such as the capacity drop at merges and solve related optimal control problems. To this aim, we propose a model for on-ramp junctions and derive suitable coupling conditions. These are associated to the first order Godunov scheme to numerically study the well-known capacity drop effect, where the outflow of the system is significantly below the expected maximum. Control issues such as speed and ramp meter control are also addressed in a first-discretize-then-optimize framework.

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