Coupling techniques for nonlinear hyperbolic equations. II. Resonant interfaces with internal structure


In the first part of this series, an augmented PDE system was introduced in order to couple two nonlinear hyperbolic equations together. This formulation allowed the authors, based on Dafermos’s self-similar viscosity method, to establish the existence of self-similar solutions to the coupled Riemann problem. We continue here this analysis in the restricted case of one-dimensional scalar equations and investigate the internal structure of the interface in order to derive a selection criterion associated with the underlying regularization mechanism and, in turn, to characterize the nonconservative interface layer. In addition, we identify a new criterion that selects double-waved solutions that are also continuous at the interface. We conclude by providing some evidence that such solutions can be non-unique when dealing with non-convex flux-functions.

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