On the homogenization of oscillatory solutions to nonlinear convection-diffusion equations

Eitan Tadmor, Tamir Tassa

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We study the behavior of oscillatory solutions to convection-diffusion problems, subject to initial and forcing data with modulated oscillations. We quantify the weak convergence in W \Gamma1;1 to the 'expected' averages and obtain a sharp W \Gamma1;1 -convergence rate of order O(") -- the small scale of the modulated oscillations. Moreover, in case the solution operator of the equation is compact, this weak convergence is translated into a strong one. Examples include nonlinear conservation laws, equations with nonlinear degenerate diffusion, etc. In this context, we show how the regularizing effect built-in such compact cases smoothes out initial oscillations and, in particular, outpaces the persisting generation of oscillations due to the source term. This yields a precise description of the weakly convergent initial layer which filters out the initial oscillations and enables the strong convergence in later times.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)93-117
Number of pages25
JournalAdvances in Mathematical Sciences and Applications
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1997


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