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# The Perturbed Riemann Problem for Special Keyfitz-Kranzer System with Three Piecewise Constant States

**Academic Editor:**Pavel Kurasov

#### Abstract

The Riemann problem for a special Keyfitz-Kranzer system is investigated and then seven different Riemann solutions are constructed. When the initial data are chosen as three piecewise constant states under suitable assumptions, the global solutions to the perturbed Riemann problem are constructed explicitly by studying all occurring wave interactions in detail. Furthermore, the stabilities of solutions are obtained under the specific small perturbations of Riemann initial data.

#### 1. Introduction

The Keyfitz-Kranzer system is a pair of conservation laws in the following form [1]:in which is a given function. System (1) arises as a model for the stretched elastic string to describe the propagation of forward longitudinal and transverse waves [1, 2]. It is also used to illustrate certain features of the solar wind in magnetohydrodynamics [3, 4]. Furthermore, it is usually assumed that is a function of , where , which is called the symmetric Keyfitz-Kranzer system and thus widely investigated such as in [3, 5]. Thus, system (1) was also taken as an example for a nonstrictly hyperbolic system of conservation laws. In addition, it should be pointed out that the nonsymmetric Keyfitz-Kranzer systemhas also been proposed and widely investigated in [6–8]; also see [9, 10] about the Riemann problem for some special forms of system (2).

Recently, it has been assumed in [11], where is a function of , that system (1) can be simplified into the formOne may also see [12] where is a function of . It is easily shown that system (3) owns two eigenvalues and ; thus system (3) is also nonstrictly hyperbolic. More precisely, the characteristic field associated with is linearly degenerate and the characteristic field associated with is genuinely nonlinear when or otherwise linearly degenerate when . In order to ensure , the assumptions , , and were made and then the delta shock wave was captured in [11]. In the present paper, we give up the assumption and want to discover some new interesting nonlinear phenomena. More precisely, we take the detailed example , such that system (3) is simplified intoin which and are two given positive constants, which enable us to deal with system (4) in completely explicit forms.

It is easily shown that system (4) has two eigenvalues and ; thus we can deduce that for and otherwise for . It is easy to see that the special form (4) of the Keyfitz-Kranzer system (1) is also nonstrictly hyperbolic in the quarter phase plane. One of the main features of system (4) lies in that the shock curves have the same representation with the rarefaction ones for the -characteristic family in the quarter phase plane thanks to the special form of system (4), which belongs to the so-called Temple class for some hyperbolic systems of conservation laws [13, 14]. Compared with general hyperbolic systems of conservation laws, the well-posed result for Temple class may be achieved in a more general sense of initial data.

In this paper, we want to construct the global solutions to the particular Cauchy problem for system (4) in fully explicit forms when the three piecewise constant states are taken for the initial conditions as follows:in which is arbitrarily small. This type of initial data (5) has been widely used to study the wave interaction problem [15–17] for different hyperbolic systems of conservation laws. It is worthwhile to notice that the initial data (5) may be regarded as a special small perturbation of the corresponding Riemann initial dataThus, the particular Cauchy problem (4) and (5) is usually called the perturbed Riemann problem (or the double Riemann problems) in literature.

The first task of this paper is to construct the solutions to the Riemann problem (4) and (6) when the Riemann initial data (6) lie in the quarter phase plane. More precisely, we find seven different combinations for the solutions to the Riemann problem (4) and (6) according to the choices of Riemann initial data (6). In particular, some composite waves are needed be introduced in the constructions of Riemann solutions. The second task of this paper is to construct the global solutions to the perturbed Riemann problem (4) and (5), which is essential to study various possible interactions of elementary waves for system (4). For simplicity, we restrict ourselves to consider the situation that the condition is satisfied for the initial data (5). Under this assumption, the global solutions to the perturbed Riemann problem (4) and (5) are constructed in fully explicit forms by studying all the wave interactions appearing in the construction processes of solutions. Furthermore, we can see that the solutions of the Riemann problem (4) and (6) are stable under the particular small perturbation (5) of Riemann initial data (6) when the limit is taken in the solutions. In addition, it should be pointed out that the wave interaction problem for the Temple class has been widely investigated recently, such as for the Aw-Rascle model [18, 19], the Chaplygin gas model [20–23], and the chromatography model [24–28].

The paper is organized in the following way. In Section 2, the Riemann problem (4) and (6) is investigated and the Riemann solutions are constructed for seven different cases. In Section 3, under the suitable assumptions, the global solutions to the perturbed Riemann problem (4) and (5) are constructed in fully explicit forms by investigating all appearing wave interactions when the initial data are taken to be three piecewise constant states. In the end, the stability of Riemann solutions is analyzed with respect to the specific small perturbations (5) of the Riemann initial data (6).

#### 2. The Riemann Problem for the Special Keyfitz-Kranzer System (4)

In this section, we are devoted to investigating the Riemann problem for system (4) associated with the Riemann initial data (6). Let us see, for example, [1, 3, 11, 12] about the related Riemann problem for system (4). We can also refer to [15, 29] for the general knowledge about the Riemann problem for hyperbolic systems of conservation laws.

By a simple calculation, it is obtained that there are two eigenvalues for system (4) as follows:We have for ; otherwise we have for . Thus, system (4) is nonstrictly hyperbolic in the quarter phase plane . The corresponding right eigenvectors for system (4) are given, respectively, byIt is easy to get and , in which . The characteristic field is genuinely nonlinear for provided that and is always linear degeneracy for . The waves associated with the first characteristic field will be either shock waves (denoted by ) or rarefaction waves (denoted by ), which are determined by the choice of initial data. The waves associated with the second characteristic field are always contact discontinuities (denoted by ).

For the Riemann problem (4) and (6), it is invariant under uniform stretching of coordinates: with , such that we may consider solutions in the self-similar formBy carrying out the self-similar transformation , the Riemann problem (4) and (6) may be reformulated as the ordinary different equationsassociated with the boundary values at infinity .

For smooth solutions, (10) is equivalent toIt means either constant state or singular solution, which is a wave of the first characteristic family,or a wave of the second characteristic family,For the given left state , by integrating (12), the contact discontinuity curves in the quarter phase plane, which are the state set that can be connected on the right by a contact discontinuity, are as follows:Similarly, by integrating (13), the rarefaction wave curves in the quarter phase plane, which are the state set that can be connected on the right by a rarefaction wave, are as follows:

On the other hand, for a bounded discontinuity at , the Rankine-Hugoniot conditions readin which is the propagation speed of the discontinuity and is the jump across the discontinuity with and . When the two states can be connected by only one discontinuous wave directly, by solving (16), one can see if it is a contact discontinuity corresponding to a wave of the first characteristic family; then they should satisfyOtherwise, if it is a shock wave corresponding to a wave of the second characteristic family, then they should satisfyin which the entropy condition is taken into account.

Using these elementary waves, we are now in a position to construct the solutions to the Riemann problem (4) and (6) by the analysis method in the quarter phase plane. It can be seen from (14), (15), (17), and (18) that if the Riemann initial data (6) satisfy or , then the Riemann solution contains only a single wave. For the other situations, we can construct the following seven different combinations for the solutions to the Riemann problem (4) and (6) according to the choices of Riemann initial data (6).

(1) When , the solution can be expressed by the symbol (see Figure 1), which is given byThe symbol is used to stand for a shock wave followed by a contact discontinuity . In what follows, similar symbols are also used and not explained again without confusion. Here and below, the symbol is used to indicate the propagation speed of the shock wave and is used to indicate the propagation speed of the contact discontinuity.

(2) When , the solution is (see Figure 2) in the form

(3) When , the solution is (see Figure 3) given byin which the propagation speed of the contact discontinuity is and the propagation speed of the shock wave is also .

(4) When , the solution is (see Figure 4) in the form

(5) When , the solution can be expressed by a composite wave (see Figure 5), which is given by

(6) When and , we can also construct the solution (see Figure 6) in the formIt can be calculated from (7) thatIn view of and , it can be concluded that the entropy condition should obeywhich implies that the shock wave is a 1-shock wave.

(7) When and , the solution is (see Figure 7) which is given byIt follows from (7) thatBased on and , it can be checked that the entropy condition should satisfywhich implies that the shock wave is a 2-shock wave.

It can be concluded from the above discussions that the solutions to the Riemann problem (4) and (6) can be constructed completely when the Riemann initial data (6) lie in the quarter phase plane. It is obvious to see that if we give up the assumptions , , and in system (3), then the Riemann solutions are also changed and different from each other.

#### 3. Construction of Global Solutions to the Perturbed Riemann Problem (4) and (5)

In this section, we are dedicated to the constructions of global solutions to the perturbed Riemann problem (4) and (5). In this paper, for simplicity, we restrict ourselves only to consider the situation that the condition is satisfied for the initial data (5). Under the above assumption, the wave interaction problems are investigated by employing the method of characteristics and then the global solutions to the perturbed Riemann problem (4) and (5) are constructed in fully explicit forms.

*Case 1 ( and ). *We first consider the situation that each of the Riemann solutions originating from the initial points and is a contact discontinuity followed by a shock wave, respectively. This case arises when the condition is satisfied. In this case, when the time is sufficiently small, the solution to the perturbed Riemann problem (4) and (5) can be represented as (see Figure 8)The intermediate states and may be given, respectively, byFirst of all, we have the following lemma to describe the interaction between the shock wave and the contact discontinuity .

Lemma 1. *The shock wave keeps up with the contact discontinuity in finite time and then the interaction between and happens. After the interaction, on the one hand, the contact discontinuity when across the shock wave is parallel to the contact discontinuity . On the other hand, the shock wave cannot change its direction when it passes through the contact discontinuity .*

*Proof. *The speeds of and can be calculated, respectively, byWe can easily getwhich means that . That is to say, the shock wave meets in finite time. The intersection is determined bywhich enables us to gainThe interaction between and happens at the point , such that we can get a new Riemann problem with the initial date and again. It can be deduced from that the Riemann solution is a new contact discontinuity denoted by followed by a new shock wave denoted by originating from the point . The intermediate state between and is given byThe propagation speeds of and can be computed, respectively, byThat is to say, the contact discontinuities and are parallel and the shock wave cannot change its direction when it passes through the contact discontinuity.

Consequently, we consider the coalescence of two shock waves and belonging to the same family.

Lemma 2. *The two shock waves and merge into a new shock wave denoted by .*

*Proof. *The propagation speed of iswhich together with (38) yieldswhich means that catches up with in finite time. The intersection is determined bywhich yieldsWe can see from the phase plane in Figure 8 that the two states and can be connected by a shock wave directly, for the reason that it follows from (36) that . It means that the two shock waves and merge into a new shock wave which is denoted by whose propagation speed isIt is easy to get . In other words, the propagation speed of is between those of and . The proof is completed.

*Case 2 ( and ). *In this case, we investigate the situation that the Riemann solution is a contact discontinuity followed by a shock wave originating from the point and a contact discontinuity followed by a rarefaction wave originating from the point when the initial data (5) need to satisfy both and . When is small enough, the solution of the perturbed Riemann problem (4) and (5) may be expressed in the symbol (see Figures 9 and 10):The intermediate states , , and have the same expressions as those in Case 1. As in Case 1, collides with at the point which is given by the same formula (35). Similarly, a new local Riemann problem is generated at the point with the left state and the right state , which gives rise to a contact discontinuity denoted by and a shock wave denoted by . The propagation speeds of and can also be calculated by the formulae (37) and (38), such that we have and . Now, we need to deal with the situation that the shock wave penetrates the rarefaction wave .

Lemma 3. *The shock wave overtakes the wave back of the rarefaction wave in finite time. More precisely, if , then is able to cancel the whole thoroughly (see Figure 9). Otherwise, if , then passes through incompletely and has the line in as its asymptote (see Figure 10).*

*Proof. *The propagation speeds of and the wave back of are calculated, respectively, bysuch that we haveIt means that overtakes the wave back of in finite time. The intersection is computed bywhich enables us to haveAfter the time , begins to penetrate with a varying propagation speed since it has a rarefaction wave on its right. During the process of penetration, the shock wave is denoted by which can be calculated byin which we have and varies from to . We can getand by differentiating (50) with respect to twice, we haveIt means that begins to accelerate during the process of penetration. Now, there exist two possible situations to happen which depend on the relation between and .

(1) If , then is able to cancel completely and ends at the point (see Figure 9) which is given bywhich enables us to getThe shock wave is denoted by when it penetrates completely, whose propagation speed is(2) Otherwise, if , then cannot cancel completely and has the line in as its asymptote (see Figure 10).

*Case 3 ( and ). *In this case, we consider that the Riemann solution originating from the point is a contact discontinuity followed by a rarefaction wave and the Riemann solution originating from the point is a contact discontinuity followed by a shock wave when the initial data (5) need to satisfy both and (see Figures 11 and 12). When is small enough, the solution of the Riemann problem (4) and (5) may be displayed in the symbol form (see Figure 11):The intermediate states and are given, respectively, by

Lemma 4. *The wave front of collides with the contact discontinuity in finite time. Consequently, on the one hand, the contact discontinuity penetrates the rarefaction wave completely. On the other hand, the rarefaction wave also passes through the contact discontinuity without changing its direction.*

*Proof. *The propagation speeds of the wave front and can be computed, respectively, byWe can getIt means that the wave front of overtakes at a point which can be calculated bywhich yieldsAfter the time , the contact discontinuity begins to penetrate the rarefaction wave . During the process of penetration, it is denoted by which can be calculated byin which varies from to . We can getBy differentiating (62) with respect to twice, we haveIt means that begins to decelerate during the process of penetration. It is clear that is able to cancel completely and ends at the point which is given bysuch that we haveAt the same time, the rarefaction wave also passes through the contact discontinuity without changing its direction and is denoted by after penetration, for the reason that the state variable cannot change and only the state variable changes during the process of penetration.

The intermediate state between and can also be calculated by (36). The states and can be connected directly by a contact discontinuity denoted with for the reason that . It is clear to see that the two contact discontinuities and are parallel to each other.

Next we consider the situation that the shock wave penetrates the rarefaction wave and have the following lemma to describe the result.

Lemma 5. *The shock wave can overtake the wave front of the rarefaction wave in finite time. More precisely, if , then can cancel the whole thoroughly (see Figure 11). Otherwise, if , then penetrates incompletely and finally has the line in as its asymptote (see Figure 12).*

*Proof. *The propagation speeds of and those of the wave front in the rarefaction wave can be computed, respectively, byIt is easy to calculatewhich implies that the wave front of overtakes in finite time. The intersection is computed bysuch that we haveAfter the time , begins to penetrate with a varying speed since it has a rarefaction wave on its right. During the process of penetration, the shock wave is denoted by which can be calculated byin which varies from (=) to (=). With the similar calculation as before, we can getBy differentiating (71) with respect to twice, we haveIt means that begins to reduce the speed during the process of penetration.

As before, there also exist two possible situations to happen which depend on the relation between and .

(1) If , then can cancel completely and end at the point which is computed bysuch that we getThe shock wave is denoted by when it penetrates , whose propagation speed is .

(2) If , then cannot cancel completely and finally has the line in as its asymptote.

*Case 4 ( and ). *Finally, we consider the situation that both the Riemann solutions originating from the points and are a contact discontinuity followed by a rarefaction wave when the initial data (5) meet . When the time is small enough, the solution to the perturbed Riemann problem (4) and (5) may be represented succinctly as (see Figure 13)The calculation is similar to that in Case 3. Thus, we omit the detail and only draw Figure 13 to illustrate this case.

Up to now, the discussion for all kinds of interactions has been accomplished when the condition is required. The global solutions to the perturbed Riemann problem (4) and (5) are constructed completely in explicit forms when . Thus, we can summarize the main results in this section by the theorem below.

Theorem 6. *Under the assumption that the initial data (5) need to satisfy , the large-time asymptotic states of the global solutions to the perturbed Riemann problem (4) and (5) are identical with the corresponding ones to the Riemann problem (4) and (6). In other words, the solutions to the Riemann problem (4) and (6) can be obtained if the limits of the global solutions to the perturbed Riemann problem (4) and (5) are taken when . Thus, it turns out that the Riemann solutions are stable with respect to the specific small perturbation (5) of Riemann initial data (6) when .*

In fact, if the initial data (5) satisfy , the situation can be dealt with similarly. For the other situations, the wave interactions are very complicated for the perturbed Riemann problem (4) and (5) and thus left for our future work.

#### Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest regarding the publication of this article.

#### Acknowledgments

This work is partially supported by Shandong Provincial Natural Science Foundation (ZR2014AM024) and National Natural Science Foundation of China (11271176, 11441002).

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