Solutions for linear conservation laws with gradient constraint

  • José Francisco Rodrigues

    FC Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Lisa Santos

    Universidade do Minho, Braga, Portugal


We consider variational inequality solutions with prescribed gradient constraints for first order linear boundary value problems. For operators with coefficients only in , we show the existence and uniqueness of the solution by using a combination of parabolic regularization with a penalization in the nonlinear diffusion coefficient. We also prove the continuous dependence of the solution with respect to the data, as well as, in a coercive case, the asymptotic stabilization as time towards the stationary solution. In a particular situation, motivated by the transported sandpile problem, we give sufficient conditions for the equivalence of the first order problem with gradient constraint with a two obstacles problem, the obstacles being the signed distances to the boundary. This equivalence, in special conditions, illustrates also the possible stabilization of the solution in finite time.

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José Francisco Rodrigues, Lisa Santos, Solutions for linear conservation laws with gradient constraint. Port. Math. 72 (2015), no. 2/3, pp. 161–192

DOI 10.4171/PM/1963