a1 Applied Mathematics Department, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany
a2 Young Scientist Lab of Mathematical Physics, Wuhan Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Academia Sinica, Wuhan, China
This paper considers the Cauchy problem for hyperbolic conservation laws arising in chromatography:
with bounded measurable initial data, where the relaxation term g(δ, u, v) converges to zero as the parameter δ > 0 tends to zero. We show that a solution of the equilibrium equation
is given by the limit of the solutions of the viscous approximation
of the original system as the dissipation ε and the relaxation δ go to zero related by δ = O(ε). The proof of convergence is obtained by a simplified method of compensated compactness , avoiding Young measures by using the weak continuity theorem (3.3) of two by two determinants.
(Received September 12 1994)