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Preprint 2006-018

Global conservative solutions of the generalized hyperelastic-rod wave equation

Helge Holden and Xavier Raynaud

Abstract: We prove existence of global and conservative solutions of the Cauchy problem for the nonlinear partial differential equation


where f is strictly convex or concave and g is locally uniformly Lipschitz. This includes the Camassa–Holm equation (f(u)=u2/2 and g(u)=κu+u2) as well as the hyperelastic-rod wave equation (f(u)=γu2/2 and g(u)=(3−γ)u2/2) as special cases. It is shown that the problem is well-posed for initial data in H1(R) if one includes a Radon measure that corresponds to the energy of the system with the initial data. The solution is energy preserving. Stability is proved both with respect to initial data and the functions f and g. The proof uses an equivalent reformulation of the equation in terms of Lagrangian coordinates.

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Helge Holden,
Xavier Raynaud,
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; 2006-05-19.