an:05315157
Zbl 1173.35586
B??rger, Raimund; Garc??a, Antonio; Karlsen, Kenneth H.; Towers, John D.
Difference schemes, entropy solutions, and speedup impulse for an inhomogeneous kinematic traffic flow model
EN
Netw. Heterog. Media 3, No. 1, 1-41 (2008).
00219354
2008
j
35L65 65M06 90B20 35L45
discontinuous flux; entropy condition; driver's ride impulse; Lighthill-Whitham-Richards (LWR); first-order schemes; second-order MUSCL/Runge-Kutta versions
Authors' abstract: The classical Lighthill-Whitham-Richards (LWR) kinematic traffic model is extended to a unidirectional road on which the maximum density \(a(x)\) represents road inhomogeneities, such as variable numbers of lanes, and is allowed to vary discontinuously. The car density \(\varphi(x,t)\) is then determined by the following initial value problem for a scalar conservation law with a spatially discontinuous flux:
\[
\varphi_t+ (\varphi v(\varphi/a(x))_x= 0,\quad \varphi(x,0)= \varphi_0(x), \qquad x \in\mathbb R,\;t\in (0,T),\tag{*}
\]
where \(v(z)\) is the velocity function. We adapt to (*) a new notion of entropy solutions, which involves a Kru??kov-type entropy inequality based on a specific flux connection \((A, B)\), and which we interpret in terms of traffic flow. This concept is consistent with both the driver's ride impulse and the desire of drivers to speed up.
We prove that entropy solutions of type \((A, B)\) are unique. This solution concept also leads to simple, transparent, and unified convergence proofs for numerical schemes. Indeed, we adjust to (*) new variants of the Engquist- Osher (EO) scheme and of the Hilliges-Weidlich (HW) scheme analyzed by the authors. It is proven that the EO and HW schemes and a related Godunov scheme converge to the unique entropy solution of type \((A, B)\) of (*). For the Godunov version, this is the first rigorous convergence and well-posedness result, since no unnecessarily restrictive regularity assumptions are imposed on the solution. Numerical experiments for first-order schemes and formally second-order MUSCL/Runge-Kutta versions are presented.
Argiris I. Delis (Chania)