Weak-strong uniqueness for the isentropic compressible navier-stokes system

Pierre Germain

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We prove weak-strong uniqueness results for the isentropic compressible Navier-Stokes system on the torus. In other words, we give conditions on a weak solution, such as the ones built up by Lions (Compressible Models, Oxford Science, Oxford, 1998), so that it is unique. It is of fundamental importance since uniqueness of these solutions is not known in general. We present two different methods, one using relative entropy, the other one using an improved Gronwall inequality due to the author; these two approaches yield complementary results. Known weak-strong uniqueness results are improved and classical uniqueness results for this equation follow naturally.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-146
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Mathematical Fluid Mechanics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematical Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


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