Advances in Mathematical Physics
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 958120, 10 pages
Research Article

Delta Shock Waves for a Linearly Degenerate Hyperbolic System of Conservation Laws of Keyfitz-Kranzer Type

School of Mathematics and Statistics, Yunnan University, Kunming, Yunnan 650091, China

Received 6 December 2012; Revised 1 March 2013; Accepted 18 March 2013

Academic Editor: Dongho Chae

Copyright © 2013 Hongjun Cheng. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper is devoted to the study of delta shock waves for a hyperbolic system of conservation laws of Keyfitz-Kranzer type with two linearly degenerate characteristics. The Riemann problem is solved constructively. The Riemann solutions include exactly two kinds. One consists of two (or just one) contact discontinuities, while the other contains a delta shock wave. Under suitable generalized Rankine-Hugoniot relation and entropy condition, the existence and uniqueness of delta shock solution are established. These analytical results match well the numerical ones. Finally, two kinds of interactions of elementary waves are discussed.