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Global solutions of the free boundary problem for the compressible Navier-Stokes equations with density-dependent viscosity

• A free boundary problem is investigated for viscous, compressible, heat-conducting, one-dimensional real gas with general large initial data. More precisely, the viscosity is assumed to be $\mu(\rho)=\rho^{\lambda}(\lambda>0)$, where $\rho$ is the density of the gas, and there is nonlinear dependence upon the density and temperature for the equations of state which are different from the linear dependence of perfect gas. It is also proved that no shock wave, vacuum, mass or heat concentration will be developed in a finite time and that the free boundary (interface) separating the gas and vacuum expands at a finite velocity.
Mathematics Subject Classification: Primary: 76N10, 76D05; Secondary: 76N15.

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