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Convergence rate of solutions to the contact discontinuity for the compressible Navier-Stokes equations

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  • This paper deals with the zero dissipation limit problem for the Navier-Stokes equations when the viscosity and the heat-conductivity are of the same order. In the case when the Riemann solution of the Euler equations is piecewise constants with a contact discontinuity, we prove that there exist global solutions to the compressible Navier-Stokes equations, which converge to the in-viscid solution away from the contact discontinuity on any finite time interval, at some convergence rate as the dissipations tend towards zero. In addition, a faster convergence rate is obtained, so long as the strength of contact discontinuity $\delta=|\theta_+ -\theta_-|$ is taken suitably small.
    Mathematics Subject Classification: Primary: 35Q30,76N15; Secondary: 35L65.


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