    June  2017, 12(2): 191-215. doi: 10.3934/nhm.2017008

## Transport of measures on networks

 1 Dipartimento di Scienze di Base e Applicate per l'Ingegneria, "Sapienza" Università di Roma, Via Scarpa 16, 00161 Rome, Italy 2 Department of Mathematical Sciences "G. L. Lagrange", Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Turin, Italy

Received  October 2016 Revised  February 2017 Published  May 2017

In this paper we formulate a theory of measure-valued linear transport equations on networks. The building block of our approach is the initial and boundary-value problem for the measure-valued linear transport equation on a bounded interval, which is the prototype of an arc of the network. For this problem we give an explicit representation formula of the solution, which also considers the total mass flowing out of the interval. Then we construct the global solution on the network by gluing all the measure-valued solutions on the arcs by means of appropriate distribution rules at the vertexes. The measure-valued approach makes our framework suitable to deal with multiscale flows on networks, with the microscopic and macroscopic phases represented by Lebesgue-singular and Lebesgue-absolutely continuous measures, respectively, in time and space.

Citation: Fabio Camilli, Raul De Maio, Andrea Tosin. Transport of measures on networks. Networks & Heterogeneous Media, 2017, 12 (2) : 191-215. doi: 10.3934/nhm.2017008
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