Volume 24, Number 1, January–March 2018
|Page(s)||377 - 399|
|Published online||19 January 2018|
a Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Revised: 7 November 2016
Accepted: 12 January 2017
The Escalator Boxcar Train (EBT) is a tool widely used in the study of balance laws motivated by structure population dynamics. This paper proves that the approximate solutions defined through the EBT converge to exact solutions. Moreover, this method is rigorously shown to be effective also in computing optimal controls. As preliminary results, the well posedness of classes of PDEs and of ODEs comprising various biological models is also obtained. A specific application to welfare policies illustrates the whole procedure.
Mathematics Subject Classification: 65M75 / 35R06 / 92D25
Key words: Escalator boxcar train / structure population model
R.M.C. was partially supported by the 2015 GNAMPA project Balance Laws in the Modeling of Physical, Biological and Industrial Processes and by the CaRiPLo project 2013-0893.
© EDP Sciences, SMAI 2018
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