Inserted: 5 oct 2020
Last Updated: 5 oct 2020
We consider a class of nonlocal conservation laws with a second-order viscous regularization term which finds an application in modelling macroscopic traffic flow. The velocity function depends on a weighted average of the density ahead, where the averaging kernel is of exponential type. We show that, as the nonlocal reach and the viscosity parameter simultaneously tend to zero (under a suitable balance condition), the solution of the nonlocal problem converges to the entropy solution of the corresponding local conservation law. The key idea of our proof is to observe that the nonlocal term satisfies a third-order equation with diffusive and dispersive effects and to deduce a suitable energy estimate on the nonlocal term. The convergence result is then based on the compensated compactness theory.