A non-linear integro-differential equation modelling coagulation and fragmentation is investigated using the theory of strongly continuous semigroups of operators. Under the assumptions that the coagulation kernel is bounded and the overall rate of fragmentation satisfies a linear growth condition, global existence and uniqueness of mass-conserving solutions are established. This extends similar results obtained in earlier investigations. In the case of pure fragmentation, when no coagulation occurs, a precise characterization of the generator of the associated semigroup is also obtained by using perturbation results for substochastic semigroups due to Banasiak (Taiwanese J. Math. 2001; 5: 169-191) and Voigt (Transport Theory Statist. Phys. 1987; 16: 453-466).
- semigroups of operators
- semilinear Cauchy problem