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# Extinction and asymptotic behavior of solutions for nonlinear parabolic equations with variable exponent of nonlinearity

Yanchao Gao* and Wenjie Gao

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School of Mathematics, Jilin University, Changchun, 130012, P.R. China

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Boundary Value Problems 2013, 2013:164  doi:10.1186/1687-2770-2013-164

 Received: 11 March 2013 Accepted: 26 June 2013 Published: 10 July 2013

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### Abstract

The aim of this paper is to study the existence and extinction of weak solutions of the initial and boundary value problem for . First, the authors apply the method of parabolic regularization and Galerkin’s method to prove the existence of solutions to the problem mentioned and then obtain the comparison principle by arguing by contradiction. Furthermore, the authors prove that the solution vanishes in finite time and approaches 0 in norm as .

##### Keywords:
nonlinear parabolic equation; nonstandard growth condition; extinction; -Laplace operator

### 1 Introduction

Let () be a bounded simply connected domain and . Consider the following quasilinear degenerate parabolic problem:

(1.1)

where , denotes the lateral boundary of the cylinder , with the assumption that is a positive constant and the nonlinear source satisfies

(1.2)

with , , . It will be assumed throughout the paper that the exponents , are continuous in with the logarithmic module of continuity:

(1.3)

(1.4)

(1.5)

where

Model (1.1) may describe some properties of image restoration in space and time. Especially when the nonlinear source , the functions , represent a recovering image and its observed noisy image, respectively. In the case when , are fixed constants, there have been many results about the existence, uniqueness, blowing-up and so on; we refer to the bibliography [1-3]. When p, σ are functions with respect to the space variable and time variable, this problem arises from elastic mechanics, electro-rheological fluids dynamics and image processing, etc.; see [4-9].

To the best of our knowledge, there are only a few works about parabolic equations with variable exponents of nonlinearity. In [6], Chen, Levine and Rao obtained the existence and uniqueness of weak solutions with the assumption that the exponent , . In [10], we applied the method of parabolic regularization and Galerkin’s method to prove the existence of weak solutions to problem (1.1) with the assumption that , . In this paper, we generalize the results in [10]. Especially, unlike [10], we obtain the existence and uniqueness of weak solution not only in the case when , , but also in the case when , . Furthermore, we apply energy estimates and Gronwall’s inequality to obtain the extinction of solutions when the exponents and belong to different intervals; as we know such results are seldom seen for the problems with variable exponents. At the end of this paper, we prove that the solution approaches 0 in norm as by some techniques in convex analysis.

The outline of this paper is the following. In Section 2, we introduce the function spaces of Orlicz-Sobolev type, give the definition of weak solution to the problem and prove the existence of weak solutions with a method of regularization and the uniqueness of solutions by arguing by contradiction. Section 3 is devoted to the proof of the extinction of the solution obtained in Section 2. In Section 4, we get the long time asymptotic behavior of the solution.

### 2 Existence and uniqueness of weak solutions

We study the existence of weak solutions in this section. Let us introduce the Banach spaces

and denote by the dual of with respect to the inner product in .

Definition 2.1 A function is called a weak solution of problem (1.1) if for every test-function

and every , the following identity holds:

(2.1)

Following the line of the proof of Theorem 2.1 in [10,11], we have the following theorem about the existence of weak solutions.

Theorem 2.1Let the functionand the exponents, satisfy Conditions (1.2)-(1.5). If the following conditions hold:

then problem (1.1) has at least one weak solutionusatisfying.

The theorems about the uniqueness of weak solutions are as follows.

Theorem 2.2Suppose that the conditions in Theorem 2.1 are fulfilled and the following condition is satisfied:

Then the nonnegative bounded solution of problem (1.1) is unique within the class of all nonnegative bounded weak solutions.

Proof We argue by contradiction. Suppose that and are two nonnegative weak solutions of problem (1.1) and there is a such that for some , on the set and . Let

where and .

By the definition of weak solutions, pick a test-function ,

(2.2)

with .

Now, let , then we estimate , , , as follows:

(2.3)

Let us consider first the case . By virtue of the first inequality of Lemma 4.4 in [2], we get

(2.4)

According to the condition (H3), we have

and then applying Young’s inequality, we may estimate the integrand of in the following way:

(2.5)

Substituting (2.5) into , we get

(2.6)

Secondly, we consider the case , . According to the second inequality of Lemma 4.4 in [2], it is easily seen that the following inequalities hold:

(2.7)

Using Young’s inequality, we may evaluate integrand of as follows:

(2.8)

Plugging (2.8) into , we get

(2.9)

Plugging the above estimates (2.3), (2.4), (2.6) and (2.3), (2.7), (2.9) into (2.2) and dropping the nonnegative terms, we arrive at the inequality

(2.10)

with a constant independent of ε.

Noticing that , we obtain a contradiction. This means and , a.e. in . □

In the case when , following the lines of the proof of Theorem 2.2, we have the following theorem.

Theorem 2.3Suppose that the conditions in Theorem 2.1 are fulfilled and the following condition is satisfied:

Then the nonnegative solution of problem (1.1) is unique within the class of all nonnegative weak solutions.

### 3 Localization of weak solutions

In this section, we study the localization of the weak solution to problem (1.1). Namely, we study the extinction of the solution. We discuss the extinction of weak solutions in the case of and , , respectively. Our main results are the following.

Theorem 3.1Suppose that, , then any bounded nonnegative solution of problem (1.1) vanishes in finite time for any nonnegative initial dataand satisfies the following estimate:

where, , are two positive constants.

Proof In Definition 2.1, we choose u as a test-function to show

(3.1)

Applying the conditions , the inequalities and the imbedding theorem , we have

(3.2)

By (3.1), (3.2), we have

(3.3)

In (3.3), let , (), multiply (3.3) by h and apply Lebesgue’s dominated convergence theorem to show that as ,

(3.4)

By Gronwall’s inequality, we have

□

Theorem 3.2Suppose that, , , then any bounded nonnegative solution of problem (1.1) vanishes in finite time for any nonnegative initial dataand satisfies the following estimate:

where, , , are two positive constants.

Proof In Definition 2.1, we choose () as a test-function to show

(3.5)

where , . The conditions , , the inequalities and the imbedding theorem show that the following inequalities hold:

(3.6)

A similar argument as above gives that there exists a such that satisfies that

□

Remark 3.1 In the case when , , it is not clear whether any bounded nonnegative solution of problem (1.1) vanishes in finite time.

### 4 Asymptotic behavior of weak solutions

In this section, we study the asymptotic properties of the weak solution to problem (1.1). Namely, we study the long time asymptotic behavior of the solution, our main result is as follows.

Theorem 4.1Suppose that, . If the following condition is satisfied

(H4) there exists a positive continuous functionsuch that the following inequality holds:

wheresatisfies.

Then, for all, the solution to problem (1.1) satisfies

Proof Step 1. Let

then it is easy to prove that is a convex functional on .

For any and , by (δ representing Gâteaux differential) and the convexity of , we have

(4.1)

for any fixed , . Integrating inequality (4.1) with respect to τ over , we have

(4.2)

Multiplying both sides of (4.2) by , and letting , we obtain

Similarly, we have

Thus,

and hence

Choosing , , we get from the definition of solutions that

(4.3)

Step 2. We prove . According to Theorem 2.1 and (H4), we have the following conclusions:

Applying Theorem 5 in [12], we get that the set is relatively compact in , so .

Step 3. Let . Noting that , then it is easy to prove that is continuous in , so we have .

By the imbedding , Lemmas (2.1)-(2.3) in [5] and (H4), we have

that is, .

Noting that , , we have , and hence

This completes the proof of Theorem 4.1. □

### Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

### Authors’ contributions

Both authors collaborated in all the steps concerning the research and achievements presented in the final manuscript.

### Acknowledgements

The work was supported by the Natural Science Foundation of China (11271154) and by the 985 program of Jilin University. We are very grateful to the anonymous referees for their valuable suggestions that improved the article.

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