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# Approximate controllability of some nonlinear systems in Banach spaces

Nazim I Mahmudov

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Eastern Mediterranean University, via Mersin 10, Famagusta, T.R. North Cyprus, Turkey

Boundary Value Problems 2013, 2013:50  doi:10.1186/1687-2770-2013-50

 Received: 8 January 2013 Accepted: 25 February 2013 Published: 13 March 2013

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### Abstract

In this paper, abstract results concerning the approximate controllability of semilinear evolution systems in a separable reflexive Banach space are obtained. An approximate controllability result for semilinear systems is obtained by means of Schauder’s fixed-point theorem under the compactness assumption of the linear operator involved. It is also proven that the controllability of the linear system implies the controllability of the associated semilinear system. Then the obtained results are applied to derive sufficient conditions for the approximate controllability of the semilinear fractional integrodifferential equations in Banach spaces and heat equations.

### 1 Introduction

The problems of controllability of infinite dimensional nonlinear (fractional) systems were studied widely by many authors; see [1-6] and the references therein. The approximate controllability of nonlinear systems when the semigroup , , generated by A is compact has been studied by many authors. The results of Zhou [6] and Naito [7] give sufficient conditions on B with finite dimensional range or necessary and sufficient conditions based on more strict assumptions on B. Li and Yong in [8] studied the same problem assuming the approximate controllability of the associated linear system under arbitrary perturbation in . Bian [9] investigated the approximate controllability for a class of semilinear systems. For abstract nonlinear systems, Carmichael and Quinn [10] used the Banach fixed-point theorem to obtain a local exact controllability in the case of nonlinearities with small Lipschitz constants. Zhang [11] studied the local exact controllability of semilinear evolution systems. Naito [7] and Seidman [12] used Schauder’s fixed-point theorem to prove invariance of the reachable set under nonlinear perturbations. Other related abstract results were given by Lasiecka and Triggiani [13].

In recent years, controllability problems for various types of nonlinear fractional dynamical systems in infinite dimensional spaces have been considered in many publications. An extensive list of these publications focused on the complete and approximate controllability of the fractional dynamical systems can be found (see [1-5,7,9-47]). A pioneering work has been reported by Bashirov and Mahmudov [17], Dauer and Mahmudov [28] and Mahmudov [31]. Sakthivel et al.[40] studied the approximate controllability of nonlinear deterministic and stochastic evolution systems with unbounded delay in abstract spaces. Klamka [23-26] derived a set of sufficient conditions for constrained local controllability near the origin for semilinear dynamical control systems. Wang and Zhou [3] investigated the complete controllability of fractional evolution systems without assuming the compactness of characteristic solution operators. Sukavanam and Kumar [47] obtained a new set of sufficient conditions for the approximate controllability of a class of semilinear delay control systems of fractional order by using the contraction principle and Schauder’s fixed-point theorem.

Consider an abstract semilinear equation

(1)

and define the following sets:

Here Y, X are separable reflexive Banach spaces and V is a Hilbert space, , , , is a nonlinear operator, , . is the set of points Qy, where y is a solution of (1), attainable from the point . The set is the set of points Qz, where z is a solution of

(2)

reachable from . One can see that for each , the control

(3)

transfers equation (2) from to

where . It is known that if and only if

in the strong operator topology as , see [30]. Thus, the control (3) transfers system (2) from to a small neighborhood of an arbitrary point if and only if .

The same idea is now used to investigate the controllability of semilinear system (1). To do so, for each and , consider a nonlinear operator from to defined by

(4)

where

One can see that if the operator has a fixed point , then the control steers control system (1) from to

if . We prove that is close to h provided that converges strongly to zero as . Therefore, to prove the approximate controllability of (1), for each and , we have to seek for a solution of the following equation:

(5)

It is clear that the fixed points of the nonlinear operator are the solutions of nonlinear control system (5) and vice versa.

To the best of our knowledge, the approximate controllability problem for semilinear abstract systems in Banach spaces has not been investigated yet. Motivated by this consideration, in this paper we study the approximate controllability of semilinear abstract systems in Banach spaces. The approximate controllability of (1) is derived under the compactness assumption of the linear operator involved. We prove that the approximate controllability of linear system (2) implies the approximate controllability of semilinear system (1) under some assumptions. On the other hand, it is known that if the operator L is compact, then , that is, linear system (2) is not exactly controllable. Thus the analogue of this result is not true for exact controllability, that is why we investigate just the approximate controllability. Notice that a similar result for semilinear equations in Hilbert spaces was obtained by Dauer and Mahmudov [27].

In Section 2 an abstract result concerning the approximate controllability of semilinear system (1) is obtained. It is proven that the controllability of (2) implies the controllability of (1). Finally, these abstract results are applied to the approximate controllability of semilinear fractional integrodifferential equations. These equations serve as an abstract formulation of a fractional partial integrodifferential equation arising in various applications such as viscoelasticity, heat equations and many other physical phenomena.

### 2 Approximate controllability of semilinear systems

Let X be a separable reflexive Banach space and let stand for its dual space with respect to the continuous pairing . We may assume, without loss of generality, that X and are smooth and strictly convex by virtue of the renorming theorem (see, for example, [8,48]). In particular, this implies that the duality mapping J of X into given by the following relations:

is bijective, demicontinuous, i.e., continuous from X with a strong topology into with weak topology and strictly monotonic. Moreover, is also a duality mapping.

An operator is symmetric if

for all . It is easy to see that Γ is linear and continuous. Γ is nonnegative if for all .

Lemma 1[31]

For everyand, the equation

(6)

has a unique solutionand

(7)

Theorem 2[31]

Let Γ be a symmetric operator. Then the following three conditions are equivalent:

(i) Γ is positive, that is, for all nonzero.

(ii) For all, converges to zero asin the weak topology, whereis a solution of equation (6).

(iii) For all, strongly converges to zero as.

We impose the following assumptions:

(A1) is continuous and there exists such that for all .

(A2) is compact.

(A3) For all , strongly converges to zero as .

Note that the condition (A3) holds if and only if , i.e., system (2) is approximately controllable.

Definition 3 System (1) is approximately controllable if

Theorem 4Assume (A1)-(A3) hold. Then semilinear system (1) is approximate controllability.

Proof Step 1. Show that the operator has a fixed point in for all . For our convenience, let us introduce the following notation:

Assume that . Then by (7) we have

and

Thus we proved that maps into itself. On the other hand, the operator is continuous and is relatively compact. By Schauder’s fixed-point theorem, for all , has a fixed point in the ball .

Step 2. Assume . By Step 1, the operator (4) has a fixed point . So, satisfies (5) and, moreover, it follows that for all

(8)

So, is a solution of the equation

(9)

By the assumptions (A1) and (A2), the operator F is continuous bounded and L is compact. So, there exists a subsequence, still denoted by , which weakly converges to say and strongly in Y as . From (7) and strong convergence of the sequence , it is easy to see that there exists such that for all

Then we can extract a subsequence, still denoted by , such that

for some . Applying to equation (9) and taking the limit, we obtain

since Γ is positive. So, as . Now, applying to equation (9), dividing through by ε and taking the limit, we obtain

Thus , consequently . The theorem is proved. □

### 3 Fractional integrodifferential equations

The purpose of this section is to establish sufficient conditions for the approximate controllability of certain classes of abstract fractional integrodifferential equations of the form

(10)

where the state variable x takes values in a separable reflexive Banach space X; is the Caputo fractional derivative of order ; A is the infinitesimal generator of a semigroup of bounded operators on X; the control function u is given in , U is a Hilbert space; B is a bounded linear operator from U into X, and , are continuous bounded functions and .

Definition 5 The fractional integral of order α with the lower limit 0 for a function f is defined as

provided the right-hand side is pointwise defined on , where γ is the gamma function.

Definition 6 Riemann-Liouville derivative of order α with the lower limit 0 for a function can be written as

Definition 7 The Caputo derivative of order α for a function can be written as

Remark 8

(1) If , then

(2) The Caputo derivative of a constant is equal to zero.

(3) If f is an abstract function with values in X, then the integrals which appear in the above definitions are taken in Bochner’s sense.

For basic facts about fractional integrals and fractional derivatives, one can refer to [49].

In order to define the concept of a mild solution for problem (10), we associate problem (10) to the integral equation

(11)

where

and is a probability density function defined on , that is, , and .

Lemma 9[34]

For any fixed, the operatorsandare linear compact and bounded operators, i.e., for any, and.

Definition 10 A solution is said to be a mild solution of (10) if for any and the integral equation (11) is satisfied.

Let be the state value of (10) at terminal time b corresponding to the control u and the initial value . Introduce the set , which is called the reachable set of system (10) at terminal time b, its closure in X is denoted by .

Definition 11 System (10) is said to be approximately controllable on J if , that is, given an arbitrary , it is possible to steer from the point to within a distance ϵ from all points in the state space X at time b.

Consider the following linear fractional differential system:

(12)

The approximate controllability for linear fractional system (12) is a natural generalization of the approximate controllability of a linear first-order control system. It is convenient at this point to introduce the controllability operator associated with (12) as

where denotes the adjoint of B and is the adjoint of . It is straightforward that the operator is a linear bounded operator. By Theorem 2, linear fractional control system (12) is approximately controllable on if and only if for any , converges strongly to zero as .

Proposition 12If, , are compact operators and, then the operator

is compact frominto.

Proof According to the infinite dimensional version of the Ascoli-Arzela theorem, we need to show that

(i) for arbitrary , the set is relatively compact in ;

(ii) for arbitrary , there exists such that

To prove (i), fix and define for and operators from into X

Since , , is a compact operator, the operators are compact. Moreover, we have

One can estimate and as follows:

and

where we have used the equality

Consequently, in the operator norm so that is compact and (i) follows immediately.

To prove (ii), note that, for and , we have

Applying the Hölder inequality, we obtain

It is clear that as . On the other hand, the compactness of , (and consequently ), implies the continuity of , , in the uniform operator topology. Then, by the Lebesque dominated convergence theorem, as . Thus the proof of (ii), and therefore the proof of the proposition, is complete. □

Theorem 13Suppose, , is compact and. Then system (10) is approximately controllable onif the corresponding linear system is approximately controllable on.

Proof Let , , and . Define the linear operators Q, L, and the nonlinear operator F by

for , . It is easy to see that by Proposition 12 all the conditions of Theorem 4 are satisfied and (10) is approximately controllable. This completes the proof. □

### 4 Application

Consider the partial differential system of the form

(13)

where , , , , and , are continuous and uniformly bounded. Let be defined as

where , , , and let be an operator defined by with the domain

Then

where , ,  . It is known that A generates a compact semigroup , , in X and is given by

Then for implies

Now if for all n, then for all n and . Therefore, the associated linear system is approximately controllable provided that for  . Because of the compactness of the semigroup (and consequently , ) generated by A, the associated linear system of (13) is not completely controllable but it is approximately controllable. Hence, according to Theorem 13, system (13) will be approximately controllable on .

### 5 Conclusion

In this paper, abstract results concerning the approximate controllability of semilinear evolution systems in a separable reflexive Banach space are obtained. An approximate controllability result for semilinear systems is obtained by means of Schauder’s fixed-point theorem under the compactness assumption. It is also proven that the controllability of the linear system implies the controllability of the associated semilinear system. Then the obtained results are applied to derive sufficient conditions for the approximate controllability of the semilinear fractional integrodifferential equations in Banach spaces. Upon making some appropriate assumptions, by employing the ideas and techniques as in this paper, one can establish the approximate controllability results for a wide class of fractional deterministic and stochastic differential equations.

### Competing interests

The author declares that they have no competing interests.

### Acknowledgements

Dedicated to Professor Hari M Srivastava.

The author would like to thank the reviewers for their valuable comments and helpful suggestions that improved the note’s quality.

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