- About this Journal ·
- Abstracting and Indexing ·
- Advance Access ·
- Aims and Scope ·
- Annual Issues ·
- Article Processing Charges ·
- Articles in Press ·
- Author Guidelines ·
- Bibliographic Information ·
- Citations to this Journal ·
- Contact Information ·
- Editorial Board ·
- Editorial Workflow ·
- Free eTOC Alerts ·
- Publication Ethics ·
- Reviewers Acknowledgment ·
- Submit a Manuscript ·
- Subscription Information ·
- Table of Contents

Journal of Function Spaces

Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 284809, 21 pages

http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/284809

## General Decay and Blow-Up of Solutions for a System of Viscoelastic Equations of Kirchhoff Type with Strong Damping

College of Mathematics and Statistics, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, Nanjing 210044, China

Received 8 May 2013; Revised 28 September 2013; Accepted 16 November 2013; Published 4 February 2014

Academic Editor: William Ziemer

Copyright © 2014 Wenjun Liu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

#### Abstract

The general decay and blow-up of solutions for a system of viscoelastic equations of Kirchhoff type with strong damping is considered. We first establish two blow-up results: one is for certain solutions with nonpositive initial energy as well as positive initial energy by exploiting the convexity technique, the other is for certain solutions with arbitrarily positive initial energy based on the method of Li and Tsai. Then, we give a decay result of global solutions by the perturbed energy method under a weaker assumption on the relaxation functions.

#### 1. Introduction

In this work, we investigate the following system of viscoelastic equations of Kirchhoff type: where is a bounded domain with smooth boundaryis a positive locally Lipschitz function, andare given functions to be specified later.

To motivate our work, let us recall some previous results regarding viscoelastic equations of Kirchhoff type. The following problem: is a model to describe the motion of deformable solids as hereditary effect is incorporated. It was first studied by Torrejón and Yong [1] who proved the existence of a weakly asymptotic stable solution for large analytical datum. Later, Muñoz Rivera [2] showed the existence of global solutions for small datum and the total energy decays to zero exponentially under some restrictions. Then, Wu and Tsai [3] treated problem (2) for and proved the global existence, decay, and blow-up with suitable conditions on initial data. They obtained the blow-up properties of local solution with small positive initial energy by the direct method of [4]. To obtain the decay result, they assumed that the nonnegative kernelfor someThis energy decay result was recently improved by Wu in [5] under a weaker condition on (i.e.,for ). For a single wave equation of Kirchhoff type without the viscoelastic term, we refer the reader to Matsuyama and Ikehata [6] and Ono [7–10].

Many results concerning local existence, global existence, decay, and blow-up of solutions for a system of wave equations of Kirchhoff type without viscoelastic terms (i.e., ) have also been extensively studied. For example, Park and Bae [11] considered the system of wave equations with nonlinear dampings forand, and showed the global existence and asymptotic behavior of solutions under some restrictions on the initial energy. Later, Benaissa and Messaoudi [12] discussed blow-up properties for negative initial energy. Recently, Wu and Tsai [13] studied the system (1) for. Under some suitable assumptions on they proved local existence of solutions by applying the Banach fixed point theorem and the blow-up of solutions by using the method of Li and Tsai in [4], where three different cases on the sign of the initial energyare considered.

In the case ofand in the presence of viscoelastic term (i.e.,), Cavalcanti et al. [14] studied the equation that was subject to a locally distributed dissipation with the same initial and boundary conditions as that of (2), and proved an exponential decay rate. This work extended the result of Zuazua [15], in which he considered (3) with and the localized linear damping. By using the piecewise multipliers method, Cavalcanti and Oquendo [16] investigated the equation with the same initial and boundary conditions as that of (2). Under the similar conditions on the relaxation functionas above, and for all , they improved the results of [14] by establishing exponential stability for exponential decay functionand linear function and polynomial stability for polynomial decay functionand nonlinear function, respectively.

Concerning blow-up results, Messaoudi [17] considered the equation He proved that any weak solution with negative initial energy blows up in finite time ifand while exists globally for any initial data in the appropriate space if This result was improved by the same author in [18] for positive initial energy under suitable conditions on , and. Recently, Liu [19] studied the equation with the same initial and boundary condition as that of (2). By virtue of convexity technique and supposing that where, he proved that the solution with nonpositive initial energy as well as positive initial energy blows up in finite time.

We should mention that the following system: was considered by Han and Wang in [20], where is a bounded domain with smooth boundary in . Under suitable assumptions on the functions , the initial data and the parameters in the above problem established local existence, global existence, and blow-up property (the initial energy). This latter blow-up result has been improved by Messaoudi and Said-Houari [21] into certain solutions with positive initial energy. Recently, Liang and Gao in [22] investigated the following problem: with the same initial and boundary conditions as that of (9). Under suitable assumptions on the functionsand certain initial data in the stable set, they proved that the decay rate of the solution energy is exponential. Conversely, for certain initial data in the unstable set, they proved that there are solutions with positive initial energy that blow up in finite time. It is also worth mentioning the work [23] in which we studied system (1). Under suitable assumptions on the functionsand certain initial conditions, we showed that the solutions are global in time and the energy decays exponentially. For other papers related to existence, uniform decay, and blow-up of solutions of nonlinear wave equations, we refer the reader to [14, 24–29] for existence and uniform decay, to [17, 30–34] for blow-up, and to [35–40] for the coupled system. To the best of our knowledge, the general decay and blow-up of solutions for systems of viscoelastic equations of Kirchhoff type with strong damping have not been well studied.

Motivated by the above mentioned research, we consider in the present work the coupled system (1) with nonzeroand nonconstant. We note that in such a coupled system case we should overcome the additional difficulties brought by the treatment of the nonlinear coupled terms. We first establish two blow-up results: one is for certain solutions with nonpositive initial energy as well as positive initial energy, the other is for certain solutions with arbitrarily positive initial energy. Then, we give a decay result of global solutions under a weaker assumption on the relaxation functions.

This paper is organized as follows. In the next section we present some assumptions, notations and known results and state the main results: Theorems 4, 5, 6, and 7. The two blow-up results, Theorems 5 and 6, are proved in Sections 3 and 4, respectively. Section 5 is devoted to the proof of the decay result—Theorem 7.

#### 2. Preliminaries and Main Result

In this section we present some assumptions, notations, and known results and state the main results. First, we make the following assumptions.(A1)is a positive locally Lipschitz function forwith the Lipschitz constantsatisfying (A2)are strictly decreasingfunctions such that (A3)There exist two positive differentiable functions and such that andsatisfies (A4)We make the following extra assumption on: where.

*Remark 1. *It is clear that (which occurs physically in the study of vibrations of damped flexible space structures in a bounded domain in) satisfies (A4) for as long as Indeed, by straightforward calculations, we obtain

Next, we introduce some notations. Consider the Hilbert spaceendowed with the inner product and the functionsand(see also [21]): whereare constants andsatisfies

One can easily verify that where

Then, we give two lemmas which will be used throughout this work.

Lemma 2 (Sobolev-Poincaré inequality [41]). *If , then
**
holds with some constant.*

Lemma 3 ([21, Lemma 3.2]). *Assume that (20) holds. Then there exists such that for any one has
*

*We now state a local existence theorem for system (1), whose proof follows the arguments in [3, 13].*

*Theorem 4. Suppose that (20), , and hold, and that and Then problem (1) has a unique local solution
for someMoreover, at least one of the following statements is valid:
*

*The energy associated with system (1) is given by
As in [5], we can get
Then we have
*

*We introduce
where is the optimal constant in (24).*

*Our first result is concerned with the blow-up for certain local solutions with nonpositive initial energy as well as positive initial energy.*

*Theorem 5. Assume that-, and (20) hold. Letbe the unique local solution to system (1). For any fixed, assuming that we can choosesatisfy
Suppose further that
where , then .*

*Our second result shows that certain local solutions with arbitrarily positive initial energy can also blow up.*

*Theorem 6. Suppose that (A1)-(A2), (A4), (20), and
hold. Assume further that and and satisfy
then the solution of problem (1) blows up at a finite timein the sense of (119) below. Moreover, the upper bounds forcan be estimated by
whereandis given in (116) below.*

*Finally, we state the general decay result. For convenience, we choose especially, and Then the energy functional , defined by (27), becomes
*

*Theorem 7. Suppose that (20),-, and hold, and that and and satisfy and
Then for each there exist two positive constantsandsuch that the energy of (1) satisfies
where.*

*To achieve general decay result we will use a Lyapunov type technique for some perturbation energy following the method introduced in [42]. This result improves the one in Li et al. [23] in which only the exponential decay rates are considered.*

*3. Blow-Up of Solutions with Initial Data in the Unstable Set*

*3. Blow-Up of Solutions with Initial Data in the Unstable Set*

*In this section, we prove a finite time blow-up result for initial data in the unstable set. We need the following lemmas.*

*Lemma 8. Suppose that (20),,, andhold. Letbe the solution of system (1). Assume further thatand
Then there exists a constantsuch that
*

*Proof. *We first note that, by (27), (24) and the definition of we have
where we have usedand
It is easy to verify that is increasing in , decreasing in , and that , as , and
whereis given in (30). Since there exists such that . Set , then from (41) we can get , which implies that .

Now we establish (40) by contradiction. First we assume that (40) is not true over then there existssuch that
By the continuity ofwe can choosesuch that
Again, the use of (41) leads to
This is impossible sincefor all .

Hence (40) is established.

*Lemma 9 (see [43, 44]). Let be a positive, twice differentiable function, which satisfies, for , the inequality
for some . If and , then there exists a time such that .*

*Proof of Theorem 5. *Assume by contradiction that the solutionis global. Then we consider defined by
where , , and are positive constants to be chosen later. Then for all . Furthermore
and, consequently,
for almost every Testing the first equation of system (1) with and the second equation of system (1) with , integrating the results over , using integration by parts, and summing up, we have
which implies
Therefore, we have
where are the functions defined by
Using the Cauchy-Schwarz inequality, we obtain

Similarly, we have
By Hlder’s inequality and Young’s inequality, we obtain
The previous inequalities imply thatfor everyUsing (53), we get
for almost every , where is the map defined by
For the fourth term on the right hand side of (59), we have
Similarly,
Combining (59), (60) with (61), we get
Since, we have
for any , inserting (63) into (62) and utilizing (27), we have
Using (29) and (A4), we have

If , that is, , we choose in (65) and small enough such that . Then by (32), we have

If , that is, , we choose and in (65). Then, we get
By (32), we have (notice that due to )
that is,
for . Therefore, from the above two inequalities and (A2), we can get
Since
by Lemma 8, there exists a constant such that
which implies
It follows from (67) and (73) that

Therefore, by (58), (66), and (74), we obtain
for almost every