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Abstract and Applied Analysis
Volume 1, Issue 4, Pages 417-433

Flow invariance for perturbed nonlinear evolution equations

Fachbereich 17, Universität Paderborn, Paderborn D-33095, Germany

Received 22 November 1996

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Let X be a real Banach space, J=[0,a]R, A:D(A)X2X\ϕ an m-accretive operator and f:J×XX continuous. In this paper we obtain necessary and sufficient conditions for weak positive invariance (also called viability) of closed sets KX for the evolution system u+Auf(t,u)onJ=[0,a]. More generally, we provide conditions under which this evolution system has mild solutions satisfying time-dependent constraints u(t)K(t) on J. This result is then applied to obtain global solutions of reaction-diffusion systems with nonlinear diffusion, e.g. of type ut=ΔΦ(u)+g(u)in(0,)×Ω,Φ(u(t,))|Ω=0,u(0,)=u0 under certain assumptions on the setΩRn the function Φ(u1,,um)=(φ1(u1),,φm(um)) and g:R+mRm.