## Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations in Mathematics and Physics

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# Error Estimates for Solutions of the Semilinear Parabolic Equation in Whole Space

**Academic Editor:**Caidi Zhao

#### Abstract

This paper is focused on the error estimates for solutions of the three-dimensional semilinear parabolic equation with initial data . Employing the energy methods and Fourier analysis technique, it is proved that the error between the solution of the semilinear parabolic equation and that of linear heat equation has the behavior as .

#### 1. Introduction

In this study we consider the Cauchy problem of the following three-dimensional semilinear parabolic equation: Here . is the unknown function at the point and is the initial data.

As an important partial differential equation, the well-posedness and asymptotic behavior of solutions of semilinear parabolic equation has attracted more and more attention and many important results have been investigated (see [1–4] and references therein). The mathematical model (1) can be seen as the heat equation with damping and friction effects. From the view on the mathematics point, the nonlinear damping in (1) may increase the regularity of the weak solutions. However, it will be the main obstacle on the asymptotic behavior of the solutions to the semilinear parabolic equation (1). For the -dimensional linear heat equation The fundamental solution is and the solution of (2) is expressed as In particular, the solution of the linear heat equation (2) exhibits the following asymptotic behavior (see [5]): Compared with the behavior of heat equation (2), it is an interesting problem to consider the influence of the linear damping in the semilinear parabolic equation (1).

Motivated by the asymptotic results on some nonlinear differential equations in [6–9], in this study we will investigate the asymptotic error estimates between the solutions of both the semilinear parabolic equation (1) and the linear parabolic equation (2). Let us give an outline analysis of this question. On one hand, taking in (5), we only derive the bounds of the solution; that is, On the other hand, from the definition of weak solution for the semilinear parabolic equation (1) (see the definition in the next section), we also only get the bounds of weak solution for the semilinear parabolic equation (1) as By the direct computation, we only get the bounds of the error . It is obviously important to explore the explicit error estimates as time tends to infinity. In order to come over the main difficulty raised by the nonlinear damping , we will make full use of the Fourier analysis technique to explore the lower frequency effect of the nonlinear damping . Fortunately, we can control the nonlinear term as with This observation allows us to derive the explicit error estimates.

The remainder of this paper is organized as follows. In Section 2, we first recall some fundamental preliminaries and state our main results. In Section 3, we investigate the explicit error estimates of solutions between semilinear parabolic equation (1) and linear heat equation (2).

#### 2. Preliminaries and Main Results

In this paper, we denote by a generic positive constant which may vary from line to line.

Let be the Schwartz class of rapidly decreasing functions (refer to [10]) and given , its Fourier transformation or is defined by

with denotes the usual Lebesgue space of all integral functions associated with the norm

with denotes the fractional Sobolev space with

To state our main results, let us firstly recall the definition of the weak solutions of the semilinear parabolic equation (1) (refer to [11]).

*Definition 1. *Given , a measurable function on is called a weak solution to the semilinear parabolic equation (1) provided that(1), and ;(2)for any (3) also satisfies energy inequality

Now our results read as follows.

Theorem 2. *Suppose and is a weak solution of the Cauchy problem of the semilinear parabolic equation (1); one has
**
where is the weak solution of the linear heat equation; namely,
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with the same initial date .*

*Remark 3. *The result above seems inspiring. Since according to the estimates of the linear heat equation (16), we have only the bounds of the solution of linear equation (5); that is,
No asymptotic behavior of solution of linear equation (5) can be derived. Compared with the previous results on the time decay of the nonlinear partial differential equations models [12–15] where the initial data satisfies some additional conditions such as , at the same time, for the nonlinear parabolic equation (1) with the same initial date , the nonlinear damping term is obviously not helpful for the asymptotic behavior of the semilinear parabolic equation (1). Therefore, it seems impossible to derive the asymptotic behavior of the difference between the semilinear parabolic equation (1) and the linear heat equation (16). Fortunately, we find a new trick which is different to the estimates to deal with the nonlinear term. This trick is mainly based on the Fourier analysis which allows us to explore successfully the lower frequency of the nonlinear damping term .

#### 3. Error Estimates

We are now in a position to investigate the explicit error estimate in this section. It should be mentioned that the global existence of the nonlinear parabolic equation can be proved by the standard contraction mapping principle (refer to [16]). Hence we only prove the error estimates. To carry out this issue, we develop some new tricks which mainly borrowed the idea in [17–20]. Denote the difference , where and are the solutions of the semilinear parabolic equation (1) and the linear heat equation (16), respectively. Thus satisfies the following system: in the weak sense. It is worth noting that the following derivation should be stated rigorously for the smooth approximated solutions and then take the limits to get the results of the weak solution of the semilinear parabolic equation (18). For convenience, we directly discuss weak solutions.

Multiplying both sides of (18) with and integrating in , it follows that since where we have used the Hölder inequality and the estimates (5). Thus inserting the above inequalities into (19), one shows that Taking the Parseval inequality into consideration, it follows that

Now multiplying both sides of (22) by together with direct computation, then we have Let then

Therefore then integrating in time, one shows that In order to estimate the first term on the right hand side of (27), we take Fourier transformation to (18) the solution of the above ordinary differential equation is written as

On one hand, since is a weak solution of the semilinear parabolic equation (1) and according to the definition of weak solution and interpolation inequality, then for we have In particular, let that is,

On the other hand, since , that is, hence applying the interpolation inequality, with

Plugging the above estimates into (29), one shows that

Hence

That is, which completes the proof of Theorem 2.

#### Conflict of Interests

The author declares that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.

#### Acknowledgment

This work is partially supported by the NNSF of China with no. 11271148.

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