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Li Xu, Shanshan Lou, Ruiwen Han, "Global Stability for a Semidiscrete Logistic System with Feedback Control", Discrete Dynamics in Nature and Society, vol. 2020, Article ID 3189515, 7 pages, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1155/2020/3189515
Global Stability for a Semidiscrete Logistic System with Feedback Control
In this paper, a semidiscrete logistic model with the Dirichlet boundary conditions and feedback controls is proposed. By means of the sub- and supper-solution method and eigenvalue theory, the unique positive equilibrium is proved. By constructing a suitable Lyapunov function, the global asymptomatic stability of the unique positive equilibrium is investigated. Finally, numerical simulations are presented to verify the effectiveness of the main results.
The logistic model has been widely studied; its importance arises because it describes the typical behavior of many dynamic systems modeled by nonlinear differential equations [1–5]. Applications involve different areas, including biology, mathematics, engineering, physics, and many others, to forecast and describe the dynamic changing process and trend of the matters. The standard logistic population model of single species can be described in the following form:where is the population size at the time , the intrinsic growth rate, and the carrying capacity of environment. Model (1) can also be written in the following form:
It is well known that spatial heterogeneity and dispersal play an important role in the dynamics of populations, such as the role of dispersal in the maintenance of patchiness, or spatial population variation [6–9]; then, space can be taken into account in all fundamental aspects of ecological organization. We have to notice that the motion of individuals is random and isotropic, i.e., without any preferred direction, and the individuals are also absolute ones in microscopic sense, and each isolated individual exchanges materials by diffusion with its neighbors [10, 11]. Thus, it is reasonable to consider a 1D continuous time but discrete space logistic model as follows:with the discrete Dirichlet boundary conditions,where is the diffusion coefficient, , andis discrete Laplace operator:
It is a fact that ecosystem in the real world is continuously distributed by unpredictable forces which may result into changes in the biological parameters such as survival rates . Whether the ecosystem can withstand those unpredictable forces which persist for a finite period of time is worthy of consideration from the practical interest in ecology. On the contrary, the diffusion-driven instability may emerge if the steady state solution is stable to small spatial perturbations in absence of diffusion, but unstable when diffusion is present . If the diffusion-driven instability should be avoided in some situations, and system parameters are not easy to adjust, then some other ways should be adopted to achieve the stabilization aim . There may exist a situation where the equilibrium of the dynamical model is not the desirable one (or affordable) and a smaller value of the equilibrium is required. Then, altering the model structure so as to make the population stabilize at a lower value is necessary .
In these situations, feedback control will be an effective way to alter the positions of positive equilibrium or to obtain its stability. To achieve the aim, one of the techniques used is to alter system structurally by introducing “indirect control” variables . Then, the control variables can be added into systems (3) and (4); the following continuous time but discrete space logistic model with feedback control can be obtained:with the discrete Dirichlet boundary conditions,
During the last years, many scholars did works on the continuous time Logistic model and related system with feedback controls (see, e.g., [16–22] and references cited therein). In 1992, Gopalsamy introduced a certain differential equation as a feedback control variable into the logistic models and discussed the asymptotic behavior of solutions for the model with feedback controls . The global asymptotical stability of a logistic equation with feedback control was considered by means of a method combined with the upper and lower solution technique in . In , influence of dispersal and strong Allee effect on a two-patch predator-prey model was studied and existence and stability criterion of the interior equilibrium point of the system was analyzed in presence as well as in absence of dispersal speed. Feedback control strategy was introduced into an SI epidemic model, the effect of population migration among different patches was considered, and globally asymptotically stable conditions for the unique endemic equilibrium was given by means of the method of global Lyapunov functions and results from graph theory . To the best of the authors’ knowledge, to this day, still no scholar has investigated the global asymptomatic stability of the continuous time but the discrete space logistic model with the discrete Dirichlet boundary conditions and feedback control.
The organization of this paper is as follows. In Section 2, some assumptions and preparations are given, according to the sub- and supper-solution method, and the unique positive equilibrium of systems (6) and (7) is proved. Then, the asymptotically stability of the unique positive equilibrium is proved by constructing a nonnegative Lyapunov function without the results from graph theory in Section 3. In Section 4, numerical simulations are presented to illustrate the feasibility of our main results. In Section 5, a brief discussion is given.
For our purpose, we first introduce the following lemma, which can be obtained easily by comparison theorem of ODE.
Lemma 1. Any positive solution of the inequality problemsatisfiesif .
Proof. It is clear that the solutions of systems (6) and (7) with the initial conditionsare positive for all .
Next, we prove that the solutions of systems (6) and (7) are bounded:By means of Lemma 1, . This indicates that all are uniformly ultimately bounded for .
Note that the second equation of system (6) impliesThis concludes the proof of Theorem 1.
Next, we will consider the uniqueness and existence of nontrivial positive equilibrium solutions system (6) and (7). Firstly, we list three lemmas, which will be useful to establish the main result.
Lemma 2 (see ). For eigenvalue problem,there is , and for all .
Lemma 3 (see ). Consider the following problem:where is a finite domain and defined on is a function continuous in the second variable. Suppose that (15) has a subsolution and a supersolution , with . Assume that there exists a constant such thatfor all and with , where and . Then, there exist solutions and for problem (15) such that . Moreover, any solution of (15) with satisfies .
We have the following result for the system:
Theorem 2. System (17) has a unique positive solution if .
Proof. Substituting the second equation into the equation of system (17), it follows thatThen, we only will consider the uniqueness and existence of nontrivial positive equilibrium solutions system (17) with the discrete Dirichlet boundary conditions (7).
By Theorem 1, any nonnegative and nontrivial solution of (17) must satisfy for , if is given.
For any with , we haveif holds.
Notice thatis the first eigenvalue of (6), and assume that is the corresponding positive eigenfunction. Then,For enough small if . Thus, can be regarded as a subsolution of (17). On the contrary, can be a supersolution of (17). By using Lemma 2, problem (17) has a positive solution when the condition holds.
In view of Lemma 3, we letand there exists a constant such that for , and that is smooth strictly decreasing in . On the basis of Lemma 3, problem (17) admits at most one positive solution. The proof is finished.
3. Global Stability of Positive Equilibrium
In this section, we devote ourselves to studying the global asymptotic stability of the unique positive equilibrium . By using global Lyapunov function, we derive the sufficient conditions under which the positive equilibrium is globally asymptotically stable.
Proof. LetDifferentiating along the solution of system (6) and using the equilibrium equations, we obtainSetwhere are suitable constants. Then,It is clear that , and are true. And , for , and the equality holds if and only if . We haveIf , thenand . Through proper selection of , can always hold. The proof is finished.
4. Numerical Example
In the following example, we will show the feasibility of our main results and discuss the effects of feedback controls. Taking in system (6), we obtain a model with feedback controls between two patches as follows:
Its equilibrium equations can be given as follows:which has only a unique positive equilibrium:with .
To illustrate our purposes, the parameter values are chosen as follows (the choice of parameter values is hypothetical with appropriate units and not based on data): ; then, there is only a unique positive equilibrium . It is easy to see that the conditions in Theorems 2 and 3 are verified. Dynamic behaviors of system (29) with the different initial conditions can be shown in Figure 1. The simulation can illustrate the fact that the positive equilibrium is globally asymptotically stable.
To explore clearly the dynamical behavior of system (29), we investigate the effect of diffusion parameter by keeping other parameters of the system fixed. Figure 2 exhibits in detail an interesting situation when , in which the solutions of and oscillate more obviously and converge more slowly than Figure 1. With further increase of , similar fact will emerge, as depicted in Figure 3.
To summarize, we have proposed a continuous time but the discrete space logistic model with feedback control and the discrete Dirichlet boundary conditions. By means of the sub- and supper-solution method and eigenvalue theory, the sufficient conditions of uniqueness and existence of positive steady state solution have been obtained. By constructing Lyapunov functions, global stability of the positive equilibria has been tackled. An example is worked out to illustrate the theoretical results.
It is well known that noise disturbance is unavoidable in real systems and it has an important effect on the stability of systems. And the noise, which can be used to stabilize a given unstable system or to make a system even more stable when the system is already stable, which reveals that the stochastic feedback control, can stabilize and destabilize the deterministic systems [25, 26]. Therefore, it will be interesting and challenging to investigate stabilization or destabilization of the nonlinear semidiscrete system with feedback control in our future work.
No data were used to support this study.
Conflicts of Interest
The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest regarding the publication of this paper.
This work was supported by Tianjin Municipal Education Commission Scientific Research Project of China (Grant no. 161082) and Applied Study Program (Grant nos. 171006901B, 60204, and WH18012).
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