In this paper, a research has been done about the existence of solutions to the Dirichlet boundary value problem for -Laplacian fractional differential equations which include instantaneous and noninstantaneous impulses. Based on the critical point principle and variational method, we provide the equivalence between the classical and weak solutions of the problem, and the existence results of classical solution for our equations are established. Finally, an example is given to illustrate the major result.

1. Introduction

Fractional calculus involves arbitrary order derivatives and integration, so it plays a very important role in various fields such as physical engineering, medical image processing, mathematics, chemical engineering, and electricity. For this reason, many scholars did research on the theory of fractional differential equations continuously and have made enormous achievements; readers who are interested in these kinds of researches can refer to relevant literature (see [16] and the references therein). Of course, in the science field, an impulsive phenomenon has also been spread widely when dealing with practical problems, and it has become a very effective tool for describing changes in sudden discontinuous jumps. In addition, from the perspective of the duration of the change, impulses can be divided into instantaneous impulses and noninstantaneous impulses. The difference between them is that the duration of the instantaneous impulse continuous change is relatively short compared to the duration of the entire process, and the noninstantaneous impulse change is to keep moving from any fixed point and at a certain time interval. In [7], Agarwal et al. provide a more detailed introduction to these two impulsive differential equations. We also noticed that some experts combine the theory of fractional calculus, of noncompactness, with Sadovskii’s fixed-point theorem and even more excellent methods have obtained more and better properties for fractional order equations with impulsive conditions, which greatly promotes its development (see, for example, [815], and the references therein).

For a long time, many scholars have conducted in-depth research on instantaneous impulsive differential equations. By using fixed-point theorems, critical point theorems, and variational methods, they obtained the existence of solutions (see [1618]). But in many cases, instantaneous impulses cannot describe the development of certain dynamics. In 2013, Hernández and O’Regan first proposed the concept of noninstantaneous impulsive differential equations (see [19]). Since then, the existence of solutions to noninstantaneous impulsive problems has been gradually expanded by using some methods such as fixed-point theory and analytical semigroup theory, but the variational structure of general noninstantaneous impulsive differential equations has not received widespread attention. Among them, the existence of solutions for second-order differential equations with instantaneous and noninstantaneous impulses was investigated. Tian and Zhang obtained the existence results through the principle of variation (see [20]). In addition, it is worth noting that by using the critical point theory and variational method, Zhao et al. proved the existence and multiplicity of nontrivial solutions to the problem of nonlinear nontransient impulsive differential equations (see [21]). At the same time, some scholars have obtained the existence results of solutions for noninstantaneous impulsive differential equations by variational methods (see [2224]).

In [25], Zhang and Liu generalized linear fractional differential equations to nonlinearities on the interval and removed the restriction . By using a variational method, they considered the following Dirichlet problems with instantaneous and noninstantaneous impulse differential equations:

In [26], Zhou et al. discussed the existence of solutions for fractional differential equations of -Laplacian with instantaneous and noninstantaneous impulses. The innovation was that when , problem (2) can be regarded as problem (1), and when , it can be simplified to a more general integer order case. Finally, they got the classical solution and prove that the weak solution was equivalent to the classical solution:

Motivated by the above-mentioned work, the paper focuses on the existence of solutions for the following -Laplacian fractional differential equations with instantaneous and noninstantaneous impulses, and if , the following problem reduces to (2): where , and denote the right Riemann-Liouville fractional derivatives and left Caputo fractional derivatives. , and there exists such that is the -Laplacian function defined as , . The nonlinear functions are the derivatives of , for every . To the best of our knowledge, the instantaneous impulses start abruptly at point and the noninstantaneous impulses continue during the intervals , and

The rest of the paper is organized as follows. In Section 2, some basic knowledge and lemmas used in the latter are presented. In Section 3, we first give the equivalent form of solution of problem (3), and secondly, we establish the equivalence of the classical solution and the weak solution by using the critical point principle for the variational structure of problem (3) and finally prove the existence of solution. An illustrative example is given to show the practical usefulness of the analytical results in Section 4.

2. Preliminaries

In this section, we introduce some important definitions, lemmas, and theorems that are important to use later. For the definitions of the left and right fractional integrals and derivatives, we can refer to References [7, 23].

Definition 1 (see [26]). Let , the fractional space is defined by the closure of with the norm

Definition 2 (see [26]). Let , the fractional derivative space is a reflexive as well as separable Banach space.

Remark 3 (see [25]). Let , we define . It is obvious that the fractional derivative space is the space of functions having an -order Caputo fractional derivative and .

Proposition 4 (see [26]). Let and , then for

Proposition 5 (see [26]). Let and , for any , we have Moreover, if and , then where .

Proposition 6 (see [26]). Let , the space is compactly embedded in .

Proposition 7 (see [26]). Let , and :

Definition 8. A function is a classical solution of problem (3) if satisfies the conditions of problem (3) and the boundary condition holds.

Lemma 9. Let be a reflexive Banach space and let be weakly lower semicontinuous on . If has a bounded minimizing sequence, then has a minimum on .

Lemma 10. If is coercive, then has a bounded minimizing sequence.

Lemma 11 (see [26]). For , we define the norm is equivalent to the norm .

3. Main Results

In this section, we further discuss the variational structure of problem (3) and define the functional to prove that the critical point of is the weak solution of problem (3). In addition, we also give the equivalence between weak solution and the classical solution of this problem. Finally, the existence of classical solution for problem (3) is given by Theorem 16.

For each , the nonlinear functions satisfy the following assumptions:

(H1). is measurable in for every and continuously differentiable in for a.e. , and there exist functions , such that

(H2). There exist constants , and the functions , such that

(H3). There exist constants , , () such that , for any .

Lemma 12. A function , the following form is an equivalent form of the problem (3):

Proof. For , by (10) have We have As for problem (3), we have Above all, problem (3) has the following equivalent form:

Definition 13. A function is a weak solution of problem (3) if (15) holds for all .

Define the function as where .

From (9), we have

Under condition (H1), for a.e. , we have

From (21), for all ,

According to the mean value theorem and condition (H1), for some ,

By the Lebesgue dominated convergence theorem, it is easy to show that has a directional derivative at each point :

Thus, , let , then converges uniformly to u for all , we have

Therefore, is continuous from into , and

This yields that the critical points of are weak solutions of problem (3).

Lemma 14. The functional is a weak lower semicontinuous.

Proof. Let sequence in be weakly convergent to in , then .
From Proposition 6, sequence is convergent uniformly to in ; thus, we have

Lemma 15. is a weak solution of the problem (3), if and only if is a classical solution of the problem (3).

Proof. From the definition of classical solutions, without loss of generality, if is a classical solution of problem (3), then it is a weak solution of (3). Conversely, let be a weak solution of (3); thus, and (15) holds. Now, we prove that is a classical solution of the problem (3). We take a test function satisfying , where , . Substituting into (15) and by Proposition 7, we have that is to say, Since , we have Because of , by (31), we have Therefore, In view of (15) and (31), we have that is, Without loss of generality, we take the test function such that , where . Substituting into (30), we obtain , is a constant, a.e. By using (36) and (37), we have Hence, Then, combining with (37), we have Therefore, is a classical solution of the problem (3). The proof is completed.

Theorem 16. Suppose that (H2) and (H3) hold, then problem (3) has at least one classical solution.

Proof. From Proposition 5, there exist constants such that where Since , we get , then is coercive. From Lemma 10 and Lemma 14 that satisfied all the conditions of Lemma 9, so has a minimum on which is a critical point of . Since , then ( is a critical point of ).
Therefore, problem (3) has at least one classical solution. The proof is completed.

4. Example

Considering the following -Laplacian fractional differential equations with instantaneous and noninstantaneous impulses, where , , , , , we can find , , , , , . It is easy to check that (H2) and (H3) hold. Then, by Theorem 16, problem (3) has at least one classical solution.

5. Conclusions

In this paper, we use the variational method to discuss the existence of solutions for Dirichlet boundary value problems with instantaneous and noninstantaneous fractional impulsive differential equations, and the existence results of classical solution for our equations are shown. In addition to extending the linear differential operator to a nonlinear differential operator, it is more important to use the -Laplacian operator; as far as the author knows, there is not much work to study the solution of the generalized -Laplacian impulsive fractional system using the variational method. Compared with (2), (3) contains the existence results of (2) when . Without loss of generality, if , it evolves into an integer order differential equation which has a certain auxiliary role in solving nonlinear similar problems in the future. At the same time, we also noticed the existence of multiple solutions or the existence of nontrivial solutions to the problem, so we will pay special attention in the following work. Overall, our work summarizes and supplements some of the results in the literature.

Data Availability

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Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare that they have no competing interest.

Authors’ Contributions

All authors read and approved the final manuscript.


This work is supported by the Natural Science Foundation of Xinjiang (2019D01A71), Scientific Research Programs of Colleges in Xinjiang (XJEDU2018Y033), National Natural Science Foundation of China (11961069), Outstanding Young Science and technology personnel Training program of Xinjiang.