Positive Solutions for Some Beam Equation Boundary Value Problems
© J. Liu and W. Xu. 2009
Received: 2 September 2009
Accepted: 1 November 2009
Published: 15 November 2009
A new fixed point theorem in a cone is applied to obtain the existence of positive solutions of some fourth-order beam equation boundary value problems with dependence on the first-order derivative where is continuous.
It is well known that beam is one of the basic structures in architecture. It is greatly used in the designing of bridge and construction. Recently, scientists bring forward the theory of combined beams. That is to say, we can bind up some stratified structure copings into one global combined beam with rock bolts. The deformations of an elastic beam in equilibrium state, whose two ends are simply supported, can be described by following equation of deflection curve:
where is Yang's modulus constant, is moment of inertia with respect to axes, determined completely by the beam's shape cross-section. Specially, if the cross-section is a rectangle with a height of and a width of Also, is loading at . If the loading of beam considered is in relation to deflection and rate of change of deflection, we need to research the more general equation
According to the forms of supporting, various boundary conditions should be considered. Solving corresponding boundary value problems, one can obtain the expression of deflection curve. It is the key in design of constants of beams and rock bolts.
Owing to its importance in physics and engineering, the existence of solutions to this problem has been studied by many authors, see [1–10]. However, in practice, only its positive solution is significant. In [1, 9, 11, 12], Aftabizadeh, Del Pino and Manásevich, Gupta, and Pao showed the existence of positive solution for
under some growth conditions of and a nonresonance condition involving a two-parameter linear eigenvalue problem. All of these results are based on the Leray-Schauder continuation method and topological degree.
with diverse kind of boundary conditions. In , Ehme et al. gave some sufficient conditions for the existence of a solution of
with some quite general nonlinear boundary conditions by using the lower and upper solution method. The conditions assume the existence of a strong upper and lower solution pair.
Recently, Krasnosel'skii's fixed point theorem in a cone has much application in studying the existence and multiplicity of positive solutions for differential equation boundary value problems, see [3, 6]. With this fixed point theorem, Bai and Wang  discussed the existence, uniqueness, multiplicity, and infinitely many positive solutions for the equation of the form
where is a constant.
In this paper, via a new fixed point theorem in a cone and concavity of function, we show the existence of positive solutions for the following problem:
where is continuous.
We point out that positive solutions of (1.7) are concave and this concavity provides lower bounds on positive concave functions of their maximum, which can be used in defining a cone on which a positive operator is defined, to which a new fixed point theorem in a cone due to Bai and Ge  can be applied to obtain positive solutions.
2. Fixed Point Theorem in a Cone
Let be a Banach space and a cone. Suppose are two continuous nonnegative functionals satisfying
where are two positive constants.
Lemma 2.1 (see ).
Assume is a completely continuous operator satisfying
then has at least one fixed point in
3. Existence of Positive Solutions
In this section, we are concerned with the existence of positive solutions for the fourth-order two-point boundary value problem (1.7).
Let with be a Banach space, a cone. Define functionals
then are two continuous nonnegative functionals such that
and (2.1) hold.
Denote by Green's function for boundary value problem
Then , for , and
However, (1.7) has a solution if and only if solves the operator equation
It is well know that is completely continuous.
Suppose there are four constants such that and the following assumptions hold:
The proof is complete.
Suppose there are five constants such that and the following assumptions hold
We just need notice the following difference to the proof of Theorem 3.1.
The rest of the proof is similar to Theorem 3.1 and the proof is complete.
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