## Boundary Value Problems

Impact Factor 1.014

Open Access

# Asymptotic analysis for reaction-diffusion equations with absorption

Boundary Value Problems20122012:84

DOI: 10.1186/1687-2770-2012-84

Received: 31 May 2012

Accepted: 20 July 2012

Published: 2 August 2012

## Abstract

In this paper, we study the blow-up and nonextinction phenomenon of reaction-diffusion equations with absorption under the null Dirichlet boundary condition. We at first discuss the existence and nonexistence of global solutions to the problem, and then give the blow-up rate estimates for the nonglobal solutions. In addition, the nonextinction of solutions is also concerned.

MSC:35B33, 35K55, 35K60.

### Keywords

reaction-diffusion absorption blow-up blow-up rate non-extinction

## 1 Introduction

In this paper, we consider the reaction-diffusion equations with absorption
(1.1)

where , , , , is a bounded domain with smooth boundary Ω, and is a nontrivial, nonnegative, bounded, and appropriately smooth function. Parabolic equations like (1.1) appear in population dynamics, chemical reactions, heat transfer, and so on. We refer to [2, 8, 9] for details on physical models involving more general reaction-diffusion equations.

The semilinear case () of (1.1) has been investigated by Bedjaoui and Souplet [3]. They obtained that the solutions exist globally if either or , and the solutions may blow up in finite time for large initial value if . Recently, Xiang et al. [11] considered the blow-up rate estimates for nonglobal solutions of (1.1) () with , and obtained that (i) ; (ii)  if , where are positive constants. Liu et al. [7] studied the extinction phenomenon of solutions of (1.1) for the case with and obtained some sufficient conditions about the extinction in finite time and decay estimates of solutions in ().

Recently, Zhou et al. [10] investigated positive solutions of the degenerate parabolic equation not in divergence form
(1.2)

where , , . They at first gave some conditions about the existence and nonexistence of global solutions to (1.2), and then studied the large time behavior for the global solutions.

Motivated by the above mentioned works, the aim of this paper is threefold. First, we determine optimal conditions for the existence and nonexistence of global solutions to (1.1). Secondly, by using the scaling arguments we establish the exact blow-up rate estimates for solutions which blow up in a finite time. Finally, we prove that every solution to (1.1) is nonextinction.

As it is well known that degenerate equations need not possess classical solutions, we give a precise definition of a weak solution to (1.1).

Definition 1.1 Let and , , , a nonnegative function is called a weak upper (or lower) solution to (1.1) in if for any nonnegative function , one has

In particular, is called a weak solution of (1.1) if it is both a weak upper and a weak lower solution. For every , if is a weak solution of (1.1) in , we say that is global. The local in time existence of nonnegative weak solutions have been established (see the survey [1]), and the weak comparison principle is stated and proved in the Appendix in this paper.

The behavior of the weak solutions is determined by the interactions among the multinonlinear mechanisms in the nonlinear diffusion equations in (1.1). We divide the -parameter region into three classes: (i) ; (ii) ; (iii) .

Theorem 1.1 If , then all solutions of (1.1) are bounded.

Let be the first eigenfunction of
(1.3)

with the first eigenvalue , normalized by , then and in Ω.

Theorem 1.2 Assume that . Then all solutions are global if , and there exist both global and nonglobal solutions if .

Theorem 1.3 If , then there exist both global and nonglobal solutions to (1.1).

To obtain the blow-up rate of blow-up solutions to (1.1), we need an extra assumption that and , , here . By the assumption and comparison principle, we know that u is radially decreasing in r with .

Theorem 1.4 Suppose that . If the solution of (1.1) blows up in finite time T, then there exists a positive constant c such that
Furthermore, if , then we have also the upper estimate, that is, there exists a positive constant C such that
We remark that in , Liang [6] studied the blow up rate of blow-up solutions to the following Cauchy problem
(1.4)

with the bounded initial function, , and obtained that for . By using the same scaling arguments in this paper, we can find that Theorem 1.4 is correct for (1.4) with .

Now, we pay attention to the nonextinction property of solutions and have the following result.

Theorem 1.5 Any solution of (1.1) does not go extinct in finite time for any nontrivial and nonnegative initial value with .

The rest of this paper is organized as follows. In the next section, we discuss the global existence and nonexistence of solutions, and prove Theorems 1.1-1.3. Subsequently, in Sects. 3 and 4, we consider the estimate of the blow-up rate and study the nonextinction phenomenon for the problem (1.1). The weak comparison principle is stated and proved in the Appendix.

## 2 Global existence and nonexistence

Proof of Theorem 1.1 If , that is , then by the comparison principle, we have , where w satisfies
(2.1)

We know from [4, 5] that w is bounded.

If , we have . It is obvious that is a time-independent upper solution to (1.1). □

Proof of Theorem 1.2 Since and imply . Due to the fact that the solution of (2.1) is an upper solution of (1.1), the conclusions for is obvious true; see [4, 5].

Now consider with small initial data. Let be the unique solution of
(2.2)
and solves with , where . Set . Then

provided . Thus, is an upper solution of (1.1), and consequently, as .

If with large initial data, we first introduce some transformations. Let and , then (1.1) becomes the following equations not in divergence form:

where , and .

Let , where ϕ is given in (1.3). Then we have
(2.3)
By using Hölder’s inequality, we discover
(2.4)
and
i.e.,
(2.5)
Inserting (2.4) into (2.3), we have
(2.6)
According to (2.5), (2.6), we obtain
(2.7)
as long as
Hence, if satisfies

we then follow from (2.7) that , and consequently , blows up in finite time since is increasing and . □

Proof of Theorem 1.3 Let solves with , and set , where ψ is defined in (2.2). Then

Since , we can choose small enough such that . Thus, is an upper solution of (1.1) provided , and consequently, as .

Now deal with the nonexistence of global solutions, we seek a blow-up self-similar lower solution of the problem (1.1). Without loss of generality, we may assume that Ω contains the origin. Since , we can choose constant α such that
and consider the function
(2.8)

where . Note that the support of is contained in , which is included in Ω if T is sufficiently small.

After some computations, we have
It will be obtained from the above equalities that
if satisfies
(2.9)
It is easy to see that
To satisfy (2.9), we distinguish the two zones and , where
(2.10)
For , we have
then

For , we have . It follow from that (2.9) is satisfied for , if T is sufficiently small. Therefore, given by (2.8) is a blow-up lower solution of the problem (1.1) with appropriately large . And consequently, there exist nonglobal solutions to (1.1). □

## 3 Blow-up rate

In this section, we study the speeds at which the solutions to (1.1) blow up. Assume that and , , here . Then we know from the assumption and comparison principle that u is radially decreasing in r with . In this section, denote by T the blow-up time for the nonglobal solutions to (1.1).

Proof of Theorem 1.4 Fix such that , and let
and define the function in , where . blows up at , moreover, it is a solution of the following problem:
(3.1)
We now construct an upper solution for this problem. Set
where , , and
After a direct computation, for , we have
Then
Clearly, for , and on , in . We have an upper solution independent of M, for all M large enough. Therefore, the blow-up time of is greater than , that is . This implies

and the lower estimate is obtained.

In order to obtained the upper estimates for the blow-up rate, we look for a lower solution to (3.1) with . Set
where , , , and θ is given in (2.10). Let satisfies
where , μ are to be determined later. Clearly, on . As the same arguments in the proof of Theorem 1.3, we have for that
For , we have that
Now, in order to deal with the initial data, consider the function

where , , and .

After a direct computation, we have
Then

Furthermore, on . In addition, a.e. in . Therefore, by the comparison principle, we have that for . By the virtue of , we have .

We have a lower solution independent of M, for all . Therefore, the blow-up time of is less than , that is . This implies

and the upper estimate is obtained. □

## 4 Nonextinction

We discuss the nonextinction of the solution to the problem (1.1) in this section. For , the uniqueness of the weak solution to (1.1) may not hold. In this case, we only consider the maximal solution, which can be obtained by standard regularized approximation methods. Clearly, the comparison principle is valid for the maximal solution.

Proof of Theorem 1.5 For , there exists a region and such that a.e. in . is the first Dirichlet eigenvalue of −Δ on with corresponding eigenfunction , normalized by , and prolong solution by 0 in . We treat the five subcases for the proof.
1. (a)
For , set , where

Then
By the comparison principle, we have in .
1. (b)
For , , we let , with . Then

Then we know by the comparison principle that in .
1. (c)
For , , we let , and

where . It is easy to see that is nonincreasing and as .
And consequently, in .
1. (d)
For , , we let , where

Obviously, is nonincreasing and as .
Thus, we have in .
1. (e)
For , , we let , and

where c satisfies . It is easy to see that is nonincreasing and as .

By the comparison principle, we have in .

□

## Appendix

Theorem A.1 (Comparison principle)

Let and are a weak lower and a weak upper solutions of (1.1) in . If or has a positive lower bound, then a.e. in .

Proof From the definition of weak upper and lower solutions, for any , we obtain
Let for . Choose , where is the characteristic function defined on , Then we arrive at
By a simple calculation, we have
(A.1)
Noticing
we get
(A.2)
where L is a positive constant. By (A.1), (A.2), we have
It follows immediately by using the Gronwall’s inequality that

for almost all , and hence a.e. in . □

## Declarations

### Acknowledgements

This work was partially supported by Projects Supported by Scientific Research Fund of Sichuan Provincial Education Department (09ZA119).

## Authors’ Affiliations

(1)
College of Mathematic and Information, China West Normal University

## References

1. Aronson D, Crandall MG, Peletier LA: Stabilization of solutions of a degenerate nonlinear diffusion problem. Nonlinear Anal. 1982, 6: 1001-1022. 10.1016/0362-546X(82)90072-4
2. Bebernes J, Eberly D: Mathematical Problems from Combustion Theory. Springer, New York; 1989.View Article
3. Bedjaoui N, Souplet Ph: Critical blowup exponents for a system of reaction-diffusion equations with absorption. Z. Angew. Math. Phys. 2002, 53: 197-210. 10.1007/s00033-002-8152-9
4. Galaktionov VA:Boundary value problem for the nonlinear parabolic equation . Differ. Equ. 1981, 17: 551-555.
5. Galaktionov VA, Vázquez JL: The problem of blow-up in nonlinear parabolic equations. Discrete Contin. Dyn. Syst. 2002, 8: 399-433.
6. Liang Z: Blow up rate for a porous medium equation with power nonlinearity. Nonlinear Anal. 2010, 73: 3507-3512. 10.1016/j.na.2010.06.078
7. Liu W, Wang M, Wu B: Extinction and decay estimates of solutions for a class of porous medium equations. J. Inequal. Appl. 2007., 2007: Article ID 87650
8. Pao CV: Nonlinear Parabolic and Elliptic Equations. Plenum, New York; 1992.
9. Rothe F Lecture Notes in Mathematics 1072. In Global Solutions of Reaction-diffusion Systems. Springer, Berlin; 1984.
10. Zhou S, Bai X, Zheng S: Large time behavior of solutions to a degenerate parabolic equation not in divergence form. J. Math. Anal. Appl. 2011, 373: 252-263. 10.1016/j.jmaa.2010.07.018
11. Xiang Z, Chen Q, Mu C: Blow-up rate estimates for a system of reaction-diffusion equations with absorption. J. Korean Math. Soc. 2007, 44: 779-786. 10.4134/JKMS.2007.44.4.779