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Existence and Multiplicity of Positive Solutions of a BoundaryValue Problem for SixthOrder ODE with Three Parameters
Boundary Value Problems volume 2010, Article number: 878131 (2010)
Abstract
We study the existence and multiplicity of positive solutions of the following boundaryvalue problem: , , , where R^{+} → R^{+} is continuous, , , and satisfy some suitable assumptions.
1. Introduction
The following boundaryvalue problem:
where are some given real constants and is a continuous function on , is motivated by the study for stationary solutions of the sixthorder parabolic differential equations
This equation arose in the formation of the spatial periodic patterns in bistable systems and is also a model for describing the behaviour of phase fronts in materials that are undergoing a transition between the liquid and solid state. When it was studied by Gardner and Jones [1] as well as by Caginalp and Fife [2].
If is an even periodic function with respect to and odd with respect to , in order to get the stationary spatial periodic solutions of (1.2), one turns to study the two points boundaryvalue problem (1.1). The periodic extension of the odd extension of the solution of problems (1.1) to the interval yields spatial periodic solutions of(1.2)
Gyulov et al. [3] have studied the existence and multiplicity of nontrivial solutions of BVP (1.1). They gained the following results.
Theorem 1.1.
Let be a continuous function and . Suppose the following assumptions are held:
as , uniformly with respect to in bounded intervals,
as , uniformly with respect to in bounded intervals,
then problem (1.1) has at least two nontrivial solutions provided that there exists a natural number such that , where is the symbol of the linear differential operator .
At the same time, in investigating such spatial patterns, some other highorder parabolic differential equations appear, such as the extended FisherKolmogorov (EFK) equation
proposed by Coullet, Elphick, and Repaux in 1987 as well as by Dee and Van Saarlos in 1988 and SwiftHohenberg (SH) equation
proposed in 1977.
In much the same way, the existence of spatial periodic solutions of both the EFK equation and the SH equation was studied by Peletier and Troy [4], Peletier and Rottschäfer [5], Tersian and Chaparova [6], and other authors. More precisely, in those papers, the authors studied the following fourthorder boundaryvalue problem:
The methods used in those papers are variational method and linking theorems.
On the other hand, The positive solutions of fourthorder boundary value problems (1.5) have been studied extensively by using the fixed point theorem of cone extension or compression. Here, we mention Li's paper [7], in which the author decomposes the fourthorder differential operator into the product of two secondorder differential operators to obtain Green's function and then used the fixed point theorem of cone extension or compression to study the problem.
The purpose of this paper is using the idea of [7] to investigate BVP for sixthorder equations. We will discuss the existence and multiplicity of positive solutions of the boundaryvalue problem
and then we assume the following conditions throughout:
is continuous,
satisfy
Note.
The set of which satisfies is nonempty. For instance, if , then holds for .
To be convenient, we introduce the following notations:
2. Preliminaries
Lemma 2.1 (see [8]).
Set the cubic equation with one variable as follows:
Let
one has the following:

(1)
Equation (2.1) has a triple root if ,

(2)
Equation (2.1) has a real root and two mutually conjugate imaginary roots if ,

(3)
Equation (2.1) has three real roots, two of which are reroots if ,

(4)
Equation (2.1) has three unequal real roots if .
Lemma 2.2.
Let be the roots of the polynomial . Suppose that condition holds, then are real and greater than .
Proof.
There are in the equation . Since condition holds, we have
Therefore, the equation has three real roots in reply to Lemma 2.1.
By Vieta theorem, we have
Therefore , and hold if and only if
Then, we only prove that the system of inequalities (2.5) holds if and only if are all greater than .
In fact, the sufficiency is obvious, we just prove the necessity. Assume that are less than . By the first inequality of (2.5), there exist two roots which are less than and one which is greater than . Without loss of generality, we assume that , then we have . Multiplying the second inequality of (2.5) by , one gets
Compare with the third inequality of (2.5), we have
which is a contradiction. Hence, the assumption is false. The proof is completed.
Let be Green's function of the linear boundaryvalue problem
Lemma 2.3 (see [7]).
has the following properties:

(i)
,

(ii)
, where is a constant,

(iii)
, where is a constant.
One denotes the following:
then . Let be the maximum norm of , and let be the cone of all nonnegative functions in .
Let , then one considers linear boundaryvalue problem (LBVP) as follows:
with the boundary condition (1.7). Since
the solution of LBVP (2.10)–(1.7) can be expressed by
Lemma 2.4.
Let , then the solution of LBVP(2.10)–(1.7) satisfies
Proof.
From (2.12) and (ii) of Lemma 2.3, it is easy to see that
and, therefore,
that is,
Using (iii) of Lemma 2.3, we have
The proof is completed.
We now define a mapping by
It is clear that is completely continuous. By Lemma 2.4, the positive solution of BVP(1.6)(1.7) is equivalent to nontrivial fixed point of . We will find the nonzero fixed point of by using the fixed point index theory in cones. For this, one chooses the subcone of by
where , we have the following.
Lemma 2.5.
Having , is completely continuous.
Proof.
For , let , then is the solution of LBVP(2.10)–(1.7). By Lemma 2.4, one has
namely . Therefore, . The complete continuity of is obvious.
The main results of this paper are based on the theory of fixed point index in cones [9]. Let be a Banach space and be a closed convex cone in . Assume that is a bounded open subset of with boundary , and . Let be a completely continuous mapping. If for every , then the fixed point index is well defined. We have that if , then has a fixed point in .
Let and for every .
Lemma 2.6 (see [9]).
Let be a completely continuous mapping. If for every and , then .
Lemma 2.7 (see [9]).
Let be a completely continuous mapping. Suppose that the following two conditions are satisfied:

(i)
,

(ii)
for every and ,
then .
Lemma 2.8 (see [9]).
Let be a Banach space, and let be a cone in . For , define . Assume that is a completely continuous mapping such that for every .

(i)
If for every , then .

(ii)
If for every , then .
3. Existence
We are now going to state our existence results.
Theorem 3.1.
Assume that (H1) and (H2) hold, then in each of the following case:

(i)
, ,

(ii)
, ,
the BVP(1.6)(1.7) has at least one positive solution.
Proof.
To prove Theorem 3.1, we just show that the mapping defined by (2.18) has a nonzero fixed point in the cases, respectively.
Case(i): since , by the definition of , we may choose and so that
Let , we now prove that for every and . In fact, if there exist and such that , then, by definition of , satisfies differential equation the following:
and boundary condition (1.7). Multiplying (3.2) by and integrating on , then using integration by parts in the left side, we have
By Lemma 2.4, , and then . We see that , which is a contradiction. Hence, satisfies the hypotheses of Lemma 2.6, in . By Lemma 2.6 we have
On the other hand, since , there exist and such that
Let , then it is clear that
Choose . Let . Since , from (3.5) we see that
By Lemma 2.5, we have
Therefore,
from which we see that , namely the hypotheses (i) of Lemma 2.7 holds. Next, we show that if is large enough, then for any and . In fact, if there exist and such that , then satisfies (3.2) and boundary condition (1.7). Multiplying (3.2) by and integrating, from (3.6) we have
Consequently, we obtain that
By Lemma 2.4,
from which and from (3.11) we get that
Let , then for any and , . Hence, hypothesis (ii) of Lemma 2.7 also holds. By Lemma 2.7, we have
Now, by the additivity of fixed point index, combine (3.4) and (3.14) to conclude that
Therefore, has a fixed point in , which is the positive solution of BVP(1.6)(1.7).
Case (ii): since , there exist and such that
Let , then for every , through the argument used in (3.9), we have
Hence, . Next, we show that for any and . In fact, if there exist and such that , then satisfies (3.2) and boundary (1.7). From (3.2) and (3.16), it follows that
Since , we see that , which is a contradiction. Hence, by Lemma 2.7, we have
On the other hand, since , there exist and such that
Set , we obviously have
If there exist and such that , then (3.2) is valid. From (3.2) and (3.21), it follows that
By the proof of (3.13), we see that . Let , then for any and , . Therefore, by Lemma 2.6, we have
From (3.19) and (3.23), it follows that
Therefore, has a fixed point in , which is the positive solution of BVP(1.6)(1.7). The proof is completed.
From Theorem 3.1, we immediately obtain the following.
Corollary 3.2.
Assume that and hold, then in each of the following cases:

(i)
, ,

(ii)
, ,
the BVP(1.6)(1.7) has at least one positive solution.
4. Multiplicity
Next, we study the multiplicity of positive solutions of BVP(1.6)(1.7) and assume in this section that
(H3) there is a such that and imply , where .
(H4) there is a such that and imply , where .
Theorem 4.1.
If and and is satisfied, then BVP(1.6)(1.7) has at least two positive solutions: and such that .
Proof.
According to the proof of Theorem 3.1, there exists , such that implies and implies .
We now prove that if is satisfied. In fact, for every , from the definition of we have
From (ii) of Lemma 2.8, we have
Combining (3.14) and (3.19), we have
Therefore, has fixed points and in and , respectively, which means that and are positive solutions of BVP(1.6)(1.7) and . The proof is completed.
Theorem 4.2.
If and and is satisfied, then BVP(1.6)(1.7) has at least two positive solutions: and such that .
Proof.
According to the proof of Theorem 3.1, there exists , such that implies and implies .
We now prove that if is satisfied. In fact, for every , from the proof of (i) of Theorem 3.1, we have
Therefore, , according to (i) of Lemma 2.8, .
Combining (3.4) and (3.23), we have
Therefore, has the fixed points and in and , respectively, which means that and are positive solutions of BVP(1.6)(1.7) and . The proof is completed.
Theorem 4.3.
If and , and there exists that satisfies

(i)
if and ,

(ii)
if and
then BVP(1.6)(1.7) has at least three positive solutions: , and such that .
Proof.
According to the proof of Theorem 3.1, there exists , such that implies and implies .
From the proof of Theorems 4.1 and 4.2, we have
Combining the four aforementioned equations, we have
Therefore, has the fixed points , and in , and , which means that , and are positive solutions of BVP(1.6)(1.7) and . The proof is completed.
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Zhang, L., An, Y. Existence and Multiplicity of Positive Solutions of a BoundaryValue Problem for SixthOrder ODE with Three Parameters. Bound Value Probl 2010, 878131 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1155/2010/878131
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Keywords
 Fixed Point Theorem
 Bistable System
 Phase Front
 Fixed Point Index
 Parabolic Differential Equation