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Three Solutions for Forced DuffingType Equations with Damping Term
Boundary Value Problemsvolume 2011, Article number: 736093 (2011)
Abstract
Using the variational principle of Ricceri and a local mountain pass lemma, we study the existence of three distinct solutions for the following resonant Duffingtype equations with damping and perturbed term , a.e. , and without perturbed term , a.e. , .
1. Introduction
In this paper, we consider the following resonant Duffingtype equations with damping and perturbed term:
where , , and are continuous. Letting in problem (1.1) leads to
which is a common Duffingtype equation without perturbation.
The Duffing equation has been used to model the nonlinear dynamics of special types of mechanical and electrical systems. This differential equation has been named after the studies of Duffing in 1918 [1], has a cubic nonlinearity, and describes an oscillator. It is the simplest oscillator displaying catastrophic jumps of amplitude and phase when the frequency of the forcing term is taken as a gradually changing parameter. It has drawn extensive attention due to the richness of its chaotic behaviour with a variety of interesting bifurcations, torus and Arnolds tongues. The main applications have been in electronics, but it can also have applications in mechanics and in biology. For example, the brain is full of oscillators at micro and macro levels [2]. There are applications in neurology, ecology, secure communications, cryptography, chaotic synchronization, and so on. Due to the rich behaviour of these equations, recently there have been also several studies on the synchronization of two coupled Duffing equations [3, 4]. The most general forced form of the Duffingtype equation is
Recently, many authors have studied the existence of periodic solutions of the Duffingtype equation (1.3). By using various methods and techniques, such as polar coordinates, the method of upper and lower solutions and coincidence degree theory and a series of existence results of nontrivial solutions for the Duffingtype equations such as (1.3) have been obtained; we refer to [5–11] and references therein. There are also authors who studied the Duffingtype equations by using the critical point theory (see [12, 13]). In [12], by using a saddle point theorem, Tomiczek obtained the existence of a solution of the following Duffingtype system:
which is a special case of problems (1.1)(1.2). However, to the best of our knowledge, there are few results for the existence of multiple solutions of (1.3).
Our aim in this paper is to study the variational structure of problems (1.1)(1.2) in an appropriate space of functions and the existence of solutions for problems (1.1)(1.2) by means of some critical point theorems. The organization of this paper is as follows. In Section 2, we shall study the variational structure of problems (1.1)(1.2) and give some important lemmas which will be used in later section. In Section 3, by applying some critical point theorems, we establish sufficient conditions for the existence of three distinct solutions to problems (1.1)(1.2).
2. Variational Structure
In the Sobolev space , consider the inner product
inducing the norm
We also consider the inner product
and the norm
Obviously, the norm and the norm are equivalent. So is a Hilbert space with the norm .
By Poincaré's inequality,
where , is the first eigenvalue of the problem
Usually, in order to find the solution of problems (1.1)(1.2), we should consider the following functional , defined on :
where , .
Finding solutions of problem (1.1) is equivalent to finding critical points of in and
Lemma 2.1 (Hölder Inequality).
Let f, g , , and the conjugate number of . Then
Lemma 2.2.
Assume the following condition holds.
(f1) There exist positive constants , , and such that
Then is coercive.
Proof.
Let be a sequence such that . It follows from (f1) and Hölder inequality that
which implies from that . This completes the proof.
From the proof of Lemma 2.2, we can show the following Lemma.
Lemma 2.3.
Assume that and the following condition holds.
(f2)There exist positive constants and such that
Then is coercive.
Lemma 2.4.
Assume the following condition holds.
(f3) for all .
Then is coercive.
Proof.
Let be a sequence such that . Fix , from (f3), there exists such that
Denote by the set and by its complement in . Put for all . By the continuity of , we know that . Then one has
which implies that . This completes the proof.
Based on Ricceri's variational principle in [14, 15], Fan and Deng [16] obtained the following result which is a main tool used in our paper.
Lemma 2.5 (see [16]).
Suppose that is a bounded convex open subset of , , , , is a strict local minimizer of , and . Then, for small enough and any , , there exists such that for each , has at least two local minima and lying in , where , , where , and .
3. Main Results
In this section, we will prove that problems (1.1)(1.2) have three distinct solutions by using the variational principle of Ricceri and a local mountain pass lemma.
Theorem 3.1.
Assume that (f1) holds. Suppose further that
(f4) there exists such that
(f5) there exists such that .
Then there exist and such that, for every , problem (1.1) admits at least three distinct solutions which belong to .
Proof.
By Lemma 2.2, condition (f1) implies that the functional is coercive. Since is sequentially weakly lower semicontinuous (see [16, Propositions 2.5 and 2.6]), has a global minimizer . By (f5), we obtain . Let . Since is coercive, we can choose a large enough such that
Now we prove that has a strict local minimum at . By the compact embedding of into , there exists a constant such that
Choosing , it results that
Therefore, for every , it follows from (f4) that
which implies that is a strict local minimum of in with .
At this point, we can apply Lemma 2.5 taking and as perturbing terms. Then, for small enough and any , , we can obtain the following.

(i)
There exists such that, for each , has two distinct local minima and satisfying
(ii) (see [16, Theorem 3.6])
Let be such that
and put . Owing to the coerciveness of , there exists such that . Since is continuous, then
Choosing , hence, for every with , one has
and when
Further, from (3.6), we have that . Since is arbitrary, letting , we can obtain that
Therefore, by (3.6) and (3.11), can be chosen small enough that
and (3.9)(3.10) hold, for every .
For a given in the interval above, define the set of paths going from to
and consider the real number . Since and each path goes through , one has .
By (3.9) and (3.10), in the definition of , there is no need to consider the paths going through . Hence, there exists a sequence of paths such that and
Applying a general mountain pass lemma without the (PS) condition (see [17, Theorem 2.8]), there exists a sequence such that and as . Hence is a bounded sequence and, taking into account the fact that is an type mapping, admits a convergent subsequence to some . So, such turns to be a critical point of , with , hence different from and and . This completes the proof.
Taking in Theorem 3.1, we can obtain the existence of three distinct solutions for the Duffingtype equation without perturbation (1.2) as following.
Theorem 3.2.
Assume that (f1), (f4), and (f5) hold; then problem (1.2) admits at least three distinct solutions.
Together with Lemma 2.3 and Lemma 2.4, we can easily show that the following corollary.
Corollary 3.3.
Assume that (f2), (f4), and (f5) hold; then there exist and such that, for every , problem (1.1) admits at least three distinct solutions which belong to . Furthermore, problem (1.2) admits at least three distinct solutions.
Corollary 3.4.
Assume that (f3), (f4), and (f5); hold, then there exist and such that, for every , problem (1.1) admits at least three distinct solutions which belong to . Furthermore, problem (1.2) admits at least three distinct solutions.
4. Some Examples
Example 4.1.
Consider the following resonant Duffingtype equations with damping and perturbed term
where , , , , and
in which satisfy
Then there exists , for every , problem (8) admits at least three distinct solutions.
Proof.
Obviously, from the definitions of and , it is easy to see that is continuous and (f1) holds. Taking , for , we have that
which implies that (f4) is satisfied. Define
Clearly, . Then we obtain that
So , which implies that (f5) is satisfied. To this end, all assumptions of Theorem 3.1 hold. By Theorem 3.1, there exists , for every , problem (8) admits at least three distinct solutions.
Example 4.2.
Let . From Example 4.1, we can obtain that the following resonant Duffingtype equations with damping:
admits at least three distinct solutions.
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This work is supported by the National Natural Sciences Foundation of People's Republic of China under Grant no. 10971183.
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Keywords
 Variational Principle
 Mountain Pass
 Critical Point Theory
 Distinct Solution
 Chaotic Synchronization