# Extremal mild solutions for impulsive fractional evolution equations with nonlocal initial conditions

- Jia Mu
^{1}Email author

**2012**:71

https://doi.org/10.1186/1687-2770-2012-71

© Mu; licensee Springer 2012

**Received: **11 November 2011

**Accepted: **20 February 2012

**Published: **5 July 2012

## Abstract

In this article, the theory of positive semigroup of operators and the monotone iterative technique are extended for the impulsive fractional evolution equations with nonlocal initial conditions. The existence results of extremal mild solutions are obtained. As an application that illustrates the abstract results, an example is given.

## Keywords

## 1 Introduction

*X*

where ${D}^{\alpha}$ is the Caputo fractional derivative of order $0<\alpha <1$, $A:D(A)\subset X\to X$ is a linear closed densely defined operator, −*A* is the infinitesimal generator of an analytic semigroup of uniformly bounded linear operators $T(t)$ ($t\ge 0$), $I=[0,T]$, $T>0$, $0={t}_{0}<{t}_{1}<{t}_{2}<\cdots <{t}_{m}<{t}_{m+1}=T$, $f:I\times X\to X$ is continuous, $g:PC(I,X)\to X$ is continuous ($PC(I,X)$ will be defined in Section 2), the impulsive function ${I}_{k}:X\to X$ is continuous, $\mathrm{\Delta}u{|}_{t={t}_{k}}=u({t}_{k}^{+})-u({t}_{k}^{-})$, where $u({t}_{k}^{+})$ and $u({t}_{k}^{-})$ represent the right and left limits of $u(t)$ at $t={t}_{k}$, respectively.

we can take $A={\partial}_{y}^{{\beta}_{1}}$, for ${\beta}_{1}\in (0,1]$, or $A={\partial}_{y}+{\partial}_{y}^{{\beta}_{2}}$ for ${\beta}_{2}\in (1,2]$, where ${\partial}_{t}^{\alpha}$, ${\partial}_{y}^{{\beta}_{1}}$, ${\partial}_{y}^{{\beta}_{2}}$ are the fractional derivatives of order *α*, ${\beta}_{1}$, ${\beta}_{2}$, respectively.

where ${c}_{i}$ ($i=1,2,\dots ,n$) are given constants and $0<{\tau}_{1}<{\tau}_{2}<\cdots <{\tau}_{n}<T$. On the other hand, the differential equations involving impulsive effects appear as a natural description of observed evolution phenomena introduction of the basic theory of impulsive differential equations, we refer the reader to [18] and the references therein. The study of impulsive evolution equations with nonlocal initial conditions has attracted a great deal of attention in fractional dynamics and its theory has been treated in several works [12–14]. They use the contraction mapping principle, the Krasnoselskii fixed point theorem and the Schaefer fixed point theorem.

To the authors’ knowledge, there are no studies on the existence of solutions for the impulsive fractional evolution equations with nonlocal initial conditions by using the monotone iterative technique in the presence of lower and upper solutions. Nevertheless, the monotone iterative technique concerning upper and lower solutions is a powerful tool to solve the differential equations with various kinds of boundary conditions, see [19–21]. This technique is that, for the considered problem, starting from a pair ordered lower and upper, one constructs two monotone sequences such that them uniformly converge to the extremal solutions between the lower and upper solutions. In this article, based on Mu [8], we obtained the existence of extremal mild solutions of the problem (1.1) by using the monotone iterative technique.

In following section, we introduce some preliminaries which are used throughout this article. In Section 3, by combining the theory of positive semigroup of linear operators and the monotone iterative technique coupled with the method of upper and lower solutions, we construct two groups of monotone iterative sequences, and then prove these sequences monotonically converge to the maximal and minimal mild solutions of the problem (1.1), respectively, under some monotone conditions and noncompactness measure conditions of *f*, *g*, and ${I}_{k}$. In Section 4, in order to illustrate our results, an impulsive fractional partial differential equation with nonlocal initial condition is also considered.

## 2 Preliminaries

In this section, we introduce notations, definitions, and preliminary facts which are used throughout this article.

**Definition 2.1**[22]

*α*with the lower limit zero for a function $f\in AC[0,\mathrm{\infty})$ is defined as

provided the right side is pointwise defined on $[0,\mathrm{\infty})$, where $\mathrm{\Gamma}(\cdot )$ is the gamma function.

**Definition 2.2**[22]

*α*with the lower limit zero for a function $f\in AC[0,\mathrm{\infty})$ can be written as

**Definition 2.3**[22]

*α*for a function $f\in AC[0,\mathrm{\infty})$ can be written as

**Remark 2.4**

- (i)If $f\in {C}^{1}[0,\mathrm{\infty})$, then${D}^{\alpha}f(t)=\frac{1}{\mathrm{\Gamma}(1-\alpha )}{\int}_{0}^{t}\frac{{f}^{\prime}(s)}{{(t-s)}^{\alpha}}\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}ds,\phantom{\rule{1em}{0ex}}t>0,0<\alpha <1.$(2.4)
- (ii)
The Caputo derivative of a constant is equal to zero.

- (iii)
If

*f*is an abstract function with values in*X*, then the integrals and derivatives which appear in Definitions 2.1-2.3 are taken in Bochner’s sense.

*X*be an ordered Banach space with norm $\parallel \cdot \parallel $ and partial order ≤, whose positive cone $P=\{y\in X|y\ge \theta \}$ (

*θ*is the zero element of

*X*) is normal with normal constant

*N*. Let $C(I,X)$ be the Banach space of all continuous

*X*-value functions on interval

*I*with norm ${\parallel u\parallel}_{C}={max}_{t\in I}\parallel u(t)\parallel $. Let $PC(I,X)=\{u:I\to X|u(t)\text{is continuous at}t\ne {t}_{k},\text{left continuous at}t={t}_{k},\text{and}u({t}_{k}^{+})\text{exists,}k=1,2,\dots ,m\}$. Evidently, $PC(I,X)$ is an ordered Banach space with norm ${\parallel u\parallel}_{PC}={sup}_{t\in I}\parallel u(t)\parallel $ and the partial order ≤ reduced by the positive cone ${K}_{PC}=\{u\in PC(I,X)|u(t)\ge \theta ,t\in I\}$. ${K}_{PC}$ is also normal with the same normal constant

*N*. For $u,v\in PC(I,X)$, $u\le v$ if $u(t)\le v(t)$ for all $t\in I$. For $v,w\in PC(I,X)$ with $v\le w$, denote the ordered interval $[v,w]=\{u\in PC(I,X)|v\le u\le w\}$ in $PC(I,X)$, and $[v(t),w(t)]=\{y\in X|v(t)\le y\le w(t)\}$ ($t\in I$) in

*X*. Set ${C}^{\alpha}(I,X)=\{u\in C(I,X)|{D}^{\alpha}u\text{exists and}{D}^{\alpha}u\in C(I,X)\}$. Let ${I}^{\prime}=I\setminus \{{t}_{1},{t}_{2},\dots ,{t}_{m}\}$. By ${X}_{1}$ we denote the Banach space $D(A)$ with the graph norm ${\parallel \cdot \parallel}_{1}=\parallel \cdot \parallel +\parallel A\cdot \parallel $. An abstract function $u\in PC(I,X)\cap {C}^{\alpha}({I}^{\prime},X)\cap C({I}^{\prime},{X}_{1})$ is called a solution of (1.1) if $u(t)$ satisfies all the equalities of (1.1). We note that −

*A*is the infinitesimal generator of a uniformly bounded analytic semigroup $T(t)$ ($t\ge 0$). This means there exists $M\ge 1$ such that

**Definition 2.5**If ${v}_{0}\in PC(I,X)\cap {C}^{\alpha}({I}^{\prime},X)\cap C({I}^{\prime},{X}_{1})$ and satisfies inequalities

then ${v}_{0}$ is called a lower solution of problem (1.1); if all inequalities of (2.6) are inverse, we call it an upper solution of the problem (1.1).

**Lemma 2.6**[7]

*If*

*h*

*satisfies a uniform H*$\ddot{o}$

*lder condition*,

*with exponent*$\beta \in (0,1]$,

*then the unique solution of the linear initial value problem*(

*LIVP*)

*for the fractional evolution equation*

*is given by*

*where*

${\zeta}_{\alpha}(\theta )$*is a probability density function defined on*$(0,\mathrm{\infty})$.

**Remark 2.8**[10]

${\zeta}_{\alpha}(\theta )\ge 0$, $\theta \in (0,\mathrm{\infty})$, ${\int}_{0}^{\mathrm{\infty}}{\zeta}_{\alpha}(\theta )\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}d\theta =1$, ${\int}_{0}^{\mathrm{\infty}}\theta {\zeta}_{\alpha}(\theta )\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}d\theta =\frac{1}{\mathrm{\Gamma}(1+\alpha )}$.

**Definition 2.9** If $h\in C(I,X)$, by the mild solution of IVP (2.7), we mean that the function $u\in C(I,X)$ satisfying the integral Equation (2.8).

Form Definition 2.9, we can easily obtain the following result.

**Lemma 2.10**

*For any*$h\in PC(I,X)$, ${y}_{k}\in X$, $k=1,2,\dots ,m$,

*the LIVP for the linear impulsive fractional evolution equation*

*has the unique mild solution*$u\in PC(I,X)$

*given by*

*where*$U(t)$*and*$V(t)$*are given by* (2.9).

**Remark 2.11** We note that $U(t)$ and $V(t)$ do not possess the semigroup properties. The mild solution of (2.12) can be expressed only by using piecewise functions.

**Definition 2.12** A ${C}_{0}$-semigroup ${\{T(t)\}}_{t\ge 0}$ is called a positive semigroup, if $T(t)x\ge \theta $ for all $x\ge \theta $ and $t\ge 0$.

**Definition 2.13** A bounded linear operator *K* on *X* is called to be positive, if $Kx\ge \theta $ for all $x\ge \theta $.

**Remark 2.14** By (2.9) and Remark 2.8, $U(t)$ and $V(t)$ are positive, if ${\{T(t)\}}_{t\ge 0}$ is a positive semigroup.

**Remark 2.15** From Remark 2.14, if $T(t)$ ($t\ge 0$) is a positive semigroup generated by −*A*, $h\ge \theta $, ${x}_{0}\ge \theta $ and ${y}_{k}\ge \theta $, $k=1,2,\dots ,m$, then the mild solution $u\in PC(I,X)$ of (2.12) satisfies $u\ge \theta $. For the applications of positive operators semigroup, one can refer to [23–25].

Now, we recall some properties of the measure of noncompactness will be used later. Let $\mu (\cdot )$ denotes the Kuratowski measure of noncompactness of the bounded set. For the details of the definition and properties of the measure of noncompactness, see [26]. For any $B\subset C(I,X)$ and $t\in I$, set $B(t)=\{u(t)|u\in B\}$. If *B* is bounded in $C(I,X)$, then $B(t)$ is bounded in *X*, and $\mu (B(t))\le \mu (B)$. If *E* is a precompact set in *X*, then $\mu (E)=0$.

**Lemma 2.16**[27]

*Let*$B=\{{u}_{n}\}\subset C(I,X)$ ($n=1,2,\dots $)

*be a bounded and countable set*.

*Then*$\mu (B(t))$

*is Lebesgue integral on*

*I*,

*and*

In order to prove our results, we also need a generalized Gronwall inequality for fractional differential equation.

**Lemma 2.17**[28]

*Suppose*$b\ge 0$, $\beta >0$,

*and*$a(t)$

*is a nonnegative function locally integrable on*$0\le t<T$ (

*some*$T\le +\mathrm{\infty}$),

*and suppose*$u(t)$

*is nonnegative and locally integrable on*$0\le t<T$

*with*

*on this interval*;

*then*

## 3 Main results

**Theorem 3.1** *Let* *X* *be an ordered Banach space*, *whose positive cone* *P* *is normal with normal constant* *N*. *Assume that*$T(t)$ ($t\ge 0$) *is positive*, *the Cauchy problem* (1.1) *has a lower solution*${v}_{0}\in C(I,X)$*and an upper solution*${w}_{0}\in C(I,X)$*with*${v}_{0}\le {w}_{0}$, *and the following conditions are satisfied*:

_{1})

*There exists a constant*$C\ge 0$

*such that*

*for any*$t\in I$, *and*${v}_{0}(t)\le {x}_{1}\le {x}_{2}\le {w}_{0}(t)$. *That is*, $f(t,x)+Cx$*is increasing in* *x* *for*$x\in [{v}_{0}(t),{w}_{0}(t)]$.

(H_{2}) $g(u)$*is decreasing in* *u* *for*$u\in [{v}_{0},{w}_{0}]$.

(H_{3}) ${I}_{k}(x)$*is increasing in* *x* *for*$x\in [{v}_{0}(t),{w}_{0}(t)]$$(t\in I)$.

_{4})

*There exists a constant*$L\ge 0$

*such that*

*for any*$t\in I$, *and increasing or decreasing monotonic sequence*$\{{x}_{n}\}\subset [{v}_{0}(t),{w}_{0}(t)]$.

(H_{5}) $\{g({u}_{n})\}$*is precompact in* *X*, *for any increasing or decreasing monotonic sequence*$\{{u}_{n}\}\subset [{v}_{0},{w}_{0}]$. *That is*, $\mu (\{g({u}_{n})\})=0$.

*Then the Cauchy problem* (1.1) *has the minimal and maximal mild solutions between*${v}_{0}$*and*${w}_{0}$, *which can be obtained by a monotone iterative procedure starting from*${v}_{0}$*and*${w}_{0}$, *respectively*.

*Proof*It is easy to see that $-(A+CI)$ generates an positive analytic semigroup $S(t)={e}^{-Ct}T(t)$. Let $\mathrm{\Phi}(t)={\int}_{0}^{\mathrm{\infty}}{\zeta}_{\alpha}(\theta )S({t}^{\alpha}\theta )\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}d\theta $, $\mathrm{\Psi}(t)=\alpha {\int}_{0}^{\mathrm{\infty}}\theta {\zeta}_{\alpha}(\theta )S({t}^{\alpha}\theta )\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}d\theta $. By Remark 2.14, $\mathrm{\Phi}(t)$ ($t\ge 0$) and $\mathrm{\Psi}(t)$ ($t\ge 0$) are positive. By (2.5) and Remark 2.8, we have that

_{1}), (H

_{2}), and (H

_{3}), we have inequality

*P*, then

*B*and ${B}_{0}$ are bounded. It follows from ${B}_{0}=B\cup \{{v}_{0}\}$ that $\mu (B(t))=\mu ({B}_{0}(t))$ for $t\in I$. Let

_{4}), (H

_{5}), (3.3), (3.4), (3.9), (3.11), Lemma 2.16 and the positivity of operator $\mathrm{\Psi}(t)$, for $t\in {J}_{1}^{\prime}$, we have that

*X*. Thus, ${I}_{1}({B}_{0}({t}_{1}))$ is precompact in

*X*and $\mu ({I}_{1}({B}_{0}({t}_{1})))=0$. For $t\in {J}_{2}^{\prime}$, using the same argument as above for $t\in {J}_{1}^{\prime}$, we have that

*X*for every $t\in I$. So, $\{{v}_{n}(t)\}$ has a convergent subsequence in

*X*. In view of (3.10), we can easily prove that $\{{v}_{n}(t)\}$ itself is convergent in

*X*. That is, there exist $\underline{u}(t)\in X$ such that ${v}_{n}(t)\to \underline{u}(t)$ as $n\to \mathrm{\infty}$ for every $t\in I$. By (3.4) and (3.9), we have that

Then $\underline{u}\in C(I,X)$ and $\underline{u}=Q\underline{u}$. Similarly, we can prove that there exists $\overline{u}\in C(I,X)$ such that $\overline{u}=Q\overline{u}$. By (3.6), if $u\in D$, and *u* is a fixed point of *Q*, then ${v}_{1}=Q{v}_{0}\le Qu=u\le Q{w}_{0}={w}_{1}$. By induction, ${v}_{n}\le u\le {w}_{n}$. By (3.10) and taking the limit as $n\to \mathrm{\infty}$, we conclude that ${v}_{0}\le \underline{u}\le u\le \overline{u}\le {w}_{0}$. That means that $\underline{u}$, $\overline{u}$ are the minimal and maximal fixed points of *Q* on $[{v}_{0},{w}_{0}]$, respectively. By (3.5), they are the minimal and maximal mild solutions of the Cauchy problem (1.1) on $[{v}_{0},{w}_{0}]$, respectively. □

**Corollary 3.2** *Let* *X* *be an ordered Banach space*, *whose positive cone* *P* *is regular*. *Assume that*$T(t)$ ($t\ge 0$) *is positive*, *the Cauchy problem* (1.1) *has a lower solution*${v}_{0}\in C(I,X)$*and an upper solution*${w}_{0}\in C(I,X)$*with*${v}_{0}\le {w}_{0}$, (*H*_{1}), (*H*_{2}), *and* (*H*_{3}) *hold*. *Then the Cauchy problem* (1.1) *has the minimal and maximal mild solutions between*${v}_{0}$*and*${w}_{0}$, *which can be obtained by a monotone iterative procedure starting from*${v}_{0}$*and*${w}_{0}$, *respectively*.

*Proof*Since

*P*is regular, any ordered-monotonic and ordered-bounded sequence in

*X*is convergent. For $t\in I$, let $\{{x}_{n}\}$ be an increasing or decreasing sequence in $[{v}_{0}(t),{w}_{0}(t)]$. By (H

_{1}), $\{f(t,{x}_{n})+C{x}_{n}\}$ is an ordered-monotonic and ordered-bounded sequence in

*X*. Then, $\mu (\{f(t,{x}_{n})+C{x}_{n}\})=\mu (\{{x}_{n}\})=0$. By the properties of the measure of noncompactness, we have

So, (H_{4}) holds. Let $\{{u}_{n}\}$ be an increasing or decreasing sequence in $[{v}_{0},{w}_{0}]$. By (H_{2}), $\{g({u}_{n})\}$ is an ordered-monotonic and ordered-bounded sequence in *X*. Then $\{g({u}_{n})\}$ is precompact in *X*. Thus, (H_{5}) holds. By Theorem 3.1, the proof is then complete. □

**Corollary 3.3** *Let* *X* *be an ordered and weakly sequentially complete Banach space*, *whose positive cone* *P* *is normal with normal constant* *N*. *Assume that*$T(t)$ ($t\ge 0$) *is positive*, *the Cauchy problem* (1.1) *has a lower solution*${v}_{0}\in C(I,X)$*and an upper solution*${w}_{0}\in C(I,X)$*with*${v}_{0}\le {w}_{0}$, (*H*_{1}), (*H*_{2}), *and* (*H*_{3}) *hold*. *Then the Cauchy problem* (1.1) *has the minimal and maximal mild solutions between*${v}_{0}$*and*${w}_{0}$, *which can be obtained by a monotone iterative procedure starting from*${v}_{0}$*and*${w}_{0}$, *respectively*.

*Proof* In an ordered and weakly sequentially complete Banach space, the normal cone *P* is regular. Then the proof is complete. □

**Corollary 3.4** *Let* *X* *be an ordered and reflective Banach space*, *whose positive cone* *P* *is normal with normal constant* *N*. *Assume that*$T(t)$ ($t\ge 0$) *is positive*, *the Cauchy problem* (1.1) *has a lower solution*${v}_{0}\in C(I,X)$*and an upper solution*${w}_{0}\in C(I,X)$*with*${v}_{0}\le {w}_{0}$, (*H*_{1}), (*H*_{2}), *and* (*H*_{3}) *hold*. *Then the Cauchy problem* (1.1) *has the minimal and maximal mild solutions between*${v}_{0}$*and*${w}_{0}$, *which can be obtained by a monotone iterative procedure starting from*${v}_{0}$*and*${w}_{0}$, *respectively*.

*Proof* In an ordered and reflective Banach space, the normal cone *P* is regular. Then the proof is complete. □

## 4 Examples

**Example 4.1**In order to illustrate our results, we consider the following impulsive fractional partial differential equation with nonlocal initial condition

where $0={t}_{0}<{t}_{1}<{t}_{2}<\cdots <{t}_{m}<{t}_{m+1}=T$, $0<{\tau}_{1}<{\tau}_{2}<\cdots <{\tau}_{n}<T$, ${c}_{i}\le 0$ ($i=1,2,\dots ,n$), $f:[0,T]\times \mathbb{R}\to \mathbb{R}$ is continuous, ${I}_{k}:\mathbb{R}\to \mathbb{R}$ ($k=1,2,\dots ,m$) is continuous, ${u}_{0}\in {L}^{2}([0,\pi ],\mathbb{R})$.

*X*is a Banach space, and

*P*is a regular cone in

*X*. Define the operator

*A*as follows:

*A*generate an analytic semigroup of uniformly bounded linear operators $T(t)$ ($t\ge 0$) in

*X*(see [11]). By the maximum principle, we can easily find that $T(t)$ ($t\ge 0$) is a positive semigroup. Denote $u(t)(x)=u(t,x)$, $f(t,u(t))(x)=f(t,u(t,x))$, ${I}_{k}(u({t}_{k}))(x)={I}_{k}(u({t}_{k},x))$, $g(u)(x)={\sum}_{i=0}^{n}{c}_{i}u({\tau}_{i},x)$, ${x}_{0}={u}_{0}(x)$, then the system (4.1) can be reformulated as the problem (1.1) in

*X*. It is easy to find that (H

_{2}) holds. Moreover, we assume that the following conditions hold:

- (a)
$f(t,0)\ge 0$ for $t\in [0,T]$, ${I}_{k}(0)\ge 0$, ${u}_{0}(x)\ge 0$ for $x\in [0,\pi ]$.

- (b)There exists
*w*such that$\{\begin{array}{c}\frac{{\partial}^{\frac{1}{2}}w(t,x)}{\partial {t}^{\frac{1}{2}}}-\frac{{\partial}^{2}w(t,x)}{\partial {x}^{2}}\ge f(t,w(t,x)),\phantom{\rule{1em}{0ex}}x\in [0,\pi ],t\in [0,T],t\ne {t}_{k},\hfill \\ w(t,0)=w(t,\pi )=0,\phantom{\rule{1em}{0ex}}t\in [0,T],\hfill \\ \mathrm{\Delta}w(t,x){|}_{t={t}_{k}}\ge {I}_{k}(w({t}_{k},x)),\phantom{\rule{1em}{0ex}}k=1,2,\dots ,m,\hfill \\ w(0,x)+{\sum}_{i=0}^{n}{c}_{i}w({\tau}_{i},x)\ge {w}_{0}(x),\phantom{\rule{1em}{0ex}}x\in [0,\pi ],\hfill \end{array}$(4.2)

*w*is continuous at $t\ne {t}_{k}$, left continuous at $t={t}_{k}$, and $w({t}_{k}^{+},x)$ exists, $k=1,2,\dots ,m$, $\frac{{\partial}^{\frac{1}{2}}w(t,x)}{\partial {t}^{\frac{1}{2}}}$ and $\frac{{\partial}^{2}w(t,x)}{\partial {x}^{2}}$ are continuous at $t\ne {t}_{k}$.

- (c)
${f}_{u}^{\prime}(t,u)$ is continuous on any bounded and ordered interval.

- (d)For any ${u}_{1}$, ${u}_{2}$ on a bounded and ordered interval, and ${u}_{1}\le {u}_{2}$, we have${I}_{k}({u}_{1}({t}_{k},x))\le {I}_{k}({u}_{2}({t}_{k},x)),\phantom{\rule{1em}{0ex}}x\in [0,\pi ],k=1,2,\dots ,m.$(4.3)

**Theorem 4.2** *If* (*a*)-(*d*) *are satisfied*, *then the system* (4.1) *has the minimal and maximal mild solutions between* 0 *and* *w*.

*Proof* By (a) and (b), we know 0 and *w* are the lower and upper solutions of the problem (1.1), respectively. (c) implies that (H_{1}) are satisfied. (d) implies that (H_{3}) are satisfied. Then by Corollary 3.2, the system (4.1) has the minimal and maximal mild solutions between 0 and *w*. □

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### Acknowledgements

This research was supported by Talent Introduction Scientific Research Foundation of Northwest University for Nationalities.

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