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Multiple monotone positive solutions for higher order differential equations with integral boundary conditions
Boundary Value Problems volume 2014, Article number: 74 (2014)
This paper investigates the higher order differential equations with nonlocal boundary conditions
The existence results of multiple monotone positive solutions are obtained by means of fixed point index theory for operators in a cone.
In this paper, we are concerned with the existence of multiple monotone positive solutions for the higher order differential equation
subject to the following integral boundary conditions:
where , is continuous in which , A and B are right continuous on , left continuous at , and nondecreasing on , with ; and denote the Riemann-Stieltjes integrals of v with respect to A and B, respectively.
Boundary value problems (BVPs for short) for nonlinear differential equations arise in many areas of applied mathematics and physics. Many authors have discussed the existence of positive solutions for second order or higher order differential equations with boundary conditions defined at a finite number of points, for instance, [1–12]. In , Graef and Yang considered the following n th-order multi-point BVP:
where , is a parameter, g and f are continuous functions, , for and . The authors obtained the existence and nonexistence results of positive solutions by using Krasnosel’skii’s fixed point theorem in cones. In , we studied the following second order m-point nonhomogeneous BVP:
where , (), , . The authors obtained the existence, nonexistence and multiplicity of positive solutions by using the Krasnosel’skii-Guo fixed point theorem, the upper-lower solutions method and topological degree theory.
Boundary value problems with integral boundary conditions for ordinary differential equations represent a very interesting and important class of problems and arise in the study of various physical, biological and chemical processes [13–15], such as heat conduction, chemical engineering, underground water flow, thermo-elasticity, and plasma physics. They include two, three, multi-point and nonlocal BVPs as special cases. The existence and multiplicity of positive solutions for such problems have received a great deal of attention, see [16–32] and the references therein. In , Feng, Ji and Ge considered the existence and multiplicity of positive solutions for a class of nonlinear boundary value problems of second order differential equations with integral boundary conditions in ordered Banach spaces
The arguments are based upon a specially constructed cone and fixed point theory in a cone for strict set contraction operators.
Motivated by the works mentioned above, in this paper, we consider the existence of multiple monotone positive solutions for BVP (1.1) and (1.2). In comparison with previous works, our paper has several new features. Firstly, we consider higher order boundary value problems, and we allow the nonlinearity f to contain derivatives of the unknown function up to order. Secondly, we discuss the boundary value problem with integral boundary conditions, i.e., BVP (1.1) and (1.2), which includes two-point, three-point, multi-point and nonlocal boundary value problems as special cases. Thirdly, we consider the existence of multiple monotone positive solutions. To our knowledge, few papers have considered the monotone positive solutions for a higher order differential equation with integral boundary conditions. We shall emphasize here that with these new features our work improves and generalizes the results of  and some other known results to some degree. In this work we shall also utilize the following fixed point theorem in cones.
Let K be a cone in a Banach space E. Let D be an open bounded subset of E with and . Assume that is a compact operator such that for . Then the following results hold.
If , , then .
If there exists such that for all and , then .
Let U be open in E such that . If and , then A has a fixed point in . The same result holds if and .
2 Preliminary lemmas
Let , then E is a Banach space with the norm for each .
We make the following assumptions:
() is continuous.
() , , , where ,
Lemma 2.1 Assume that () holds. Then, for any , the BVP
has a unique solution u that can be expressed in the form
Proof Firstly, we prove that if u is a solution of BVP (2.1), then it will take the form of (2.2). Now, integrating differential equation (2.1) from 0 to t twice, we have
Letting in (2.4), we get
Substituting the boundary conditions of (2.1) and (2.5) into (2.4) yields
Solving the above two equations for and , we have
Hence, (2.2) follows from (2.6) and (2.7).
Next we prove that the u given by (2.2) satisfies the differential equation and boundary conditions of (2.1). From (2.2), we have
Direct differentiation of (2.8) gives . Also, from (2.2) we have
Therefore, by solving the above two equations with the double integrals as unknowns, we have
Hence (2.6) follows from (2.2), (2.9) and (2.10), and thus , . This completes the proof. □
then is the Green function of BVP (1.1) and (1.2). Moreover, solving BVP (1.1) and (1.2) is equivalent to finding a solution of the following integral equation:
Remark 2.1 If () holds, then for any , it is easy to testify that
Lemma 2.2 Let , then for any , , we have
Proof It is easy to show that , , . For , , we have
For any , we define . From Lemma 2.2, we know that
Lemma 2.3 Assume that () holds. If satisfies the boundary conditions (1.2) and
Proof Let , , then we have
For , implies that
On the other hand,
i.e., , therefore , and so .
Now, , and is concave downward, so we have
From (2.14) and , we obtain (2.13). This completes the proof of Lemma 2.3. □
Remark 2.2 From Lemma 2.3, if u is a positive solution of BVP (1.1) and (1.2), then u is nondecreasing on , i.e., u is a monotone positive solution of BVP (1.1) and (1.2).
Obviously, K is a cone in E. For any , let , and . Define an operator as follows:
Then u is a solution of BVP (1.1) and (1.2) if and only if u solves the operator equation .
Lemma 2.4 Suppose that () and () hold, then is completely continuous.
Proof For all , , by (), (2.11), (2.12) and (2.15), we have
Thus, further from the first inequality of (2.12), we have
Hence, and .
Next by standard methods and the Ascoli-Arzela theorem, one can prove that is completely continuous. So this is omitted. □
Proceeding as for the proof of Lemma 2.5 in , we have the following.
Lemma 2.5 has the following properties:
is open relative to K;
if and only if ;
if , then for .
Now for convenience we introduce the following notations:
To prove our main results, we need the following lemmas.
Lemma 2.6 Assume that (), () hold and f satisfies
Proof For , we have and , , . Then by (2.16) we have, for ,
This implies that for . By the point (1) in Lemma 1.1, we have . □
Lemma 2.7 Assume that (), () hold and f satisfies
Proof Let , , then with . Next we prove that
In fact, if not, then there exist and such that . By (2.17) and the point (d) in Lemma 2.5, we have, for ,
This implies that , and so by the point (c) in Lemma 2.5, this is a contradiction. It follows from the point (2) of Lemma 1.1 that . □
3 Main results
In the following, we shall give the main results on the existence of multiple positive solutions of BVP (1.1) and (1.2).
Theorem 3.1 Suppose that () and () are satisfied. In addition, assume that one of the following conditions holds.
() There exist with and such that
() There exist with such that
Then BVP (1.1) and (1.2) has two nondecreasing positive solutions , in K. Moreover, if in () is replaced by , then BVP (1.1) and (1.2) has a third nondecreasing positive solution .
Proof Assume that () holds. We show that either T has a fixed point or in . If for , by Lemmas 2.6 and 2.7, we have , , and . By Lemma 2.5(b), we have since . It follows from Lemma 1.1(3) that T has a fixed point . Similarly, T has a fixed point . The proof is similar when () holds. □
Corollary 3.1 If there exists such that one of the following conditions holds:
() , , for , ,
() , , for , ,
then BVP (1.1) and (1.2) has at least two nondecreasing positive solutions in K.
Proof We show that () implies (). It is easy to verify that implies that there exists such that . Let , by , there exists such that for , . Let
then for , we have
This implies that and () holds. Similarly, () implies (). This completes the proof. □
Remark 3.1 We establish the multiplicity of monotone positive solutions for a higher order differential equation with integral boundary conditions, and we allow the nonlinearity f to contain derivatives of the unknown function up to order, so our work improves and generalizes the results of  to some degree.
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Research supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (11371221, 11201260), the Specialized Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education of China (20123705120004, 20123705110001), a Project of Shandong Province Higher Educational Science and Technology Program (J11LA06) and Foundation of Qufu Normal University (BSQD20100103).
The authors declare that they have no competing interests.
XH wrote the first manuscript and LL corrected and improved the final version. Both authors read and approved the final manuscript.