# The well-posedness of an anisotropic parabolic equation based on the partial boundary value condition

## Abstract

Consider the anisotropic parabolic equation with the variable exponent

$${u_{t}}=\sum_{i=1}^{N} \bigl(a_{i}(x)|u_{x_{i}}|^{p_{i}(x)-2}u_{x_{i}} \bigr)_{x _{i}},$$

with $$a_{i}(x)$$, $$p_{i}(x)\in C^{1}(\overline{\Omega})$$, $$p_{i}(x)>1$$, $$a_{i}(x)\geq0$$. If some of $$\{a_{i}(x)\}$$ are degenerate on the boundary, a partial boundary value condition is imposed, the stability of weak solutions can be proved based on the partial boundary value condition.

## 1 Introduction

The equation

$$u_{t} =\operatorname{div}\bigl(a(x)\vert \nabla u\vert ^{p(x)-2}\nabla u\bigr), \quad(x,t) \in{Q_{T}},$$
(1.1)

comes from the so-called electrorheological fluids theory (see [1, 2]), where $$\Omega\subset\mathbb{R}^{N}$$ is a bounded domain with smooth boundary Ω, $$p(x)>1$$ is a measurable function. If $$a(x)\equiv1$$, there are many related papers to study equation (1.1) with the usual initial-boundary value conditions

\begin{aligned}& u(x,0) = u_{0}(x), \quad x\in\Omega, \end{aligned}
(1.2)
\begin{aligned}& u(x,t)=0, \quad(x,t)\in\partial\Omega\times(0,T), \end{aligned}
(1.3)

one can see  and the references therein.

If $$a(x)>0$$ when $$x\in\Omega$$ but $$a(x)|_{x\in\partial\Omega}=0$$, then the stability of weak solutions can be proved without the boundary value condition (1.3), provided that the diffusion coefficient $$a(x)$$ satisfies some other restrictions. One can see our previous works .

In this paper, we will consider an anisotropic parabolic equation of the type

$${u_{t}}= \sum_{i=1}^{N} \bigl(a_{i}(x)\vert u_{x_{i}}\vert ^{p_{i}(x)-2}u_{x_{i}} \bigr)_{x _{i}}, \quad (x,t)\in Q_{T}.$$
(1.4)

We denote that

$$p_{i}^{+}=\max_{x\in\overline{\Omega}}p_{i}(x),\quad\quad p_{i}^{-}= \min_{x\in\overline{\Omega}}p_{i}(x)$$

for any $$i\in\{1,2,\ldots, N\}$$ and denote that

\begin{aligned}& p_{0}=\min\bigl\{ p_{1}^{-}, p_{2}^{-}, \ldots, p_{N-1}^{-}, p_{N}^{-}\bigr\} , \quad\quad p_{0}>1, \\& p^{0}=\max\bigl\{ p_{1}^{+}, p_{2}^{+}, \ldots, p_{N-1}^{+}, p_{N}^{+}\bigr\} . \end{aligned}

If $$a_{i}(x)\equiv1$$, the existence of a weak solution was proved in . Also, one can refer to the excellent papers .

Let $$I=\{i_{1}, i_{2}, \ldots, i_{k}\}\subset\{1, 2, \ldots, N\}$$, $$J=\{j_{1}, j_{2}, \ldots, j_{l}\}\subset\{1, 2, \ldots, N\}$$, $$k+l=N$$, $$I\cap J=\varnothing$$. Not only we assume that $$a_{i}(x)\in C(\overline{\Omega})$$, and when $$x\in\Omega$$, $$a_{i}(x)>0$$, but we also assume that

\begin{aligned}& a_{i_{1}}(x)\geq c_{1}>0,\quad\quad a_{i_{2}}(x)\geq c_{2}>0, \quad \quad \ldots,\quad\quad a_{i_{k}}(x) \geq c_{k}>0, \quad x\in\overline{\Omega}, \end{aligned}
(1.5)
\begin{aligned}& a_{j_{1}}(x)=0,\quad\quad a_{j_{2}}(x)=0, \quad\quad \ldots,\quad \quad a_{j_{l}}(x)=0,\quad x\in\partial \Omega. \end{aligned}
(1.6)

Besides the initial value condition (1.2), instead of the usual boundary value condition (1.3), by assumptions (1.5)-(1.6), only a partial boundary value condition

$$u(x,t)=0, \quad(x,t)\in\Sigma_{1}\times(0,T)$$
(1.7)

should be imposed. To see that, let us give a simple example to show what $$\Sigma_{1}$$ is. Let $$N=2$$, $$p_{1}(x)=p_{2}(x)\equiv p(x)$$, the domain Ω be a square,

$$\Omega=\bigl\{ (x_{1},x_{2}): 0< x_{1}< 1, 0< x_{2}< 1\bigr\} .$$

Consider the equation

$$u_{t}=\frac{\partial}{\partial x_{1}}\bigl(a_{1}(x)\vert u_{x_{1}}\vert ^{p(x)-2}u _{x_{1}}\bigr)+\frac{\partial}{\partial x_{2}} \bigl(\vert u_{x_{1}}\vert ^{p(x)-2}u_{x _{2}} \bigr).$$
(1.8)

Then we conjecture that

$$\Sigma_{1}=\bigl\{ (x_{1},x_{2}): 0< x_{1}< 1, x_{2}=0\bigr\} \cup\bigl\{ (x_{1},x _{2}): 0< x_{1}< 1, x_{2}=1\bigr\} .$$
(1.9)

This conjecture was proved in  recently.

However, in general, it is difficult to depict out the geometric character of $$\Sigma_{1}$$. We have tried to depict out $$\Sigma_{1}$$ by the Fichera function in , but it seems not so successful. In this short paper,

$$\Sigma_{1}=\biggl\{ x\in\partial\Omega:\frac{\vert (\prod_{j=1}^{l} a_{j}(x))_{x _{i_{r}}}\vert ^{p_{i_{r}}(x)}}{[\prod_{j=1}^{l} a_{j}(x)]^{p_{i_{r}(x)}-1}} \neq0\biggr\} ,$$

we will study the well-posedness of the equation basing on the partial boundary value condition (1.7). Also, we denote that

$$\Sigma_{2}=\partial\Omega\setminus\Sigma_{1}.$$

### Definition 1.1

A function $$u(x,t)$$ is said to be a weak solution of equation (1.4) with the initial value condition (1.2) if

$$u \in{L^{\infty}}({Q_{T}}),\quad\quad \frac{\partial u}{\partial t} \in{L^{2}}( {Q_{T}}), \quad\quad a_{i}(x)\vert u_{x_{i}}\vert ^{p_{i}(x)} \in L^{2}\bigl(0,T; L^{1}(\Omega )\bigr),$$
(1.10)

and for any function $$\varphi_{1}\in C_{0}^{1}(Q_{T})$$, $$\varphi_{2} \in L^{\infty}(Q_{T})$$ and $$\varphi_{2x_{i}}\in L^{2}(0,T; W_{\mathrm {loc}} ^{1,p_{i}(x)}(\Omega))$$ such that

$$\iint_{Q_{T}} \Biggl[\frac{\partial u}{\partial t}(\varphi_{1} \varphi_{2}) + \sum_{i=1}^{N}a_{i}(x) \vert u_{x_{i}} \vert ^{p_{i}(x)- 2} u_{x_{i}} ( \varphi_{1}\varphi_{2})_{x_{i}}\Biggr] \,dx \,dt=0.$$
(1.11)

The initial value condition (1.2) is satisfied in the sense of

$$\lim_{t\rightarrow0} \int_{\Omega}\bigl\vert u(x,t) - u_{0}(x) \bigr\vert \,dx = 0.$$
(1.12)

Besides, if the partial boundary value condition (1.7) is satisfied in the sense of the trace, then we say that there is a weak solution of the initial-boundary value problem (1.4)-(1.2)-(1.7).

In this paper, we first study the existence of the weak solution.

### Theorem 1.2

If $$p_{0}>1$$, $$a_{i}(x)$$ satisfies conditions (1.5), (1.6),

$${u_{0}} \in{L^{\infty}}(\Omega), \quad\quad u_{0x_{i}} \in L^{p_{i}(x)}( \Omega),$$
(1.13)

then there is a solution of equation (1.4) with the initial value (1.2). Moreover, if for every $$1\leq r\leq l$$, $$\int_{\Omega}a_{j_{r}}^{-{1}/({p _{j_{r}}(x)-1})}(x)\,dx<\infty$$, then the initial-boundary value problem (1.4)-(1.2)-(1.7) has a solution.

Here, $$L^{p_{i}(x)}(\Omega)$$ is the variable exponent space, its definition is given in Section 2.

Secondly, we will study the stability of weak solutions to the initial-boundary value problem (1.4)-(1.2)-(1.7).

### Theorem 1.3

If u and v are two solutions of equation (1.4) with the same partial boundary value condition (1.7) and with the initial values $$u_{0}(x)$$, $$v_{0}(x)$$, respectively, if $$l>1$$ and for every $$1\leq r\leq l$$,

$$n \Biggl( \int_{\Omega\setminus\Omega_{n}} a_{j_{r}}(x)\Biggl\vert \Biggl(\prod _{s=1} ^{l} a_{j_{s}}(x) \Biggr)_{x_{j_{r}}}\Biggr\vert ^{p_{j_{r}}(x)}\,dx \Biggr) ^{\frac{1}{p ^{+}_{j_{r}}}} \leq c,$$
(1.14)

then

$$\int_{\Omega}\bigl\vert u(x,t)-v(x,t)\bigr\vert \,dx\leq \int_{\Omega }\bigl\vert u_{0}(x)-v_{0}(x) \bigr\vert \,dx.$$
(1.15)

Here, $$\Omega_{n}=\{x\in\Omega:\prod_{s=1}^{l}a_{j_{s}}(x)> \frac{1}{n}\}$$.

If $$l=1$$ in Theorem 1.3, without loss of generality, we may assume that

$$a_{1}(x)=0, \quad x\in\partial\Omega,$$
(1.16)

while $$a_{i}(x)>0$$ for $$i>1$$. Then we have the following.

### Theorem 1.4

If (1.16) is true and $$a_{i}(x)>0$$ for $$i>1$$, u and v are two solutions of equation (1.4) with the same partial boundary value condition (1.7) and with the initial values $$u_{0}(x)$$, $$v_{0}(x)$$, respectively, if for every $$i\geq2$$

$$n \biggl( \int_{\Omega_{n}}\bigl\vert a_{1x_{i}}(x)\bigr\vert ^{p_{i}(x)} \,dx \biggr) ^{\frac{1}{p ^{+}_{i}}}\leq c$$
(1.17)

and

$$n \biggl( \int_{\Omega\setminus\Omega_{n}} a_{1}(x) \bigl\vert a_{1x_{1}}(x) \bigr\vert ^{p _{1}(x)}\,dx \biggr) ^{\frac{1}{p^{+}_{1}}}\leq c,$$
(1.18)

then the stability of weak solutions (1.15) is true. Here, $$a_{1x_{1}}(x)=\frac{ \partial a_{1}(x)}{\partial x_{1}}$$, $$a_{1x_{i}}(x)=\frac{\partial a _{1}(x)}{\partial x_{i}}$$ as usual, $$\Omega_{n}=\{x\in\Omega: a_{1}(x)> \frac{1}{n}\}$$.

At the end of the introduction, we would like to suggest that there are many papers devoted to the anisotropic elliptic equations, for examples, one can see  and the references therein. For example, Fu and Shan studied the problem of removable isolated singularities for elliptic equations with variable exponents in . They gave a sufficient condition for removability of the isolated singular point for the equations in $$W^{1,p(x)}(\Omega)$$. Cencelj and Repovs̆ studied the perturbation by a critical term and a superlinear subcritical nonlinearity of a quasilinear elliptic equation containing a singular potential in . By means of variational arguments and a version of the concentration-compactness principle in the singular case, they proved the existence of solutions for positive values of the parameter under the principal eigenvalue of the associated singular eigenvalue problem. Konaté and Ouaro studied nonlinear anisotropic problems with bounded Radon diffuse measure and variable exponent in . They proved the existence and uniqueness of an entropy solution. By the way, the definition of weak solutions and the method used in  are different from the ones in this paper. Moreover, only the case when the domain is the n-dimensional unit cube is considered in , and the diffusion coefficient $$a_{i}(x)=a_{i}(x_{i})$$ is restricted only dependent on the single variable $$x_{i}$$.

## 2 The existence

We firstly give some basic concepts about the exponent variable spaces.

1. $$L^{p(x)}(\Omega)$$ space.

\begin{aligned} L^{p(x)}(\Omega) &=\biggl\{ u: u \text{ is a measurable real-valued function}, \\ &\quad \int_{\Omega}\bigl\vert u(x)\bigr\vert ^{p(x)} \,dx < \infty\biggr\} . \end{aligned}

The space $$L^{p(x)}(\Omega)$$ is equipped with the following Luxemburg norm:

$$\vert u\vert _{L^{p(x)}}(\Omega) = \inf\biggl\{ \lambda>0: \int _{\Omega}\biggl\vert \frac{u(x)}{ \lambda}\biggr\vert ^{p(x)}\,dx\leq1\biggr\} .$$

The space $$( L^{p(x)}(\Omega),\vert \cdot \vert _{L^{p(x)}(\Omega)} )$$ is a separable, uniformly convex Banach space.

2. $$W^{1,p(x)}(\Omega)$$ space.

$$W^{1,p(x)}(\Omega) =\bigl\{ u \in L^{p(x)}(\Omega): \vert \nabla u\vert \in L^{p(x)}( \Omega)\bigr\} ,$$

endowed with the following norm:

\begin{aligned} \vert u\vert _{W^{1,p(x)}}=\vert u\vert _{L^{p(x)}(\Omega)} + \vert \nabla u\vert _{L^{p(x)}( \Omega)},\quad \forall u\in W^{1,p(x)}(\Omega). \end{aligned}

We use $$W_{0}^{1,p(x)}(\Omega)$$ to denote the closure of $$C^{\infty }_{0}(\Omega)$$ in $$W^{1,p(x)}$$.

### Lemma 2.1

()

The spaces $$( L^{p(x)}(\Omega), \vert \cdot \vert _{L^{p(x)}(\Omega)} )$$, $$( W^{1,p(x)}(\Omega), \vert \cdot \vert _{W^{1,p(x)}(\Omega)} )$$ and $$W^{1,p(x)}_{0}(\Omega)$$ are reflexive Banach spaces.

### Lemma 2.2

()

If, for any given $$i\in\{ 1,2,\ldots, N \}$$, $$\int_{\Omega}a_{i}^{-\frac{1}{p_{i}(x)-1}}(x)\,dx<\infty$$, then

$$\int_{\Omega} \vert u_{x_{i}}\vert \,dx\leq c.$$
(2.1)

By this lemma, one can see that if $$a_{i}(x)$$ satisfies (1.5), (1.6) and if for every $$1\leq r\leq l$$, $$\int_{\Omega}a_{j_{r}}^{-{1}/({p _{j_{r}(x)}-1})}(x)\,dx<\infty$$, then (2.1) is satisfied. Thus, we can define the trace of u on the boundary Ω.

### Proof of Theorem 1.2

Consider the partially regularized equation

$${u_{t}}= \sum_{i=1}^{N} \bigl(a_{i}(x)\vert u_{x_{i}}\vert ^{p_{i}(x)-2}u_{x_{i}} \bigr)_{x _{i}}+\varepsilon\Delta u, \quad(x,t)\in Q_{T}$$
(2.2)

with the initial boundary conditions

\begin{aligned}& u(x,0) = u_{0\varepsilon}(x), \quad x\in\Omega, \end{aligned}
(2.3)
\begin{aligned}& u(x,t) = 0, \quad(x,t)\in\partial\Omega\times(0,T). \end{aligned}
(2.4)

Here, we let $$u_{0\varepsilon}(x)\in C_{0}^{\infty}(\Omega)$$ and strongly convergent to $$u_{0}(x)$$ in $$W_{0}^{1,p^{0}}(\Omega)$$.

Since $$a_{i}(x)$$ satisfies (1.5) and (1.6), similar to the proof of the usual evolutionary p-Laplacian equation, we can prove that there is a solution $${u_{\varepsilon}}\in L^{2}(0, T; W_{0}^{1,p_{0}}(\Omega ))$$ of the initial-boundary value problem (2.2)-(2.4), which satisfies

$$\Vert {u_{\varepsilon}} \Vert _{L^{\infty}({Q_{T}})} \leqslant c, \quad\quad \Vert {u_{\varepsilon t} }\Vert _{L^{2} ({Q_{T}})} \leqslant c.$$
(2.5)

Multiplying (2.1) by $$u_{\varepsilon}$$ and integrating it over $$Q_{T}$$, we have

\begin{aligned}[b] &\frac{1}{2} \int_{\Omega}u_{\varepsilon}^{2}\,dx + \sum _{i=1}^{n} \iint_{{Q_{T}}} a_{i}(x)\vert u_{\varepsilon x_{i}} \vert ^{p_{i}(x)}\,dx\,dt +\varepsilon \iint_{{Q_{T}}}\vert \nabla u_{\varepsilon }\vert ^{2}\,dx\,dt \\ &\quad = \frac{1}{2} \int_{\Omega} u_{0}^{2}(x)\,dx, \end{aligned}
(2.6)

then

$$\varepsilon \iint_{{Q_{T}}}\vert \nabla u_{\varepsilon} \vert ^{2}\,dx \leqslant c$$
(2.7)

and

$$\sum_{i=1}^{N} \iint_{{Q_{T}}}a_{i}(x)\vert u_{\varepsilon x_{i}} \vert ^{p_{i}(x)}\,dx\,dt\leq c.$$
(2.8)

Hence, by (2.5), (2.7), (2.8), there exists a function u and an n-dimensional vector $$\overrightarrow{\zeta}= ({\zeta_{1}}, \ldots ,{\zeta_{n}})$$ satisfying that $$\overrightarrow{\zeta}= ({\zeta_{1}}, \ldots,{\zeta_{n}})$$

$$u \in{L^{\infty}}({Q_{T}}),\quad \quad\frac{{\partial u}}{{\partial t}} \in{L^{2}}({Q_{T}}),\quad \quad\zeta_{i} \in{L^{1}\bigl(0,T; L^{\frac{p_{i}(x)}{ {p_{i}(x) - 1}}}}(\Omega)\bigr),$$

and $$u_{\varepsilon}\rightarrow u\text{ a.e.}\in Q_{T}$$,

\begin{aligned}& {u_{\varepsilon}}\rightharpoonup u, \quad\text{weakly star in } L^{\infty }(Q_{T}), \\& u_{\varepsilon} \to u,\quad\text{in } L^{2}\bigl(0,T;L_{\mathrm {loc}}^{r}( \Omega)\bigr), \\& \frac{{\partial{u_{\varepsilon}}}}{{\partial t}} \rightharpoonup\frac{ {\partial u}}{{\partial t}} \quad\text{in } {L^{2}}({Q_{T}}), \\& \varepsilon\nabla u_{\varepsilon}\rightharpoonup0,\quad \text{in } L^{2}(Q _{T}), \\& a_{i}(x)\vert u_{\varepsilon x_{i}} \vert ^{p_{i}(x) - 2} u_{\varepsilon x_{i} } \rightharpoonup\zeta_{i} \quad\text{in } L^{1}\bigl(0,T; L^{\frac{p _{i}(x)}{p_{i}(x) - 1}}(\Omega)\bigr). \end{aligned}

Here, $$r<\frac{Np_{0}}{N-p^{0}}$$.

Now, similar to the general evolutionary p-Laplacian equation, we are able to prove that (the details are omitted here)

$$\lim_{t\rightarrow0} \int_{\Omega}\bigl\vert u(x,t) - u_{0}(x) \bigr\vert \,dx = 0$$

and

$$\sum_{i=1}^{N} \iint_{{Q_{T}}} a_{i}(x)\vert u_{x_{i}} \vert ^{p_{i}(x) - 2}u_{x_{i}} \varphi_{x_{i}} \,dx\,dt =\sum _{i=1}^{N} \iint_{{Q_{T}}} \zeta_{i}(x) \varphi_{x_{i}} \,dx \,dt$$
(2.9)

for any function $$\varphi\in C_{0}^{1}({Q_{T}})$$. By a process of the limit , we can show that (2.9) is also true for any $$\varphi= \varphi_{1}\varphi_{2}$$, where $$\varphi_{1}\in C_{0}^{1}(Q_{T})$$, $$\varphi_{2}\in L^{\infty}$$ and $$\varphi_{2x_{i}}\in L^{2}(0,T; W _{\mathrm {loc}}^{1,p_{i}(x)}(\Omega))$$. Then u satisfies equation (1.4) with the initial value (1.2) in the sense of Definition 1.1. At last, according to Lemma 2.2, the partial boundary value condition (1.7) is satisfied in the sense of trace. Theorem 1.2 is proved. □

## 3 The stability

### Lemma 3.1

()

1. (i)

$$p(x)$$-Hölder’s inequality. Let $$q_{1}(x)$$ and $$q_{2}(x)$$ be real functions with $$\frac {1}{q_{1}(x)}+\frac{1}{q _{2}(x)} = 1$$ and $$q_{1}(x) > 1$$. Then the conjugate space of $$L^{q_{1}(x)}(\Omega)$$ is $$L^{q_{2}(x)}(\Omega)$$. And, for any $$u \in L^{q_{1}(x)}(\Omega)$$ and $$v \in L^{q_{2}(x)}(\Omega)$$, we have

$$\biggl\vert \int_{\Omega}uv \,dx\biggr\vert \leq2\vert u\vert _{L^{q_{1}(x)}(\Omega)}\vert v\vert _{L ^{q_{2}(x)(\Omega)}}.$$
2. (ii)
\begin{aligned} &\vert u\vert _{L^{p(x)}(\Omega)} = 1,\quad \textit{then } \int_{\Omega} \vert u\vert ^{p(x)} \,dx = 1, \\ &\vert u\vert _{L^{p(x)}}(\Omega) > 1, \quad\textit{then } \vert u \vert ^{p^{-}}_{L^{p(x)}}\leq \int_{\Omega} \vert u\vert ^{p(x)} \,dx\leq \vert u \vert ^{p^{+}}_{L^{p(x)}}, \\ &\vert u\vert _{L^{p(x)}}(\Omega) < 1, \quad\textit{then } \vert u \vert ^{p^{+}}_{L^{p(x)}}\leq \int_{\Omega} \vert u\vert ^{p(x)} \,dx\leq \vert u \vert ^{p^{-}}_{L^{p(x)}}. \end{aligned}

Now, we will prove Theorem 1.3. For any given positive integer n, let $${g_{n}}(s)$$ be an odd function, and

$${g_{n}}(s) = \textstyle\begin{cases} 1,&s > \frac{1}{n}, \\ {n^{2}}{s^{2}}{\mathrm{e}}^{1 - {n^{2}}{s^{2}}},&0\leq s \leqslant \frac{1}{n}. \end{cases}$$

Clearly,

$$\lim_{n\rightarrow0}g_{n}(s)=\operatorname{sign}(s), \quad s\in(- \infty, +\infty ).$$
(3.1)

### Proof of Theorem 1.3

Let u and v be two weak solutions of equation (1.4) with the initial values $$u(x,0)$$, $$v(x,0)$$, respectively.

Let $$\Omega_{n}=\{x\in\Omega:\prod_{r=1}^{l}a_{j_{r}}(x)> \frac{1}{n}\}$$, and

$$\phi_{n}(x)= \textstyle\begin{cases} 1, & \text{if } x\in\Omega_{n}, \\ n\prod_{r=1}^{l}a_{j_{r}}(x), & \text{if } x\in\Omega\setminus\Omega_{n}. \end{cases}$$
(3.2)

Obviously, $$\phi_{n x_{i}}=n(\prod_{r=1}^{l} a_{j_{r}}(x))_{x_{i}}$$ when $$x\in\Omega\setminus\Omega_{n}$$, in other places, it is identical to zero.

We can choose $$\varphi_{1}=\chi_{[\tau,s]}\phi_{n}$$, $$\varphi_{2}=g _{n}(u - v)$$, $$\varphi=\chi_{[\tau,s]}\phi_{n}g_{n}(u - v)$$ as the test function, then

\begin{aligned}& \int_{\tau}^{s} \int_{{\Omega}} \phi_{n}g_{n}(u - v) \frac{\partial (u - v)}{\partial t}\,dx\,dt \\& \quad\quad{} + \sum_{i=1}^{N} \int_{\tau}^{s} \int_{\Omega} a_{i}(x) \bigl(\vert u_{x _{i}} \vert ^{p_{i}(x) - 2} u_{x_{i}} - \vert v_{x_{i}} \vert ^{p _{i}(x)- 2} v_{x_{i}}\bigr) (u_{x_{i}} - v_{x_{i}})g'_{n}(u-v) \phi_{n}(x)\, dx\,dt \\& \quad\quad{} + \sum_{r=1}^{k} \int_{\tau}^{s} \int_{\Omega} a_{i_{r}}(x) \bigl(\vert u _{x_{i_{r}}} \vert ^{p_{i_{r}}(x) - 2}u_{x_{i_{r}}} - \vert v_{x _{i_{r}}} \vert ^{p_{i_{r}}(x)- 2} v_{x_{i_{r}}}\bigr)g_{n}(u-v) \phi_{n x_{i_{r}}}\,dx\,dt \\& \quad\quad{} + \sum_{r=l}^{l} \int_{\tau}^{s} \int_{\Omega} a_{j_{r}}(x) \bigl(\vert u _{x_{j_{r}}} \vert ^{p_{j_{r}}(x) - 2}u_{x_{j_{r}}} - \vert v_{x _{j_{r}}} \vert ^{p_{j_{r}}(x)- 2} v_{x_{j_{r}}}\bigr)g_{n}(u-v) \phi_{nx_{j_{r}}}\,dx\,dt \\& \quad=0. \end{aligned}
(3.3)

In the first place, as usual, we have

$$\int_{\Omega} a_{i}(x) \bigl(\vert u_{x_{i}} \vert ^{p_{i}(x) - 2}u_{x _{i}} - \vert v_{x_{i}} \vert ^{p_{i}(x) - 2} v_{x_{i}}\bigr) (u_{x_{i}} - v_{x_{i}})g'_{n}(u-v) \phi_{n}(x)\,dx\geq0,$$
(3.4)

and since $$u_{t}\in L^{2}(Q_{T})$$, using the Lebesgue dominated theorem, we have

\begin{aligned}[b] & \lim_{\eta\rightarrow0} \int_{\tau}^{s} \int_{\Omega}\phi_{n}(x)g _{n}(u - v) \frac{\partial(u - v)}{\partial t}\,dx\,dt \\ &\quad= \int_{\Omega} \vert u-v\vert (x,s)\,dx- \int_{\Omega} \vert u-v\vert (x,\tau)\,dx. \end{aligned}
(3.5)

In the second place, we deal with the third term on the left-hand side of (3.3). For simplicity, in what follows, we denote $$\prod_{r=1}^{l}a _{j_{r}}(x)$$ as $$\prod_{j=1}^{l}a_{j}(x)$$,

\begin{aligned}& \biggl\vert \int_{\Omega} a_{i_{r}}(x) \bigl(\vert u_{x_{i_{r}}} \vert ^{p_{i_{r}}(x) - 2}u_{x_{i_{r}}} - \vert v_{x_{i_{r}}} \vert ^{p_{i_{r}}(x)- 2} v _{x_{i_{r}}}\bigr)g_{n}(u-v)\phi_{n x_{i_{r}}} \,dx\biggr\vert \\& \quad=\biggl\vert \int_{\Omega\setminus\Omega_{n}}a_{i_{r}}(x) \bigl(\vert u_{x_{i_{r}}} \vert ^{p_{i_{r}}(x) - 2}u_{x_{i_{r}}} - \vert v_{x_{i_{r}}} \vert ^{p_{i_{r}}(x)- 2} v_{x_{i_{r}}}\bigr)g_{n}(u-v)\phi_{n x_{i_{r}}} \,dx\biggr\vert \\& \quad\leq \int_{\Omega\setminus\Omega_{n}} a_{i_{r}}(x) \bigl(\vert u_{x_{i _{r}}} \vert ^{p_{i_{r}}(x) - 1}+ \vert v_{x_{i_{r}}} \vert ^{p _{i_{r}}(x)- 1}\bigr) \bigl\vert g_{n}(u-v)\phi_{n x_{i_{r}}}\bigr\vert \,dx \\& \quad\leq \int_{\Omega\setminus\Omega_{n}} \Biggl[na_{i_{r}}(x)\prod _{j=1}^{l} a_{j}(x)\Biggr]^{\frac{p_{i_{r}(x)}-1}{p_{i_{r}(x)}}} \bigl(\vert u_{x_{i_{r}}} \vert ^{p_{i_{r}}(x) - 1}+ \vert v_{x_{i_{r}}} \vert ^{p_{i_{r}}(x)- 1}\bigr) \\& \quad\quad{} \cdot\bigl(a_{i_{r}}(x)\bigr)^{\frac{1}{p_{i_{r}(x)}}}\biggl\vert g_{n}(u-v)\frac{n^{\frac{1}{p _{i_{r}}(x)}}[\prod_{j=1}^{l} a_{j}(x)]_{x_{i_{r}}}}{[\prod_{j=1}^{l} a_{j}(x)]^{\frac{p_{i_{r}(x)}-1}{p_{i_{r}(x)}}}}\biggr\vert \,dx \\& \quad\leq \Biggl( \int_{\Omega\setminus\Omega_{n}}n\prod_{j=1}^{l} a_{j}(x) a_{i_{r}}(x) \bigl(\vert u_{x_{i_{r}}} \vert ^{p_{i_{r}}(x)}+ \vert v _{x_{i_{r}}} \vert ^{p_{i_{r}}(x)}\bigr)\,dx \Biggr) ^{ \frac{1}{q^{1}_{i_{r}}}} \\& \quad\quad{} \cdot \biggl( \int_{\Omega\setminus\Omega_{n}} na_{i_{r}}(x)\bigl\vert g_{n}(u-v)\bigr\vert ^{p _{i_{r}}(x)} \frac{\vert (\prod_{j=1}^{l} a_{j}(x))_{x_{i_{r}}}\vert ^{p_{i_{r}}(x)}}{[ \prod_{j=1}^{l} a_{j}(x)]^{p_{i_{r}(x)}-1}}\,dx \biggr) ^{\frac{1}{p^{1} _{i_{r}}}} \\& \quad\leq c \biggl( \int_{\Omega\setminus\Omega_{n}}a_{i_{r}}(x) \bigl(\vert u _{x_{i_{r}}} \vert ^{p_{i_{r}}(x)}+ \vert v_{x_{i_{r}}} \vert ^{p _{i_{r}}(x)}\bigr) \,dx \biggr) ^{\frac{1}{q^{1}_{i_{r}}}} \\& \quad\quad{} \cdot \biggl( n \int_{\Omega\setminus\Omega_{n}}\bigl\vert g_{n}(u-v)\bigr\vert ^{p_{i_{r}}(x)} \frac{\vert (\prod_{j=1}^{l} a_{j}(x))_{x_{i_{r}}}\vert ^{p_{i_{r}}(x)}}{[ \prod_{j=1}^{l} a_{j}(x)]^{p_{i_{r}(x)}-1}}\,dx \biggr) ^{\frac{1}{p^{1} _{i_{r}}}}. \end{aligned}
(3.6)

Here, $$p^{1}_{i_{r}}=p^{+}_{i_{r}}$$ or $$p^{-}_{i_{r}}$$ according to (ii) of Lemma 3.1. $$q_{j_{r}}(x)=\frac{p_{j_{r}}(x)}{p_{j_{r}}(x)-1}$$, $$q^{1}_{i_{r}}$$ has a similar sense.

If we denote that

\begin{aligned}& \Omega_{n1}=\bigl\{ x\in\Omega\setminus\Omega_{n}: \operatorname{dist}(x, \Sigma _{2})>\operatorname{dist}(x, \Sigma_{1})\bigr\} , \\& \Omega_{n2}=\bigl\{ x\in\Omega\setminus\Omega_{n}: \operatorname{dist}(x, \Sigma _{2})\leq\operatorname{dist}(x, \Sigma_{1}) \bigr\} , \end{aligned}

then

\begin{aligned}[b] & n \int_{\Omega\setminus\Omega_{n}}\bigl\vert g_{n}(u-v)\bigr\vert ^{p_{i_{r}}(x)} \frac{\vert ( \prod_{j=1}^{l} a_{j}(x))_{x_{i_{r}}}\vert ^{p_{i_{r}}(x)}}{[\prod_{j=1} ^{l} a_{j}(x)]^{p_{i_{r}(x)}-1}}\,dx \\ &\quad \leq n \int_{\Omega_{n1}}\bigl\vert g_{n}(u-v)\bigr\vert ^{p_{i_{r}}(x)} \frac{\vert (\prod_{j=1} ^{l} a_{j}(x))_{x_{i_{r}}}\vert ^{p_{i_{r}}(x)}}{[\prod_{j=1}^{l} a_{j}(x)]^{p _{i_{r}(x)}-1}}\,dx \\ &\quad\quad{} +n \int_{\Omega_{n2}} \bigl\vert g_{n}(u-v)\bigr\vert ^{p_{i_{r}}(x)} \frac{\vert (\prod_{j=1} ^{l} a_{j}(x))_{x_{i_{r}}}\vert ^{p_{i_{r}}(x)}}{[\prod_{j=1}^{l} a_{j}(x)]^{p _{i_{r}(x)}-1}}\,dx. \end{aligned}
(3.7)

Since

$$u=v=0, \quad x\in\Sigma_{1},$$

by the definition of the trace, we have

\begin{aligned}[b] & \lim_{n\rightarrow\infty}n \int_{\Omega_{n1}} \bigl\vert g_{n}(u-v)\bigr\vert ^{p_{i_{r}}(x)} \frac{\vert (\prod_{j=1}^{l} a_{j}(x))_{x_{i _{r}}}\vert ^{p_{i_{r}}(x)}}{[\prod_{j=1}^{l} a_{j}(x)]^{p_{i_{r}(x)}-1}}\,dx \\ &\quad = \int_{\Sigma_{1}}\operatorname{sign}(u-v)\frac{\vert (\prod_{j=1}^{l} a_{j}(x))_{x _{i_{r}}}\vert ^{p_{i_{r}}(x)}}{[\prod_{j=1}^{l} a_{j}(x)]^{p_{i_{r}(x)}-1}} \,d\Sigma=0. \end{aligned}
(3.8)

Moreover, since

$$\begin{gathered} \frac{\vert (\prod_{j=1}^{l} a_{j}(x))_{x_{i_{r}}}\vert ^{p_{i_{r}}(x)}}{[ \prod_{j=1}^{l} a_{j}(x)]^{p_{i_{r}(x)}-1}}=0, \quad x\in \Sigma_{2}, \\ \lim_{n\rightarrow\infty}n \int_{\Omega_{n2}} \bigl\vert g_{n}(u-v)\bigr\vert ^{p_{i_{r}}(x)} \frac{\vert (\prod_{j=1}^{l} a_{j}(x))_{x_{i _{r}}}\vert ^{p_{i_{r}}(x)}}{[\prod_{j=1}^{l} a_{j}(x)]^{p_{i_{r}(x)}-1}}\,dx \\ \quad \leq\lim_{n\rightarrow\infty}n \int_{\Omega_{n2}} \frac{\vert (\prod_{j=1} ^{l} a_{j}(x))_{x_{i_{r}}}\vert ^{p_{i_{r}}(x)}}{[\prod_{j=1}^{l} a_{j}(x)]^{p _{i_{r}(x)}-1}}\,dx \\ \quad = \int_{\Sigma_{2}}\frac{\vert (\prod_{j=1}^{l} a_{j}(x))_{x_{i_{r}}}\vert ^{p _{i_{r}}(x)}}{[\prod_{j=1}^{l} a_{j}(x)]^{p_{i_{r}(x)}-1}}\,d\Sigma=0. \end{gathered}$$
(3.9)

By (3.6)-(3.9), we conclude that

$$\lim_{n\rightarrow0}\biggl\vert \int_{\Omega} a_{i_{r}}(x) \bigl(\vert u_{x_{i_{r}}} \vert ^{p_{i_{r}}(x) - 2}u_{x_{i_{r}}} - \vert v_{x_{i_{r}}} \vert ^{p_{i_{r}}(x)- 2} v_{x_{i_{r}}}\bigr)g_{n}(u-v)\phi_{n x_{i_{r}}} \,dx\biggr\vert =0.$$
(3.10)

In the third place, we deal with the last term on the left-hand side of (3.3)

\begin{aligned}& \biggl\vert \int_{\Omega} a_{j_{r}}(x) \bigl(\vert u_{x_{j_{r}}} \vert ^{p_{j_{r}}(x) - 2}u_{x_{j_{r}}} - \vert v_{x_{j_{r}}} \vert ^{p_{j_{r}}(x)- 2} v _{x_{j_{r}}}\bigr)g_{n}(u-v)\phi_{nx_{j_{r}}} \,dx\biggr\vert \\& \quad=\biggl\vert \int_{\Omega\setminus\Omega_{n}}a_{j_{r}}(x) \bigl(\vert u_{x_{j_{r}}} \vert ^{p_{j_{r}}(x) - 2}u_{x_{j_{r}}} - \vert v_{x_{j_{r}}} \vert ^{p_{j_{r}}(x)- 2} v_{x_{j_{r}}}\bigr)g_{n}(u-v)\phi_{nx_{j_{r}}} \,dx\biggr\vert \\& \quad\leq \int_{\Omega\setminus\Omega_{n}} a_{j_{r}}(x) \bigl(\vert u_{x_{j _{r}}} \vert ^{p_{j_{r}}(x) - 1}+ \vert v_{x_{j_{r}}} \vert ^{p _{j_{r}}(x)- 1} \bigr) \Biggl(\prod_{j=1}^{l} a_{j}(x)\Biggr)_{x_{j_{r}}} g_{n}(u-v)| \,dx \\& \quad\leq c \biggl( \int_{\Omega\setminus\Omega_{n}} a_{j_{r}}(x) \vert u _{x_{j_{r}}} \vert ^{p_{j_{r}}(x)}+ \vert v_{x_{j_{r}}} \vert ^{p _{j_{r}}(x)} \,dx \biggr) ^{\frac{1}{q^{+}_{j_{r}}}} \\& \quad\quad{}\times n \Biggl( \int_{\Omega \setminus\Omega_{n}} a_{j_{r}}(x) \Biggl\vert \Biggl(\prod _{j=1}^{l} a_{j}(x) \Biggr)_{x_{i}}\Biggr\vert ^{p _{j_{r}}(x)}\,dx \Biggr) ^{\frac{1}{p^{+}_{j_{r}}}} . \end{aligned}
(3.11)

Here, $$q_{j_{r}}(x)=\frac{p_{j_{r}}(x)}{p_{j_{r}}(x)-1}$$, $$q^{+}_{j _{r}}=\max_{x\in\overline{\Omega}}q_{j_{r}}(x)$$.

By assumption (1.14)

$$n \Biggl( \int_{\Omega\setminus\Omega_{n}} a_{j_{r}}(x)\Biggl\vert \Biggl(\prod _{j=1} ^{l} a_{j}(x) \Biggr)_{x_{j_{r}}}\Biggr\vert ^{p_{j_{r}}(x)}\,dx \Biggr) ^{\frac {1}{p^{+} _{j_{r}}}} \leq c.$$

Then

$$\lim_{n\rightarrow\infty}\biggl\vert \int_{\Omega} a_{j_{r}}(x) \bigl(\vert u_{x _{j_{r}}} \vert ^{p_{j_{r}}(x) - 2}u_{x_{j_{r}}} - \vert v_{x_{j _{r}}} \vert ^{p_{j_{r}}(x)- 2} v_{x_{j_{r}}}\bigr)g_{n}(u-v)\phi_{nx_{j _{r}}} \,dx\biggr\vert =0.$$
(3.12)

Now, let $$n\rightarrow\infty$$ in (3.3). Then

$$\int_{\Omega}\bigl\vert u(x,s) - v(x,s) \bigr\vert \,dx \leqslant \int_{\Omega }\bigl\vert u(x,\tau) - v(x,\tau) \bigr\vert \,dx,$$
(3.13)

by the arbitrariness of τ, we have

$$\int_{\Omega}\bigl\vert u(x,s) - v(x,s) \bigr\vert \,dx \leqslant \int_{\Omega }\bigl\vert u_{0}(x)- v_{0}(x) \bigr\vert \,dx.$$

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## 4 The case of $$l=1$$

### Proof of Theorem 1.3

Let u and v be two weak solutions of equation (1.4) with the initial values $$u(x,0)$$, $$v(x,0)$$, respectively. Since $$a_{1}(x)$$ satisfies (1.16) and for $$i\geq2$$, $$a_{i}(x)>0$$, $$x \in\overline{\Omega}$$, we can let $$\Omega_{n}=\{x\in\Omega: a_{1}(x)> \frac{1}{n}\}$$ and

$$\phi_{n}(x)= \textstyle\begin{cases} 1, & \text{if } x\in\Omega_{n}, \\ na_{1}(x), & \text{if } x\in\Omega\setminus\Omega_{n}. \end{cases}$$
(4.1)

Obviously, $$\phi_{n x_{i}}=na_{1x_{i}}$$ when $$x\in\Omega\setminus \Omega_{n}$$, in other places, it is identical to zero.

We can choose $$\chi_{[\tau,s]}\phi_{n}g_{n}(u - v)$$ as the test function, then

\begin{aligned}& \int_{\tau}^{s} \int_{{\Omega}} \phi_{n}g_{n}(u - v) \frac{\partial (u - v)}{\partial t}\,dx\,dt \\& \quad\quad{} + \sum_{i=1}^{N} \int_{\tau}^{s} \int_{\Omega} a_{i}(x) \bigl(\vert u_{x _{i}} \vert ^{p_{i}(x) - 2} u_{x_{i}} - \vert v_{x_{i}} \vert ^{p _{i}(x)- 2} v_{x_{i}}\bigr) (u_{x_{i}} - v_{x_{i}})g'_{n}(u-v) \phi_{n}(x)\, dx\,dt \\& \quad\quad{} + \int_{\tau}^{s} \int_{\Omega} a_{1}(x) \bigl(\vert u_{x_{1}} \vert ^{p_{1}(x) - 2}u_{x_{1}} - \vert v_{x_{1}} \vert ^{p_{1}(x)- 2} v _{x_{1}}\bigr)g_{n}(u-v)\phi_{n x_{1}} \,dx\,dt \\& \quad\quad{} + \sum_{i=2}^{N} \int_{\tau}^{s} \int_{\Omega} a_{i}(x) \bigl(\vert u_{x _{i}} \vert ^{p_{i}(x) - 2}u_{x_{i}} - \vert v_{x_{i}} \vert ^{p _{i}(x)- 2} v_{x_{i}}\bigr)g_{n}(u-v)\phi_{nx_{i}} \,dx\,dt \\& \quad =0. \end{aligned}
(4.2)

Certainly, we have

$$\int_{\Omega} a_{i}(x) \bigl(\vert u_{x_{i}} \vert ^{p_{i}(x) - 2}u_{x _{i}} - \vert v_{x_{i}} \vert ^{p_{i}(x) - 2} v_{x_{i}}\bigr) (u_{x_{i}} - v_{x_{i}})g'_{n}(u-v) \phi_{n}(x)\,dx\geq0$$
(4.3)

and

\begin{aligned}[b] & \lim_{\eta\rightarrow0} \int_{\tau}^{s} \int_{\Omega}\phi_{n}(x)\phi _{n}g_{n}(u - v)\frac{\partial(u - v)}{\partial t}\,dx\,dt \\ &\quad= \int_{\Omega} \vert u-v\vert (x,s)\,dx- \int_{\Omega }\vert u-v\vert (x,\tau) \,dx. \end{aligned}
(4.4)

Now, we deal with the third term on the left-hand side of (4.2).

\begin{aligned}& \biggl\vert \int_{\Omega} a_{1}(x) \bigl(\vert u_{x_{1}} \vert ^{p_{1}(x) - 2}u _{x_{1}} - \vert v_{x_{1}} \vert ^{p_{1}(x)- 2} v_{x_{1}}\bigr)g_{n}(u-v) \phi_{n x_{1}} \,dx\biggr\vert \\& \quad=\biggl\vert \int_{\Omega\setminus\Omega_{n}}a_{1}(x) \bigl(\vert u_{x_{1}} \vert ^{p_{1}(x) - 2}u_{x_{1}} - \vert v_{x_{1}} \vert ^{p_{1}(x)- 2} v _{x_{1}}\bigr)g_{n}(u-v)\phi_{n x_{1}} \,dx\biggr\vert \\& \quad\leq \int_{\Omega\setminus\Omega_{n}} a_{1}(x) \bigl(\vert u_{x_{1}} \vert ^{p_{1}(x) - 1}+ \vert v_{x_{1}} \vert ^{p_{1}(x)- 1}\bigr) \bigl\vert g_{n}(u-v) \phi_{n x_{1}}\bigr\vert \,dx \\& \quad\leq n \int_{\Omega\setminus\Omega_{n}} a_{1}(x) \bigl(\vert u_{x_{1}} \vert ^{p_{1}(x) - 1}+ \vert v_{x_{1}} \vert ^{p_{1}(x)- 1}\bigr) \bigl\vert g_{n}(u-v) (a _{x_{1}}(x)\bigr\vert \,dx \\& \quad\leq cn \biggl( \int_{\Omega\setminus\Omega_{n}} a_{1}(x) \bigl(\vert u _{x_{1}} \vert ^{p_{1}(x)}+ \vert v_{x_{1}} \vert ^{p_{1}(x)}\bigr) \,dx \biggr) ^{\frac{1}{q^{+}_{1}}} \\& \quad\quad{}\times \biggl( \int_{\Omega\setminus\Omega_{n}} a_{1}(x)\bigl\vert g _{n}(u-v)\bigr\vert ^{p_{1}(x)}\bigl\vert a_{x_{1}}(x) \bigr\vert ^{p_{1}(x)}\,dx \biggr) ^{\frac{1}{p ^{+}_{1}}} \\& \quad\leq cn^{1-\frac{1}{p^{+}_{1}}-\frac{1}{q^{+}_{1}}} \biggl( n \int_{\Omega\setminus\Omega_{n}} a_{1}(x) \bigl(\vert u_{x_{1}} \vert ^{p_{1}(x)}+ \vert v_{x_{1}} \vert ^{p_{1}(x)}\bigr) \,dx \biggr) ^{\frac{1}{q ^{+}_{1}}} \\& \quad\quad{}\times \biggl( \int_{\Omega\setminus\Omega_{n}} \bigl\vert g_{n}(u-v)\bigr\vert ^{p _{1}(x)} \bigl\vert a_{x_{1}}(x)\bigr\vert ^{p_{1}(x)}\,dx \biggr) ^{\frac{1}{p^{+}_{1}}} . \end{aligned}
(4.5)

If we denote that

$$d_{n}=\sup_{x\in\Omega\setminus\Omega_{n}}\operatorname{dist}(x,\partial \Omega)$$
(4.6)

and

$$\Omega_{n1}=\bigl\{ x\in\Omega\setminus\Omega_{n}: \operatorname{dist}(x, \Sigma _{2})>d_{n}\bigr\} , \quad\quad \Omega_{n2}=(\Omega\setminus\Omega _{n})\setminus\overline{ \Omega_{n1}},$$

then

\begin{aligned}& n \Biggl( \int_{\Omega\setminus\Omega_{n}} a_{i_{r}}(x)\bigl\vert g_{n}(u-v)\bigr\vert ^{p _{i_{r}}(x)} \Biggl\vert \Biggl(\prod _{j=1}^{l} a_{j}(x) \Biggr)_{x_{i_{r}}}\Biggr\vert ^{p_{i_{r}}(x)}\,dx \Biggr) ^{\frac{1}{p^{+}_{i_{r}}}} \\& \quad \leq n \Biggl( \int_{\Omega_{n1}} a_{i_{r}}(x)\bigl\vert g_{n}(u-v)\bigr\vert ^{p_{i_{r}}(x)} \Biggl\vert \Biggl(\prod _{j=1}^{l} a_{j}(x) \Biggr)_{x_{i_{r}}}\Biggr\vert ^{p_{i_{r}(x)}}\,dx \Biggr) ^{\frac{1}{p ^{+}_{i_{r}}}} \\& \quad\quad{} +n \Biggl( \int_{\Omega_{n2}}a_{i_{r}}(x) \bigl\vert g_{n}(u-v)\bigr\vert ^{p_{i_{r}}(x)}\Biggl\vert \Biggl( \prod _{j=1}^{l} a_{j}(x) \Biggr)_{x_{i_{r}}}\Biggr\vert ^{p_{i_{r}}(x)}\, dx \Biggr) ^{\frac{1}{p ^{+}_{i_{r}}}} \\& \quad \leq cn \biggl( \int_{\Omega_{n1}} \bigl\vert g_{n}(u-v)\bigr\vert ^{p_{i_{r}}(x)} \,dx \biggr) ^{\frac{1}{p^{+}_{i_{r}}}} \\& \quad\quad{} +n \Biggl( \int_{\Omega_{n2}} a_{i_{r}}(x)\Biggl\vert \Biggl(\prod _{j=1}^{l} a_{j}(x) \Biggr)_{x _{i_{r}}}\Biggr\vert ^{p_{i_{r}}(x)}\,dx \Biggr) ^{\frac {1}{p^{+}_{i_{r}}}}. \end{aligned}
(4.7)

By the definition of the trace, we have

$$\lim_{n\rightarrow\infty}n \int_{\Omega_{n1}} \bigl\vert g_{n}(u-v)\bigr\vert ^{p_{i_{r}}} \,dx=0.$$
(4.8)

Moreover, since $$a_{i}(x)\in C^{1}(\overline{\Omega})$$ and $$l>1$$, by (1.6), we always have

$$\Biggl(\prod_{j=1}^{l} a_{j}(x)\Biggr)_{x_{i_{r}}}\Bigg|_{\partial\Omega}=0.$$
(4.9)

Thus, by the fact that $$a_{i}(x)\in C^{1}(\overline{\Omega})$$, we get

\begin{aligned}[b] & \lim_{n\rightarrow\infty}n \Biggl( \int_{\Omega_{n2}} a_{i_{r}}(x)\Biggl\vert \Biggl( \prod _{j=1}^{l} a_{j}(x) \Biggr)_{x_{i_{r}}}\Biggr\vert ^{p_{i_{r}}}\,dx \Biggr) ^{\frac{1}{p ^{+}_{i_{r}}}} \\ &\quad\leq c \max_{x\in\Sigma_{2}}\Biggl\vert \Biggl(\prod _{j=1}^{l} a_{j}(x)\Biggr)_{x_{i_{r}}} \Biggr\vert =0. \end{aligned}
(4.10)

By (4.6)-(4.10), we conclude that

$$\lim_{n\rightarrow0}\biggl\vert \int_{\Omega} a_{i_{r}}(x) \bigl(\vert u_{x_{i_{r}}} \vert ^{p_{i_{r}}(x) - 2}u_{x_{i_{r}}} - \vert v_{x_{i_{r}}} \vert ^{p_{i_{r}}(x)- 2} v_{x_{i_{r}}}\bigr)g_{n}(u-v)\phi_{n x_{i_{r}}} \,dx\biggr\vert =0.$$
(4.11)

In the third place, we deal with the last term on the left-hand side of (4.2)

\begin{aligned}& \biggl\vert \int_{\Omega} a_{j_{r}}(x) \bigl(\vert u_{x_{j_{r}}} \vert ^{p_{j_{r}}(x) - 2}u_{x_{j_{r}}} - \vert v_{x_{j_{r}}} \vert ^{p_{j_{r}}(x)- 2} v _{x_{j_{r}}}\bigr)g_{n}(u-v)\phi_{nx_{j_{r}}} \,dx\biggr\vert \\& \quad=\biggl\vert \int_{\Omega\setminus\Omega_{n}}a_{j_{r}}(x) \bigl(\vert u_{x_{j_{r}}} \vert ^{p_{j_{r}}(x) - 2}u_{x_{j_{r}}} - \vert v_{x_{j_{r}}} \vert ^{p_{j_{r}}(x)- 2} v_{x_{j_{r}}}\bigr)g_{n}(u-v)\phi_{nx_{j_{r}}} \,dx\biggr\vert \\& \quad\leq \int_{\Omega\setminus\Omega_{n}} a_{j_{r}}(x) \bigl(\vert u_{x_{j _{r}}} \vert ^{p_{j_{r}}(x) - 1}+ \vert v_{x_{j_{r}}} \vert ^{p _{j_{r}}(x)- 1} \bigr) \Biggl(\prod_{j=1}^{l} a_{j}(x)\Biggr)_{x_{j_{r}}} g_{n}(u-v)| \,dx \\& \quad\leq c \biggl( \int_{\Omega\setminus\Omega_{n}} a_{j_{r}}(x) \bigl(\vert u _{x_{j_{r}}} \vert ^{p_{j_{r}}(x)}+ \vert v_{x_{j_{r}}} \vert ^{p _{j_{r}}(x)}\bigr)dx \biggr) ^{\frac{1}{q^{+}_{j_{r}}}} \\& \quad\quad{}\times n \Biggl( \int_{\Omega \setminus\Omega_{n}} a_{j_{r}}(x) \Biggl\vert \Biggl(\prod _{j=1}^{l} a_{j}(x) \Biggr)_{x_{i}}\Biggr\vert ^{p _{j_{r}}(x)}\,dx \Biggr) ^{\frac{1}{p^{+}_{j_{r}}}} . \end{aligned}
(4.12)

Here, $$q_{j_{r}}(x)=\frac{p_{j_{r}}(x)}{p_{j_{r}}(x)-1}$$, $$q^{+}_{j _{r}}=\max_{x\in\overline{\Omega}}q_{j_{r}}(x)$$.

By assumption (1.14),

$$n \Biggl( \int_{\Omega\setminus\Omega_{n}} a_{j_{r}}(x)\Biggl\vert \Biggl(\prod _{j=1} ^{l} a_{j}(x) \Biggr)_{x_{j_{r}}}\Biggr\vert ^{p_{j_{r}}(x)}\,dx \Biggr) ^{\frac {1}{p^{+} _{j_{r}}}} \leq c.$$

Then

$$\lim_{n\rightarrow\infty}\biggl\vert \int_{\Omega} a_{j_{r}}(x) \bigl(\vert u_{x _{j_{r}}} \vert ^{p_{j_{r}}(x) - 2}u_{x_{j_{r}}} - \vert v_{x_{j _{r}}} \vert ^{p_{j_{r}}(x)- 2} v_{x_{j_{r}}}\bigr)g_{n}(u-v)\phi_{nx_{j _{r}}} \,dx\biggr\vert =0.$$
(4.13)

Now, let $$n\rightarrow\infty$$ in (4.2). Then

$$\int_{\Omega}\bigl\vert u(x,s) - v(x,s) \bigr\vert \,dx \leqslant \int_{\Omega }\bigl\vert u(x,\tau) - v(x,\tau) \bigr\vert \,dx,$$
(4.14)

by the arbitrariness of τ, we have

$$\int_{\Omega}\bigl\vert u(x,s) - v(x,s) \bigr\vert \,dx \leqslant \int_{\Omega }\bigl\vert u_{0}(x)- v_{0}(x) \bigr\vert \,dx.$$

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## 5 Conclusion

The anisotropic parabolic equation is considered in this paper. If in some directions the diffusion coefficients are degenerate on the boundary, while in other directions they are not degenerate, how to give a suitable partial boundary value condition to match the equation was studied by the author in . If a partial boundary value condition is imposed, only when the domain is an N-dimensional cube, the stability of weak solutions is proved . This short paper solves the problem when the domain is a usual bounded domain, gives a complete supplement of the paper .

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The paper is supported by NSF of Fujian Province (Grant No. 2015J1092), supported by SF of Xiamen University of Technology (Grant No. XYK201448), China.

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