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Existence of positive periodic solutions for super-linear neutral Liénard equation with a singularity of attractive type


In this paper, the existence of positive periodic solutions is studied for super-linear neutral Liénard equation with a singularity of attractive type

$$ \bigl(x(t)-cx(t-\sigma)\bigr)''+f\bigl(x(t) \bigr)x'(t)-\varphi(t)x^{\mu}(t)+ \frac{\alpha(t)}{x^{\gamma}(t)}=e(t), $$

where \(f:(0,+\infty)\rightarrow R\), \(\varphi(t)>0\) and \(\alpha(t)>0\) are continuous functions with T-periodicity in the t variable, c, γ are constants with \(|c|<1\), \(\gamma\geq1\). Many authors obtained the existence of periodic solutions under the condition \(0<\mu\leq1\), and we extend the result to \(\mu>1\) by using Mawhin’s continuation theorem as well as the techniques of a priori estimates. At last, an example is given to show applications of the theorem.


The second order differential equations with singularities have a wide range of applications in many subjects, such as physics, engineering, mechanics, and so on (see [15]). After the pioneering paper [6] came out, many scholars put their attention to the periodic problems of second order singular differential equations without friction term (see [713] and the references therein). Beginning with the paper of Habets–Sanchez in [14], the interest in the problem of periodic solution for second order singular differential equations with friction term has increased [1521]. Hakl, Torres, and Zamora considered the periodic problem for the singular equation of attractive type

$$ x''(t)+f\bigl(x(t) \bigr)x'(t)-\varphi(t)x^{\mu}(t)+\frac{g_{1}}{x^{\gamma}(t)}= 0, $$

where \(\mu\in(0,1]\) is a constant, φ is a T-periodic function with \(\varphi\in L^{1}([0,T], R)\), \(f\in C((0,+\infty),R)\). By using Schauder’s fixed point theorem, as well as upper and lower functions method, they obtained the following result (Theorem 3.16, [22]).

Theorem 1.1

Let \(\mu=1\) and \(g_{1}>0\). If \(\int_{0}^{T}\varphi(s)\,ds>0\) and

$$ \frac{T}{4} \int_{0}^{T}\varphi_{+}(s)\,ds \int_{0}^{T}\varphi_{-}(s)\,ds< \int_{0}^{T}\varphi_{+}(s)\,ds- \int_{0}^{T}\varphi_{-}(s)\,ds, $$

where \(\varphi_{+}(t)=\max\{\varphi(t),0\}\) and \(\varphi_{-}(t)=\min\{\varphi(t),0\}\), then there exists at least one positive periodic solution to Eq. (1.1). However, the study of periodic solutions for delay functional differential equation with a singularity is relatively infrequent [2325]. For example, Wang in [23] studied the problem of periodic solutions for the singular delay Liénard equation of repulsive type

$$ x''(t)+f\bigl(x(t) \bigr)x'(t)+\varphi(t)x^{\mu}(t-\tau)- \frac{1}{x^{\gamma}(t-\tau)}=e(t), $$

and the periodic problem for neutral Liénard equation of repulsive type

$$ \bigl(x(t)-cx(t-\sigma)\bigr)''+f \bigl(x(t)\bigr)x'(t)+\varphi(t)x^{\mu}(t-\tau)- \frac{\alpha(t)}{x^{\gamma}(t)}=h(t) $$

has been investigated in [24] and [25], where \(\varphi(t)\) and \(e(t)\) are T-periodic with \(\varphi, e\in L^{1}[0,T]\), γ and μ are positive constants. We notice that the degree associated with the term \(\varphi(t)x^{\mu}\) is required \(\mu\in(0,1)\).

Motivated by these, in this paper, we continue to study the periodic problem for neutral Liénard equation with a singularity of attractive type

$$ \bigl(x(t)-cx(t-\sigma)\bigr)''+f \bigl(x(t)\bigr)x'(t)-\varphi(t)x^{\mu}(t)+ \frac{\alpha(t)}{x^{\gamma}(t)}=e(t), $$

where f, φ are the same as the ones of Eq. (1.4). e is a T-periodic function with \(e\in L^{1}([0,T],R)\) and \(\int_{0}^{T}e(s)\,ds=0\). By means of a continuation theorem of the coincidence degree principle developed by Manásevich and Mawhin, as well as the techniques of a priori estimates, some new results on the existence of positive periodic solutions are obtained. The interesting point in this paper is that the constant μ is allowed \(\mu\in(0,2]\). It is easy to see that if \(\mu\in(1,2]\), the restoring force term \(\varphi(t)x^{\mu}\) is super-linear with respect to x.

The rest of this paper is organized as follows. In Sect. 2, we state some necessary definitions and lemmas. In Sect. 3, we prove the main result. At last, we give an example of an application in Sect. 4.

Essential definitions and lemmas

In this section, we define \(X=C^{1}_{T}=\{x\in C^{1}(R,R) :x(t+T)=x(t),\forall t\in[0,T]\}\) with the norm \(\|x\|_{C^{1}_{T}} = \max\{\|x\|_{\infty},\|x'\|_{\infty}\}\) and \(Y=C_{T}=\{x\in C(R,R) :x(t+T)=x(t),\forall t\in[0,T]\}\) with the norm \(\|x\|_{\infty} = \max_{t\in[0,T]}|x(t)|\). For \(y\in C_{T}\), \(y_{m}\) is denoted by \(\min_{t\in[0,T]}y(t)\). Clearly, \(C_{T}\) and \(C^{1}_{T}\) are Banach spaces. Denote the operator L as follows:

$$ Lx=(Ax)'', \qquad L:=D(L)\subset C^{1}_{T}\rightarrow C_{T}, $$

where \(A:C_{T}\rightarrow C_{T}\), \((Ax)(t)= x(t)-cx(t-\sigma)\), and \(D(L)=\{x\in C^{1}_{T}: Ax\in C^{2}(R,R)\}\), and

$$\begin{aligned}& \begin{gathered} (Ax)''(t)+f \bigl(x(t)\bigr)x'(t)-\varphi(t)x^{\mu}(t)+ \frac{\alpha(t)}{x^{\gamma}(t)}=e(t), \\ (Nx) (t)=-f\bigl(x(t)\bigr)x'(t)+\varphi(t)x^{\mu}(t)- \frac{\alpha(t)}{x^{\gamma}(t)}+e(t), \quad N: \triangle\rightarrow C_{T},\end{gathered} \end{aligned}$$

where \(\triangle=\{x\in C^{1}_{T}: x(t)>0,\forall t\in[0,T]\}\). Then Eq. (1.5) (or Eq. (2.1)) can be rewritten as \(Lx=Nx\).

Lemma 2.1


If \(|c|< 1\), then A has continuous inverse on \(C_{T}\) and

(1) \(\|A^{-1}x\|_{\infty} \leq\frac{\|x\|_{\infty}}{|1-|c||}\) for all \(x\in C_{T}\);

(2) \(\int^{T}_{0} |(A^{-1}f)(t)|\,dt \leq\frac{1}{|1-|c||}\int^{T}_{0}|f(t)|\,dt\) for all \(f\in C_{T}\);

(3) \(\int^{T}_{0} |(A^{-1}f)|^{2}(t)|\,dt \leq\frac{1}{(1-|c|)^{2}}\int ^{T}_{0}f^{2}(t)\,dt\) for all \(f\in C_{T}\).

Lemma 2.2


Let \(x(t)\) be a continuously differentiable T-periodic function. Then there is a point \(\xi\in[0,T]\)

$$ \biggl( \int^{T}_{0}x^{2}(t)\,dt \biggr)^{\frac{1}{2}} \leq \frac{T^{\frac{1}{2}}}{2} \biggl( \int^{T}_{0}x^{\prime\,2}(t)\,dt \biggr)^{ \frac{1}{2}} + x(\xi). $$

Lemma 2.3


Let \(u(t):[0,\omega]\rightarrow R\) be an arbitrary absolutely continuous function with \(u(0)=u(\omega)\). Then the inequality

$$ \Bigl(\max_{t\in[0,\omega]} u(t)-\min_{t\in[0,\omega]} u(t) \Bigr)^{2} \leq\frac{\omega}{4} \int^{\omega}_{4} \bigl\vert u'(s) \bigr\vert ^{2}\,ds $$


Lemma 2.4


Let X and Y be two real Banach spaces, let Ω be an open and bounded set of X, and let L: \(D(L)\subset X \rightarrow Y\) be a Fredholm operator of index zero, and the operator \(N: \overline{\Omega}\subset X \rightarrow Y\) is said to be L-compact in Ω̅. In addition, if the following conditions hold:

(1) \(Lx\neq\lambda Nx\) for all \((x,\lambda)\in\partial\Omega\times(0,1)\);

(2) \(QNx\neq0\) for all \(x \in\ker L \bigcap\partial\Omega\);

(3) \(\deg\{JQN, \Omega\bigcap\ker L, 0\}\), where \(J: \operatorname{Im}Q \rightarrow\ker L\) is a homeomorphism.

Then \(Lx=Nx\) has at least one solution in \(D(L)\bigcap\overline{\Omega}\).

Remark 2.5

If \(\overline{\varphi}>0\), \(\overline{e}=0\), then there are constants \(C_{1}\) and \(C_{2}\) with \(0< C_{1}< C_{2}\) such that

$$ \overline{\varphi}x^{\mu} - \frac{1}{x^{\gamma}}>0,\quad\forall x \in(0,C_{1}), $$


$$ \overline{\varphi}x^{\mu} - \frac{1}{x^{\gamma}}< 0,\quad\forall x \in(C_{2},+\infty). $$

Now, we list the following assumptions, which will be used in Sect. 3 for investigating the existence of positive T-periodic solution to Eq. (2.1):

(H1) \(1-|c|> 0\),

(H2) \(1-\frac{\sqrt{TN_{2}}}{2}> 0\), where \(N_{2}= \frac{T\overline{\varphi}(\frac{1}{|\varphi|_{\infty}})^{\frac {1}{\mu+\gamma}}}{1-|c|}\).

Main results

Now, we embed Eq. (1.3) into the following equations family with a parameter \(\lambda\in(0,1]\):

$$ \bigl( x(t)-cx(t-\sigma)\bigr)''+ \lambda f\bigl(x(t)\bigr)x'(t)- \lambda\varphi(t)x^{ \mu}(t)+ \lambda\frac{\alpha(t)}{x^{\gamma}(t)}= \lambda e(t). $$


$$ D = \bigl\{ x\in C^{1}_{T}: Lx=\lambda Nx,\lambda\in(0,1]\bigr\} . $$

Theorem 3.1

Assume \(\overline{\varphi}>0\), \(\alpha(t)>0\), and \(\overline{e}=0\), then there are two constants \(\tau_{0}, \tau_{1} \in[0,T]\) for each \(u\in D\) such that

$$ u(\tau_{0})\leq\max\biggl\{ 1, \biggl( \frac{\overline{\alpha}}{\overline{\varphi}}\biggr)^{\frac{1}{\mu}} \biggr\} :=A_{0} $$


$$ u(\tau_{1})\geq\min\biggl\{ 1, \biggl( \frac{\overline{\alpha}}{\overline{\varphi}}\biggr)^{\frac{1}{\mu}} \biggr\} :=A_{1}. $$


Let \(u \in D\), then

$$ (Au)''(t)+ \lambda f\bigl(u(t) \bigr)u'(t)- \lambda\varphi(t)u^{\mu}(t)+ \frac{\lambda\alpha(t)}{u^{\gamma}(t)}= \lambda e(t). $$

Integrating both sides of Eq. (3.5) over the interval \([0,T]\), we obtain that

$$ \int^{T}_{0}\varphi(t) u^{\mu}(t)\,dt= \int^{T}_{0} \frac{\alpha(t)}{u^{\gamma}(t)}\,dt. $$

If \(u(t)> 1\), combine with the mean value theorem of integrals and \(\varphi(t)>0\), then

$$ u^{\mu}(\tau)T\overline{\varphi}= \int^{T}_{0}\varphi(t) u^{\mu}(t)\,dt= \frac{T \overline{\alpha}}{u^{\gamma}(\xi)} < T, $$

which yields

$$ u(\tau)< \biggl(\frac{\overline{\alpha}}{\overline{\varphi}}\biggr)^{ \frac{1}{\mu}}. $$

So there exists a point \(\tau_{0}\in[0,T]\) such that

$$ u(\tau_{0})\leq\max\biggl\{ 1, \biggl( \frac{\overline{\alpha}}{\overline{\varphi}}\biggr)^{\frac{1}{\mu}} \biggr\} := A_{0}. $$

On the other hand, when \(\varphi(t)>0\) for every \(\mu\in D\), there always exists a point \(\tau_{1}\in[0,T]\) such that

$$ u(\tau_{1})\geq\min\biggl\{ 1, \biggl( \frac{\overline{\alpha}}{\overline{\varphi}}\biggr)^{\frac{1}{\mu}} \biggr\} := A_{1}. $$


Theorem 3.2

Suppose that assumptions of [\(\mathrm{H}_{1}\)] and [\(\mathrm{H}_{2}\)] hold, and \(\overline{\varphi}>0\), \(\overline{e}=0\), then Eq. (2.1) has at least one positive T-periodic solution.


Suppose \(u\in D\), then Eq. (3.5) holds. By multiplying both sides of Eq. (3.5) by \(u(t)\) and integrating it over the interval \([0,T]\), we get

$$ \int^{T}_{0}(Au)''(t)u(t) \,dt= \lambda \int^{T}_{0}\varphi(t)u^{\mu}(t)u(t) \,dt- \lambda \int^{T}_{0}\frac{u(t) \alpha(t)}{u^{\gamma}(t)}\,dt+\lambda \int^{T}_{0} e(t)u(t)\,dt. $$


$$ \int^{T}_{0}(Au)''(t)u(t) \,dt= - \int^{T}_{0} \bigl\vert u'(t) \bigr\vert ^{2}\,dt + c \int ^{T}_{0}u'(t)u'(t- \sigma)\,dt, $$

it is easy to verify that

$$\begin{aligned} \int^{T}_{0} \bigl\vert u'(t) \bigr\vert ^{2}\,dt ={}&c \int^{T}_{0}u'(t)u'(t- \sigma)\,dt \\ &{}+\lambda \int^{T}_{0}\biggl(\frac{\alpha(t)}{u^{\gamma}(t)}- \varphi(t)u^{ \mu}(t)\biggr)u(t)\,dt-\lambda \int^{T}_{0} e(t)u(t)\,dt. \end{aligned}$$

Let \(A_{2}=(\frac{\alpha_{m}}{|\varphi|_{\infty}})^{ \frac{1}{\mu+ \gamma}}\) and \(A_{3}=(\frac{|\alpha|_{\infty}}{\varphi_{m}})^{ \frac{1}{\mu+ \gamma}}\). Set \(E_{1}=\{ t\in[0,T]: 0< u(t)< A_{2}\}\), \(E_{2}=\{ t\in[0,T]: A_{2}\leq u(t)\leq A_{3}\}\), \(E_{3}=\{ t\in[0,T]: u(t)>A_{3}\}\), and \(E_{1}\bigcup E_{2}\bigcup E_{3} = [0,T]\). We can obtain

$$\begin{aligned} \int^{T}_{0} \bigl\vert u'(t) \bigr\vert ^{2}\,dt ={}&c \int^{T}_{0}u'(t)u'(t- \sigma)\,dt+ \lambda \int_{E_{1}}\biggl(\frac{\alpha(t)}{u^{\gamma}(t)}-\varphi(t)u^{ \mu}(t) \biggr)u(t)\,dt \\ &{}+\lambda \int_{E_{2}}\biggl(\frac{\alpha(t)}{u^{\gamma}(t)}-\varphi(t)u^{ \mu}(t) \biggr)u(t)\,dt+\lambda \int_{E_{3}}\biggl(\frac{\alpha(t)}{u^{\gamma}(t)} \\ &{}-\varphi(t)u^{\mu}(t)\biggr)u(t)\,dt-\lambda \int^{T}_{0} e(t)u(t)\,dt \\ \leq{}& \vert c \vert \int^{T}_{0} \bigl\vert u'(t) \bigr\vert ^{2}\,dt + \biggl\vert \int_{E_{1}}\biggl( \frac{\alpha(t)}{u^{\gamma}(t)}-\varphi(t)u^{\mu}(t) \biggr)u(t)\,dt \biggr\vert \\ &{}+ \int_{E_{2}} \biggl\vert \biggl(\frac{\alpha(t)}{u^{\gamma}(t)}- \varphi(t)u^{\mu }(t)\biggr)u(t) \biggr\vert \,dt + T \Vert u \Vert _{\infty}\overline{e_{-}}. \end{aligned}$$

It follows that

$$\begin{aligned} \bigl(1- \vert c \vert \bigr) \int^{T}_{0} \bigl\vert u'(t) \bigr\vert ^{2}\,dt\leq{}& A_{2} \int_{E_{1}}\biggl( \frac{\alpha(t)}{u^{\gamma}(t)}-\varphi(t)u^{\mu}(t) \biggr)\,dt \\ &{}+ A_{3}N_{0} + T \Vert u \Vert _{\infty}\overline{e_{-}}, \end{aligned}$$

where \(N_{0}=T \max_{A_{2}< x< A_{3},t\in[0,T]}\{ | \frac{\alpha(t)}{x^{\gamma}}-\varphi(t)x^{\mu}|\}\). On the other hand,

$$\biggl( \int_{E_{1}} + \int_{E_{2}}+ \int_{E_{3}}\biggr) \biggl( \frac{\alpha(t)}{u^{\gamma}(t)}- \varphi(t)u^{\mu}(t)\biggr)\,dt)=0. $$

Combining it with Eq. (3.9) we get that

$$\begin{aligned} &\bigl(1- \vert c \vert \bigr) \int^{T}_{0} \bigl\vert u'(t) \bigr\vert ^{2}\,dt \\ &\quad \leq A_{2}\biggl(- \int_{E_{2}}\biggl(\frac{\alpha(t)}{u^{\gamma}(t)}-\varphi(t)u^{ \mu}(t) \biggr)\,dt- \int_{E_{3}}\biggl(\frac{\alpha(t)}{u^{\gamma}(t)}-\varphi(t)u^{ \mu}(t) \biggr)\,dt\biggr) \\ &\qquad {} + A_{3}N_{0} + T \Vert u \Vert _{\infty}\overline{e_{-}} \\ &\quad \leq A_{2} \biggl\vert \int_{E_{2}}\biggl(\frac{\alpha(t)}{u^{\gamma}(t)}-\varphi(t)u^{ \mu}(t) \biggr)\,dt \biggr\vert + A_{2} \biggl\vert \int_{E_{3}}\biggl(\frac{\alpha(t)}{u^{\gamma}(t)}- \varphi(t)u^{\mu}(t) \biggr)\,dt \biggr\vert \\ &\qquad {} + A_{3}N_{0} + T \Vert u \Vert _{\infty}\overline{e_{-}} \\ &\quad \leq A_{2}N_{0} +A_{2} \int_{E_{3}}\frac{\alpha(t)}{u^{\gamma}(t)}\,dt +A_{2} \int_{E_{3}}\varphi(t)u^{\mu}(t)\,dt \\ &\qquad {} + A_{3}N_{0} + T \Vert u \Vert _{\infty}\overline{e_{-}} \\ &\quad \leq(A_{2}+A_{3})N_{0} + \frac{A_{2}T\overline{\alpha}}{A^{\gamma}_{3}} +A_{2}T \overline{\varphi} \Vert u \Vert ^{\mu}_{\infty}+ T \Vert u \Vert _{\infty} \overline{e_{-}}. \end{aligned}$$

From the condition, we see that

$$ \int^{T}_{0} \bigl\vert u'(t) \bigr\vert ^{2}\,dt \leq \frac{[(A_{2}+A_{3})N_{0} +\frac{A_{2}T\overline{\alpha}}{A_{3}}]}{1- \vert c \vert } + \frac{A_{2}T\overline{\varphi} \Vert u \Vert ^{\mu}_{\infty}}{1- \vert c \vert }+ \frac{T \Vert u \Vert _{\infty}\overline{e_{-}}}{1- \vert c \vert } . $$

Let \(N_{1}= \frac{[(A_{2}+A_{3})N_{0} +\frac{A_{2}T\overline{\alpha }}{A_{3}}]}{1-|c|}\), \(N_{2}= \frac{A_{2}T\overline{\varphi}}{1-|c|}\), and \(N_{3}=\frac{T\overline{e_{-}}}{1-|c|}\), we have

$$ \int^{T}_{0} \bigl\vert u'(t) \bigr\vert ^{2}\,dt \leq N_{1} +N_{2} \Vert u \Vert ^{\mu}_{\infty}+ N_{3} \Vert u \Vert _{\infty} . $$

By using Lemma 2.2, we obtain that

$$\begin{aligned} \Vert u \Vert _{\infty} & \leq A_{0} + \frac{\sqrt{T}}{2}\biggl( \int^{T}_{0} \bigl\vert u'(t) \bigr\vert ^{2}\biggr)^{ \frac{1}{2}} \\ &\leq A_{0} + \frac{\sqrt{T}}{2}\bigl(N_{1} +N_{2} \Vert u \Vert ^{\mu}_{\infty}+ N_{3} \Vert u \Vert _{\infty}\bigr)^{\frac{1}{2}} \\ &\leq A_{0}+ \frac{\sqrt{T}}{2}N^{\frac{1}{2}}_{1} + \frac{\sqrt{T}}{2}N^{\frac{1}{2}}_{2} \Vert u \Vert ^{\frac{\mu}{2}}_{\infty}+ \frac{\sqrt{T}}{2} N^{\frac{1}{2}}_{3} \Vert u \Vert _{\infty}^{\frac{1}{2}}. \end{aligned}$$

Now, we begin to estimate a priori upper bounds of \(u(t)\). In order to do this, we divide the estimation into two cases.

Case 1: \(0<\mu<2\). From Eq. (3.12), it is easy to see that there exists a constant \(M_{1}>0\) such that

$$ \Vert u \Vert _{\infty}< M_{1}. $$

Case 2: \(\mu=2\). For this case, Eq. (3.12) can be rewritten as

$$ \biggl(1- \frac{\sqrt{T}}{2}N^{\frac{1}{2}}_{2}\biggr) \Vert u \Vert _{\infty}\leq A_{0}+ \frac{\sqrt{T}}{2}N^{\frac{1}{2}}_{1}+ \frac{\sqrt{T}}{2} N^{ \frac{1}{2}}_{3} \Vert u \Vert _{\infty}^{\frac{1}{2}}, $$

which together with assumption \([H_{2}]\) yields that there exists a constant \(M_{2}> 0\) such that

$$ \Vert u \Vert _{\infty}< M_{2}. $$

Thus, in either case 1 or case 2, we have

$$ \Vert u \Vert _{\infty}< \max\{M_{1}, M_{2}\}:=M_{3}. $$

Substituting Eq. (3.13) into Eq. (3.11), we have that there exists a constant \(M_{4}>0\) such that \(\int^{T}_{0}|u'(t)|^{2}\,dt< M_{4}\). Since \(Au\in C_{T}^{1}\), there is \(t_{0}\in[0,T]\) such that \((Au)'(t_{0})=0\). From Eq. (3.5), we get

$$\begin{aligned} \bigl\vert (Au)'(t) \bigr\vert = &\lambda \biggl\vert \int^{t}_{t_{0}}\biggl[-f\bigl(u(t) \bigr)u'(t)+\varphi(t)u^{ \mu}(t)-\frac{\alpha(t)}{u^{\gamma}(t)}+e(t) \biggr]\,dt \biggr\vert \\ \leq& \int^{T}_{0} \bigl\vert f\bigl(u(t)\bigr) \bigr\vert \bigl\vert u'(t) \bigr\vert \,dt + \int^{T}_{0} \bigl\vert \varphi(t)u^{ \mu}(t) \bigr\vert \,dt \\ &{}+ \int^{T}_{0} \biggl\vert \frac{\alpha(t)}{u^{\gamma}(t)} \biggr\vert \,dt + \int^{T}_{0} \bigl\vert e(t) \bigr\vert \,dt \\ \leq& \vert f \vert _{M_{3}}T^{\frac{1}{2}}\biggl( \int^{T}_{0} \bigl\vert u'(t) \bigr\vert ^{2}\biggr)^{ \frac{1}{2}}+2T\overline{ \vert \varphi \vert }M^{\mu}_{3}+T\overline{ \vert e \vert } \\ \leq &\vert f \vert _{M_{3}}T^{\frac{1}{2}}(M_{4})^{\frac{1}{2}}+2T \overline{ \vert \varphi \vert }M^{\mu}_{3}+T \overline{ \vert e \vert }:=M_{5}, \end{aligned}$$

where \(|f|_{M_{3}}:=\max_{0\le x\le M_{3}}|f(x)|\). By using Lemma 2.1, we get the inequality

$$ \bigl\vert u' \bigr\vert _{\infty}< \bigl\vert A^{-1}Au' \bigr\vert _{\infty} \leq\frac{ \vert Au' \vert _{\infty}}{1- \vert c \vert } \leq\frac{M_{5}}{1- \vert c \vert }:=M_{6}. $$

In what follows, we will show the estimation

$$ \min_{t\in[0,T]}u(t)>\gamma_{0},\quad \mbox{uniformly for all }u \in D, $$

where \(\gamma_{0}>0\) is a constant, D is determined in Eq. (3.2).

Let \(\tau_{1}\) be determined in Eq. (3.8). Multiplying both sides of Eq. (3.5) by \(u'(t)\) and integrating it over the interval \([t,\tau_{1}]\), we obtain that

$$\begin{aligned} & \int^{\tau_{1}}_{t}\biggl[(Au)''(s)u'(s)+ \lambda f\bigl(u(s)\bigr) \bigl\vert u'(s) \bigr\vert ^{2}- \lambda\varphi(s)u^{\mu}(s)u'(s)+ \frac{\lambda u'(s)\alpha(s)}{u^{\gamma}(s)}\biggr]\,ds \\ &\quad =\lambda \int^{\tau_{1}}_{t} e(s)u'(s)\,ds. \end{aligned}$$

Because of \(\int^{\tau_{1}}_{t}\frac{u'(s)\alpha(s)}{u^{\gamma(s)}}\,ds= \int^{ \tau_{1}}_{t} \frac{\alpha(s)du(s)}{u^{\gamma(s)}}= \int^{u(\tau _{1})}_{u(t)} \frac{\alpha(s)\,dv}{v^{\gamma}} \), we can get from Eq. (3.13) and Eq. (3.14) that

$$\begin{aligned} &\lambda \biggl\vert \int^{u(\tau_{1})}_{u(t)}\frac{\alpha(s)\,dv}{v^{\gamma}} \biggr\vert \\ &\quad \leq \int^{\tau_{1}}_{t} \bigl\vert (Au)''(s) \bigr\vert \bigl\vert u'(s) \bigr\vert \,ds+\lambda \int^{\tau _{1}}_{t} \bigl\vert f\bigl(u(s)\bigr) \bigr\vert \bigl\vert u'(s) \bigr\vert ^{2}\,ds \\ &\qquad {}+ \lambda \int^{\tau_{1}}_{t} \bigl\vert \varphi(s) \bigr\vert \bigl\vert u^{\mu}(s) \bigr\vert \bigl\vert u'(s) \bigr\vert \,ds + \lambda \int^{\tau_{1}}_{t} \bigl\vert e(s) \bigr\vert \bigl\vert u'(s) \bigr\vert \,ds \\ &\quad \leq \bigl\vert u' \bigr\vert _{\infty} \int^{T}_{0} \bigl\vert (Au)''(s) \bigr\vert \,ds + \lambda \bigl\vert u' \bigr\vert ^{2}_{ \infty} \int^{T}_{0} \bigl\vert f\bigl(u(s)\bigr) \bigr\vert \,ds \\ &\qquad {}+ \lambda \bigl\vert u' \bigr\vert _{\infty} \vert u \vert ^{\mu}_{\infty} \int^{T}_{0} \bigl\vert \varphi(s) \bigr\vert \,ds +\lambda \bigl\vert u' \bigr\vert _{\infty} \int^{T}_{0} \bigl\vert e(s) \bigr\vert \,ds \\ &\quad \leq M_{6} \int^{T}_{0} \bigl\vert (Au)''(s) \bigr\vert \,ds +\lambda M_{6}^{2} \vert f \vert _{M_{3}} + \lambda M_{6} M^{\mu}_{3}T \overline{ \vert \varphi \vert } +\lambda M_{6}T \overline{ \vert e \vert }. \end{aligned}$$

Furthermore, integrating Eq. (3.5) over the interval \([0,T]\),


$$\begin{aligned} \int^{T}_{0}(Au)''(t) \,dt ={}&{-} \lambda \int^{T}_{0} f\bigl(u(t)\bigr)u'(t) \,dt+ \lambda \int^{T}_{0}\varphi(t)u^{\mu}(t)\,dt \\ &{}- \lambda \int^{T}_{0}\frac{\alpha(t)}{u^{\gamma}(t)}\,dt+ \lambda \int^{T}_{0}e(t)\,dt, \end{aligned}$$

it is clear that

$$\begin{aligned} \int^{T}_{0} \bigl\vert (Au)''(t) \bigr\vert \,dt\leq{}&\lambda \int^{T}_{0} \bigl\vert f\bigl(u(t) \bigr)u'(t) \bigr\vert \,dt+ \lambda \int^{T}_{0} \bigl\vert \varphi(t) \bigr\vert \bigl\vert u^{\mu}(t) \bigr\vert \,dt \\ &{}+ \lambda \int^{T}_{0} \bigl\vert e(t) \bigr\vert \,dt \\ \leq{}&\lambda \bigl( \vert f \vert _{M_{3}}M_{6} +2T \overline{ \vert \varphi \vert }M^{\mu}_{3}+ 2T \overline{ \vert e \vert } \bigr). \end{aligned}$$

Now, substituting Eq. (3.17) into Eq. (3.16), we have

$$\begin{aligned} \biggl\vert \int^{u(\tau_{1})}_{u(t)}\frac{\alpha(s)\,dv}{v^{\gamma}} \biggr\vert \leq{}& M_{6}\bigl[ \vert f \vert _{M_{3}}M_{6} +2T\overline{ \vert \varphi \vert }M^{\mu}_{3}+ 2T \overline{ \vert e \vert }\bigr] \\ &{} +M_{6}^{2} \vert f \vert _{M_{3}}+M_{6} M^{\mu}_{3}T\overline{ \vert \varphi \vert } +M_{6}T \overline{ \vert e \vert }:=M_{7}, \end{aligned}$$

and so

$$ \biggl\vert \int^{u(\tau_{1})}_{u(t)}\frac{\alpha(s)\,dv}{v^{\gamma}} \biggr\vert \leq M_{7} \quad\forall t\in[\tau_{1}, \tau_{1}+T]. $$

On the other hand, when \(\gamma\geq1\), we have \(\int^{A_{1}}_{0}\frac{\alpha_{m}}{v^{\gamma}}\,dv = +\infty\), then there exists \(\gamma_{0}\in(0, A_{1})\) such that

$$ \biggl\vert \int^{A_{1}}_{\epsilon}\frac{\alpha_{m}\,dv}{v^{\gamma}} \biggr\vert >M_{7} \quad\forall\epsilon\in(0,\gamma_{0}]. $$

And if \(t^{*}\in[\tau_{1},\tau_{1}+T]\) such that \(u(t^{*})\leq\gamma_{0}\), from Eq. (3.19) we see that

$$ \biggl\vert \int^{u(\tau_{1})}_{u(t^{*})}\frac{\alpha(s)\,dv}{v^{\gamma}} \biggr\vert > \int^{A_{1}}_{u(t^{*})}\frac{\alpha_{m}\,dv}{v^{\gamma}}> M_{7}, $$

which contradicts Eq. (3.18). This contradiction verifies Eq. (3.15). From Eq. (3.13), Eq. (3.14), and Eq. (3.15), as well as the inequality in Remark 2.5, we can verify all the conditions of Lemma 2.4. Thus, by using Lemma 2.4, we see that Eq. (3.5) has at least one positive T-periodic solution. □


In this section, we present an example to demonstrate the main results.

Example 4.1

Consider the following equation:

$$ \bigl(u(t)-0.1u(t-\sigma)\bigr)''+ f\bigl(u(t)\bigr)u'(t) -a(1+\cos t)u^{\frac{3}{2}}(t) + \frac{1}{u^{\frac{3}{2}}}= \sin t. $$

Corresponding to Eq. (3.5), in (4.1), \(c =0.1\), \(\varphi(t)=a(1+\cos t)\), \(a>0\), \(e(t)=\sin t\), and \(T=2\pi\). Obviously, \(\overline{\varphi}=a\) and \(\overline{e}=0\) for all \(t \in[0,T]\) with \(|\varphi|_{\infty}= 2a\), \(A_{2}=(\frac{1}{2a})^{\frac{1}{3}} \), and \(N_{2}=\frac{(\frac{1}{2a})^{\frac{1}{3}}2\pi a}{1-0.1}= \frac{\frac{1}{\sqrt[3]{2}}2\pi a^{\frac{2}{3}}}{0.9}\). Since (4.1) satisfies (H2)


$$ 1-\frac{\sqrt{T}N_{2}}{2}= 1- \frac{\sqrt{2\pi}(\frac{\frac{1}{\sqrt[3]{2}}2\pi a^{\frac {2}{3}}}{0.9})^{\frac{1}{2}}}{2}>0, $$

we get that \(a < \frac{\sqrt{2}(0.9)^{\frac{3}{2}}}{\pi^{3}}\). Thus, by using Theorem 3.1 and Theorem 3.2, when \(a < \frac{\sqrt{2}(0.9)^{\frac{3}{2}}}{\pi^{3}}\), Eq. (4.1) has at least one positive 2π-periodic solution.

Remark 4.2

From the above example, we see that the degree μ associated with the restoring force term \(\varphi(t)x^{\mu}\) is \(\mu=\frac{3}{2}\), which is different from the corresponding ones of \(\mu\in(0,1]\) in [2325]. Furthermore, since the degree μ in (1.1) is required \(\mu\in(0,1]\), even if \(c=0\), the results of the present paper are different from Theorem 1.1.


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Zhu, Y. Existence of positive periodic solutions for super-linear neutral Liénard equation with a singularity of attractive type. Bound Value Probl 2020, 164 (2020).

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  • Periodic solution
  • Neutral equation
  • Mawhin’s continuation theorem
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