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# Internal feedback stabilization of multi-dimensional wave equations with a boundary delay: a numerical study

*Boundary Value Problems*
**volume 2022**, Article number: 8 (2022)

## Abstract

In this paper, we consider two internal stabilization problems for the multi-dimensional wave equation with a boundary time-delay. We prove that the first problem is well-posed in an appropriate functional space. Subsequently, we numerically study the exponential stability in a two-dimensional case under Geometric Control Condition (GCC) derived by Lebeau. In addition, we provide a numerical investigation of the second wave system, which corresponds to the two-dimensional variant of the system studied by Datko et al.

## 1 Introduction

This article is devoted to the internal stabilization of a wave equation in an open bounded domain Ω of \(\mathbb {R}^{n}\) (\(n \geq 2\)), where a boundary time-delay occurs. In the sequel, we denote by Γ the boundary of Ω and assume that it is smooth (e.g., of class \(C^{2}\)), and \(\Gamma = \overline{{\Gamma }_{0}} \cup \overline{{\Gamma }_{1}}\), where \(\Gamma _{0}\), \(\Gamma _{1}\) are open subsets of Γ with \(\Gamma _{0}\cap \Gamma _{1}=\emptyset \). Moreover, we suppose that the measure of \(\Gamma _{0}\) is positive. The problem under consideration is the following boundary time-delayed wave system:

where \(\mathcal{U}(u_{t}(x,t-\tau ))\) represents the boundary control involving the time-delayed velocity term \(u_{t}(x,t-\tau ),\; (x,t) \in \Gamma _{1} \times \mathbb{R_{+}}\), in which \(\mathbb{R_{+}}=(0,\infty )\) and \(\tau >0\) is the time delay. Finally, *k* is a real number, \(a(\cdot ) \in L^{\infty }(\Omega )\) such that \(a (x) \geq 0\), on Ω, and the initial data are taken in appropriate spaces.

Delay effects arise in many applications and practical problems. In particular, time delays are ubiquitous in control systems since sensors and actuators are commonly used. Based on numerous articles, it has been noticed that even an arbitrarily small delay may destabilize a system which was uniformly asymptotically stable in the absence of a time–delay (see, e.g., [20, 21]). Therefore, it is crucial to investigate the effect of a delay either on the stability of the system or on the performance of the controller. Several articles appeared in this research avenue aiming to eliminate the delay or compensate it, or at least reduce its negative impact. In contrast to this predominant view, a number of unstable systems can be stabilized via a purposeful introduction of a time-delay in the systems [11, 24], while others are not affected by the presence of a delay [23].

Now, let us go back to the system under consideration (1.1)–(1.5). First, we consider the boundary control \(\mathcal{U}(u_{t}(x,t-\tau )=\frac{\partial G u_{t}}{\partial \nu } (x,t- \tau )\), \((x,t) \in \Gamma _{1} \times \mathbb{R_{+}}\), where *ν* stands for the unit normal vector of Γ pointing towards the exterior of Ω, and \(\frac{\partial }{\partial \nu }\) is the normal derivative and in which \(G = (-\Delta )^{-1} : H^{-1}(\Omega ) \longrightarrow H^{1}_{0}( \Omega )\). This gives rise to our first problem:

The exponential stability of (1.6)–(1.10) with \(k=0\) has been studied in [28], where it has been shown that the system is exponentially stable if the support of *a* satisfies some geometric control condition (GCC). In turn, if \(\tau =0\) and \(k< 0\), that is, in the absence of any time-delay, then the above system (1.1)–(1.5) is exponentially stable when the support of *a* or \(\Gamma _{1}\) satisfies a geometrical control condition (GCC) (see [9, 10, 27, 28]) even if \(k=0\) (see, e.g., [28] and [36]). Nevertheless, if a delay term occurs in the system, then instability phenomena may arise as shown in [31] for Neumann feedback boundary control.

In order to contrast the destabilizing effect of the boundary time delay in a wave equation, a “good” (undelayed) damping term is introduced in (1.6) (see [31]). More precisely, the problem considered in [31] is

with \(a_{0},a>0\) are real constants, and the initial data belong to suitable spaces. If \(a_{0}>a\), it was shown in [31] that system (1.11)–(1.15) is uniformly exponentially stable (see also [1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 12, 22, 32, 33] for related results and similar situations).

In the present paper, we shall focus on the numerical study of the effect of the time-delay on the stability of the system (1.6)–(1.10) under the action of the internal feedback control \(a(x) u_{t}(x,t)\), for \(x \in \Omega \) and \(t> 0\). With regard to the second problem, we take \(\mathcal{U}(u_{t}(x,t-\tau ))=u_{t}(x,t-\tau )\), \((x,t) \in \Gamma _{1} \times \mathbb{R_{+}}\) in (1.1)–(1.5) and also provide a numerical investigation of the corresponding closed-loop system, namely,

It is worth mentioning that the input/output operator of the system (1.16)–(1.20) is not admissible, which means that the open-loop system (1.16)–(1.17), (1.19) with \(\frac{\partial u}{\partial \nu } = g \in L^{2}_{\mathrm{loc}} (0,+\infty ;L^{2}( \Gamma _{1}))\), for \((x,t) \in \Gamma _{1} \times (0,\infty )\), and \(u_{0} = u_{1} = 0\) satisfies \({u_{t}}_{|\Gamma _{1}} \notin L^{2}_{\mathrm{loc}} (0,+\infty ; L^{2}(\Gamma _{1}))\) (see [34]). With regard to the system without delay, the reader is referred to [14–18, 25, 26, 30].

On the other hand, we note that studying the system (1.16)–(1.20) is mainly motivated by the work [21], where one can find an interesting analysis conducted for the one-dimensional case of the system (1.16)–(1.20). Indeed, a positive answer to the above problem (concern) is provided in [21]. Specifically, the authors in [21] considered the following one-dimensional system

where *b* and *c* are positive real numbers. Moreover, the initial data and the function *f* are in appropriate functional spaces. Through careful spectral analysis, the authors have shown in [21] that, for any \(a>0\), and if *c* satisfies

then the spectrum of the system (1.21)–(1.23) satisfies the following property:

\(\operatorname{Re} (\omega ) \le -\beta \) for each eigenvalue *ω* of the system and some positive constant *β* depending on the delay *τ*. Notwithstanding, as far as we know, there are no results in the literature for the multi-dimensional case described by (1.16)–(1.20). This has motivated us to numerically solve this problem in the case when the space variable *x* belongs to \(\mathbb{R}^{2}\).

Finally, we would like to point out that one variant of the one-dimensional version of the system (1.6)–(1.10), where \(a = f = 0\) and for \(\tau = 2\), has the following form:

where *k* is a real number. Arguing as in [5] (see the appendix), one can obtain the exponential stability of the above system for \((u_{0},u_{1}) \in L^{2}(0,1) \times H^{-1}(0,1)\) provided that \(k \in (-1,0)\).

The paper is organized as follows: The second section is devoted to the well-posedness of the problem (1.6)–(1.10). In the third section, we numerically study in \(\mathbb{R}^{2}\) the exponential stability of both delayed systems (1.6)–(1.10) and (1.16)–(1.20). A short discussion is also provided in an appendix about the one-dimensional case of (1.6)–(1.10), namely, (1.27)–(1.31).

## 2 Well-posedness of the problem (1.6)–(1.10)

Let \(A = - \Delta \) be the unbounded operator in \(H = H^{-1}(\Omega )\) with domain

Next, we define a bounded linear operator \(B \in {\mathcal{L}}(H^{-1}(\Omega ))\) as follows:

Then, let \(C \in {\mathcal{L}}(L^{2}(\Gamma _{1});H_{-\frac{1}{2}})\) such that

where \(H_{-\frac{1}{2}} = ({\mathcal{D}}(A^{\frac{1}{2}}))^{\prime }\) (the duality is in the sense of *H*), while \(A_{-1}\) is the extension of *A* to *H*, namely, for all \(h\in H\) and \(\varphi \in {\mathcal{D}}(A)\), \(A_{-1}h\) is the unique element in \(H_{-1} = (\mathcal{D}(A))^{\prime }\) (the duality is in the sense of *H*) such that (see, for instance, [35])

Here and in the sequel, \(D \in {\mathcal{L}}(L^{2}(\Gamma _{1});L^{2}(\Omega ))\) (called the Dirichlet mapping), \(\forall v \in L^{2}(\Gamma _{1})\), *Dv* is the unique solution (transposition solution) of

To study the well-posedness of the systems (1.6)–(1.10), we write it as an abstract Cauchy problem in a product space and use the semigroup approach. For this purpose, take the Hilbert space \({\mathcal{H}}:= H_{{\frac{1}{2}} } \times H\) and the unbounded linear operators

It is well known that the operator \(({\mathcal{A}}, {\mathcal{D}}({\mathcal{A}}))\) defined by (2.1), generates a strongly continuous semigroup of contractions on \({\mathcal{H}}\) denoted by \(({\mathcal{T}}(t))_{t\geq 0}\). We also denote \(({\mathcal{T}}_{-1}(t))_{t\geq 0}\) the extension of \(({\mathcal{T}}(t))_{t\geq 0}\) to \((\mathcal{D}(\mathcal{A}))^{\prime }:= H \times H_{- {\frac{1}{2}} }\), where \(H_{-{\frac{1}{2}} }= (\mathcal{D}(A^{{\frac{1}{2}} }))^{\prime }\), and the duality is in the sense of *H*.

We have the following result:

### Theorem 2.1

*The system* (1.6)*–*(1.10) *is well*-*posed*. *More precisely*, *for every* \((u_{0},u_{1})\in {\mathcal{H}}\), *and* \(f \in L^{2}(-\tau ,0;L^{2}(\Gamma _{1}))\), *the solution of* (1.6)*–*(1.10) *is given by*

*and satisfies* \((u^{j},u^{j}_{t}) \in C([j\tau , (j+1)\tau ], {\mathcal{H}})\), \(j \in \mathbb {N}\).

The proof requires several steps (see [6, 8] for other types of problems). First, consider the evolution problems

and

A natural question is the regularity of \(y^{j}\) when \(v^{j} \in L^{2}(\tau j,(j+1)\tau ; L^{2}(\Gamma _{1}))\), \(j \in \mathbb {N}^{*}\). By applying standard energy estimates, we can easily check that \(y^{j} \in C([j\tau ,(j+1)\tau ];H) \cap C^{1}([j\tau ,(j+1)\tau ];H_{- {\frac{1}{2}} })\). However, if *C* satisfies a certain admissibility condition, then \(y^{j}\) is more regular. More precisely, the following result, which is a version of the general transposition method (see, for instance, Lions and Magenes [29]) holds true: The system (2.4)–(2.5) admits a unique solution *ϕ* having the regularity

Moreover, according to [2], \(C^{*} \phi (\cdot )\in H^{1}(0,\tau ; L^{2}(\Gamma _{1}))\) and for all \(t \in (0, \tau )\), there exists a constant \(C>0\) such that

Next, we have the following lemma:

### Lemma 2.2

*Suppose that* \(v^{j} \in L^{2}([j\tau ,(j+1)\tau ];L^{2}(\Gamma _{1}))\), \(j \in \mathbb {N}^{*}\). *Then the problem* (2.2)*–*(2.3) *admits a unique solution having the regularity*

*and*

### Proof

Setting Z(t)=\left(\begin{array}{c}{y}^{j}(t+j\tau )\\ {y}_{t}^{j}(t+j\tau )\end{array}\right), the system (2.2)–(2.3) can be written as

where

After simple calculations, one can check that the operator \({\mathcal{C}}^{*} : {\mathcal{D}}({\mathcal{A}}) \rightarrow L^{2}( \Gamma _{1})\) is given by

This implies that

in which *ϕ* satisfies (2.4)–(2.5). Amalgamating the last claim with (2.6), we deduce that there exists a constant \(C > 0\) such that for all \(T\in (0, \tau )\)

In view of [13, Theorem 3.1, p.187], the last estimate leads to the interior regularity (2.7) (see also [35]). □

The existence result for problem (1.6)–(1.10) can now be established by induction. In fact, we first set on \([0,\tau ]\) (case \(j=0\))

The latter clearly provides a solution of (1.6)–(1.9) on \((0,\tau )\). Moreover, such a solution has the regularity \((u^{0},u^{0}_{t}) \in C([0,\tau ];{\mathcal{H}})\). The next step is to consider \(j\geq 1\) and then let for all \(t\in [j \tau ,(j+1) \tau ]\),

where \(y^{j}\) (respectively *ϕ*) is solution of (2.2)–(2.3) (respectively (2.4)–(2.5)) with \(v^{j}(t) = - C^{*} u^{j-1}_{t}(t - \tau )\) (that belongs to \(L^{2}(j\tau ,(j+1)\tau ; L^{2}(\Gamma _{1}))\) because the input/output operator \(C^{*}\) is admissible (see [2]) and \(\phi _{0} = u^{j-1}(j\tau )\), \(\phi _{1} = u_{t}^{j-1}(j\tau )\). This solution has the announced regularity due to the above arguments.

## 3 Numerical study

Numerical solutions for the multi-dimensional wave systems (1.6)–(1.10) as well as (1.16)–(1.20) with and without the presence of a boundary time-delay are simulated using COMSOL Multiphysics software. The domain Ω is taken to be the square \((0,1)\times (0,1)\) (see Fig. 1), while different values of *k* and various functions \(a(x)\), \(x=(x_{1},x_{2})^{T}\) are considered. It should also be noted that for the numerical experiments we assume that \(\overline{\Gamma }_{0}\cap \overline{\Gamma }_{1}\ne \emptyset \), which is different from the assumption in the theoretical discussion.

The finite element method with the quadratic Lagrange shape functions as basis functions is used with a fixed fine element mesh size, where the minimum element mesh size equals to \(1.25 \times 10 ^{-4}\), and the maximum element mesh size is 0.037, and the generalized-*α* method as the time-stepping scheme is used with \(dt=0.001\) (see Fig. 1). The generalized-*α* method was introduced by Chung and Hulbert [19] to solve the following second-order ODEs:

where *A*, *B*, and *C* are the mass, damping, and stiffness matrices, respectively, \(H(t)\) is the vector applied loads, and \(Y(t)\) is the displacement vector, where the superimposed dots indicate differentiation with respect to time; *d* and *v* are given vectors of initial displacements and velocities, respectively.

By approximating \(Y(t_{i})\), \(\dot{Y}(t_{i})\), and \(\ddot{Y}(t_{i})\) by \(d_{i}\), \(v_{i}\), and \(a_{i}\), respectively, the generalized-*α* algorithm is given by:

where

in which \(i \in [0, \ldots , N-1]\), *N* is the number of time steps, and \(\Delta t = t_{i+1} -t_{i}\) is the time step size. The algorithm parameters \(\alpha _{f}\), \(\alpha _{m}\), *β*, and *γ* are used to control the degree of damping high frequencies while minimizing unwanted low-frequency dissipation. The values of the parameters \(\alpha _{f}\), \(\alpha _{m}\), *β*, and *γ* depend on the user-specified high-frequency dissipation \(\rho _{\infty }\). According to [19], when \(\alpha _{f} =\frac{\rho _{\infty }}{\rho _{\infty }+1}\); \(\alpha _{m} = \frac{2\rho _{\infty }-1}{\rho _{\infty }+1}\); \(\beta = \frac{1}{4}(1-\alpha _{m} + \alpha _{f})^{2} \), and \(\gamma =\frac{1}{2}-\alpha _{m} + \alpha _{f} \), the algorithm is unconditionally stable and second-order more accurate as compared to other time-stepping schemes, especially for systems with the second-order derivatives. It should be noted that \(\rho _{\infty }\) was taken to be 0.75 in all numerical simulations conducted herein. Therefore, the values of the parameters \(\alpha _{f}\), \(\alpha _{m}\), *β*, and *γ* are 0.428, 0.285, 0.326, and 0.642, respectively.

### 3.1 The system (1.6)–(1.10)

For each regular solution of the system (1.6)–(1.10) in \(L^{2}(\Omega ) \times H^{-1}(\Omega )\), we consider the following functional

The latter represents the energy of the displacement term \(u(x,t)\) for (1.6)–(1.10) as the energy is

#### 3.1.1 The 2-d wave system without a boundary time-delay

In this subsection, we consider the 2-d wave problem (1.6)–(1.10) without delay. Letting \(x=(x_{1},x_{2})^{T}\) and taking the initial data \(u_{0}(x)=0\) and \(u_{1}(x)=\sin (\pi x_{1})\), the system is:

First, we choose \(a(x)=1\) and vary the values of *k*. It has been observed that the dynamics of the system (3.13)–(3.16) is exponentially stable if \(k \le 0\) and is unstable for \(k > 0\). Figure 2 is a 2-d solution of \(u(x,t)\) at it evolves in time for \(k=1\), and Fig. 3a presents the corresponding energy, \(E_{0}(t)\), as defined by (3.12) versus time. It is clear that the dynamics of the system for this case exponentially converges to the zero solution. Figure 3b is a plot of the energy \(E_{0}(t)\) for different negative values of *k*, indicating that the energy exponentially converges faster as the value of *k* decreases. On the other hand, Fig. 3c shows that the dynamics of the system is unstable when \(k=0.1\).

#### 3.1.2 The 2-d wave equation (1.6)–(1.10) with a boundary time-delay

In this subsection, we go back to the 2-d wave equation (1.6)–(1.10) with a boundary time-delay *τ*. The inial data are taken as follows: \(u_{0}(x)=0\), \(u_{1}(x)=\sin (\pi x_{1})\), and \(f(x,t)=\sin (\pi x_{1})\). The system is simulated for different parameters *k*, functions \(a(x)\), and time-delays *τ*. First, we choose the same value of \(k=-1\) and function \(a(x)=1\) as in the case without delay presented in Sect. 3.1.1, but with time-delay \(\tau =1\). Figure 4 presents the dynamics of \(u(x,t)\) at different time, and Fig. 5 shows the corresponding energy, \(E_{0}(t)\), versus time. Figures 4-5 indicate that the presence of a time-delay destabilizes the dynamics of the originally exponentially stable system (compare with Figs. 2 and 3a). Moreover, choosing the function \(a(x)=20\) and keeping the value of \(k=-1\) with a time-delay \(\tau =1\) exponentially stabilize the dynamics of the 2-d wave equation to the zero solution (see Figs. 6 and 7a). It is worth mentioning that based on the above discussion, the choice of \(a(x)\) plays an important role in the stability of the solution for the system (1.6)–(1.10) with a time-delay.

In turn, fixing \(a(x)=1\) and a time-delay \(\tau =1\) and choosing different values of *k* change the dynamics of the 2-d wave equation (1.6)–(1.10) depending on the value of *k*. Figure 7b shows that the dynamics stabilizes as the value of *k* increases from −0.2 to −0.1. On the other hand, if the values of *k* increase from 0.1 to 0.2, the dynamics becomes more unstable (see Fig. 7c). These observations indicate that if \(a(x)=1\) and \(|k| < 0.2\), then the 2-d wave equation with a boundary time-delay \(\tau =1\) is stable. However, this is not true if we change the function \(a(x)=3\), where it is shown that the dynamics becomes exponentially stable (see Fig. 7d). Figure 7e indicates similar observations to Fig. 7d when the time-delay is increased to \(\tau =2\). In addition, fixing \(a(x)=0\) and \(\tau =3\) and choosing different values of *k* change the dynamics of the 2-d wave equation (1.6)–(1.10) depending on the value of *k*. Figures 7f and 7g show that the system becomes more unstable as \(|k|\) increases from 0.1 to 0.2.

Now, to investigate the effect of the choice of the time-delay *τ* on the stability of the system (1.6)–(1.10), we fix *k* and \(a(x)\) and vary *τ*. Figure 8a shows that as we increase the value of the time-delay *τ* while fixing \(k=-0.2\) and \(a(x)=1\), the system destabilizes, and the rate of divergence of the energy increases as the time-delay *τ* increases. Similar observations are deduced for the case \(k=0.2\) and \(a(x)=1\) (see Fig. 8b). However, increasing the value of \(a(x)=3\) exponentially stabilizes the dynamics for the previous two cases: \(k=-0.2\), and \(k=0.2\) (see Figs. 8c and 8d).

Next, we investigate the stability of the system (1.6)–(1.10) for different values of *τ* when the support \(\Omega _{1}\) of the function *a* satisfies a geometric control condition (GCC) (i.e., \(\Omega _{1}= (\frac{1}{3}, \frac{2}{3} )\text{x}(0,1)\)). In addition, we fix *k* and choose \(a(x)=e^{(x_{1} x_{2})}\), where \((x_{1},x_{2}) \in \Omega _{1}\). Figure 9a depicts the energy, \(E_{0}(t)\), versus time when \(k=0.1\). Figure 9a indicates that as the time delay increases, the dynamics destabilizes. On the other hand, the dynamics stabilizes when \(k=-0.1\) as the time delay increases (see Fig. 9b). The same observations are deduced for the case \(k=0.2\) and \(k=-0.2\) (see Figs. 9c and 9d, respectively).

### 3.2 The system (1.16)–(1.20)

For each regular solution of the system (1.16)–(1.20), we consider the following functional as the total energy of the system

#### 3.2.1 The 2-d wave system (1.16)-(1.20) without a boundary time-delay

In this subsection, we consider the following 2-d wave system (1.16)-(1.20) but without the presence of the boundary delay:

where \(x=(x_{1},x_{2})^{T}\), and the initial data \(u_{0}(x)=u_{1}(x)=\sin (\pi x_{1})+ \sin (2 \pi x_{1})\).

First, we choose \(a(x)=1\) and vary the values of *k*. It has been observed that the dynamics of the system (3.18)–(3.21) is exponentially stable if \(k \ge 0\) and unstable for \(k < 0\). Figure 10 is a 2-d solution of \(u(x,t)\) at it evolves in time for \(k=1\), and Fig. 11a presents the corresponding energy \(E(t)\) as defined by (3.17) versus time. It is clear that in this case, the dynamics of the system exponentially converges to the zero solution. Figure 11b is a plot of the energy \(E(t)\) for different positive values of *k*, indicating that the energy converges exponentially faster as the value of *k* increases. On the other hand, Fig. 11c shows that the dynamics of the system is unstable when \(k=-0.1\).

Then, we let \(k=1\) and modify \(a(x)\). Figure 11d shows the convergence of the energy for various functions of \(a(x)\) (i.e., \(a(x)=1\), \(a(x)=x_{1}\), and \(a(x)=e^{x_{1}}\)). The figure shows that faster convergence is achieved when \(a(x)=e^{x_{1}}\), and this is due to the fact that \(e^{x_{1}} > 1 > x_{1} \) for all \(x_{1} \in [0,1]\).

#### 3.2.2 The 2-d wave system (1.16)-(1.20) with a boundary time-delay

In this subsection, we go back to the 2-d wave equation (1.16)-(1.20) with a boundary delay *τ*. The inial data are taken as follows: \(u_{0}(x)=u_{1}(x)=\sin (\pi x_{1})+ \sin (2 \pi x_{1})\), and \(f(x,t)=\sin (\pi x_{1})\). The system is simulated for different parameters *k*, functions \(a(x)\), and delays *τ*. First, we choose the same value of \(k=1\) and function \(a(x)=1\) as in the case without delay presented in Sect. 3.2.1, but with delay \(\tau =1\). Figure 12 presents the dynamics of \(u(x,t)\) at different time, and Fig. 13 shows the corresponding energy \(E(t)\) versus time. Figures 12 and 13 indicate that the presence of a delay destabilizes the dynamics of the system that was originally exponentially stable (compare with Figs. 10 and 11a). Moreover, choosing the function \(a(x)=10\) and keeping the value of \(k=1\) with a delay \(\tau =1\) exponentially stabilize the dynamics of the 2-d wave equation to the zero solution (see Figs. 14 and 15a). It is worth mentioning that based on the above discussion, the choice of \(a(x)\) plays an important role in the stability of the solution for the system (1.16)–(1.20) with a delay.

In turn, fixing \(a(x)=1\) and a delay \(\tau =1\) and choosing different values of *k* change the dynamics of the 2-d wave equation (1.16)–(1.20) depending on the value of *k*. Figure 15b shows that the dynamics becomes more unstable as the value of *k* increases from 0.1 to 0.4. On the other hand, if the values of *k* increase from −0.4 to −0.1, the dynamics becomes more stable (see Fig. 15c). These observations indicate that if \(a(x)=1\) and \(|k| < 0.3\), then the 2-d wave equation with a boundary delay \(\tau =1\) is stable. However, this is not true if we change the function \(a(x)=3\), where it is shown that the dynamics becomes more exponentially stable (see Fig. 15d). Figure 15e indicates similar observations to Fig. 7e when the delay is increased to \(\tau =2\).

Now, to investigate the effect of the choice of the delay *τ* on the stability of the system (1.16)–(1.20), we fix *k* and \(a(x)\) and vary *τ*. Figure 15f shows that as we increase the value of the delay *τ* while fixing \(k=-0.4\) and \(a(x)=1\), the system is still unstable. However, the rate of divergence of the energy decreases as the delay *τ* increases. Similar observations are deduced for the cases \(k=0.4\) and \(a(x)=1\) (see Fig. 15g) and \(k=1\) and \(a(x)=1\) (see Fig. 15h).

Next, we investigate the stability of the system (1.16)–(1.20) for different values of *τ* when the support \(\Omega _{1}\) of the function *a* satisfies a geometric control condition (GCC) (i.e., \(\Omega _{1}= (\frac{1}{3}, \frac{2}{3} )\text{x}(0,1)\)). Furthermore, we fix *k* and choose \(a(x)=e^{(x_{1} x_{2})}\), where \((x_{1},x_{2}) \in \Omega _{1}\). Figures 16a-16d depict the energy, \(E_{0}(t)\), versus time when \(k=0.4,-0.4,1,-1\), respectively. Figure 16 indicates that the rate of divergence of the energy decreases as the time delay increases from \(\tau =1\) to \(\tau =4\).

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## Appendix: The one-dimensional system (1.27)–(1.31)

### Appendix: The one-dimensional system (1.27)–(1.31)

As mentioned in the introduction, the system (1.27)–(1.31) is exponentially stable in \(L^{2}(0,1) \times H^{-1}(0,1)\) for any \(k \in (-1,0)\). It suffices to proceed as in [5]. In fact, let \(P= - \partial ^{2}_{x}\) be the unbounded operator in \(Y = H^{-1}(0,1)\) with domain \(Y_{1}={\mathcal{D}}(P) = H^{1}_{0}(0,1)\).

Then, let \(Q \in {\mathcal{L}}(\mathbb{R};H_{-\frac{1}{2}})\) such that

where \(Y_{-\frac{1}{2}} = ({\mathcal{D}}(P^{\frac{1}{2}}))^{\prime }\) (the duality is in the sense of *Y*) and \(P_{-1}\) is the extension of *P* to *Y*, namely for all \(h\in Y\) and \(\varphi \in {\mathcal{D}}(P)\), \(P_{-1}h\) is the unique element in \(Y_{-1} = (\mathcal{D}(P))^{\prime }\) (the duality is in the sense of *Y*) such that

Furthermore, \(L \in {\mathcal{L}}(\mathbb{R};L^{2}(0,1))\) is the Dirichlet mapping such as \(\forall v \in \mathbb{R}\), \(Lv=g\) is the unique solution of

Now, consider the Hilbert space \({\mathcal{Y}}:= Y_{{\frac{1}{2}} } \times Y\) and the unbounded linear operator:

The operator \(({\mathcal{P}}, {\mathcal{D}}({\mathcal{P}}))\) defined by (4.1), generates a strongly continuous semigroup of contractions \(({\mathcal{S}}(t))_{t\geq 0}\) on \({\mathcal{Y}}\). On the other hand, \(({\mathcal{S}}_{-1}(t))_{t\geq 0}\) denotes the extension of \(({\mathcal{S}}(t))_{t\geq 0}\) to \((\mathcal{D}(\mathcal{P}))^{\prime }:= Y \times Y_{- {\frac{1}{2}} }\), where \(Y_{-{\frac{1}{2}} }= (\mathcal{D}(P^{{\frac{1}{2}} }))^{\prime }\) and the duality is in the sense of *Y*.

We have the following result whose proof can be obtained similarly to [5]:

### Theorem 4.1

*The system* (1.27)*–*(1.31) *is well*-*posed in the following sense*: *for each* \((u_{0},u_{1})\in {\mathcal{Y}}\), *the solution of* (1.27)*–*(1.31) *is given by*

*and satisfies* \((u^{j},u^{j}_{t}) \in C([2 j, 2 (j+1)], {\mathcal{Y}})\), \(j \in \mathbb {N}\).

With regard to the exponential stability of (1.27)–(1.31), we have:

### Theorem 4.2

*If* \(k \in (-1,0)\), *then for all initial data in* \({\mathcal{Y}}\), *the solution of problem* (1.27)-(1.31) *satisfies*

*where* \(M>0\) *depends on the initial data and* *k*, *while* \(\omega >0\) *depends on the feedback gain* *k*.

### Proof

It suffices to seek a solution *u* by invoking the D’Alembert formula

where *F* is a function to be found in \(H^{1}_{\mathrm{loc}} (-1,+\infty )\) so that *u* satisfies (1.27)–(1.31), and then use the same arguments as in [5] (see p. 5–7). □

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Ammari, K., Chentouf, B. & Smaoui, N. Internal feedback stabilization of multi-dimensional wave equations with a boundary delay: a numerical study.
*Bound Value Probl* **2022**, 8 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13661-022-01589-y

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