Spatial decay theorems for nonlinear parabolic equations in semi-infinite cylinders

Shlomo Breuer*, Joseph J. Roseman

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Classes of nonlinear parabolic equations in a semi-infinite cylinder are considered. The equations are of the form {Mathematical expression} where p=u,ku,k and ∂2u represents a general space derivative of second order. Homogeneous Dirichlet data are prescribed on the lateral sides of the cylinder for all time, along with zero initial data. At any fixed time t, the solution is assumed to be bounded throughout the cylinder, as is the corresponding symmetric matrix gij. Under these assumptions, it is proved that each solution decays pointwise exponentially to zero with distance from the face of the cylinder and the exponential decay rate depends only upon the cross-section of the cylinder, but not upon time or the bounds for u and gij. In addition, if the boundary data on the face of the cylinder satisfy certain mild smoothness conditions, one obtains a decay rate equal to the best possible rate for the Laplace equation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)524-536
Number of pages13
JournalZeitschrift fur Angewandte Mathematik und Physik
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1990


Dive into the research topics of 'Spatial decay theorems for nonlinear parabolic equations in semi-infinite cylinders'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this