Blow-Up Rate Estimates for a System of Reaction-Diffusion
Equations with Gradient Terms
Maan A. Rasheed , Hassan Abd Salman Al-Dujaly, and Talat Jassim Aldhlki
Department of Mathematics, College of Basic Education, Mustansiriyah University, Baghdad, Iraq
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Received 16 November 2018; Revised 12 January 2019; Accepted 22 January 2019; Published 10 February 2019
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is paper is concerned with the blow-up properties of Cauchy and Dirichlet problems of a coupled system of Reaction-Diusion
equations with gradient terms. e main goal is to study the inuence of the gradient terms on the blow-up prole. Namely, under
some conditions on this system, we consider the upper blow-up rate estimates for its blow-up solutions and for the gradients.
In this paper, we consider the following problem:
=𝑛or 𝑅(a ball in 𝑛with radius ).
Moreover, for =
𝑅,and Vsatisfy the zero Dirichlet
0,V0∈2()are both nonzero, satisfying the monotonicity
0−∇0𝑞1+V0𝑝1≥0, ∈ (3)
V0−∇V0𝑞2+0𝑝2≥0, ∈ (4)
Moreover, in case of =
0()=V0()=0, ∈ (5)
As an application to system (1), a single equation of this
system can be considered a simple model in population
dynamics, [1, 2]:
Let the domain represent a territory where a biological
species live on. (,)refers to the spatial density of individ-
uals located near a point ∈at time ≥0.
In fact, the evolution of this density is the result of three
types of mechanisms: displacement, birth, and death. For
more details of deriving the evolution equation satised by
, see .
Basically, under dierent assumptions on the mecha-
nisms of accidental death, the corresponding term should
more generally be a nondecreasing function of the density
and its gradient ∇.
Moreover, homogeneous Dirichlet’s conditions can be
added to this model which, for instance, correspond to a
nonviable environment in the boundary zone.
It is expected that, with a large size initial function
(initial distribution of population 0), the density becomes
unbounded in a nite time >0. erefore, Chipot and
Weissler  studied the eect of the damping term in this
equation on global existence or nonexistence.
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e blow-up phenomena in Reaction-Diusion equa-
tions have been intensively studied; see, for instance, [4–
7]. One of the studied cases is the Cauchy problem of the
semilinear heat equation:
e second studied case is zero Dirichlet problem of the
semilinear heat equation:
For both cases (7) and (8), it has been proved in [8, 9] that
if the initial function is nonnegative and suitably large, then
blow-up occurs in a nite time. In [5, 10], it has been shown
that the upper blow-up rate estimate for this equation is as
e blow-up properties of semiliear heat equations with
negative sign gradient terms (damping terms) have been
studied by some authors as in [3, 7, 11].
One of these equations is population model (6). For ⊆
𝑛, it is well known that blow-up can only occur if >;see
[3, 11, 12].
Moreover, if =
center of 𝑅, and this follows from the upper point-wise
It is clear that /(−)>2/(−1),where>2/(+1)
erefore, the prole of blow-up solutions of (6) is
similar to that of problem (8), where < 2/(+1) (see
), while if > 2/( + 1),thegradienttermcauses
more eect on the plow-up prole and it becomes more
Moreover, it has been proved in [4, 13, 14], that there are
positive constants and , such that the upper and lower
blow-up rate estimates for this equation, where <2/(+1),
take the following form:
In [15–18], the coupled system of Reaction-Diusion equa-
tions was considered:
where 1,2>1;=𝑅or 𝑛.
It was shown that if the initial functions satisfy 0,V0≥0,
both being nonzero and large enough, then blow-up occurs
in a nite time.
For the Cauchy problem associated with (12), it was
proved in  that if
then blow-up occurs in a nite time, where
Later, in [4, 15], it was proved that the upper blow-up rate
estimates of this system are as follows:
for some 1,2>0.
e system (1) has been studied in , where ∈3and
is a bounded convex domain and
It has been shown that if a classical solution of this system
blows ups (becomes unbounded) in the W-norm, where
()=Ω2𝑝 +V2𝑝 (18)
then blow-up time for this problem can be estimated from
below as follows:
and is a constant which depends on the data.
For the blow-up times and applications of other parabolic
systems with damping terms (such as Keller-Segel system
with Neumann and Robin boundary conditions), we refer to
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In this paper, with some restricted conditions on system
(1), we show that the upper blow-up rate estimates for this
solution and its gradients terms take the following forms:
where (,) ∈ ×(0,) and 1,2> 0,,are given in
2. Local Existence and Blow-up
Since the system (1) is uniformly parabolic and its equations
have the same principle parts and 1,2∈
1( × 𝑛),
also the growths of the nonlinearities in 1and 2with
respect to the gradient terms are subquadratic; 0,V0∈
2(), and satisfying (5), it follows that the local existence
and uniqueness of classical solution to the for system (1),
where =𝑅, with zero Dirichlet boundary conditions, are
guaranteed by standard parabolic theory (see eorem 7.1,
i.e., there exists >0,suchthat
∈2,1 (×(0,))∩×[0,). (22)
nents of the solution are bounded; see .
In case of =
𝑛, these results can also be extended to
the Cauchy problem associated with system (1) (see eorem
8.1, [22, 24]).
Moreover, from the monotonicity assumptions (3) and
(4) and since 0,V0are nonnegative, it follows by the
maximum principle  that in the interval of existence
the solutions of system (1) are nondecreasing in time and
i.e., (,)≥0, V(,)≥0, ×(0,).
On the other hand, since the existence and uniqueness
of system (1) can only be locally guaranteed and according
to known blow-up results to the single equation (6), blow-up
may occur in this problem in a nite time. erefore, some
authors were interested in studying the blow-up properties
and numerical solutions of system (1) ; see for instance [19, 25].
3. Upper Blow-Up Rate Estimates
In the next theorem, we derive the upper blow-up rate
estimates for any blow-up solution of system (1) and its
eorem 1. Assume that 1,2,1,and2satisfy the following
(ii) 1<1<(2+2)/(2+1), 1<2<(2+2)/(2+1),
where ,are given in (15).
Let (,V)be a blow-up solution of the Cauchy (Dirichlet)
problem of system (1), with the above conditions, which blows
up at <∞.ere exist two positive constants 1and 2such
that upper blow-up rate estimates for (,V)and (∇,∇V)are as
Proof. For ∈(0,),set
Ω×(0,𝑡] V(,)+|∇V(,)|2𝛽/(1+2𝛽). (24)
Clearly, each of 𝑢,Vis continuous, nondecreasing, and
nonnegative function on (0,). Moreover, 𝑢→ ∞ or
V→ ∞ as →and that follows from (,V)blowing
up at .
It will be shown later that we can nd ∈(0,1)such that
So that consequently both 𝑢and Vdiverge as →.
In order to prove this theorem, we will use a rescaling
method as in  and the proof will have ve steps.
Step 1 (rescaling).If𝑢diverges as →, then we can apply
the following procedure.
Dene the new rescaled functions as follows:
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𝑢(0)is a scaling factor and
It is clear that
𝑛 = 𝑛,
𝑅/𝛾 = 𝑅.(31)
Next, we aim to show that (𝛾
2)is a solution of the system:
From assumption (ii), we get 1,2>0.
From (1) and (34), we get
Hence, the rst equation of the system (32) can be obtained
by multiplying the last equation by (2𝛼+2).e same way can
be used to show that 𝛾
2satises the second equation of the
Now, we restrict to ∈(−−21,0]to show that
1,2𝛼/(1+2𝛼) ≤1, (36)
From (34), we obtain
1,2𝛼/(1+2𝛼) =2𝛼 |∇|2𝛼/(1+2𝛼) .(37)
From (32), (37), and (38), we get (36).
On the other hand, from (26), we obtain
If V→ ∞ as →, the same procedure can be repeated
by changing the roles of and.
Step 2 (Schauder’s estimates). In this step, we nd the interior
Schauder’s estimates of the functions 1,2on the sets
where >0, =0,1.Assuming that 1and 2satisfy in 2𝑘
22𝛽/(1+2𝛽) ≤ (42)
Our claim is as follows: for any positive and small enough
values of ,,and,thereexistsaconstant = (,,)
From (42), we deduce that 𝛾
uniformly bounded functions in 2𝑘.So, the functions
2|𝑞2are uniformly bounded in
2𝑘.erefore, the right hand side of each equation in (32) is
uniformly bounded function in 2𝑘.By applying the interior
regularity theory (see ), we get locally uniform estimates
in 1+𝜎,(1+𝜎)/2-norms. Consequently, on the right hand side of
each equation in (32), we can obtain locally uniform estimates
older norms 𝜎,𝜎/2. erefore, the parabolic interior
Schauder’s estimates (43) are held; see .
Step 3 (the proof of (25)). Suppose that the lower bound of
(25) is not held. So, there is a sequence 𝑗,suchthat𝑗→
V𝑗→0 →∞ (44)
us, 𝑢→ ∞ as 𝑗→ .
Now, for each 𝑗whichplaysthesameroleof0,asin
Step 1, we can scale about the corresponding point (∗
for each, where ∗
𝑗.We get the corresponding rescaled
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𝑢(𝑗)is the scaling factor.
It is clear that (𝛾𝑗
2)satises, as in Step 1, the following
𝑛 = 𝑛,
𝑅/𝛾𝑗 = 𝑅.(49)
𝛾𝑗→ 𝑛 →∞. (50)
From (44) and (48), we see that
22𝛽/(1+2𝛽) → 0, → ∞. (51)
2are bounded in 𝛾𝑗×(−−2
𝑗,0]for all .
By applying Step 2, there is 𝑘independent of ,suchthat
the uniform Schauder’s estimates of (𝛾𝑗
2)are as follows:
2)is dened on a compact set, by the Arzela-
Ascoli theorem, there exists a convergent subsequence, and
it is denoted by (𝛾𝑗
Since 1,2>0and ∇𝛾𝑗
2are bounded, the limit
point (1,2)is a solution of the following system:
2→ 0, where →∞,itfollowsthat2≡
Consequently, from the second equation of (53), we get
1(0,0)+∇1(0,0)2𝛼/(1+2𝛼) =0, (56)
which leads to a contradiction with (48), so the lower bound
If we change the roles of and V, the upper bound of (25)
can be proved similarly as in the last proof.
Step 4 (estimates on doubling 𝑢).Since𝑢→ ∞ as →
,𝑢is a continuous function. For any 0∈(0,),thepoint
0can be dened as follows:
0=max ∈0,:𝑢()=2𝑢0. (57)
We claim that there is 0<which is independent of 0
such that +
By supposing that this claim is not true, there is a sequence
𝑗→ ,as→∞such that
𝑗𝑗→ ∞, (60)
𝑗=max ∈𝑗,:𝑢()=2𝑢𝑗. (61)
For each 𝑗,where/2 < 𝑗<
𝑗), and we can get the corresponding rescaled functions
2)with the scaling factor: 𝑗=(
which satises (47) with the following conditions:
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From (61) and (62), it follows that
From (25), we conclude that
erefore, (64) becomes
By applying Step 2, we use the Schauder estimates for
2), and we can get a convergent subsequence in
𝑙𝑜𝑐 (𝑛×)to the solution of system (53) in 𝑛×.
us, we get a contradiction because under the assump-
tion (i), all nontrival solutions of system (53) blow up in a
nite time; see .
So, there is 0<such that
Step 5 (rate estimates).
For any 0∈(/2,),asinStep4,
By (67), we have
We can g e t 2∈(,)by using 1as a new value of 0such
that 𝑢2=2𝑢1=4𝑢0. (69)
So, for any ≥0,wehave
where the sequence 𝑗→ as →∞.
By adding the above inequalities, it follows that
Using (25) results in
V0≤−2𝛽 1−2−1/𝛼−𝛽 𝛽−0−𝛽 ,
From above, there exist positive two constants and such
From the last two inequalities and the denitions of
𝑢and V, it follows that there are 1and 2such that
(,)+|∇(,)|2𝛼/(1+2𝛼) ≤1(−)−𝛼 ,
V(,)+|∇V(,)|2𝛽/(1+2𝛽) ≤2(−)−𝛽 .(76)
Or, we can split the last estimates as follows:
4. Conclusions and Future Studies
From eorem 1 and its proof, we can point out the following
(i) By (25), it follows that the blow-up in system (1) can
only occur simultaneously.
(ii) e gradient terms are bounded for any <.
(iii) e upper blow-up rate estimates for both of systems
(1) and (12) take the same forms. is means that, with
the two conditions of eorem 1, the gradient terms
in the system (1) do not eect ormake any changes on
the prole of blow-up solutions.
(1) One may try to derive the blow-up rate estimates for
problem (1), in case one or both assumptions (i) and
(ii) of eorem 1 are not satised.
(2) For the semilinear system (12) dened in a ball,
and under some restricted assumptions on (0,V0)
(nonnegative and radial decreasing functions), it is
well known that the blow-up can only occur at
the center point (see ). However, it is unknown
whether and under which condition this result can be
extended to the system (1).
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Conflicts of Interest
e authors declare that they have no conicts of interest.
e authors would like to thank Mustansiriyah University
(http://www.uomustansiriyah.edu.iq) Baghdad-Iraq for its
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