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Existence of Solutions for Hyperbolic System of Second Order Outside a Domain
© J. Xin and X. Sha. 2009
Received: 27 June 2008
Accepted: 29 April 2009
Published: 5 May 2009
We study the mixed initial-boundary value problem for hyperbolic system of second order outside a closed domain. The existence of solutions to this problem is proved and the estimate for the regularity of solutions is given. The application of the existence theorem to elastrodynamics is discussed.
This paper is concerned with the exterior problem for hyperbolic system of second order. Let be a closed domain with smooth boundary in and let the origin belong to . Consider the following exterior problem for the hyperbolic system of second order:
Ikawa considered in  the mixed problem of a hyperbolic equation of second-order. The existence theorem is known for the obstacle free problem in . Dafermos and Hrusa proved in  the local existence of the Dirichlet problem for the hyperbolic system inside a domain by energy method.
In this paper, we deal with the exterior problem for the second order hyperbolic system. In Section 2, we show the existence of the exterior problem for the problem (1.1) by the semigroup theory. In Section 3, we prove the regularity for the solutions of the exterior problem (1.1) and give the estimate for the regularity of solutions. In Section 4, we discuss the application of the existence theorem to elastrodynamics.
2. Existence of the Exterior Problem for Hyperbolic System of Second Order
The proofs of Lemmas 2.7 and 2.8 are in . The straightforward application of the semigroup theory to the system (1.3) gives the following proposition.
From Proposition 2.9, we obtain the existence of solutions to the problem (1.1).
3. Regularity of Solutions for the Exterior Problem
First, we show the energy inequalities for our problem. These inequalities play an important role in the proof of the regularity of solutions.
This completes the proof of (3.2).
4. Application to Elastrodynamics
The system (4.3) is the special case of the system (1.1). So by the existence Theorem 3.2, we derive the existence of solutions for the initial-boundary problem to the elastrodynamic system (4.3) outside a domain.
Projects 10626046 supported by NSFC and 20070410487 supported by China Postdoctoral Science Foundation. The authors would like to thank Professor Tatsien Li and Professor Tiehu Qin for helpful discussions and suggestions.
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