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# On a delay population model with quadratic nonlinearity

- Leonid Berezansky
^{1}, - Jaromír Baštinec
^{2}, - Josef Diblík
^{2, 3}Email author and - Zdeněk Šmarda
^{2}

**2012**:230

https://doi.org/10.1186/1687-1847-2012-230

© Berezansky et al.; licensee Springer 2012

**Received:**16 November 2012**Accepted:**3 December 2012**Published:**28 December 2012

## Abstract

A nonlinear delay differential equation with quadratic nonlinearity,

is considered, where ${\alpha}_{k}$ and *β* are positive constants, ${h}_{k}:[0,\mathrm{\infty})\to \mathbb{R}$ are continuous functions such that $t-\tau \le {h}_{k}(t)\le t$, $\tau =\mathrm{const}$, $\tau >0$, for any $t>0$ the inequality ${h}_{k}(t)<t$ holds for at least one *k*, and $r:[0,\mathrm{\infty})\to (0,\mathrm{\infty})$ is a continuous function satisfying the inequality $r(t)\ge {r}_{0}=\mathrm{const}$ for an ${r}_{0}>0$. It is proved that the positive equilibrium is globally asymptotically stable without any further limitations on the parameters of this equation.

## Keywords

- Equilibrium Solution
- Global Attractor
- Delay Differential Equation
- Positive Equilibrium
- Global Asymptotic Stability

## Introduction

where $N(t)$ is the population size at time *t*, $r>0$ is the intrinsic growth rate of the population, $\tau >0$ and $K>0$ is the carrying capacity of the population.

where *α*, ${\beta}_{k}$ and ${\tau}_{k}>0$ are positive constants, is considered in [[8], p.87]. Equation (1) can be viewed as one with quadratic nonlinearities of the unknown function *x*. For more work on the stability and boundedness of equations and systems related to (1), one can refer to [9–13].

where $\phi :[-{\tau}^{\ast},0]\to \mathbb{R}$ is a continuous function, ${\tau}^{\ast}={max}_{k=1,\dots ,m}{\tau}_{k}$ and $\phi (t)>0$ if $t\in [-{\tau}^{\ast},0]$.

**Theorem 1** [14], Corollary 3.2.2, p.177]

*The positive equilibrium* *K* *is a global attractor of problem* (2), (3).

This result is different from almost all known results on the stability for nonlinear delay differential equations since there are no limitations on the parameters of equation (2). The proof of Theorem 1 is based on the method of Lyapunov-Krasovskii functionals.

where ${\alpha}_{k}>0$, $\beta >0$, ${h}_{k}:[0,\mathrm{\infty})\to \mathbb{R}$ are continuous functions such that the inequalities $t-\tau \le {h}_{k}(t)\le t$ are true for a $\tau =\mathrm{const}$, $\tau >0$, and $r:[0,\mathrm{\infty})\to (0,\mathrm{\infty})$ is a continuous function satisfying the inequality $r(t)\ge {r}_{0}=\mathrm{const}$ for an ${r}_{0}>0$. We suppose also that for any $t>0$ the inequality ${h}_{k}(t)<t$ holds for at least one *k*.

where $\phi :[-\tau ,0]\to \mathbb{R}$ is a continuous function and $\phi (t)>0$ if $t\in [-\tau ,0]$.

Moreover, it is easy to see that the constant *K* defined by (4) defines the unique positive equilibrium $x(t)=K$, $t\in [-\tau ,\mathrm{\infty})$ of equation (5) as well.

In this paper, we prove that there exists a unique positive global solution to the problem (5), (6). Let us recall that a function $x:[-\tau ,\mathrm{\infty})\to \mathbb{R}$ continuous on $[-\tau ,\mathrm{\infty})$ and continuously differentiable on $[0,\mathrm{\infty})$ is called *a global solution* to the problem (5), (6) if it satisfies equation (5) on $[0,\mathrm{\infty})$ and initial condition (6). In addition to this, we prove that this solution is a bounded function isolated from zero. Finally, we will extend Theorem 1 to nonautonomous equation (5). Unfortunately, the construction of a Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional for autonomous equation (2) given in [14] to prove Theorem 1 is not applicable to nonautonomous equation (5). Therefore, we use another method based on a special quasi-linearization of a given nonlinear equation.

We will apply the following standard notions given in the definition below.

**Definition 1** The equilibrium solution $x(t)=K$, $t\in [-\tau ,\mathrm{\infty})$ of equation (5) is locally stable if, for any $\epsilon >0$, there exists $\delta >0$ such that the inequality $|\phi (t)-K|<\delta $, $t\in [-\tau ,0]$ implies $|x(t)-K|<\epsilon $, $t\ge 0$ if $x(t)=\phi (t)$, $t\in [-\tau ,0]$. If, in addition, for any such solution, ${lim}_{t\to \mathrm{\infty}}x(t)=K$, the equilibrium solution $x(t)=K$, $t\in [-\tau ,\mathrm{\infty})$ of equation (5) is called locally asymptotically stable.

The equilibrium solution $x(t)=K$, $t\in [-\tau ,\mathrm{\infty})$ of equation (5) is called a global attractor of equation (5) if ${lim}_{t\to \mathrm{\infty}}x(t)=K$ for all solutions $x(t)$ of equation (5) defined by all initial functions described by (6).

The equilibrium solution $x(t)=K$, $t\in [-\tau ,\mathrm{\infty})$ of equation (5) is globally asymptotically stable if it is a global attractor for all solutions $x(t)$ of equation (5) defined by all initial functions described by (6) and if it is also locally stable.

## Main results

where $t-\tau \le {h}_{k}(t)\le t$, $\tau >0$, and for any $t>0$, the inequality ${h}_{k}(t)<t$ holds for at least one *k*.

**Lemma 1**

*Assume that there exists a constant*${a}_{0}>0$

*such that*

*and*

*Then equation* (7) *is asymptotically stable*.

This result has a long history. The first stability conditions of this kind were obtained by Krasovskii [15] for an equation with a single delay. A weaker result (a corollary of Lemma 1) is given in [[16], p.154]. Lemma 1 itself is a consequence of [[17], Corollary 3.13].

**Theorem 2** *A solution of problem* (5), (6) *is positive and global*.

*Proof*Since $\phi (0)>0$, there exists a unique positive local solution of problem (5), (6). Suppose $[0,c)$ with $c>0$ is the maximum interval of existence of this problem and a point ${t}_{0}\in (0,c)$ is such that $x(t)>0$, $t\in [-\tau ,{t}_{0})$, and $x({t}_{0})=0$. Then $\dot{x}({t}_{0})\le 0$. Directly from equation (5), we get

which is a contradiction.

Hence, $x(t)>0$, $t\in [0,c)$. If $c=\mathrm{\infty}$, the theorem is proved. Suppose $c<\mathrm{\infty}$. Then, by [[16], Corollary 3.1, p.45], either ${lim\hspace{0.17em}sup}_{t\to c-}x(t)=+\mathrm{\infty}$ or ${lim\hspace{0.17em}inf}_{t\to c-}x(t)=0$.

*y*is a solution of the initial linear problem

Since every solution *y* of a linear delay differential equation is bounded on any finite interval, *x* is also bounded on the interval $[0,c)$. We have a contradiction.

*x*is a monotone decreasing function on $[{t}_{0},c)$ for some ${t}_{0}\in [0,c)$ or there exists a sequence ${t}_{n}\in [{t}_{0},c)$ such that

*x*is a monotone decreasing function for $t\in [0,c)$), ${lim}_{t\to c}x(t)=0$. Hence,

*x*is a solution of (5), (6) on $[0,c]$ with $x(c)=0$ and as above, we obtain a contradiction because

where for at least one *k* one has ${h}_{k}(c)<c$, and so $x({h}_{k}(c))=0$. We have a contradiction. The theorem is proved. □

**Theorem 3**

*For a solution*

*x*

*of problem*(5), (6),

*Proof*Substituting $x(t)=y(t)+K$, equation (5) takes the form

by Lemma 1, equation (9) is asymptotically stable. Hence, the function *y* is bounded from above and consequently is the function *x*.

*x*is an eventually monotone decreasing function or there exists a sequence ${t}_{n}\in [-\tau ,\mathrm{\infty})$ such that

*x*is a monotone decreasing function for $t>0$), there exists ${t}_{\ast}>0$ such that $x({t}_{\ast})<K$. Hence,

This is in contradiction to our assumption.

*n*such that $x({t}_{n})<K$. Hence,

We have a contradiction and the theorem is proved. □

In the following, when discussing the stability properties of solutions of equation (5), we will assume that initial conditions (6) hold.

**Theorem 4** *The positive equilibrium* *K* *of equation* (5) *is globally asymptotically stable*.

*Proof* We have to prove that *K* is an attractor for all solutions of the equation and that it also is locally stable. To do this, it is sufficient to prove that the zero solution is an attractor for all solutions of equation (8) and that it also is locally stable.

*x*is a fixed solution of equation (5). Then $y(t)=x(t)-K$ is a fixed solution of equation (8). After substituting $y(t)={e}^{-\lambda t}z(t)$, where $\lambda >0$ is a sufficiently small number satisfying $\lambda <{r}_{0}(\alpha +\beta m)$, we have an equation

*m*,

*M*, $0<m<M$ such that

*λ*. Suppose

*u*is an arbitrary continuous function such that $m-K<u(t)<M-K$. By Lemma 1, all solutions of linear equation (11), where

*y*is replaced by

*u*, tend to zero. Then it is also true if $u=y$. Hence,

*z*as a solution of nonlinear equation (11) is a bounded function. Then

By Lemma 1, equation (13) is asymptotically stable (see equation (9) in the proof of Theorem 3). The theorem is proved. □

**Remark 1**The proof of Theorem 4 provides not only global asymptotic stability of the positive equilibrium

*K*, but also exponential estimation of the rate of convergence of solutions. Tracing the proof carefully, we have

*x*is a fixed solution of equation (5), $y(t)$ is a corresponding solution of equation (8) and $z(t)$ is a corresponding solution of equation (11). Since $z(t)$ is bounded and (12) holds, we state that for a given solution $x=x(t)$ of equation (5), there exists a constant ${H}_{x}$ such that

where *λ* is a sufficiently small positive number satisfying $\lambda <{r}_{0}(\alpha +\beta m)$ and $t\in [-\tau ,\mathrm{\infty})$.

## Conclusions, concluding remarks and open problems

*K*of the delay logistic equation

is globally asymptotically stable if $a\tau <3/2$ and locally asymptotically stable if $a\tau <\pi /2$. Thus, there is a gap between sufficient conditions for global and for local stabilities. One of the old problems is to show that local asymptotic stability implies global asymptotic stability for this equation. This problem also remains open for most of known nonlinear delayed equations in mathematical biology.

By Theorem 4, local and global stability conditions for equation (8) coincide since this equation is stable for all positive coefficients. It would be interesting to find other equations with such a property.

In the proof of Theorem 4, we applied the substitution $y(t)=z(t){e}^{-\lambda t}$ with a small parameter $\lambda >0$. Such kind of substitutions are well known in the investigation of stability of linear equations. Maybe such a substitution is used here for a nonlinear equation for the first time.

The usefulness of asymptotic methods could be exploited to extend other powerful (deterministic) techniques such as the Laplace decomposition method or He’s polynomials to deal with difference-differential models (see references [19, 20] for instance).

A partial case of equation (8) was considered in [21] where also some other delay differential equations with quadratic nonlinearity were studied.

- 1.
Study the oscillation properties of equation (5).

- 2.Extend Theorems 2-4 to the equation$\dot{x}(t)=\sum _{k=1}^{m}{a}_{k}(t)x({h}_{k}(t))-b(t){x}^{2}(t)$(14)

- 3.
Prove the existence of a periodic solution for equation (14) with periodic functions ${a}_{k}(t)$, $b(t)$ and study its local and global stability.

- 4.Study the existence, uniqueness, oscillation and stability properties of solutions of the following equations:$\dot{x}(t)=\sum _{k=1}^{m}{a}_{k}(t)x({h}_{k}(t))-b(t){x}^{n}(t),\phantom{\rule{1em}{0ex}}n>0,$

## Declarations

### Acknowledgements

The second author was supported by Grant P201/10/1032 of the Czech Grant Agency (Prague). The third author was supported by the Operational Programme Research and Development for Innovations, No. CZ.1.05/2.1.00/03.0097, as an activity of the regional Centre AdMaS. The fourth author was supported by the Grant FEKT-S-11-2-921 of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Communication, Brno University of Technology. The authors would like to thank the referees for helpful suggestions incorporated into this paper.

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