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# Uniformly asymptotic stability of almost periodic solutions for a competitive system with impulsive perturbations

- Ronghua Tan
^{1}, - Weifang Liu
^{1}, - Qinglong Wang
^{1}and - Zhijun Liu
^{1}Email author

**2014**:2

https://doi.org/10.1186/1687-1847-2014-2

© Tan et al.; licensee Springer. 2014

**Received: **6 October 2013

**Accepted: **3 December 2013

**Published: **2 January 2014

## Abstract

Impulsive differential models play an important role in modeling population systems. In this article, we consider an almost periodic competitive model subject to impulsive perturbations and establish sufficient conditions for the uniformly asymptotic stability of a unique positive almost periodic solution for the system. The example and its numerical simulations are carried out to illustrate the feasibility of our main results.

## Keywords

- impulsive competitive system
- positive almost periodic solutions
- uniformly asymptotic stability
- Lyapunov function

## 1 Introduction

*t*, respectively. ${a}_{1}$, ${a}_{2}$ stand for the intrinsic growth rates of two species, ${b}_{1}$, ${d}_{1}$, ${b}_{2}$, ${d}_{2}$ represent the effects of intra-specific competition, and ${c}_{1}$, ${c}_{2}$ are the effects of inter-specific competition. Notice that the coefficients, in the real world, are not unchanged constants owing to the variation of environment, and the effect of a varying environment is significant for evolutionary theory as the selective forces on systems in such a fluctuating environment differ from those in a stable environment. So it is realistic to consider a corresponding non-autonomous version with the form

Here, all the coefficients ${a}_{i}(t)$, ${b}_{i}(t)$, ${c}_{i}(t)$, ${d}_{i}(t)$ ($i=1,2$) are subject to fluctuation in time. Furthermore, it is known that the assumption of almost periodicity of the coefficients is a way of incorporating the time-dependent variability of the environment, and especially, if the various components of the environment are with incommensurable periods, then it is reasonable to consider the environment to be almost periodic, which leads to the almost periodicity of the coefficients of system (1.2). On the other hand, species live in a real fluctuating medium, and human exploitation activities might result in the duration of abrupt changes. Such changes can be well approximated as impulses, and these processes tend to be reasonably modeled by impulsive differential equations.

Here, ${x}_{1}({0}^{+})={x}_{1}(0)>0$, ${x}_{2}({0}^{+})={x}_{2}(0)>0$, ℕ is the set of positive integers, the coefficients ${a}_{i}(t)$, ${b}_{i}(t)$, ${c}_{i}(t)$, ${d}_{i}(t)$ are all continuous almost periodic functions which are bounded above and below by positive constants, ${\gamma}_{1k}>-1$ and ${\gamma}_{2k}>-1$ are constants and $0<{\tau}_{1}<{\tau}_{2}<\cdots <{\tau}_{k}<{\tau}_{k+1}<\cdots $ are impulse points with ${lim}_{k\to +\mathrm{\infty}}{\tau}_{k}=+\mathrm{\infty}$. The jump conditions reflect the possibility of impulsive effects on two species. From biological viewpoints, when ${\gamma}_{ik}>0$, the perturbations may stand for stocking, while ${\gamma}_{ik}<0$ the perturbations mean harvesting.

In the research of population ecology, competitive systems are very important to describe the interactions in the multi-species population dynamics. Many competitive systems have been studied recently by many authors and there is quite extensive literature concerned with the dynamics such as stability of equilibrium [2], persistence [3], permanence or partial extinction [4–7], positive periodic solution [8–11], positive almost periodic solution [12–15]*etc*. However, there are not many papers considering the stability of positive almost periodic solutions for impulsive competitive systems [14–16]. In this article, we make an attempt to discuss such an issue by considering system (1.3). The rest of this paper is arranged as follows. In Section 2, we present some notations, definitions and lemmas. In Section 3, we give the main result on the uniformly asymptotic stability of a unique positive almost periodic solution for system (1.3). In Section 4, an example together with its numerical simulations is presented to verify the validity of the proposed criteria.

## 2 Preliminaries

In this section, we give some notations, definitions, lemmas which are useful for establishing our main result (*i.e.*, Theorem 3.1).

Denote by ${\mathbb{R}}^{+}$, ℝ and ℤ the sets of nonnegative real numbers, real numbers and integers, respectively. ${\mathbb{R}}^{2}$ and ${\mathbb{R}}^{n}$ denote the cone of a two-dimensional and *n*-dimensional real Euclidean space, respectively.

**Definition 2.1** (see [17])

A sequence $\{{\tau}_{k}\}$ is called almost periodic if for any $\u03f5>0$ there exists a relatively dense set of its *ϵ*-periods, *i.e.*, there exists such a positive integer $N=N(\u03f5)$ that, for any arbitrary $k\in \mathbb{Z}$, there is at least an integer *p* in the segment $[k,k+N]$, for which $|{\tau}_{k+p}-{\tau}_{k}|<\u03f5$ holds.

**Definition 2.2** (see [17])

The set of sequences $\{{\tau}_{k}^{j}={\tau}_{k+j}-{\tau}_{k}\}$, $k,j\in \mathbb{Z}$, is said to be uniformly almost periodic if for arbitrary $\u03f5>0$, there exists a relatively dense set of *ϵ*-almost periodic common for any sequences.

Let $PC(\mathbb{R},\mathbb{R})$ = {$u:\mathbb{R}\to \mathbb{R}$: *u* is continuous for $t\in \mathbb{R}$, $t\ne {\tau}_{k}$, continuous from the left for $t\in \mathbb{R}$ and discontinuities of the first kind occur at the point ${\tau}_{k}\in \mathbb{R}$, $k\in \mathbb{N}$}.

**Definition 2.3** (see [17])

- (1)
The set of sequences $\{{\tau}_{k}^{j}\}$, $k,j\in \mathbb{Z}$ is uniformly almost periodic.

- (2)
For any $\u03f5>0$, there exists a positive number $\delta =\delta (\u03f5)$ such that if the points ${t}^{\prime}$ and ${t}^{\u2033}$ belong to the same interval of continuity and $|{t}^{\prime}-{t}^{\u2033}|<\delta $, then $|\phi ({t}^{\prime})-\phi ({t}^{\u2033})|<\u03f5$.

- (3)
For any $\u03f5>0$, there exists a relative dense set

*T*of*ϵ*-almost periods such that if $\tau \in T$, then $|\phi (t+\tau )-\phi (t)|<\u03f5$ for all $t\in \mathbb{R}$, satisfying the condition $|t-{\tau}_{k}|>\u03f5$, $k\in \mathbb{Z}$.

The following Lemma 2.1 is obvious.

**Lemma 2.1** *Any solution* $({y}_{1}(t),{y}_{2}(t))$ *of system* (2.1) *satisfies* ${y}_{i}(t)>0$ *for all* $t\ge 0$.

**Lemma 2.2**

*For systems*(1.3)

*and*(2.1),

*we have the following conclusions*.

- (1)
*If*$({y}_{1}(t),{y}_{2}(t))$*is a solution of system*(2.1),*then*$({x}_{1}(t),{x}_{2}(t))=({\prod}_{0<{\tau}_{k}<t}(1+{\gamma}_{1k}){y}_{1}(t),{\prod}_{0<{\tau}_{k}<t}(1+{\gamma}_{2k}){y}_{2}(t))$*is a solution of system*(1.3). - (2)
*If*$({x}_{1}(t),{x}_{2}(t))$*is a solution of system*(1.3),*then*$({y}_{1}(t),{y}_{2}(t))=({\prod}_{0<{\tau}_{k}<t}{(1+{\gamma}_{1k})}^{-1}{x}_{1}(t),{\prod}_{0<{\tau}_{k}<t}{(1+{\gamma}_{2k})}^{-1}{x}_{2}(t))$*is a solution of system*(2.1).

*Proof*(1) Assume that $({y}_{1}(t),{y}_{2}(t))$ is a solution of system (2.1). It is easy to see that ${x}_{i}(t)={\prod}_{0<{\tau}_{k}<t}(1+{\gamma}_{ik}){y}_{i}(t)$ are continuous on the interval $({\tau}_{k},{\tau}_{k+1}]$, then for any $t\ne {\tau}_{k}$, $k\in \mathbb{N}$, one has

- (2)Since ${y}_{1}(t)$ and ${y}_{2}(t)$ are continuous on each interval $({\tau}_{k},{\tau}_{k+1}]$. From system (2.1), one can easily check the continuity of ${y}_{i}(t)$ at the impulse points $t={\tau}_{k}$, $k\in \mathbb{N}$. Recalling system (1.3), we have$\begin{array}{r}{y}_{1}\left({\tau}_{k}^{+}\right)=\prod _{0<{\tau}_{j}\le {\tau}_{k}}{(1+{\gamma}_{1j})}^{-1}{x}_{1}\left({\tau}_{k}^{+}\right)=\prod _{0<{\tau}_{j}<{\tau}_{k}}{(1+{\gamma}_{1j})}^{-1}{x}_{1}({\tau}_{k})={y}_{1}({\tau}_{k}),\\ {y}_{2}\left({\tau}_{k}^{+}\right)=\prod _{0<{\tau}_{j}\le {\tau}_{k}}{(1+{\gamma}_{2j})}^{-1}{x}_{2}\left({\tau}_{k}^{+}\right)=\prod _{0<{\tau}_{j}<{\tau}_{k}}{(1+{\gamma}_{2j})}^{-1}{x}_{2}({\tau}_{k})={y}_{2}({\tau}_{k}).\end{array}$(2.7)

Equations (2.7) and (2.8) imply that ${y}_{1}(t)$ and ${y}_{2}(t)$ are continuous on ${\mathbb{R}}^{+}$. It is easy to see that $({y}_{1}(t),{y}_{2}(t))$ is a solution of system (2.1). The proof of Lemma 2.2 is complete. □

*t*uniformly with respect to $X\in \mathbb{D}$. The following associate product system of system (2.9) can be expressed as

**Lemma 2.3** (see Theorem 6.3 in [20])

*Suppose that there exists a Lyapunov function*$V(t,X,Y)$

*defined on*$[0,+\mathrm{\infty})\times \mathbb{D}\times \mathbb{D}$,

*which satisfies the following conditions*:

- (1)
$a(\parallel X-Y\parallel )\le V(t,X,Y)\le b(\parallel X-Y\parallel )$,

*where*$a(\kappa )$*and*$b(\kappa )$*are continuous*,*increasing and positive definite functions*. - (2)
$|V(t,{X}_{1},{Y}_{1})-V(t,{X}_{2},{Y}_{2})|\le K\{\parallel {X}_{1}-{X}_{2}\parallel +\parallel {Y}_{1}-{Y}_{2}\parallel \}$,

*where*$K>0$*is a constant*. - (3)
${V}_{\text{(2.10)}}^{\prime}(t,X,Y)\le -\mu V(t,X,Y)$,

*where*$\mu >0$*is a constant*.

*Moreover*, *suppose that system* (2.9) *has a solution that remains in a compact set* $\mathbb{S}\subset \mathbb{D}$ *for all* $t\ge 0$. *Then system* (2.9) *has a unique almost periodic solution in* $\mathbb{S}$, *which is uniformly asymptotically stable in* $\mathbb{D}$.

**Lemma 2.4**(see [21])

- (1)
*If*$a>0$, $b>0$*and*${x}^{\prime}(t)\ge x(t)(a-bx(t))$,*when*$t\ge 0$*and*$x(0)>0$,*we have*${lim\hspace{0.17em}inf}_{t\to +\mathrm{\infty}}x(t)\ge a/b$. (2)*If*$a>0$, $b>0$*and*${x}^{\prime}(t)\le x(t)(a-bx(t))$,*when*$t\ge 0$*and*$x(0)>0$,*we have*${lim\hspace{0.17em}sup}_{t\to +\mathrm{\infty}}x(t)\le a/b$.

For convenience, given an almost periodic function $g(t)$ defined on ${\mathbb{R}}^{+}$, let ${g}^{L}$ and ${g}^{U}$ be defined as ${g}^{L}={inf}_{t\in {\mathbb{R}}^{+}}g(t)$, ${g}^{U}={sup}_{t\in {\mathbb{R}}^{+}}g(t)$.

**Lemma 2.5**
*Assume that the following two conditions*

(A1) *there exist positive constants* ${\alpha}_{i}$, ${\beta}_{i}$ *such that* ${\alpha}_{i}\le {\prod}_{0<{\tau}_{k}<t}(1+{\gamma}_{ik})\le {\beta}_{i}$, $i=1,2$,

(A2) ${a}_{1}^{L}-{c}_{1}^{U}{\beta}_{2}{M}_{2}>0$ *and* ${a}_{2}^{L}-{c}_{2}^{U}{\beta}_{1}{M}_{1}>0$

*hold*,

*then any solution*$({y}_{1}(t),{y}_{2}(t))$

*of system*(2.1)

*satisfies*

*where* ${m}_{i}=({a}_{i}^{L}-{c}_{i}^{U}{\beta}_{j}{M}_{j})/({b}_{i}^{U}{\beta}_{i}+{d}_{i}^{U}{\beta}_{i}^{2}{M}_{i})$, ${M}_{i}={a}_{i}^{U}/({b}_{i}^{L}{\alpha}_{i})$, $1\le i,j\le 2$; $i\ne j$.

*Proof*Let $({y}_{1}(t),{y}_{2}(t))$ be any solution of system (2.1). It follows from system (2.1) and (A1) that we have

The proof of Lemma 2.5 is complete. □

**Lemma 2.6** *Assume that* (A1) *and* (A2) *are satisfied*. *Suppose further that*

(A3) *the set of sequences* $\{{\tau}_{k}^{j}={\tau}_{k+j}-{\tau}_{k}\}$, $k,j\in \mathbb{Z}$ *is uniformly almost periodic*,

(A4) ${\prod}_{0<{\tau}_{k}<t}(1+{\gamma}_{ik})$ *is an almost periodic function*.

*Then* $\mathrm{\Theta}\ne \varphi $.

*Proof*The almost periodicity of $\{{a}_{i}(t)\}$, $\{{B}_{i}(t)\}$, $\{{C}_{i}(t)\}$, $\{{D}_{i}(t)\}$ implies that there exists a sequence $\{{t}_{n}\}$, ${t}_{n}\to +\mathrm{\infty}$ as $n\to +\mathrm{\infty}$ such that

*n*. Let $t\ge 0$, we have

Since ${T}_{2}\in {\mathbb{R}}^{+}$ is arbitrary, $({\overline{y}}_{1}(t),{\overline{y}}_{2}(t))$ is a solution of system (2.1) on ${\mathbb{R}}^{+}$. We easily obtain that ${m}_{i}-\epsilon \le {\overline{y}}_{i}(t)\le {M}_{i}+\epsilon $ for $t\in {\mathbb{R}}^{+}$, $i=1,2$. Furthermore, since *ε* is arbitrarily small, we get that ${m}_{i}\le {\overline{y}}_{i}(t)\le {M}_{i}$, $i=1,2$, for $t\in {\mathbb{R}}^{+}$. The proof of Lemma 2.6 is complete. □

## 3 The main result

In this section, we give our main result and establish the uniformly asymptotic stability of a unique positive almost periodic solution for system (1.3).

**Theorem 3.1** *Assume that* (A1)-(A4) *hold*. *Furthermore*, *assume that*

*there exist positive constants*${\theta}_{1}$, ${\theta}_{2}$,

*σ*,

*where*$\sigma =min\{{s}_{1},{s}_{2}\}$,

*and*

*Then system* (1.3) *has a unique uniformly asymptotically stable positive almost periodic solution*.

*Proof*Let us make the change of variables

Here, $Z(t)=({z}_{1}(t),{z}_{2}(t))$ and $W(t)=({w}_{1}(t),{w}_{2}(t))$ are any two solutions of system (3.2) defined on $\mathbb{S}$, and $\mathbb{S}=\{({z}_{1}(t),{z}_{2}(t))\in {\mathbb{R}}^{2}|ln{m}_{i}\le {z}_{i}(t)\le ln{M}_{i},i=1,2,t\in {\mathbb{R}}^{+}\}$.

Let $a(\kappa )=min\{{\theta}_{1},{\theta}_{2}\}\kappa $, $b(\kappa )=max\{{\theta}_{1},{\theta}_{2}\}\kappa $, then condition (1) in Lemma 2.3 is satisfied.

where $\tilde{Z}(t)=({\tilde{z}}_{1}(t),{\tilde{z}}_{2}(t))$, $\tilde{W}(t)=({\tilde{w}}_{1}(t),{\tilde{w}}_{2}(t))$, $\lambda =max\{{\theta}_{1},{\theta}_{2}\}$. Hence, condition (2) in Lemma 2.3 is satisfied.

where $\sigma =min\{{s}_{1},{s}_{2}\}$ and $\mu =\sigma min\{1/{\theta}_{1},1/{\theta}_{2}\}$. It follows from condition (A5) in Theorem 3.1 that we have $\mu >0$, that is, condition (3) in Lemma 2.3 is also satisfied. Therefore, it follows from Lemma 2.3 that system (3.2) has a unique almost periodic solution $({z}_{1}^{\ast}(t),{z}_{2}^{\ast}(t))$ which is uniformly asymptotically stable in $\mathbb{S}$. That is, system (2.1) has a unique uniformly asymptotically stable positive almost periodic solution $({y}_{1}^{\ast}(t),{y}_{2}^{\ast}(t))=(exp\{{z}_{1}^{\ast}(t)\},exp\{{z}_{2}^{\ast}(t)\})$.

is a solution of system (1.3). By conditions (A3) and (A4), we can prove that ${x}_{i}^{\ast}(t)={\prod}_{0<{\tau}_{k}<t}(1+{\gamma}_{ik}){y}_{i}^{\ast}(t)$ is an almost periodic function based on the proofs of Lemma 31 and Theorem 79 in [17]. Thus $({x}_{1}^{\ast}(t),{x}_{2}^{\ast}(t))$ is a unique uniformly asymptotically stable positive almost periodic solution of system (1.3). The proof of Theorem 3.1 is complete. □

## 4 An example and numerical simulations

In this section, to illustrate the feasibility of our analytical results, we give the following example.

**Example 4.1**Consider the competitive system with impulsive perturbations

## Declarations

### Acknowledgements

The work is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 11261017) and the Project of Key Laboratory of Biological Resources Protection and Utilization of Hubei Province (Forestry). We would like to thank anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments which improved the presentation of this work.

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