Weighted Energy-Dissipation approach to doubly nonlinear problems on the half line

Goro Akagi, Stefano Melchionna, Ulisse Stefanelli

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We discuss a variational approach to abstract doubly nonlinear evolution systems defined on the time half line tCloseSPigtSPi 0. This relies on the minimization of weighted energy-dissipation (WED) functionals, namely a family of ε-dependent functionals defined over entire trajectories. We prove WED functionals admit minimizers and that the corresponding Euler–Lagrange system, which is indeed an elliptic-in-time regularization of the original problem, is strongly solvable. Such WED minimizers converge, up to subsequences, to a solution of the doubly nonlinear system as ε→ 0. The analysis relies on a specific estimate on WED minimizers, which is specifically tailored to the unbounded time interval case. In particular, previous results on the bounded time interval are extended and generalized. Applications of the theory to classes of nonlinear PDEs are also presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-74
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Evolution Equations
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Mar 1


  • Causal limit
  • Doubly nonlinear system
  • Variational approach
  • WED functionals


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