Energy decay estimates for some weakly coupled EulerBernoulli and wave equations with indirect damping mechanisms
Louis Tebou  Department of Mathematics & Statistics, Florida International University, Miami, FL 33199, United States (email) Abstract: We consider the EulerBernoulli equation coupled with a wave equation in a bounded domain. The EulerBernoulli has clamped boundary conditions and the wave equation has Dirichlet boundary conditions. The damping which is distributed everywhere in the domain under consideration acts through one of the equations only; its effect is transmitted to the other equation through the coupling. First we consider the case where the dissipation acts through the EulerBernoulli equation. We show that in this case the coupled system is not exponentially stable. Next, using a frequency domain approach combined with the multiplier techniques, and a recent result of Borichev and Tomilov on polynomial decay characterization of bounded semigroups, we provide precise decay estimates showing that the energy of this coupled system decays polynomially as the time variable goes to infinity. Second, we discuss the case where the damping acts through the wave equation. Proceeding as in the first case, we prove that this new system is not exponentially stable, and we provide precise polynomial decay estimates for its energy. The results obtained complement those existing in the literature involving the hinged EulerBernoulli equation.
Keywords: EulerBernoulli equation, plate equation, wave equation, polynomial
decay estimates, coupled equations, indirect damping, frequency domain method, multiplier techniques.
Received: August 2011; Revised: December 2011; Published: January 2012. 
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