September  2008, 22(3): 557-586. doi: 10.3934/dcds.2008.22.557

Long-time dynamics of a coupled system of nonlinear wave and thermoelastic plate equations

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Università degli Studi di Firenze, Dipartimento di Matematica Applicata, Via S. Marta 3, 50139 Firenze

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Kharkov National Universit, Department of Mathematics and Mechanics, 4 Svobody sq, 61077 Kharkov, Ukraine

Received  January 2007 Revised  January 2008 Published  August 2008

We prove the existence of a compact, finite dimensional, global attractor for a coupled PDE system comprising a nonlinearly damped semilinear wave equation and a nonlinear system of thermoelastic plate equations, without any mechanical (viscous or structural) dissipation in the plate component. The plate dynamics is modelled following Berger's approach; we investigate both cases when rotational inertia is included into the model and when it is not. A major part in the proof is played by an estimate--known as stabilizability estimate--which shows that the difference of any two trajectories can be exponentially stabilized to zero, modulo a compact perturbation. In particular, this inequality yields bounds for the attractor's fractal dimension which are independent of two key parameters, namely $\gamma$ and $\kappa$, the former related to the presence of rotational inertia in the plate model and the latter to the coupling terms. Finally, we show the upper semi-continuity of the attractor with respect to these parameters.
Citation: Francesca Bucci, Igor Chueshov. Long-time dynamics of a coupled system of nonlinear wave and thermoelastic plate equations. Discrete & Continuous Dynamical Systems - A, 2008, 22 (3) : 557-586. doi: 10.3934/dcds.2008.22.557
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