Electron. J. Differential Equations, Vol. 2019 (2019), No. 64, pp. 1-19.

Tykhonov well-posedness of elliptic variational-hemivariational inequalities

Mircea Sofonea, Yi-Bin Xiao

We consider a class of elliptic variational-hemivariational inequalities in an abstract Banach space for which we introduce the concept of well-posedness in the sense of Tykhonov. We characterize the well-posedness in terms of metric properties of a family of associated sets. Our results, which provide necessary and sufficient conditions for the well-posedness of inequalities under consideration, are valid under mild assumptions on the data. Their proofs are based on arguments of monotonicity, lower semicontinuity and properties of the Clarke directional derivative. For well-posed inequalities we also prove a continuous dependence result of the solution with respect to the data. We illustrate our abstract results in the study of one-dimensional examples, then we focus on some relevant particular cases, including variational-hemivariational inequalities with strongly monotone operators. Finally, we consider a model variational-hemivariational inequality which arises in Contact Mechanics for which we discuss its well-posedness and provide the corresponding mechanical interpretations.

Submitted March 12, 2019. Published May 10, 2019.
Math Subject Classifications: 49J40, 47J20, 49J45, 35M86, 74M10, 74M15.
Key Words: Tykhonov well-posedness; variational-hemivariational inequality; approximating sequence; contact problem; unilateral constraint; friction.

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Mircea Sofonea
School of Mathematical Sciences
University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
email: sofonea@univ-perp.fr
Yi-Bin Xiao
School of Mathematical Sciences
University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
Chengdu, Sichuan, 611731, China
email: xiaoyb9999@hotmail.com

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