Polynomial stability of the Rao-Nakra beam with a single internal viscous damping

Zhuangyi Liu, Bopeng Rao, Qiong Zhang

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In this paper, we consider the stability of the Rao-Nakra sandwich beam equation with various boundary conditions, which consists of two wave equations for the longitudinal displacements of the top and bottom layers, and one Euler-Bernoulli beam equation for the transversal displacement. Polynomial stability of certain orders are obtained when there is only one viscous damping acting either on the beam equation or one of the wave equations. For a few special cases, optimal orders are confirmed. We also study the synchronization of the model with viscous damping on the transversal displacement. Our results reveal that the order of the polynomial decay rate is sensitive to various boundary conditions and to the damping locations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6125-6162
Number of pages38
JournalJournal of Differential Equations
Issue number7
StatePublished - Sep 15 2020
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Beijing Natural Science Foundation (grant 4182059 ) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (grant 61873036 ).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 Elsevier Inc.


  • Beam
  • Riesz basis
  • Semigroup
  • Stability
  • Viscous damping


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