We consider a weakly coupled set of two partial differential equations where the coupling matrix has variable elements and the principal part of each equation is the same uniformly elliptic operator. We obtain necessary conditions that the system of equations can be decoupled. By decoupling the system and using a positivity lemma due to Hess and Kato, we determine the algebraic sign of the solution components. This work extends recent results of de Figueiredo and Mitidieri. Further, one can use these results to determine the sign of the solution to certain fourth order elliptic boundary value problems.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Section A: Mathematics|
|State||Published - 1989|
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