Let be a linear elliptic, a pseudomonotone or a generalized monotone operator (in the sense of F. E. Browder and I. V. Skrypnik), and let be the nonlinear Nemytskij superposition operator generated by a vector-valued function . We give two general existence theorems for solutions of boundary value problems for the equation . These theorems are based on a new functional-theoretic approach to the pair , on the one hand, and on recent results on the operator , on the other hand. We treat the above mentioned problems in the case of strong non-linearity , i.e. in the case of lack of compactness of the operator . In particular, we do not impose the usual growth conditions on the nonlinear function ; this allows us to treat elliptic systems with rapidly growing coefficients or exponential non-linearities. Concerning solutions, we consider existence in the classical weak sense, in the so-called -weakened sense in both Sobolev and Sobolev-Orlicz spaces, and in a generalized weak sense in Sobolev-type spaces which are modelled by means of Banach -modules. Finally, we illustrate the abstract results by some applied problems occuring in nonlinear mechanics.
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Hong Thai Nguyen, Existence Theorems for Boundary Value Problems for Strongly Nonlinear Elliptic Systems. Z. Anal. Anwend. 18 (1999), no. 3, pp. 585–610DOI 10.4171/ZAA/900