Journal of Inequalities and Applications
Volume 2010 (2010), Article ID 808693, 12 pages
Research Article

Applications of a Weighted Symmetrization Inequality to Elastic Membranes and Plates

Department of Mathematics, The Petroleum Institute, P.O. Box 2533, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Received 28 January 2010; Accepted 10 June 2010

Academic Editor: Marta García-Huidobro

Copyright © 2010 Behrouz Emamizadeh. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper is devoted to some applications of a weighted symmetrization inequality related to a second order boundary value problem. We first interpret the inequality in the context of elastic membranes, and observe that it lends itself to make a comparison between the deflection of a membrane with a varying density with that of a membrane with a uniform density. Some mathematical consequences of the inequality including a stability result are presented. Moreover, a similar inequality where the underlying differential equation is of fourth order is also discussed.