We investigate multiple limit cycles bifurcation and center-focus problem of the degenerate equilibrium for a three-dimensional system. By applying the method of symbolic computation, we obtain the first four quasi-Lyapunov constants. It is proved that the system can generate 3 small limit cycles from nilpotent critical point on center manifold. Furthermore, the center conditions are found and as weak foci the highest order is proved to be the fourth; thus we obtain at most 3 small limit cycles from the origin via local bifurcation. To our knowledge, it is the first example of multiple limit cycles bifurcating from a nilpotent singularity for the flow of a high-dimensional system restricted to the center manifold.
"The Center Conditions and Bifurcation of Limit Cycles at the Degenerate Singularity of a Three-Dimensional System." J. Appl. Math. 2014 1 - 8, 2014. https://doi.org/10.1155/2014/546243