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Abstract and Applied Analysis
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 426916, 17 pages
Numerical Methods for Solving Fredholm Integral Equations of Second Kind
Department of Mathematics, National Institute of Technology, Rourkela 769008, India
Received 3 September 2013; Accepted 3 October 2013
Academic Editor: Rasajit Bera
Copyright © 2013 S. Saha Ray and P. K. Sahu. 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.
Integral equation has been one of the essential tools for various areas of applied mathematics. In this paper, we review different numerical methods for solving both linear and nonlinear Fredholm integral equations of second kind. The goal is to categorize the selected methods and assess their accuracy and efficiency. We discuss challenges faced by researchers in this field, and we emphasize the importance of interdisciplinary effort for advancing the study on numerical methods for solving integral equations.
Integral equations occur naturally in many fields of science and engineering . A computational approach to solve integral equation is an essential work in scientific research.
Integral equation is encountered in a variety of applications in many fields including continuum mechanics, potential theory, geophysics, electricity and magnetism, kinetic theory of gases, hereditary phenomena in physics and biology, renewal theory, quantum mechanics, radiation, optimization, optimal control systems, communication theory, mathematical economics, population genetics, queuing theory, medicine, mathematical problems of radiative equilibrium, the particle transport problems of astrophysics and reactor theory, acoustics, fluid mechanics, steady state heat conduction, fracture mechanics, and radiative heat transfer problems. Fredholm integral equation is one of the most important integral equations.
Integral equations can be viewed as equations which are results of transformation of points in a given vector spaces of integrable functions by the use of certain specific integral operators to points in the same space. If, in particular, one is concerned with function spaces spanned by polynomials for which the kernel of the corresponding transforming integral operator is separable being comprised of polynomial functions only, then several approximate methods of solution of integral equations can be developed.
A computational approach to solving integral equation is an essential work in scientific research. Some methods for solving second kind Fredholm integral equation are available in the open literature. The B-spline wavelet method, the method of moments based on B-spline wavelets by Maleknejad and Sahlan , and variational iteration method (VIM) by He [3–5] have been applied to solve second kind Fredholm linear integral equations. The learned researchers Maleknejad et al. proposed some numerical methods for solving linear Fredholm integral equations system of second kind using Rationalized Haar functions method, Block-Pulse functions, and Taylor series expansion method [6–8]. Haar wavelet method with operational matrices of integration  has been applied to solve system of linear Fredholm integral equations of second kind. Quadrature method , B-spline wavelet method , wavelet Galerkin method , and also VIM  can be applied to solve nonlinear Fredholm integral equation of second kind. Some iterative methods like Homotopy perturbation method (HPM) [14–16] and Adomian decomposition method (ADM) [16–18] have been applied to solve nonlinear Fredholm integral equation of second kind.
2. Fredholm Integral Equation
The general form of linear Fredholm integral equation is defined as follows: where and are both constants. , , and are known functions while is unknown function. (nonzero parameter) is called eigenvalue of the integral equation. The function is known as kernel of the integral equation.
2.1. Fredholm Integral Equation of First Kind
2.2. Fredholm Integral Equation of Second Kind
2.3. System of Linear Fredholm Integral Equations
The general form of system of linear Fredholm integral equations of second kind is defined as follows: where and are known functions and are the unknown functions for .
2.4. Nonlinear Fredholm-Hammerstein Integral Equation of Second Kind
Nonlinear Fredholm-Hammerstein integral equation of second kind is defined as follows: where is the kernel of the integral equation, and are known functions, and is the unknown function that is to be determined.
2.5. System of Nonlinear Fredholm Integral Equations
System of nonlinear Fredholm integral equations of second kind is defined as follows: where and are known functions and are the unknown functions for .
3. Numerical Methods for Linear Fredholm Integral Equation of Second Kind
Consider the following Fredholm integral equation of second kind defined in (3) where and are known functions and is unknown function to be determined.
3.1. B-Spline Wavelet Method
3.1.1. B-Spline Scaling and Wavelet Functions on the Interval
Semiorthogonal wavelets using B-spline are specially constructed for the bounded interval and this wavelet can be represented in a closed form. This provides a compact support. Semiorthogonal wavelets form the basis in the space .
Using this basis, an arbitrary function in can be expressed as the wavelet series. For the finite interval , the wavelet series cannot be completely presented by using this basis. This is because supports of some basis are truncated at the left or right end points of the interval. Hence, a special basis has to be introduced into the wavelet expansion on the finite interval. These functions are referred to as the boundary scaling functions and boundary wavelet functions.
Let and be two positive integers and let be an equally spaced knots sequence. The functions are called cardinal B-spline functions of order for the knot sequence and .
By considering the interval , at any level , the discretization step is , and this generates number of segments in with knot sequence Let be the level for which ; for each level, , the scaling functions of order can be defined as follows in : And the two scale relations for the -order semiorthogonal compactly supported B-wavelet functions are defined as follows: where .
Hence, there are boundary wavelets and inner wavelets in the bounded interval . Finally, by considering the level with , the B-wavelet functions in can be expressed as follows: The scaling functions occupy segments and the wavelet functions occupy segments.
3.1.2. Function Approximation
A function defined over may be approximated by B-spline wavelets as [21, 22] If the infinite series in (15) is truncated at , then (15) can be written as  where and are scaling and wavelets functions, respectively, and and are vectors given by with where and are dual functions of and , respectively. These can be obtained by linear combinations of , , and , , , as follows. Let Using (11), (20), (12)-(13), and (21), we get Suppose that and are the dual functions of and , respectively; then
3.1.3. Application of B-Spline Wavelet Method
In this section, linear Fredholm integral equation of the second kind of form (7) has been solved by using B-spline wavelets. For this, we use (16) to approximate as where is defined in (18) and is unknown vector defined similarly as in (17). We also expand and by B-spline dual wavelets defined in (24) as where From (26) and (25), we get since By applying (25)–(28) in (7) we have By multiplying both sides of (30) with from the right and integrating both sides with respect to from 0 to 1, we get since and is a square matrix given by Consequently, from (31), we get . Hence, we can calculate the solution for .
3.2. Method of Moments
3.2.1. Multiresolution Analysis (MRA) and Wavelets 
A set of subspaces is said to be MRA of if it possesses the following properties: where denotes the set of integers. Properties (34)–(36) state that is a nested sequence of subspaces that effectively covers . That is, every square integrable function can be approximated as closely as desired by a function that belongs to at least one of the subspaces . A function is called a scaling function if it generates the nested sequence of subspaces and satisfies the dilation equation; namely, with and being any rational number.
For each scale , since , there exists a unique orthogonal complementary subspace of in . This subspace is called wavelet subspace and is generated by , where is called the wavelet. From the above discussion, these results follow easily: Some of the important properties relevant to the present analysis are given below [2, 19].
(1) Vanishing Moment. A wavelet is said to have a vanishing moment of order if All wavelets must satisfy the previously mentioned condition for .
(2) Semiorthogonality. The wavelets form a semiorthogonal basis if
3.2.2. Method of Moments for the Solution of Fredholm Integral Equation
In this section, we solve the integral equation of form (7) in interval by using linear B-spline wavelets . The unknown function in (7) can be expanded in terms of the scaling and wavelet functions as follows: By substituting this expression into (7) and employing the Galerkin method, the following set of linear system of order is generated. The scaling and wavelet functions are used as testing and weighting functions: where and the subscripts , and assume values as given below: In fact, the entries with significant magnitude are in the and submatrices which are of order and , respectively.
In this section, Fredholm integral equation of second kind given in (7) has been considered for solving (7) by variational iteration method. First, we have to take the partial derivative of (7) with respect to yielding We apply variation iteration method for (46). According to this method, correction functional can be defined as where is a general Lagrange multiplier which can be identified optimally by the variational theory, the subscript denotes the th order approximation, and is considered as a restricted variation; that is, . The successive approximations , for the solution can be readily obtained after determining the Lagrange multiplier and selecting an appropriate initial function . Consequently the approximate solution may be obtained by using To make the above correction functional stationary, we have Under stationary condition, implies the following Euler Lagrange equation: with the following natural boundary condition: Solving (51), along with boundary condition (52), we get the general Lagrange multiplier Substituting the identified Lagrange multiplier into (47) results in the following iterative scheme: By starting with initial approximate function (say), we can determine the approximate solution of (7).
4. Numerical Methods for System of Linear Fredholm Integral Equations of Second Kind
Consider the system of linear Fredholm integral equations of second kind of the following form: where and are known functions and are the unknown functions for .
4.1. Application of Haar Wavelet Method 
In this section, an efficient algorithm for solving Fredholm integral equations with Haar wavelets is analyzed. The present algorithm takes the following essential strategy. The Haar wavelet is first used to decompose integral equations into algebraic systems of linear equations, which are then solved by collocation methods.
4.1.1. Haar Wavelets
The compact set of scale functions is chosen as The mother wavelet function is defined as The family of wavelet functions generated by translation and dilation of are given by where , , .
Mutual orthogonalities of all Haar wavelets can be expressed as
4.1.2. Function Approximation
An arbitrary function can be expanded into the following Haar series: where the coefficients are given by In particular, .
The previously mentioned expression in (60) can be approximately represented with finite terms as follows: where the coefficient vector and the Haar function vector are, respectively, defined as The Haar expansion for function of order is defined as follows: where , , , .
4.1.3. Operational Matrices of Integration
We define where , .
Then, for , the corresponding matrix can be represented as The integration of the Haar function vector is where is the operational matrix of order , and By recursion of the above formula, we obtain Therefore, we get where and is a positive integer.
The inner product of two Haar functions can be represented as where
4.1.4. Haar Wavelet Solution for Fredholm Integral Equations System 
Consider the following Fredholm integral equations system defined in (55):
The Haar series of and , ; are, respectively, expanded as Substituting (76) into (75), we get From (77) and (73), we get Interpolating collocation points, that is, , in the interval leads to the following algebraic system of equations: Hence, , can be computed by solving the above algebraic system of equations and consequently the solutions , .
4.2. Taylor Series Expansion Method
In this section, we present Taylor series expansion method for solving Fredholm integral equations system of second kind . This method reduces the system of integral equations to a linear system of ordinary differential equation. After including boundary conditions, this system reduces to a system of equations that can be solved easily by any usual methods.
Consider the second kind Fredholm integral equations system defined in (55) as follows: A Taylor series expansion can be made for the solution of in the integral equation (80): where denotes the error between and its Taylor series expansion in (81).
If we use the first term of Taylor series expansion and neglect the term containing , that is, , then, substituting (81) for into the integral in (80), we have Equation (83) becomes a linear system of ordinary differential equations that we have to solve. For solving the linear system of ordinary differential equations (83), we require an appropriate number of boundary conditions.
In order to construct boundary conditions, we first differentiate times both sides of (80) with respect to ; that is, where , .
4.3. Block-Pulse Functions for the Solution of Fredholm Integral Equation
In this section, Block-Pulse functions (BPF) have been utilized for the solution of system of Fredholm integral equations .
An -set of BPF is defined as follows: with , and .
4.3.1. Properties of BPF
(1) Disjointness. One has, . This property is obtained from definition of BPF.
(2) Orthogonality. One has, . This property is obtained from the disjointness property.
(3) Completeness. For every is complete; if then almost everywhere. Because of completeness of , we have for every real bounded function which is square integrable in the interval and .
4.3.2. Function Approximation
The orthogonality property of BPF is the basis of expanding functions into their Block-Pulse series. For every , where is the coefficient of Block-Pulse function, with respect to th Block-Pulse function .
The criterion of this approximation is that mean square error between and its expansion is minimum so that we can evaluate Block-Pulse coefficients. In the matrix form, we obtain the following from (90) as follow: Now let be two-variable function defined on and ; then can be expanded to BPF as where and are and dimensional Block-Pulse function vectors and is a Block-Pulse coefficient matrix.
There are two different cases of multiplication of two BPF. The first case is It is obtained from disjointness property of BPF. It is a diagonal matrix with Block-Pulse functions.
The second case is because .
Operational Matrix of Integration. BPF integration property can be expressed by an operational equation as where A general formula for can be written as By using this matrix, we can express the integral of a function into its Block-Pulse series
4.3.3. Solution for Linear Integral Equations System
Consider the integral equations system from (55) as follows: Block-Pulse coefficients of , in the interval can be determined from the known functions , and the kernels , . Usually, we consider to facilitie the use of Block-Pulse functions. In case , we set , where .
We approximate , , by its BPF as follows: where , , and are defined in Section 4.3.2, and substituting (102) into (101), we have since From (104), we get Set ; then we have from (106) which is a linear system After solving the above system we can find , and hence obtain the solutions , .
5. Numerical Methods for Nonlinear Fredholm-Hammerstein Integral Equation
We consider the second kind nonlinear Fredholm integral equation of the following form: where is the kernel of the integral equation, and are known functions, and is the unknown function that is to be determined.
5.1. B-Spline Wavelet Method
Again, by using dual of the wavelet functions, we can approximate the functions and as follows: where From (110)–(112), we get Applying (110)–(114) in (109), we get Multiplying (115) by both sides from the right and integrating both sides with respect to from 0 to 1, we have where is a square matrix given by Equation (116) gives a system of algebraic equations with unknowns for and vectors given in (111).
To find the solution in (111), we first utilize the following equation: with the collocation points , where .
Combining (116) and (118), we have a total of system of algebraic equations with unknowns for and . Solving those equations for the unknown coefficients in the vectors and , we can obtain the solution .
5.2. Quadrature Method Applied to Fredholm Integral Equation
In this section, Quadrature method has been applied to solve nonlinear Fredholm-Hammerstein integral equation .
The quadrature methods like Simpson rule and modified trapezoid method are applied for solving a definite integral as follows.
5.2.1. Simpson’s Rule
5.2.2. Modified Trapezoid Rule
One has Consider the nonlinear Fredholm integral equation of second kind defined in (109) as follows: For solving (121), we approximate the right-hand integral of (121) with Simpson’s rule and modified trapezoid rule; then we get the following.
5.2.3. Simpson’s Rule
5.2.4. Modified Trapezoid Rule
One has where .
For and in (124), we have for .
This is a system of equations and unknowns. By taking derivative from (121) and setting , we obtain If is a solution of (121), then it is also solution of (126). By using trapezoid rule for (126) and replacing , we get for . In case of from system (127), we obtain two equations.
5.3. Wavelet Galerkin Method
In this section, the continuous Legendre wavelets , constructed on the interval , are applied to solve the nonlinear Fredholm integral equation of the second kind. The nonlinear part of the integral equation is approximated by Legendre wavelets, and the nonlinear integral equation is reduced to a system of nonlinear equations.
We have the following family of continuous wavelets with dilation parameter and the translation parameter Legendre wavelets